Aldith Hunkar (chairman/voorzitter) is a self-proclaimed global freestyle multi-media journalist, with 25 years of experience in mainstream media and over 14 years in journalism for national TV news in the Netherlands. She started her television career as the presenter of Children’s News in 1994 and moved on to become the first camjo (camera journalist) in the Netherlands for the regular news in 2000. Between 2000 and 2007 she made special reports and anchored daily news bulletins.
In 2007 Aldith continued as an independent journalist; she moderates (international) conferences, is a debate leader and writer and makes audio/visual productions with emphasis on equal rights, equal opportunities and social cohesion. Her ex-pat days in her youth and the fact that she lives in the Netherlands AND Jamaica have broadened her horizon. Aldith is an independent thinker, loves travelling and has an open mind and an adventurous spirit.
Marlies van Gangelen (secretary/secretaris) is founder of the Dutch experimental ensemble PERFORATOR as well as oboist with the Berlin-based s t a r g a z e . As part of that ensemble she performed with the likes of Terry Riley, Bill Frisell, Bon Iver and Michael Keegan-Dolan. s t a r g a z e is a regular guest at major music festivals and venues as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie de Paris and Royal Albert Hall London. After receiving her Bachelor's in Classical Oboe, Van Gangelen moved to London to follow a two-year Master's in Leadership at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama (2012).
During this course she focussed on artistic and creative processes in various contexts. She developed skills as composer, artistic leader, improviser and performer. Using unconventional playing techniques and 21st century technology, Van Gangelen produces a broad palette of new musical forms of expression.
Eelko Hamer (treasurer/penningmeester) is an independent creative strategist and innovation expert. Before founding eelko.com he worked for corporates like Bacardi, Philips and KPN. In addition to this, he has worked with startups from the Silicon Valley to Amsterdam. Eelko is experienced in creating marketing and innovation concepts.
His strength lies in identifying that unseen opportunity and then galvanising multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders to make an ambitious project a reality. In 2019, as co-author of the Untourist Guide to Amsterdam, he helped spawn a movement towards a new – more positive – imagining of tourism which made headlines in over 40 countries.