Today, the Islands Society announces the appointment of Bremen de Haan as Managing Director of the Inland Islands Society. He will now lead the nonprofit’s efforts to increase the participation of individuals and sub-national organizations from lake island communities and river island communities to more fully participate in international relations.
De Haan will help establish, through leadership and outreach, the importance of a River Islands and Lake Islands identity and why it is valuable to identify these communities.
“We are extremely excited to have de Haan joining the team,” says Keiko Ono, vice president of the Islands Society. “It is clear that he is passionate about improving the quality of life in lake island and river island communities through his work in international relations.”
Over the next several months, de Haan will be responsible for helping the organization better understand the needs of islanders across the region and then sharing that information with others through blogs, forums, social media and other media channels. Additionally, he will develop and implement content, marketing, and community engagement strategies in his new role.
“I am excited about the new challenges that await me and look forward to working with the Islands Society team to further the Inlands Island communities’ international recognition and bring a larger voice to an often overlooked community,” de Haan explains.
About Bremen de Haan
De Haan has worked with the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama as well as with Save the Children in Beijing, China. Most recently, he worked for an international consulting firm focusing on the international social sector where he was point person for many international and national clients working to increase local involvement on a national scale as well as increase the effective outreach of many NGOs. De Haan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, Australia, where he was recipient of the Rotary Academic Peace Fellowship.
About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to respect, inspire, and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. The Islands Society is based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
About the Inlands Islands Society
The Inland Islands Society is one of our regional societies. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from lake island communities and river island communities to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.
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