Mulokot Team

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

Program Director

Andre is our Program Director since the beginning of Mulokot, first as a volunteer, but in 2019 he officially became our Program Director.

Andre started to work with the Wayana communities in 2007 and has done a lot of projects. He has many skills and talents, from writing project proposals, website content managing to cook for large groups, you name it, and he does it. 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. She is always looking to improve people’s lives so that they become happier and more satisfied. 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 was many years a trainer for Leadership development and Communication

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Michel Nailoepun
Michel Nailoepun

Teacher/trainer English/Dutch

Michel is one of the successful Wayana youngsters of Apetina that went to the capital 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 his knowledge and experiences to his community. 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 is the youngest member of our team. She 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 coordinator

Gio joined the Mulokot team at the end of 2019 as our multimedia coordinator. 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 experience as a translator for the Wayana peoples. Since February 2020 she joined the Mulokot Team, and will be part of the Wayana Radio Podcast crew. She will be doing the interviews and translate them into Wayana, if necessary.

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

Anita Nailoepun
Anita Nailoepun

Financial assistant

Anita is our latest member of the Mulokot team. She started on the first of March 2020, and together with Agatha, she takes care of our Financial Administration.

Anita went to school at the age of 16, because before that there was no primary school in her village, Apetina. She is a quick student, and we are proud that she has come so far. She likes to support us and is willing to learn more about accounting and computer programs.

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