About us

A community with a passion for water

Wavemakers United is a community of students, young professionals, and athletes with a passion for water. As a youth organization we focus on local challenges while having a global reach. Our aim is to contribute to the UN SDGs and involve as many youngsters as possible. 

A Foundation with a passion for water

Wavemakers United is a non profit organization, better known as a foundation. This means that our organization is not aiming to profit from our activities and everything we do revolves around making impact. In 2023 the foundation has been granted the ANBI status.

 Learn more about our Foundation structure below.


Curious to see our community in action or willing to contribute to our mission? Check our calendar to see where Wavemakers tell their story!

Meet our team


Founder & Managing Director

den Boer

Creative Director

Gerrit Jan
van 't Veen

Business Development


Communication Manager

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Education & Program Manager

Terlouw - Joosse

Management Assistent

van Nes

Youth Network Manager

van der Vaart

Social Media Manager


Events Manager

Lucienne Willems

Community Manager

Bos - de Koning

Sports & relations manager

Meet our advisory board

Dr. Jasmine Jabali

Assistant Professor

Cholpon Aitakhunova

Research Fellow at Collective Leadership Institute

Dr. Isabela Espindola

Senior Officer responsible for the Young Water Professionals (IWA)

Pallas Agterberg

Challenge Officer (Alliander)

Carolina Tornesi MacKinnon

Business analyst (Brown & Caldwell)

Marcel Beukeboom

Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlandsto the FAO

Manuel Jackson

Manager Stellenbosh University

Elysa Vaillancourt

Youth project manager (ISW)

Noémie Plumier

Jurist Water & Sanitation

Diana Virgovicova

Founder of Xatoms

Meet our supporters

Henk Ovink

Former Dutch Special Envoy for Water

Meike van Ginneken

Dutch Special Envoy for Water