Our Team

Pieter Kruidenier

As a co-founder and visionary, Pieter Kruidenier has been tirelessly building Tree of Life since its inception. In 2003, he planted the first pineapple in Cameroon where our first training center now stands! Pieter runs a successful one-man business as a creative web & app designer; Bij Pieter. He is program manager for the construction of our Tree of Life app and a proud ambassador for our projects. Pieter is married to Marleen and is the father of two beautiful children.

Christian Slager

Christian Slager has been involved as a co-founder since 2006 and facilitates the running of Tree of Life on a daily basis. As a spider in the web, there are days when he calls, texts and zooms ‘half way around the world’. Translating project ideas and plans into reality in project countries, communicating with donors, fundraising and entering into partnerships are just a few things he does. Christian is married to Anneke and together, they have a lovely daughter and son together.

Leigh Doest

Leigh Doest has been involved with Tree of Life since 2018. With an eye for quality and detail, she assists with project management, communication with field workers, as well as administration tasks. Leigh is a qualified English teacher and has extensive work experience as an event manager and secretary. She grew up in South Africa has lived in four different countries. Leigh is married to Arno and is a mom of two gorgeous children.

Hedwig van Dijkhuizen

Hedwig van Dijkhuizen has been involved with the foundation since early 2021. As a copywriter, Hedwig is involved in writing project proposals, thinking along about the vision, testing the new Tree of Life app and other PR related things. She also works with Pieter on the design and texts for the new website. Hedwig is married to Joost.

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