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Maartje Pronk

Maartje Pronk

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Bangladesh
YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role

As Product Development Manager for Max Water Social Business, I coordinate the transition of Max Foundation’s water supply programmes into a social water enterprise. I am using my experience in water and public health issues to develop Max Social Water Business in Bangladesh and accelerate its scale up. Part of my time is devoted to business development for Max Foundation to support new program development and link with possible partner organisations and donors on WASH (Water & Sanitation and Hygiene education) and Health (safe motherhood, nutrition) issues.

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Business development; project management; Social Return on Investment; grant writing; public-private partnerships



Nationality: Dutch

  • Advanced Master in International Development, CIDIN, University of Nijmegen
  • MSc in International Development, University of Wageningen
  • BSc (Hons) in International Development, University of Wageningen

Experience before YEP

Before becoming a Young Expert, I worked in the UK as a Programmes Officer for Lepra, an international public health charity focusing on Neglected Tropical Diseases. I was responsible for the country programmes in Bangladesh and Mozambique related to leprosy, lymphatic filariasis and TB. Due to the nature of these diseases, disability inclusion and morbidity management were frequent themes in my work. During my time with Lepra, I also vice-chaired the LF NGDO Network.


Furthermore, I worked as Programme Officer for Cordaid in the Netherlands, in the Disaster Risk Reduction & Disaster Response unit. I have worked on the response to a number of humanitarian crises (including Ebola and floods in Europe), but my main responsibilities were related to long term DRR in Haiti and Indonesia. Working on climate change resilience in Indonesia offered me the opportunity to be involved in setting up various public-private partnerships related to agriculture and water management. 

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