A unique position

Launched in 2020, Laudes Foundation is here to challenge and inspire industry to harness its power for good. As part of the Brenninkmeijer family enterprise, we build on six generations of entrepreneurship and philanthropy and stand alongside the COFRA businesses and the family’s other private philanthropic activities.

Although independent from these organisations, we are in a unique position to learn from each of them. In particular, Laudes Foundation is advancing the industry-changing work of C&A Foundation, and is building on the experience of its flagship initiative Fashion for Good by continuing its fashion work and expanding its scope to include other industries.

An important moment

Human ingenuity and industry have lifted millions out of poverty and brought unparalleled wealth and growth. But today, the world stands at a juncture. If we carry on our current path of production and consumption, we not only endanger nature but we imperil the safety and dignity of countless communities around the world.

Humanity must change course - and has the means to do so. Together, we can work to apply this same ingenuity and industry to new ends: to redefine value beyond shareholder interests alone, and to re-engineer how we grow and distribute wealth for the good of all people and nature.

A time to act

Laudes Foundation is joining the growing movement to accelerate a transition to climate-positive and inclusive economy.

Our vision is necessarily ambitious. We envision global markets that value all people and respect nature. An economy in which industries uplift all who participate in them, and regenerate and restore nature as a fundamental part of what they do.

Our method is resolutely practical. We support brave action that harnesses industry’s power for good. Action that inspires industry, working collaboratively to create solutions and tools. And action that challenges industry, holding it to account and incentivising change.

Our global governing bodies

The following bodies make up the governance structure at Laudes Foundation.

Laudes Foundation Board

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Our board is comprised of representatives of the Brenninkmeijer family enterprise. Together, they have full and legal responsibility for Laudes Foundation, including strategy, management and results.  

Board Members:

Lawrence Brenninkmeijer (Chair)

Lawrence Brenninkmeijer is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of COFRA Holding AG. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Laudes Foundation and chairs the committee that guides the family owners’ private charitable endeavours.

Over his career, Lawrence also held several senior leadership roles at C&A in Europe, including as Managing Director Turkey from 2006 to 2011. He also served as VP Operations and Retail Financial Services in Brazil from 2012 to 2015, and as CEO of C&A China from 2015 to 2016. In 2017, Lawrence became Director of Strategy and Innovation at COFRA Holding AG, before leading the family talent programme and development across the Brenninkmeijer family enterprise. Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Edward Brenninkmeijer

Edward Brenninkmeijer is a member of the Board of Laudes Foundation and chairs its Advisory Council. He is also a member of the committee that oversees the business family’s private philanthropic endeavours and Chairman of the Board of Fashion for Good BV. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of C&A AG.

Edward spent his entire career working for C&A where he was most recently CEO of C&A AG and C&A Europe, a position he held until December 2020. Prior to that, Edward led the C&A operations in Brazil, Mexico and China and he chaired the Board of C&A Foundation.

Martin Rudolf Brenninkmeijer

Martin Rudolf Brenninkmeijer is a member of the Board of Laudes Foundation and serves on the foundation’s Investment Committee. He also coordinates the Family Heritage Centre in Draiflessen and is a member of the committee that oversees the business family’s private philanthropic endeavours.

Previously, Martin Rudolf held various positions at C&A across Europe, the USA and Brazil and, most recently, coordinated the family leadership and development programme. He has also held several governance positions in charitable institutions, focussing on family philanthropy.

 

Laudes Advisory Council

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The Laudes Advisory Council is comprised of representatives of the Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs and  executive external advisors. Together, they provide strategic and critical input into Laudes's strategy.

Advisory Council Members:

Edward Brenninkmeijer (Chair)

Edward Brenninkmeijer is a member of the Board of Laudes Foundation and chairs its Advisory Council. He is  a member of the committee that oversees the business family’s private philanthropic endeavours and Chair of the Board of Fashion for Good BV. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of C&A AG.

Edward spent his entire career working for C&A where he was most recently CEO of C&A AG and C&A Europe, a position he held until December 2020. Prior to that, Edward led the C&A operations in Brazil, Mexico and China and he chaired the Board of C&A Foundation.

