About us

Open Circles Foundation is a recognized non-profit organization (ANBI status), which was founded in 2011 by Vered and Nisandeh Neta.

At Open Circles Foundation we strongly believe that empowerment comes through education. If we are serious on eradicating today’s global issues and achieving our greatest potential, education is key. Therefore Open Circles Foundation focuses on providing education in developing countries.

Our mission

Our mission is to empower people in developing countries through education. We do this by improving and furthering education through:

  • Supporting projects, organisations and activities that contribute directly to the improvement of education
  • Enhancing the capabilities of those who contribute to better education for all
  • Improving access to education

Our goals

Our goal is to support organizations that develop new concepts of education, which empower people to fulfill their potential. In the spirit of our vision we support institutes that demonstrate innovation and breakthrough in the educational field. We donate our resources (both financial and know-how) to those organizations creating impact by educating the underprivileged or uneducated. We support and encourage institutes focussing on alternative methods of education.

The board

Nisandeh Neta

Vered Neta

Chairperson

Nisandeh Neta

Stephanie Wellink

Secretary

Nisandeh Neta

Femke Bos

Treasurer

Nisandeh Neta

Nisandeh Neta

Co-founder

Nisandeh Neta

Nisandeh Neta is a serial entrepreneur who has devoted his life in helping entrepreneurs fulfill their greatest potential by teaching them how to become more successful personally, professionally and financially.

He has been teaching entrepreneurs for the last 20 years and has helped more than 80,000 people all over the world with his seminars, books and videos. He is the author of the bestseller book: Elements of Success, which was praised by Brain Tracey, Stephan Covey and many more business leaders.

Vered Neta

Vered Neta is a trainer, coach and educator. Since 1990 she has been helping small business owners and entrepreneurs creating personal, business and financial success focusing mainly on women empowerment and development.

During the ’80 she was involved in creating a new concept of education and museums for children that were called “Active Museums”. She was part of the team that built the first one in Jerusalem. Between 1991-1993 she initiated and led a nation wide program in Israel to improve relationships between teachers-students and parents using communication tools that some of them she developed.

In 2010 Vered was awarded the TIAW World of Difference Award, an award given to women whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide.

Femke Bos

Femke Bos is Fund Manager of Triodos Microfinance Fund at Triodos Investment Management, part of the Triodos Bank Group. With over 13 years of investment management experience in the microfinance sector, particularly in Asia, she has cultivated a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry. Throughout her career, Femke Bos has served on the Board of Directors and key committees of several microfinance institutions, from start-ups to well-established fully-fledged banks. Prior to joining Triodos Bank in 2002 as a Senior Investment Officer and later as Fund Manager for Triodos Sustainable Finance Foundation, she held several positions with ABN AMRO Bank in the Netherlands. Femke is also a board member of Mama Cash, a renowned foundation that supports women’s, girls and trans people’s movements worldwide.

Stephanie Wellink

Stephanie Wellink is a social entrepreneur who strongly believes that cooperation is key in turning today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities. As former policy advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, she has experience in the development sector, public affairs and policy. Her expertise lies in cross-sector cooperation, partnership development and stakeholder management. She has been part of various project boards and multiple steering committees focussing on food security and sustainable development. As an active member of Nederland Cares she also volunteers in local initiatives.