Our People

The Antares Foundation was set up in 1999 by a group of specialists who have been working for many years in various international humanitarian organisations. They have a broad experience as managers, policymakers and consultants. 

Antares now has a core team of specialists at its HQ in Amsterdam and New York and a global network of professional associates from within the  mental health and psychosocial field for research, projects, working groups, field missions, consultancies, trainings, briefings and confidential end of assignment sessions.

Our team in Amsterdam: Erik Flapper, Tineke van Pietersom, Orso Muneghina, Winnifred Simon, Pia Bloem, Maarten Hoejenbos and David Veenman.


Our team in New York: Wendy Ager, Alastair Ager, John Ehrenreich, Jack Saul. 


The Antares foundation has an international board consisting of independent experts with a humanitarian background. In 2013 the board consists of Alastair Ager (member), Ton Berg (member), Rutger J. Kuiper (treasurer), Rolf Schwarz (member) and Hans Grootendorst (member) and Pim Scholte (chairman).

Advisors to the Board:

Ronald Rijnders and Erik Mispelblom Beyer.

Antaresfoundation Board Members


The Antares Foundation co-operates with a global network of specialist associates from within the psychosocial field for research and other projects, working groups, field missions, consultancies, trainings, briefings and confidential end of assignment sessions. Voluntary contributions to our mission are also warmly welcomed for head office, administrative and other tasks, provided that the volunteer has the necessary expertise.

Organisational structure

The full board of the Antares Foundation meets twice per year and endorses the annual plan, annual report, quarterly activity reports and strategy and policy plans. Board members frequently visit the Antares Foundation on various occasions, related to the needs of the staff and/or their own interest. All staff of the Antares Foundation are responsible for the execution of the annual plan, and  the directors of the Antares Foundation are responsible for the overall coordination of the planned activities.


The Antares Foundation is registered within the Netherlands and officially recognized as a non profit organization (ANBI institute under number 8083.29.820) according to the Dutch law.

Institutional funding has enabled Antares throughout the years to support national and international  staff of NGOs in conflict regions. Funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in particular contributed to the development of guidelines, training materials and models, which were made available for free to thousands of organisations and individuals throughout the past years.. 

The main institutional donors in the past 5 years were:

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM), State Department of the USA

Department of Health and Human Services: CDC 

European Commission

Various Small Embassy Grants

Private donations for specific projects were obtained, varying from contributions from 5.000 to 100.000 Euros. 

Without  this support we would not have been able to reach national staff of NGOs that cannot pay for our services, but most in need for staff support. 

If you want to support a specific project or NGO please contact us. 

The Antares Foundation Annual report 2013 can be downloaded below: 

Antares Annual Report 2013 .pdf

For previous reports, please contact us



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