Supervisory Board

Frank W. Bakx - Chairperson
Frank W. Bakx has a MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Frank is a senior rural development expert, with extensive international experience in agricultural and value chain financing. As employee of the Dutch Rabobank up to 2017, he served in various capacities mainly consulting the rural and financial sectors in developing countries and countries in transition. Prior to this, 11 years of long term assignments in Africa as adviser for agricultural sector planning and rural development. Frank boasts a broad international experience covering a wide range of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

While working in an international context and dealing with cultural differences Frank got convinced that access to rights is needed in all spheres of live, but the more so when people deal with local authorities and financial institutions. Awareness of such legal rights among the poor and marginalised is the starting point. Next, indiscriminate access to legal services needs to be assured for those people to participate in their society and gain a decent living.
Michiel Verweij – Secretary
Michiel Verweij studied land and water management and holds an MBA.

He has had an international career as project manager and consultant in water management, sanitation and agriculture in Africa and Latin America. Through his work, he realized that basic legal needs like property rights and being recognized as citizen are essential to any inclusive development endeavour. According to him, it is impossible to invest in water and sanitation if large numbers of people have no property rights, or for people to participate in catchment management if the rights relating to natural resources are not clearly defined.

Michiel believes that, by supporting men and women through Microjustice, companies and individuals come into a substantially better position to define development whether this regards economic, organizational, ecological, cultural or spiritual dimensions.
Joost Schretlen
Joost Schretlen (1965), is CEO of Segon and Senior partner in Finance Network Netherlands. Joost has a financial background and is an expert in financial structuring of (European funded) public-private entities, real estate en smart energy solutions. Next to that Joost is also a strategic advisor on housing and sustainability for several municipalities, provinces, ministeries, social housing cooperatives, parc management organisations for industrial zones and multi functional locations. Joost has worked for several banks (Rabobank, Unico Banking Group, Schretlen & Co, Van der Hoop Effectenbank), before starting his first company FNN in 2001. Joost has a master degree in business economics.
The creation of legal justice program in disturbed regions is conditional for a sustainable development of the involved local communities and refugees. The gap between the have and have- nots and the enourmous increase of refugees and social disturbances has motivated Joost to participate in this great organisation of MicroJustice.

The Team

Microjustice Team

Patricia van Nispen tot Sevenaer – Director
Patricia van Nispen tot Sevenaer set up the Microjustice foundation in 1996, and has developed Microjustice ever since. She has lead the organization through its different phases: its start in the former Yugoslavia working on the post-war rehabilitation of refugees, the development of Microjustice as a sustainable way to provide legal services in the international development cooperation, its start in Latin America and further development in Africa, and its pioneering work in regards to the Legal Inclusion Mapping Program.

Patricia always wanted to do what she is doing now. This is why after her Masters in Law, she continued her postgraduate studies in International Relations and became inspired to focus on the ‘human aspects’ of international relations as to her this is something that seemed to be lacking. According to her, a precondition for democracy and durable peace is that all people are protected and integrated in the system; thus, instead of speaking of abstract concepts such as ‘States’, one has to look beyond this concept:the people living within that State need to be protected. In Microjustice she has found the perfect way to engage in this in a structural way. Prior to creating Microjustice, she worked with a commercial law firm in Amsterdam (Houthoff Buruma; 1990-94) and with the UN in Rwanda, Malawi and Croatia (1994-96).
Bernard Taverne – Organizations Process Advisor
I joined Microjustice since end of 2018. I got inspired by the vision ans mission of MICROJUSTICE WORKING TOWARDS THE LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND INCLUSION OF MARGINALIZED PEOPLE AND VICTIMS OF HUMANITARIAN DISASTER. My role is to support and advise Microjustice on the further development and streamlining the delivery of their programs to their clients. Starting point to get the right understanding of the problem and the need in legal empowerment. To deliver solutions faster, better and more cost efficient with an engaged projectteam (including our stakeholders) . With the purpose to implement sustainable programs so the partner organization in the country can deliver the legal empowerment services on their own.
Marinko Lukic - Global support Legal Protection Barometer Program
Global support Legal Protection Barometer Program
Ronald Grimaldi Chura Carlos - Development and management of ICT
Ronald Grimaldi Chura Carlos, an ICT engineer, has worked with Microjusticia Peru (MJP) since its creation in September 2008, as part of an excellent interdisciplinary team that has been able to boost Microjustice in Peru in the regions of Puno, Cusco and Lima. He is responsible for all management, development, research and support related to ICT.