Charlotte Brenninkmeijer

Charlotte Brenninkmeijer is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Anthos Family Office, a position she has held since April 2020. She serves on the Advisory Council of Laudes Foundation.

Prior to joining Anthos, Charlotte worked for more than 10 years at C&A in Europe, most recently heading up its commercial activities in Spain and Portugal. Charlotte received a BA in Philosophy and German from Oxford University and an LLM from BPP Law School in London.

Philippe Brenninkmeijer

Phillippe Brennikmeijer is a member of Laudes Foundation’s Advisory Council. He also serves as Advisor to Redevco’s management and supports COFRA Holding’s emerging markets retail efforts. He holds a master's degree in business from INSEAD and a BSc from Georgetown University.

Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories. Additionally, Sharan is a Board Member of the UN Global Compact, Panel Member of UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Vice Chair of the B Team, Commissioner for the New Climate Economy, Ambassador for the Food and Land Use Coalition, Chair of the Just Transition Centre and Member of the WEF Global Future Council on the Future of Production. Previously, she was the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the first President of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Sandrine Dixon-Dècleve

Sandrine Dixon-Dècleve is currently Co-President of the Club of Rome and holds several advisory positions for the European Commission, the UN, and for organisations such as BMW, UCB, Climate KIC, UCL-Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources and the IEEP.  Sandrine is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a Senior Associate for E3G, and Ambassador for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and WEALL.

Sandrine has over 30 years of experience in European and international policy, strategy and business leadership.  Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for Sustainable Energy for All in partnership with the UN. Prior to that she was Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Laudes Investment Comittee

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Our Investment Committee approves the grant proposals across programmes and industries and ensures they align with our global strategy. It makes sure that our grant-making decisions are relevant, effective and create synergies that will help maximise our impact. Our Investment Committee is comprised of representatives of the Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs and  executive external advisors.

Committee Members:

Donald Brenninkmeijer (Chair)

Donald Brenninkmeijer chairs the Investment Committees of Laudes Foundation and Argidius Foundation, which is part of Porticus, and serves as a member of the Anthos Supervisory Board. Donald also advises Xeros Technologies, an Entrepreneurs Fund investment and AIM listed company, and leads the family owners’ business development endeavours into one of its new diversification sectors, sustainable food.

Over his career, Donald has held several positions at COFRA and C&A across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Most recently he was Chief Brand, Customer and Sustainability Officer at C&A before becoming the retailer’s Chief Innovation Officer. Donald received a Licentiate in International Management from University of St Gallen, Switzerland.

Martin Rudolf Brenninkmeijer

Martin Rudolf Brenninkmeijer is a member of the Board of Laudes Foundation and serves on the foundation’s Investment Committee. He also coordinates the Family Heritage Centre in Draiflessen and is a member of the committee that oversees the business family’s private philanthropic endeavours.

Previously, Martin Rudolf held various positions at C&A across Europe, the USA and Brazil and, most recently, coordinated the family leadership and development programme. He has also held several governance positions in charitable institutions, focussing on family philanthropy.

Bernard Brenninkmeijer

Bernard Brenninkmeijer leads the investment office managing the family owners’ private charitable assets and sits on the boards of various grant committees including Laudes Foundation’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Bernard spent 30 years working in different capacities for COFRA Holding and its businesses, including as Managing Director of Bregal Investments and in various operational and financial positions within C&A. Bernard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from INSEAD.

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds is the Managing Director of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), serves on the board of the U.N. Global Compact and chairs the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (The Liechtenstein Initiative). She sits on Laudes Foundation’s Investment Committee and is also a member of the Steering Committee of Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST); the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University; the Advisory Board for the Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road; the Global Steering Committee for the Investor Agenda on Climate Action; and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+. Fiona has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services and pension sector and was named by Barron’s magazine as one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally.

