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. Michael Becker

Regional Director, Southern Africa
Durban, South Africa

Michael has been responsible for managing our operations across the Southern Africa region since 2010. During this period, he has managed the implementation of large-scale projects funded by AidsFonds, Global Fund, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and USAID/PEPFAR. Michael has been instrumental in overseeing the implementation of the SADC Cross-Border Initiative (CBI), which seeks to increase the delivery and uptake of HIV and related health services amongst key and priority populations in sub-Saharan Africa. This involved establishing and implementing 29 North Star Alliance Blue Box clinics across 11 SADC countries.

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.

Ms. Rozaan van der Westhuysen

Finance Director, Southern Africa
Durban, South Africa

Rozaan has been working within North Star’s finance team since 2007 starting in Southern Africa. In 2020, she has been promoted to Finance Director for the Alliance, taking end responsibility for all the financials. Rozaan is a result-driven manager with over ten years of finance experience skilled in providing professional financial services to ensure compliance with fiduciary policies, procedures and practices and to enable efficient and transparent financial management. Additionally, Rozaan ensures that financial risks held within North Star’s portfolio are effectively and efficiently mitigated and reporting is managed diligently.