Astrid Vermeer, Chief Financial Officer
Astrid Vermeer, IFES' chief financial officer, has extensive experience in financial management. She leads IFES’ accounting, external auditing, financial reporting, treasury, IT, contracts & grants and payroll functions.
Vermeer came to IFES from the American Red Cross where she oversaw finances for their international line of business. She was instrumental in transforming the business unit into a lean, focused and sustainable operation to enable the organization to continue with a significantly lower unrestricted base.
Vermeer spent almost ten years with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in her native Suriname, Switzerland, United States and Belgium. She last served WWF as chief operating officer for the Global Climate Energy initiative. Based in Brussels, Belgium, she was responsible for monitoring & evaluation, finance, human resources management and fundraising for a program with operations in ten priority countries. She also spent three years with Abt Associates Inc. both in the United States and Angola.
Fluent in English and Dutch, she is also conversant in Portuguese and French.
She holds an Executive MBA in finance and general management from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and a master’s degree in business economics from the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.