Shirley Rodrigues

Shirley Rodrigues is currently Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy for the Greater London Authority.  Prior to this, she worked for several years for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) mostly recently as the Acting Executive Director for Climate Change. Shirley sits on Laudes Foundation’s Investment Committee. She also sat on the board of the C40 Large Cities Leadership Group and worked in several senior environmental policy roles in London.

Shirley holds a BA from the London School of Economics & Political Science and an MBA from the University of Westminster.

Laudes Effectiveness & Learning Committee (ELC)

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As an organisation dedicated to learning, the Effectiveness & Learning Committee supports our management team in reviewing results, capturing learning and supporting Laudes’ Effectiveness. This committee, which reports to the Board of Directors, is comprised of one senior evaluation advisor and two Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs.

Committee Members:

Nancy MacPherson (Chair)

Nancy MacPherson currently serves on advisory panels for the Climate Adaptation Fund, the Board of the European Civil Liberties Union, Global Infrastructure Basel, and works with several organisations in the global south such as Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and the South-to-South Evaluation Initiative (S2SE). She chairs Laudes Foundation’s Effectiveness & Learning Committee. Previously, Nancy served for 10 years as the Managing Director for Evaluation at the Rockefeller Foundation, after 25 years working in international development. She is the recipient of the 2015 American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Enhancing the Public Good Award. Nancy received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph, an MA from Carleton University and did post-graduate studies at the University of British Columbia.

Matthew Brenninkmeijer

Mathew Brenninkmeijer is the Director of Business Planning EMEA at Starbucks. In addition to his role on the Effectiveness & Learning Committee at Laudes Foundation, he is a member of an Investment Committee at Porticus.

Previously, Matthew worked at C&A across Europe, China and Americas. Most recently, he served as Director of Operations and Business Development at C&A Mexico. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Marketing degree from Babson College.

Michiel Brenninkmeijer

Michiel Brenninkmeijer currently serves on several committees of the family owner’s private charitable endeavours, including Laudes Foundation’s Effectiveness & Learning Committee. He is also a member of the Eco-Impact Investor Circle of RARE, a member of the Supervisory Board of Joh. Jacobs & Co., and Managing Director of Straightmark Pte. Ltd.

Michiel spent his 35-year career with C&A acting in various roles across retail, supply chain management and sustainability, across Asia, Europe and Latin America, most recently serving as Sourcing Director of C&A China from 2014 to 2016. Michiel holds a BA in Economics from the University of Georgetown.

Laudes Foundation Management Team

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The Management Team heads the day-to-day decision-making of Laudes Foundation to ensure we deliver results in line with our strategy.  

Management Team Members:  

Leslie Johnston – CEO  

As its first CEO, Leslie Johnston leads the development and execution of Laudes Foundation’s strategy and operating model to deliver on its vision in which global markets value all people and respect nature. Leslie currently serves on the boards of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, Fashion for Good BV and Stichting, GoodWeave International, the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), and the Philanthropy Coalition for Climate. 

Leslie has over 20 years of management experience across business, entrepreneurship, development and philanthropy. Previously, she headed C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director, repositioning it as a global catalyst to make fashion a force for good. She also served as Executive Director of the Argidius Foundation, Deputy Director for TechnoServe in Africa and a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. 

Amol Mehra– Director of Industry Transformation  

Amol Mehra leads Laudes Foundation’s bold and strategic efforts to transform industry practices, specifically through our Built Environment and Fashion programmes.  

Amol serves as a Founding Member of Funders Organized for Rights in the Global Economy ("FORGE"); as a Council Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Human Rights; as a Board Member of EarthRights International; on the Advisory Council for the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern and as a Commissioner on the United Nations Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking ("Liechtenstein Initiative"). 

Amol is a human rights lawyer and previously he was the Managing Director of the Freedom Fund and served as Executive Director of ICAR.  

Catrin Thomas - Director Brand, Communications and Advocacy

Catrin leads the team responsible for advancing the foundation’s efforts to catalyse broad impact through the development of external relations, strategic communications and visual branding strategies.  

As a senior corporate affairs professional, Catrin has more than 20 years of international experience in strategic communications, integrated marketing, content and analyst relations across the financial services, technology, media and non-profit sectors.

