The Hilversum One Foundation is an omnicultural organisation, which has set itself the goal of connecting people through art and culture. The foundation aims to bring together Hilversummers from different cultural backgrounds, ages and sexual preferences in order to create more understanding, knowledge and cooperation for the diversity of cultures within Hilversum.
The Hilversum One Foundation was founded in 2016 by Siloyile Ndlovu from Zimbabwe, who has lived in Hilversum for 8 years. Siloyile studied financial management in Zimbabwe, then worked at the former Wereldomroep and is now Finance manager at the INHOPE, a foundation that fights against child abuse worldwide . Besides the fact that she can handle figures well, she also has experience in organizing events, as she did in Cape Town before coming to the Netherlands. Siloyile is chairman of the board and the first contact for the municipality and other financial partners.
The board furthermore consists of Wopke Postuma-Bijl: he is an IT specialist and is a tremendous asset to the foundation because of is great organizational talent. Wopke coordinates the meetings and maintains contacts with third parties, such as the municipality and other funds that could provide additional income.
Furthermore, Hilversum One is supported by Lei Ma: who runs a catering company and has a great network that he uses for the benefit of the foundation. He is also project manager for an NGO in Hilversum who focuses on helping youth in China to have a voice in their country. He is gay and has a link with the LGBT+ community in The Netherlands.
In addition to the Board, there is a Supervisory Board consisting of two Dutch women who have a broad network in Hilversum so that we can easily connect with local organisations, and a Syrian man and a Moroccan woman rooted in the Muslim community that makes up a quarter of the Hilversum population. The Supervisory Board helps the management manage and carry out the activities.