Marieke 280Secretary General at Dutch Red Cross

Marieke van Schaik works as the Secretary General at the Dutch Red Cross. She is the former Managing Director of the Dutch Charity Lotteries (Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery, Friends Lottery). Marieke holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam. She started her career as a project manager at DOEN Foundation before joining the newly set up charity department of the Lotteries in 2000. After various positions in the department she became head of the team in 2006 and managing director of the three lotteries in 2009. She held that position until 2018. 

The Postcode Lottery organises the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge to stimulate the development of commercial projects and products that contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions or otherwise help to preserve the environment and combat climate change. Marieke co-initiated, conceptualized and organized the first Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition in 2007.

 "The Postcode Lottery wants to make a difference, and that's why we support creative entrepreneurship. It is important that people know that the climate is changing, but it is even more important that something is being done."