Maarten Vervaat

Maarten Vervaat


+31 (6) 55 29 29 49

Originally aspiring to become an academic, halfway through my master’s thesis I found the lonely work of research was not for me. Yet the University of Amsterdam offered me the opportunity to make a different contribution, as a fundraiser. I remain genuinely convinced of the power of education and cultural institutions to change the face of society and the lives of the individuals that shape its future. It has given me a deep-rooted inspiration to accompany institutions and charities in their mission to increase their impact by building meaningful, sustainable partnerships with supporters who share their aspirations.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Aiglon College
  • CASE
  • Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  • Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm)
  • Institut Pasteur
  • Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut (LaM)
  • Vlerick Business School
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


  • Campaign Planning and Strategy
  • Case for Support development
  • Regular Giving
  • Major Gifts
  • Building and managing effective development teams
  • International Fundraising
  • Polyglot and familiar with diverse international environments (Europe, USA, Middle-East and South-East Asia)

Before More

  • Director of University Outreach & Advancement, The American University of Paris
  • Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Utrecht University
  • Vice-President for Operations, The Cyprus Institute
  • Director of Funds and Relations, University of Amsterdam
  • Head of Exhibitions, World Press Photo Foundation
  • Masters in French Language and Culture, The University of Amsterdam

Outside More

An avid scuba diver, sailor and aspirational pilot, I enjoy seeking the thrill of challenging my personal strength, balanced by ancient and modern technology, against the awesome forces of wind and water.

Born in Greece and raised in the Netherlands, I find myself at home in the world, travelling and enjoying interaction with international friends, colleagues – and total strangers! – and learning from their diverse views, customs, cultures and languages.

When not travelling, I enjoy catching up on life over long dinners at home with my partner and friends.