OceanLove is being built by an international group of young, enthusiastic volunteers. We would like to tell you more about our founder, the core team members, and the non-profit foundation behind OceanLove.

Our Founder- Ilco van der Linde

Ilco has been the initiator of successful international social events and campaigns. In his native Netherlands, he set up the Liberation Festivals, which involve one million people every year in human rights and freedom. Internationally, he is co-founder of dance4life, which involves hundreds of thousands of young people in thirty countries in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and of MasterPeace, which involves young people in peace-building works in 45 countries.

Mathematics researcher and Freediver

Raghda Ezzeldin Aly 

Core Team Management

Media and Website design

Mahmoud El Wakil 

Core team member and lead digital strategist

Social Media & Research

Raquel Cayuela 🇪🇸


Communications officer

Olivier van Diepen

Social Media

Carmen Haitsma

Social Media (Growth)

Student activist

Hana Ajam 

Communications officer

Charles Sylvanus Boye

OceanLove West Africa


Video Editor

Jokūbas Bliujus


Designer & Web administrator

Donja Hoorn 

Marketing Consultant

Our Foundation – The Board

OceanLove is officially an initiative run by the Dutch non-profit foundation “Stichting Mandelahuisje” (the Mandela House Foundation). This foundation aims to fuel and promote Nelson Mandela’s Ubuntu philosophy, about respect, unity and interconnectedness. The board of the foundation controls budget, progress and the important non-profit principle: nobody is making any money with this initiative, only the oceans gain ‘benefits’.

OceanLove founder Ilco van der Linde is chair of the foundation and currently there are two other board members:

Han Kempers


Mpanzu Bamenga


Tamara Richards

Tamara Richards

Board Member

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” 
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry