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Ms. Ylse van der Schoot
Executive Director
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Ylse van der Schoot comes from a background of strong leadership in the NGO and cooperative society world, focusing much of her work on sub-Saharan Africa. In 2016, she took the reins as North Star’s new Executive Director. Prior to joining our organisation, Ylse worked for international non-profit organisations such as Oxfam   Novib, the Life and Peace Institute, and most recently with Oikocredit International. An accomplished leader,   Ylse comes with a diverse skillset in policy, international governance, marketing and communications that she leverages to lead, grow and promote North Star throughout Africa and around the world.


Mr. Paul Matthew
Regional Director, Southern Africa
Durban, South Africa

With experience in the fight against the HIV/ AIDS epidemic in the
road freight sector since 1998, Paul joined North Star Alliance in 2009. He has been recognised by Ernst & Young in 2012 as Social Entrepreneur South Africa, awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Africa by the Schwab Foundation, and was awarded the Dira Sengwe Leadership in Aids Award at the South African Aids Conference in 2015. Paul recently completed Harvard Kennedy School’s first executive course on social entrepreneurship.


Ms. Eva Mwai
Regional Director, East Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Eva has worked as leader and manager in the NGO sector for more than 20 years. She has managed a wide range of programmes in both rural and urban set-ups. As the Regional Director for East Africa, Eva provides strategic direction and leadership. Since the early years of her career, Eva has been a strong advocate for deserving populations. She has studied social work, management and is currently pursuing
a course in sustainable human development.