Prior to joining Laudes Foundation, Catrin was the Corporate Affairs Director at the UK Government backed Green Finance Institute and previously the Head of Corporate Communications, EMEA, at Bloomberg. A fluent Welsh speaker, Catrin sits on the board of GlobalWelsh, a non-profit diaspora engagement and investment organisation.

Katy Hartley - Director of Strategy   

Katy Hartley designs the Laudes Foundation’s strategy to ensure it is clear, bold, and provides a consistent plan - while enabling Laudes to adapt rapidly in a volatile world. She led the development of its first five-year strategy and the Laudes Foundation Economic System Map.  

She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of strategy development, philanthropy, partnership building, international public affairs, corporate reputation and stakeholder management. Previously, Katy has held positions as Director of Philanthropy Communications at COFRA (including C&A Foundation and Porticus) For Royal Philips she set up and led The Philips Center for Health and Wellbeing which hosted global think tanks on major societal issues including Livable Cities and Active Aging. She created the Philips Foundation and its inaugural mission and strategy which focused on improving innovation in humanitarian aid. 

Kelly Clark - Director of Finance and Capital Market Transformation 

Kelly Clark leads the foundation's efforts in reimaging the current economic system and definition of value that goes beyond shareholder interest. 

Kelly is on the advisory committees of Wheb Asset Management, Carbon Tracker, the Asset Owners Disclosure Project and the Smith School for Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University.   Kelly serves on the Board of the Good Fashion Fund.   

Before joining Laudes Foundation, Kelly was the Founder/Director of the Finance Dialogue, a think tank leveraging institutional investors to accelerate the net-zero carbon transition. Kelly spent ten years as a banker in the US, London and Hong Kong, culminating in her role as the Head of South East Asian Private Banking for UBS out of Hong Kong.  

Lee Alexander Risby – Director of Effective Philanthropy  

Lee Risby steers the organisation in measuring, evaluating, and learning from results and long-term impact. In his role, he also leads the foundation’s efforts to build partners capacities and integrate gender, equity and inclusion across the programmes. Lee serves on the Global Advisory Group of The Center for Effective Philanthropy. 

Previously, Lee led EP and Impact & Communications teams at C&A Foundation. Prior to that, he worked in various evaluation positions at The World Bank Group, African Development Bank Group and led his own evaluation consulting company.   

Maribelle Mampaeij - Chief Operations Officer  

Maribelle is responsible for the Operations of the Foundation, including, Finance, Legal, Risk and Operational Excellence. Maribelle has broad experience advising on organizational models, governance and programme management. 

She was an M&A lawyer with the Dutch law firm Kennedy Van der Laan before moving inhouse as AMEA Legal Counsel at TNT Express. She then moved to the strategy department of PostNL's Parcel Division to develop their M&A strategy, before becoming the project lead for the reorganization PostNL's Head Office. Before joining Laudes she travelled with her family and worked for VEON. At VEON she served as Corporate Governance Director and Performance Transformation Director, before leading the group operating model.

Our global team

Meet our diverse team of passionate professionals working towards a collective vision of a just and regenerative economy.

