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.

Aurélie Dupont

Ms. Aurélie Dupont

Counsellor for Asia

Ms. Dupont has been involved with Close the Gap since 2009, originally as an Operations Director developing the organisation on both internal and external levels. Together with the Close the Gap team, she engaged the organisation in new strategic directions in order to grow its success and sustainability. Having relocated to Asia as a consultant in communication and CSR, Ms. Dupont is still supporting the organisation by expanding Close the Gap’s mission through her networking activities. Prior to joining Close the Gap, Ms. Dupont mainly worked in the advertising and communication sector.

Peter Hagedoorn

Mr. Peter Hagedoorn

Mr. Hagedoorn has had a long career in IT with firms such as Shell, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and servied as OCé NV’s CIO for eight years. 2004 he, together with some other Dutch CIOs started up the Dutch CIO Platform and has served on the Advisory Board of EuroCIO. Mr. Hagedoorn brings his years of expertise, network and focus on e-Skills to strengthen impact of Close the Gap’s projects.


Drs. Ing Edwin H.J. de Groot

Edwin de Groot’s background is telecommunications industry and ICT security. Since the start of Close the Gap he has been involved and supporting this approach, successfully introducing the CTG strategy and implementation processes with several large multinationals, the new Close the Gap friends.

In his current position he is focussed on ICT security and sustainability in cooperation with some of the top 100 large multinational customers worldwide, in which the Close the Gap strategy has been embedded as a standard strategy component towards their future requirements.

Anne Clarke

Mrs. Anne Clarke

Anne Clarke’s background is teaching and teacher education. Her current focus is online professional development for teachers, instructing courses for Harvard Graduate School of Education’s WIDE World program. She is also an online mentor for Teachers Without Borders.  After living for 12 years in Tanzania and Ethiopia, Anne believes technology is crucial to meeting the rapidly growing demand for quality education and vocational training in Africa. She hopes to support Close the Gap as it expands its activities in the region.

Pasfoto Remko Dalkmann

Mr. Remko Dalkmann

Counsellor for Andes Region Latin America

Mr. Dalkmann is a publicity professional who moved to Ecuador in 2011. He is interested in using his presence in Ecuador for Close the Gap by assessing potential synergies with ICT development projects in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

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Mrs. Anne Herman

Counsellor for Africa

Mrs. Herman has a background in institutional and public policy development and has worked as a parliamentary advisor (Belgium) for 20 years, specialising in international issues. She has been involved in Close the Gap from the beginning and she coordinated one of the first school projects in Mali. As an international expert in development, she has conducted numerous monitoring and evaluation missions for a large variety of projects, funded by international donors. Mrs. Herman contributes her extensive knowledge of development problems and policies in the field, especially in Africa.

“ What struck me is the eagerness of all these young people in Africa, to embrace that new technology, to connect to the world, to know what is happening, to learn, to discuss and to exchange. Each computer is a door to a huge library and a window on the world. ”


Mr. Jean-François Soupizet

Principal Counsellor

Mr. Soupizet, a graduate of the French Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE), is a doctor of economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a member of the French think tank Futuribles International. He has mainly devoted his career to ICT in the field of development. Mr. Soupizet has held various positions in the French development cooperation, the United Nations and during the past 20 years in the European Commission, notably as Head of International Relations for the Information Society and Media Directorate General. He contributed, in particular, to the Community positions for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Geneva, December 2003; Tunis, November 2005). Mr. Soupizet published “La Fracture Numérique Nord-Sud”, Economica, Paris 2005, and edited “Nord et Sud Numériques” in “Les Cahiers du Numérique”, Hermès Science Europe, Paris 2002. Mr. Soupizet is well positioned to support Close the Gap in its strategic objectives.

Rafael Torres

Mr. Rafael Torres

Counsellor for Central America

Mr. Torres has a background in electricity and engineering and has long years of experiences working in different posts in several countries. As a native of the Dominican Republic, he is very well placed to assess the needs of ICT4Dev in the Central American and Caribbean Region.