He feels glad to be able to use his professional skills to contribute to the work of an organization that helps the most vulnerable people to become legally empowered.

Our team in Bolivia

Miriam Colque – Director
Joining MJB has given Miriam Colque Flores the opportunity to work with people who need legal assistance, both by helping them directly to solve their legal cases and by lobbying in order to promote institutional and legal changes that benefit the population. Her personal goals in MJB are: educating the population on their basic rights and creating a network of lawyers that use their practical experience and legal knowledge to contribute to the creation of a better legal system in Bolivia.

Miriam Colque Flores grew up and still lives in La Paz, a city that she considers to be the best of Bolivia, even though it has too many social conflicts. Her small family and her pets are the most important things in her life. She is religious, likes alternative rock, swimming, and Formula 1. She is a lawyer specialized in criminal law and human rights. These subjects interest her because they change in accordance with changes in society.
Mireya Eva Poma Chuquimia – Lawyer
She is a lawyer by profession, and joined the Microjusticia Bolivia team in 2015, being in charge of the legal sponsorship of judicial and administrative processes of regularization and regularization of urban property rights, among other cases handled by the Foundation.

Currently, she is responsible for the Social Area of Microjusticia Bolivia, and her desire is to contribute with her work to the continuity of the Foundation's activities, in order to make possible the exercise of their rights and access to justice for vulnerable sectors and the general population who use the services of Microjusticia Bolivia.
Andrea Beatriz Leon Cabrera – Lawyer
Andrea León Cabrera has joined Microjustice foundation because of his deep spirit of defending citizens and their rights, giving equal treatment to all people and collaborating in access to justice.

Andrea has always seek platforms that give her the ability to help people with her knowledge, which she has developed in extensive work experience in the public sector and studies in constitutional law, regulatory development and human rights.

Provide access to the Justice for the most vulnerable sectors is essential.

Our team in Kenya

Hanne Wanjiru - Legal Researcher
Hanne Wanjiru is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Hanne Wanjiru specialises in Real Estate, Securities and Corporate Commercial Law. Her expertise extends to all aspects of Real Estate including the representation of owners, developers and investors in the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing and joint venture structuring of all property types including commercial, residential and mixed-use developments.

Her experience also includes advising clients on land use, planning due diligence and compliance matters involving properties throughout Kenya.

Hanne Wanjiru is exultant to be part of Microjustice as it is an opportunity to use her professional skills to contribute to the attainment of SDG16 in Kenya.

Our team in Serbia/Croatia

Predrag Jergić – Local Coordinator
Predrag Jergić was born in Vukovar Croatia, and has a double citizenship: Croatian and Serbian. He joined Microjustice (when it was stilled called: International Alliances) in 2000 as facilitator in the field, working with the refugees in Serbia, providing legal and psychological assistance. In 2005 he returned to Vukovar to work as office manager on the cross-border program obtaining documents for refugees-helping directly thousands people. Since 2010 he is the head of program. This job makes him happy because it allows him to correct injustices that people have experienced due to the senseless war. His free time he spends in music - as leader of a small 'tambura' orchestra.
Terezija Kovačević – Office Manager
Terezija Kovačević was born in Dalj, Croatia, and joined Microjustice (when it was called International Alliances) since the beginning of 1997. Her first job was as a domestic worker for a group of young humanitarians, which came to help us, people that survived a terrible war. With Microjustice’s help, she has learned to drive, to use the computer, to learn English, and she gained administrative skills. Soon she got her next job as data administrator, to document all refugees’ cases which Microjustice helped, and since 2010 she works as office manager in Vukovar in the Cross-Border Legal Rehabilitation Program. This job helped her a lot because it enabled her to help other people in need.