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.


Mr. Olivier Vanden Eynde

Founder and CEO

Chief Impact Entrepreneur

“Close the Gap has been an adventure since the very beginning, where all our partners, supporters and friends are shaping this adventure into a sustainable journey, constantly trying to excel. Our team’s dedication and the fruitful collaboration with our service partners is making the difference every day.”


Mr. Peter Manderick

Impact Operations Director

“Being able, from a very young age, to build up  ICT skills that are widely required today and as a consequence enjoy the benefits of ICT’s in all aspects of today’s society I started working at Close the Gap driven by the motivation to share opportunities with people in less advantaged communities. After more than 10 years of developing projects with local partners I still feel that our contributions are always highly appreciated by those partners and create a lasting impact in the lives of the millions that we’ve reached so far.”


Ms. Marie Verbreyt

Office Manager & Personal Assistant to Olivier vanden Eynde

“I’m so proud to join the team of Close the Gap & Worldloop! It is truly rewarding to work for an organisation with such a meaningful mission, I am happy to be part of it!”


Mr. Marnick Vanlee

Impact Project Manager

“Close the Gap continuously helps social entrepreneurs develop valuable business models and allows daily access to digital media for thousands of underprivileged youths. Contributing to that mission gives me the opportunity to have real impact and that stimulates me to commit myself fully towards our partners and beneficiaries.”


Ms. Maïté Herkens

Strategic Advisor

“I am proud to be part of a team that is dedicated to find innovative ways to bring affordable digital solutions to the most pressing social issues in Africa; improving access to basic services such as education, finance, health, … “


Ms. Julie de Bergeyck

Impact, Engagement & Communications Director

“I feel honored to have joined the team to manage the new “Digital for Development” 18-month project recently awarded to Close the Gap.  Together with Agoria, we hope and aim to help ignite partnerships between the private sector in Belgium and the actors of development. It’s kind of a dream come true as this project associates my passion for digital with my ideal for more impactful development in Africa.”

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Mr. Didier Appels

Impact & Strategic Partnerships Director

“I am proud to be part of an organisation that supports both projects & start-ups (in Africa & elsewhere) in a very sustainable way – by partnering up to leverage digital tools as a means to solve issues on education, finance, healthcare & entrepreneurship.”


Ms. Liselotte Thijs

Impact Communications Coordinator

“For many, developing their digital skills or finding a sustainable platform for their innovative ideas isn’t easy. I am therefore proud to be part of an organisation that aims to bridge the digital divide by supporting both projects based on donated IT material and entrepreneurs who want to implement their digital solutions for their (local) needs. It’s an honour to be able to contribute to the real impact that is being made on a daily basis.”