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The AviAssist Foundation is the only independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting professionalism in African aviation safety. The Foundation's sole purpose is to provide impartial,independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the African aviation industry.
We provide our safety guidance & resources through training courses, social media and Africa's only dedicated safety promotion magazine - SafetyFocus. On top of that,our Safety in African Aviation conference provides Africa's only neutral ground for competitors and regulators to meet and address safety issues.
We mostly work in
the 25 States of the ICAO East and Southern African (ESAF) region. 

Our services include:

  • Making best aviation safety practices available to African professionals
  • Communicate effectively about aviation safety (incl. distribution of SafetyFocus - Africa's dedicated safety magazine)
  • Training and support programs to improve aviation safety
  • Provide expertise & advice to organisations providing safety support to the region
  • Enabling aviation organisations globally to deploy safety expertise as part of their corporate social responsibility programs
  • Map safety improvement requirements & produce a catalog of opportunities to address the requirements
  • Assist in processing those requirements towards projects
For more information, see the section on programs and services. Programs of the AviAssist Foundation are long term commitment.  Why? Because sustainable safety requires a long term commitment.

Capt. Auke Dros -  Auke joined KLM in 1992 and currently holds the position of Chief Pilot of KLM's Airbus 330 fleet, the KLM fleet that flies into many African destinations

Jan van der Hoeven - Jan holds the position of board treasurer. Jan has 30 years of experience in the area of IT Services finances and management. A good part of those years was spent in management positions with the world's fourth-largest information technology company by revenue, with responsibilities for financial management running throughout his career.

Bert Kraan - Bert started his career in the Royal Netherlands Navy. After moving to civil aviation, Bert worked in many aviation safety roles ranging from head of flight operations and Deputy director Civil Aviation Authority Netherlands (rtd.) to Member of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and ICAO Council representative.

Ron Louwerse - Ron started his career in the Netherlands police. From there he entered the airport security world and joined Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. From security he moved to become the director safety, security & environment. He currently is Managing director of Rotterdam The Hague Airport, an airport that is part of the Schiphol Group.

Hellen Ndichu - Hellen currently holds the position of director safety with Rwandair, an IATA airline operating from Rwanda.

Ron Schipper - Ron served as Non-Executive Director of Kenya Airways for many years. He joined KLM in 1969. He worked in various management positions until 1977. He was appointed Manager of the Cabin Crew Training Department at Schiphol in the same year. He left the Netherlands in 1980 for his first of many postings abroad including Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. He was KLM’s Vice President and Area Manager Africa based in Johannesburg from 1994 and a board member of Kenya Airways and Precision Air.

The staff of the Foundation has over 30 years of combined experience in African aviation safety support.

Tom Kok - Director

Marily Heyster - Senior program manager (part time, Dubai based)

Blaise Bazimya - intern (Rwanda Based)

Tax relief & charitable donations - AviAssist Foundation & ANBI status 

The Foundation's tax number (RSIN) is 8184.80.555

Strategic vision/ Beleidsplan
The Foundation operates on the basis of a five year strategic plan. The current plan lays out the plans for 2015-2020. Click here to download the Strategic Vision 2015-2020

Remuneration policy
The remuneration policy of staff is in line with industry standards for independent, non-profit organisations.

Contact details
The Foundation can be contact via email at info [@]
The Foundation's phone number is +44 7552.816.435 and it can be reached by fax at +31 (0)84 8325185

Financial accountability
Click here to download the Foundation's financial statement and here for the balance.

Data protection policy
We take our responsibility to protect your personal data extremely seriously and have updated our policies to reflect the new 2018 GDPR regulations. You always have the right to ask for erasure from our magazine and email database. We do not collect any sensitive data such as gender, date of birth, medical details, gender, photos and videos of professionals in our network. You can read our data protection policy here.

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