meet our team

in the Netherlands and Indonesia

The Heliconia Scholarship Foundation has three board members and one staff member in the Netherlands and two cooperation partners in Indonesia. We have weekly contact with each other to discuss work topics and stay up to date on each other’s lives. Click on our profiles to learn more about us and our work!

Operational Manager & Founder
Head of Student Affairs
Student Affairs & Founder

Heliconia Community

The bedrock of our foundation is that our staff, students and graduates all share a personal band. We actively invest in each other by staying up to date on everyone’s progress and wellbeing. This creates a bond of friendship in which we can express ourselves safely and freely. Graduates stay committed to our foundation by helping with the selection and guidance of new students. Staying in contact with all members of our Heliconia Community enables us to constantly improve our work methods, because we take everyone’s points of view and needs into account. Our organisation is built on the commitment that founders Carli and Mili have to each other and their shared goal of making higher education accessible. Their dedication to growing together is the basis of our wider Heliconia Community and ensures the success and durability of our mission. Learn more about our mission & values and founding story.

Remuneration Policy

The Heliconia Scholarship Foundation aims for all donations to directly benefit the students. The board in the Netherlands therefore works on a voluntary basis and receives no salary for their work. Since we provide more scholarships every year, our responsibilities have significantly increased over the last years. Therefore, cooperation partner Naomi became our first fulltime employee in Indonesia in 2019, after having been a volunteer since 2012. In addition, founder and former chairperson Carli Kooper became our operational manager in 2021. She now receives compensation for the parttime hours that she works for our charity, after having been a volunteer since 2009.  Cooperation partner Mili works parttime for our charity and receives a fee per hour. All hours worked for our foundation are registered and monitored by each other. Transparency and openness are essential in creating a fair, just world, in which all finances are accounted for. You can therefore find all the details of our finances in our financial reports.