Our team

BiD Network Team

The BiD Network team consists of a small group of enthusiastic and driven staff. With a lot of dedication and fun we help entrepreneurs in emerging markets. The team of BiD Network works from the head office in Amsterdam the Netherlands and an office in Kampala, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda. Guided by the Supervisory Board, based in the Netherlands. Together, the team works to: Facilitate Investment for Small and Medium sized Enterprises in East Africa.

Gert van VeldhuisenCEO

Gert is a driven serial entrepreneur and committed impact investor. After successful exiting the first company he started, he became an angel investor. Gert reinvesting part of his profit into social impact businesses in Angola, Ghana and Indonesia, all introduced to him through BiD Network. Gert entered BiD Network as CEO in 2016 and is a strong believer of the entrepreneurial spirit and investment potential of so many committed and inspirational entrepreneurs in (East-) Africa.

Huseyin DemirhisarCOO

After a 20-year-career with Shell, ING, PYMWYMIC and Angelwings, Huseyin brings a vast international experience in corporate finance, venture capital, angel investing and investment banking. He was involved in deal making from every seat at the table. Within BiD Network he will be responsible for reinforcing investments and our operational fundament so we can keep up with the demand and accelerate our international expansion.


Martha is a Finance Analyst for BiD Network; she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management and is currently pursuing an MBA and an Accountancy Certification. She is responsible for the financial management of the BiD Network Uganda office and also part of the  Financial Analysis team responsible for the entrepreneurial financial sets, to best prepare them for the investors.

Stayce NimusiimaGROWTH OFFICER

With an array of experience and knowledge gained working in the financial and social entrepreneurship sector, Stayce co-designs and coordinates growth hacking and marcom strategies at BiD Network. She believes that supporting businesses is the most sustainable form of development and is happy to be part of the BiD Network team that puts SMEs at the forefront of their work. Stayce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Geography and is currently working towards an MBA in Innovation Management.


As Marketeer / Investor Relations Manager at BiD Network’s head office in Amsterdam, Alyanne is responsible for all corporate marketing communications. She is in close contact with the informal investors of BiD Network. Alyanne holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Management from the University of Groningen. After graduating she worked in South America and in multiple Dutch social enterprises, gaining organizational and communication skills together with a clear vision on marketing in social enterprises.


As the Head of Dealmaking, Raghav guides SME’s in the process of attracting finance. Raghav holds 10 years of experience working in corporate finance, fundraising and in the financial analytics space for organisations like Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has spent the last 5 years of his professional career in the off-grid sector with Greenlight Planet & D.light design. Raghav is excited to combine his corporate finance and investment experience, together with his knowledge of the SME sector by adding value to a large number of our entrepreneurs by teaching them the language of the investment world and by helping them to find the best financial solutions.


‘Seeing how many jobs are created via BiD Network by growing and connecting SMEs shows the importance of impact investing.’ Rahil is the finance officer at BiD Network and has been responsible for the financials of the foundation since 2009. He holds a BEc from the Hogeschool InHolland in Amsterdam. He worked as a financial administrator at Abraxas Finance & Accounting and the National Association of First Help Psychologists. Gaining practical experience in accounting for non-profit organisations.


Barbara started her professional career trading on the Ugandan Securities Exchange at African Alliance. She is bringing a wealth of experience in deal making, negotiation and quick decision-making qualities to Bid Network among others. Barbara has a passion for social entrepreneurship and impact investment and she feels she can help by working for BiD Network as she sees a lot of potential in several Ugandan start-ups and SME’s.Barbara holds a Law Degree from the University of Chester in UK and is currently working towards a Masters in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.


Mansoor holds a BSc in Computer Science Degree from Makerere University (Uganda) and is currently pursuing ACCA (UK). He is in charge of ICT and business support at the BiD Network Uganda office. Mansoor enjoys mixing business, analytics and ICT operations. He has a thorough exposure in accounting, computer programming, entrepreneurship and business analysis from a span of startups and SMEs. Mansoor thinks entrepreneurs are “free role midfielders”.


Prior to joining BiD Network, Derrick was an associate at Grant Thornton Uganda and was in charge financial advisory engagements as the lead executor.  He has taken lead in the execution of engagements in Business valuations, Financial due diligence, Project Financing, offering investment advice to clients and other advisory functions. His experience also covers operational engagements carried out like Fraud investigations and Transfer Pricing. He brings to BiD a wealth of experience in Financial analysis, financial modelling as well as investment analysis and appraisal. Derrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Makerere University and is currently pursuing Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Credential.


Saul is the Office Assistant at the Ugandan Office. He supports the team with their daily errands and keeps the organisation in working order. He comes with various experience working in the education, finance and hospitality sector. Saul holds a Bachelors in Development studies.

Sumayyah Nakimuli SengendoFINANCIAL ANALYST

Sumayyah is a dynamic, self-driven, detail focused and astute business professional. Prior to joining BiD Network, she worked in the investment banking industry providing financial and investment advisory services. She brings to BiD Network strong analytical skills through financial analysis of key performance indicators and trends, concept implementation and strategy development. She strongly believes that the foundation of any long-lasting venture in the fast-changing economic development of Uganda and the stability of East Africa’s economy depends on the continuous empowerment of regional SMEs. Sumayyah holds a Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) majoring in Finance and Accounting from Cyprus International University (Cyprus).Currently, she’s pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Credential.

Supervisory Board


Ruud Nijs is the chairman of the Board of BiD Network and partner at TheRockGroup (www.therockgroup.biz). They focus on results in mainstreaming sustainability in corporations and organizations, commercializing young ventures and creating solutions for complex societal issues. Ruud has a history in banking (ABN Amro bank and Rabobank). At Rabobank he was the Director for Corporate Social Responsibility, managing ao. the Rabobank Foundation. Nowadays Ruud spends ample time in developing countries on inclusive finance projects.

Chimwemwe de Gaay FortmanBOARD MEMBER

Chimwemwe de Gaay Fortman is a member of the BiD Network Board and has been working in the financial sector since 1995. At Rabobank, the Dutch Development Finance Institution FMO, and the ABN AMRO Bank she has built a solid track record in banking, among others in emerging markets, and including deal origination and execution of complex financings, restructurings and risk management to both small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporates. Currently Chimwemwe is an independent advisor, and board member at the Supervisory Board and Advisory Counsel of the Society of International Development, the Netherlands Chapter. She is particularly committed to impact investment.

Herman SnelderBOARD MEMBER

Herman Snelder is part of the BiD Network Board and owner and managing director of MDF ( www.mdf.nl). MDF is a worldwide company in the area of management and organisation. MDF delivers training, advisory and evaluation services but also implements large projects in the field of education and water. All their services focus on social impact eventually. MDF has 10 offices worldwide, Netherlands, Belgium, Ghana, RD Congo, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia. Herman has joined the organisation in 1989 after 10 years of field work in RD Congo and Rwanda. He became co-owner and director from 2000. In addition to being director he carries out advisory and evaluation missions. MDF adheres to the principles of Rhineland which is based on the principles of trust, craft (wo)manship and Relation with stakeholders.