Management Team

Paul Grinvalds

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

Paul holds a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. He and his wife, Sophia, founded AFRIpads in 2010 while living in a remote village in Uganda, where they saw the direct need for an affordable sanitary pad in these parts of the world.

Sophia Grinvalds

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

Sophia holds a BA in Environment & Development from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. She co-founded AFRIpads in 2010 with her husband Paul, and currently serves as a Managing Director of the company.

Barbra Nambafu

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Barbra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) and a Diploma in Accounting from Makerere University Business School. Barbra also attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Uganda Management Institute (UMI).

Irene Nakayima

PRODUCTION MANAGER

27 year old Irene has worked with AFRIpads for 5 years now, and has a diploma in social work and social administration.

Annette van Dijk

MANAGING DIRECTOR MALAWI

Annette holds a Bachelor in Human Resource Management from Saxion University of Applied Science in Deventer, the Netherlands. She serves as a Managing Director of Afripads in Malawi since September 2016.

Enoch Odongo

HEAD OF SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS

Enoch’s current role is to build a highly efficient value driven supply chain, nimble and responsive operations. Prior to joining AFRIpads (U) Ltd., Enoch was Operations Manager for AIDS Healthcare Foundation Uganda Cares.

Dorothy Maynard

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Dorothy Maynard started with AFRIpads in 2011 and has over 20 years’ experience in management and operations. She loves working with the production team! They are the best!

Sales and Operations Team

Sales, Finance & Operations team at the AFRIpads Head Office in Kampala, Uganda. This team is responsible for making things happen!  They handle everything from sales to shipping to finance.

Production Team

Production team at AFRIpads manufacturing workshop in Masaka, Uganda. This team is responsible for making our AFRIpads Menstrual Kits at our manufacturing facility, located in a rural village in Southwestern Uganda.

AFRIpads B.V.

AFRIpads B.V. is the company’s legal entity in the Netherlands. Its dedicated team of professionals works closely together with AFRIpads Ltd., providing hands-on operational and financial support to the Ugandan operations.

Bert Bolkenstein

MANAGING DIRECTOR AFRIPADS BV

Bert has been an investor but even more importantly a mentor for AFRIpads from the very beginning. He met Paul and Sophia when they started the pilot project in 2009, immediately saw the potential of their idea and decided to invest.

Rene Meijer

CFO

Rene has been involved with AFRIpads since 2011. He is the owner of Fixum Finances and previously worked for various small and med-sized companies all over Europe.

Supervisory Board

Our strong international, non-executive Supervisory Board consists of members from diverse backgrounds, ranging from international women’s issues, to fast moving consumer goods, to finance. The Supervisory Board formally supervises the management’s policies and the company’s general course of operations. It furthermore proactively provides advice to AFRIpads’ management.

Konstanze Neuerberg

BOARD MEMBER

Konstanze joined the Supervisory Board in the spring of 2012. She is currently working as an independent architect in Paris, France. Before establishing her own practice she worked for renowned architectural firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York, Dominique Perrault and Jean Nouvel in Paris. She is currently involved in sustainable architecture projects in France and in the design of the new AFRIpads factory in Uganda.

Cristina Ljunberg

BOARD MEMBER

Cristina joined the Supervisory Board in 2014. Her previous positions are Principal Engineer at Baxter International and Consultant at McKinsey & Co. She currently serves as a partner at Influence Film and Director at Giving Wings.

René van de Wolfshaar

CHAIRMAN SUPERVISORY BOARD

René was appointed in 2010. Some of his previous positions are MD of C&E Bankers, Head of Private Clients Lombard Odier, SVB Lowland international and Board member of Youth Theatre School The Masquerade. He is currently a partner at Stuijvesant Wealth Strategy and Board member of two family foundations.

Giovanni Gerola

BOARD MEMBER

Giovanni was appointed in 2014 as Board Member of the Supervisory Board. His previous positions are Investment Manager at MicroVentures Investments SA (LUX/CH) and COO at Altromercato Soc. Coop (IT). He currently serves as Director of Investments at Fondazione Opes (IT).

Mark Holladay

BOARD MEMBER

In 2009, Mark was appointed as Board Member of the Supervisory Board. His previous positions are Managing Director Europe and Asia Aalberts Industries and Founding Partner Espinosa Partners. He currently serves as the Managing Director Wharf Advisory Services LTD.

OUR AFRICA TEAM

Management Team

Paul Grinvalds

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

Paul holds a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. He and his wife, Sophia, founded AFRIpads in 2010 while living in a remote village in Uganda, where they saw the direct need for an affordable sanitary pad in these parts of the world.

