Mulokot Team

The Mulokot board together with the Mulokot Team
The Mulokot board together with the Mulokot Team
Andre Verhoogt
Andre Verhoogt

Program Director

Since the founding of Mulokot, Andre has acted as our Program Director. He initially started at our organisation as a volunteer, but in 2019 became a full full-time employee.

Andre started to work with the Wayana communities in 2007 and has coordinated many projects for the development of the Wayana. He possesses many skills and talents, from writing project proposals or website content managing, to cook for large groups. Andre is easy going, but injustice or disrespect can fire him up quickly.

Andre has a background in Change Management and Organizational behavior.

 

Anne Verhagen
Anne Verhagen

Senior Project Manager

Anne has been living in Suriname since 2003 and became part of our team in 2017. As a person that is always looking to improve people’s lives, she is very involved and interested in the Wayana Indigenous Peoples. She is creative, smart, and is always looking for solutions instead of seeing problems. Anne is a mediator with a big heart.

She has a background in HRM Management and for many years was a trainer for Leadership development and Communication.

Michel Nailoepun
Michel Nailoepun

Teacher/trainer English/Dutch

Michel is one of the successful Wayana youngsters of Apetina that went to the capital of Paramaribo to study. He is now the first Wayana that is a certified teacher at a college level.

He is a proud Wayana and wants to give back to his community by utilizing his knowledge and experiences . Since November 2019, he is the Headteacher at the Wayana school in Kawemhakan.

 

Gayle (Lisa) Timpico
Gayle (Lisa) Timpico

Assistant teacher/trainer English/Dutch

Lisa was a co-fellow at Nia Tero, and together with Jupta, she followed the Transformative Leadership Program at the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.

The school in Kawemhakan opened in November 2019. Since then, Lisa and Michel have been teaching Dutch and English. Lisa is creative, funny, and a good teacher. She is talented in finding fun ways to motivate her students and to make the lessons relevant to the Wayana. Children love her, and she loves them a lot.

Agatha Verhagen
Agatha Verhagen

Financial Manager

Agatha is very experienced in finance and project administration. She divides her time between Suriname and the Netherlands. Since 2018 she is the Financial Manager of Mulokot. Agatha always asks questions and never takes no for an answer.

Agatha is accurate, and even a difference of a few cents is not acceptable for her. Agatha is also our walking English dictionary.

Mapale (Gio) Itoewaki
Mapale (Gio) Itoewaki

Multimedia and Logistics

Gio joined the Mulokot team at the end of 2019 as our multimedia and logistics co-workers. Gio has the responsibility for the Wayana Radio Podcast and our social media.

Gio makes his own rap music and performs at parties and Indigenous events. His lyrics are in Dutch, Wayana, or English and mostly tell stories about the struggle of Indigenous peoples or youngsters.

Ikiene (Sita) Apalakali
Ikiene (Sita) Apalakali

Wayana Radio Podcast Assistant

Sita has many years of experience as a translator for the Wayana communities. Since February 2020 she has been part of the Mulokot Team, and is part of the Wayana Radio Podcast crew. She is responsible for conducting interviews and translate them into Wayana, if necessary.

Sita is very active in promoting the Wayana culture in Suriname and abroad.

Aylin Diaz Torres
Aylin Diaz Torres

Financial Assistant

Aylin is our latest member of the Mulokot team. She started on the 1st of December 2020, and together with Agatha, she takes care of our Financial Administration.

Aylin is originally from Cuba and came to Suriname in 2017. She is a quick student, has a strong opinion and we are proud that she has come so far. She enjoys supporting Mulokot and is willing to learn more about accounting and computer programs.

Aylin is very punctual and accurate, which is very important in this work.

Twan Meijers
Twan Meijers

Project Coordinator Human Rights & Livelihood

Driven by his internationally oriented interests, as well as a background in human rights, Twan joined our team. Since August 2020 he has been involved with Mulokot and is working as our Project Coordinator Human Rights & Livelihood.

Twan has a master's degree in Public International Law, possesses a big drive to achieve his goals, and is not afraid to gets his hands dirty.

 

Wietseke Brands
Wietseke Brands

Project Coordinator Communications & Multimedia

Wietseke lived in Suriname from 2007 until 2011 together with her family. After she went back to the Netherlands, were she eventually obtained her master's degree in Policy, Communication and Organization Studies, she decided to come back and to help the Wayana indigenous in their development, fueled by her love for Suriname.

Wietseke is a social person with a big network, is funny, smart and creative.