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Adinda Ibarra Karperien
Adinda Ibarra Karperien
Legal Counsel
Amanda Tobias
Amanda Tobias
Programme Analyst Labour RIghts
Amol Mehra
Amol Mehra
Director of Industry Transformation
Angelica Salazar
Angelica Salazar
Programme Officer Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Anita Chester
Anita Chester
Head of Materials
Anna Watt
Anna Watt
Programme Officer Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Annelien Westerdijk
Annelien Westerdijk
Project Manager Global Solutions
Catrin Thomas
Catrin Thomas
Director Brand, Communications & Advocacy
Cedric Pacheco
Cedric Pacheco
Programme Manager Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Charu Jain
Charu Jain
Senior Advocacy Manager Materials
Chloe de Roos Feinberg
Chloe de Roos Feinberg
Business Manager to the CEO
Clare Hierons
Clare Hierons
Senior Programme Manager Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Delaney Lopulua
Delaney Lopulua
Global HR Business Manager
Devika Bhat
Devika Bhat
Programme & Operations Specialist
Fabio de Almeida
Fabio de Almeida
Organisational Network Effectiveness Manager
Faiza Farah Tuba
Faiza Farah Tuba
Programme Officer Labour Rights
Frauke Gorosabel
Frauke Gorosabel
Grant Administration Manager
Gabriela Rocha
Gabriela Rocha
Brand & Communications Manager
Ilan Vuddamalay
Ilan Vuddamalay
Senior Programme Manager Labour Rights
Ili Gindroz
Ili Gindroz
Grant Administration Assistant Global Operations
Ingrid Knoet
Ingrid Knoet
Senior Global Solutions Manager
Ipshita Sinha
Ipshita Sinha
Programme Manager Labour Rights
James Drinkwater
James Drinkwater
Head of Built Environment
Janet Ho
Janet Ho
Programme Officer
Jessica Oliveira
Jessica Oliveira
Operations and Finance Analyst
Jill Tucker
Jill Tucker
Head of Labour Rights
Joana Castello Branco
Joana Castello Branco
Brand & Communications Manager
Karan Kumar
Karan Kumar
Programme Officer Materials
Karen Fiallos Castillo
Karen Fiallos Castillo
Executive Assistant, CEO Office
Karmen Roosien
Karmen Roosien
Global Solutions Officer
Katy Hartley
Katy Hartley
Director of Strategy
Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark
Director of Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Lakshmi Poti
Lakshmi Poti
Senior Programme Manager Materials
Lee Alexander Risby
Lee Alexander Risby
Director of Effective Philanthropy
Leslie Johnston
Leslie Johnston
CEO
Leticia Santos
Leticia Santos
Brand & Communications Analyst
Liona de Graaf
Liona de Graaf
Global Operations Analyst
Litul Baruah
Litul Baruah
Programme Manager Materials
Luciana Pereira
Luciana Pereira
Programme Manager Materials
Maerten Moerkercken van der Meulen
Maerten Moerkercken van der Meulen
Reporting Analyst, Global Solutions
Manik Sharma
Manik Sharma
Operational Excellence Specialist, Transformation & Philanthropy Services
Margarida C. Lunetta
Margarida C. Lunetta
Programme Manager Labour Rights
Mariana Xavier
Mariana Xavier
Programme Manager Labour Rights
Maribelle Mampaeij
Maribelle Mampaeij
Chief Operations Officer
Maya Faerch
Maya Faerch
Senior Programme Manager, Built Environment
Megan McGill
Megan McGill
Senior Programme Manager Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Mirjam Beeler
Mirjam Beeler
Grant Administration Specialist
Naureen Chowdury
Naureen Chowdury
Senior Programme Manager Labour Rights
Nazek Selim
Nazek Selim
Programme Officer, Built Enviornment
Nicole Clifford
Nicole Clifford
Finance Anaylst
Puneet Chugh
Puneet Chugh
Team Assistant
Sameer Taware
Sameer Taware
Programme Manager Labour Rights
Sarah Ong
Sarah Ong
Senior Strategy Manager
Savi Mull
Savi Mull
Senior Evaluation Manager
Shailendra Kumar
Shailendra Kumar
Housekeeping Support
Silvia Ursu
Silvia Ursu
Programme Manager Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Solange Bermond
Solange Bermond
Programme and Operations Analyst, Finance & Capital Market Transformation
Stephanie van Drunen Littel
Stephanie van Drunen Littel
Business Manager a.i., CEO Office
Stephen Birtwistle
Stephen Birtwistle
Programme Manager, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Tamirys Aquino
Tamirys Aquino
Programme & Operations Assistant
Tatiana de Andrade Goulart
Tatiana de Andrade Goulart
Grant Administration Assistant, Global Operations
Varun Joseph
Varun Joseph
Programme Officer Materials
Willian Almeida
Willian Almeida
Grant Finance and Partner Compliance Manager
Zita Pámer
Zita Pámer
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