the digital divide


Close the Gap is governed by an independent Board of Directors and its primary function is to give advice and make recommendations to the Managing Director. Close the Gap’s Board of Recommendation consists of eminent people willing to vouch for and recommend Close the Gap within their networks. Close the Gap’s counsellors use their expertise and networks to support Close the Gap in further developing projects and partnerships. The duties and responsibilities vary greatly, depending on the counsellor’s speciality.

Marleen Temmerman

Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman


Author and international women’s rights advocate

Head of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Aga Khan University Nairobi Kenya

Former Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organisation


Viscount Etienne Davignon

Former Vice-President of the EU Commission


Prof. Dr. Marc Despontin

Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

de donnea

Mr. François-Xavier de Donnea

Member of the Belgian Chamber of People’s Representatives

Minister of State, Belgium

Dieter Frisch

Mr. Dieter Frisch

Former Director General for Development at the EU Commission


Mrs. M. F. Heijn Everwijn Lange

Ambassador De Grote Onderneming

Ambassador STOP AIDS NOW!

Corine Lepage

Mrs. Corinne Lepage

Member of European Parliament

Former Minister of Environment, France

Partner at law firm Cabinet Huglo Lepage Associés


Prof. em. Dr. Silvain Loccufier

Honorary Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Baron Dr. Peter Piot

Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Former Executive Director UNAIDS


Prof. Dr. Jan Pronk

Former Minister for Development, the Netherlands

Former Deputy Secretary-General United Nations

Former special UN envoy for Sudan


Count Jacques Rogge

President International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop em. Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize 1984

Benjamin Van Camp

Baron Prof. Dr. Benjamin van Camp

Chairman UZ Brussel

ProRector Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Sylviane Toporkoff

Ms. Sylviane Toporkoff

Founder and Partner at Items International

Founder and President of Global Forum

Lecturer at Paris VIII University (Dauphine)

Frank Vandenbroucke

Prof. Dr. Frank Vandenbroucke

Former Flemish Minister of Education, Belgium

Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universiteit

Antwerpen and Universiteit van Amsterdam