Sophia Grinvalds

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

Sophia holds a BA in Environment & Development from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. She co-founded AFRIpads in 2010 with her husband Paul, and currently serves as a Managing Director of the company.

Barbra Nambafu

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Barbra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) and a Diploma in Accounting from Makerere University Business School. Barbra also attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Uganda Management Institute (UMI).

Irene Nakayima

PRODUCTION MANAGER

27 year old Irene has worked with AFRIpads for 5 years now, and has a diploma in social work and social administration.

Annette van Dijk

MANAGING DIRECTOR MALAWI

Annette holds a Bachelor in Human Resource Management from Saxion University of Applied Science in Deventer, the Netherlands. She serves as a Managing Director of Afripads in Malawi since September 2016.

Enoch Odongo

HEAD OF SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS

Enoch’s current role is to build a highly efficient value driven supply chain, nimble and responsive operations. Prior to joining AFRIpads (U) Ltd., Enoch was Operations Manager for AIDS Healthcare Foundation Uganda Cares.

Dorothy Maynard

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Dorothy Maynard started with AFRIpads in 2011 and has over 20 years’ experience in management and operations. She loves working with the production team! They are the best!

Sales and Operations Team

Sales, Finance & Operations team at the AFRIpads Head Office in Kampala, Uganda. This team is responsible for making things happen!  They handle everything from sales to shipping to finance.

Production Team

Production team at AFRIpads manufacturing workshop in Masaka, Uganda. This team is responsible for making our AFRIpads Menstrual Kits at our manufacturing facility, located in a rural village in Southwestern Uganda.

OUR INTERNATIONAL TEAM

AFRIpads B.V.

AFRIpads B.V. is the company’s legal entity in the Netherlands. Its dedicated team of professionals works closely together with AFRIpads Ltd., providing hands-on operational and financial support to the Ugandan operations.

Bert Bolkenstein

MANAGING DIRECTOR AFRIPADS BV

Bert has been an investor but even more importantly a mentor for AFRIpads from the very beginning. He met Paul and Sophia when they started the pilot project in 2009, immediately saw the potential of their idea and decided to invest.

Rene Meijer

CFO

Rene has been involved with AFRIpads since 2011. He is the owner of Fixum Finances and previously worked for various small and med-sized companies all over Europe.

Supervisory Board

Our strong international, non-executive Supervisory Board consists of members from diverse backgrounds, ranging from international women’s issues, to fast moving consumer goods, to finance. The Supervisory Board formally supervises the management’s policies and the company’s general course of operations. It furthermore proactively provides advice to AFRIpads’ management.

Konstanze Neuerberg

BOARD MEMBER

Konstanze joined the Supervisory Board in the spring of 2012. She is currently working as an independent architect in Paris, France. Before establishing her own practice she worked for renowned architectural firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York, Dominique Perrault and Jean Nouvel in Paris. She is currently involved in sustainable architecture projects in France and in the design of the new AFRIpads factory in Uganda.

Cristina Ljunberg

BOARD MEMBER

Cristina joined the Supervisory Board in 2014. Her previous positions are Principal Engineer at Baxter International and Consultant at McKinsey & Co. She currently serves as a partner at Influence Film and Director at Giving Wings.

René van de Wolfshaar

CHAIRMAN SUPERVISORY BOARD

René was appointed in 2010. Some of his previous positions are MD of C&E Bankers, Head of Private Clients Lombard Odier, SVB Lowland international and Board member of Youth Theatre School The Masquerade. He is currently a partner at Stuijvesant Wealth Strategy and Board member of two family foundations.

Giovanni Gerola

BOARD MEMBER

Giovanni was appointed in 2014 as Board Member of the Supervisory Board. His previous positions are Investment Manager at MicroVentures Investments SA (LUX/CH) and COO at Altromercato Soc. Coop (IT). He currently serves as Director of Investments at Fondazione Opes (IT).

Mark Holladay

BOARD MEMBER

In 2009, Mark was appointed as Board Member of the Supervisory Board. His previous positions are Managing Director Europe and Asia Aalberts Industries and Founding Partner Espinosa Partners. He currently serves as the Managing Director Wharf Advisory Services LTD.

OUR PARTNERS


AFRIpads (U) Ltd

Plot 28 Ntinda View Crescent
Naguru, Kampala, Uganda
+256 (0) 392 174 561
[email protected]

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