apopo u.s.

On December 1st, 2015, APOPO officially announced the opening of APOPO US, an independent 501(c)(3) affiliate organization, based in Washington DC. APOPO US aims to support the organization's overall global activities by strengthening collaboration with US donors and operational partners. Direct tax deductible donations to support APOPO and the HeroRAT's are now possible for the US public, which makes up over 50% of the organization's global public supporters.

Charlie Richter - APOPO U.S. Director


Charlie is responsible for building new partnerships and projects with US based organizations as well as developing APOPO's independent US based 501c3 organization.

Charlie joined the APOPO team in December 2014 based in Washington DC. Previously he worked in business development and project management for Gallup, a large research and consulting firm, and One Economy, an international technology NGO, both based in Washington DC.






Mari Kuraishi - Chairwoman

Mari is the co-founder and president of Global Giving. Global Giving connects individual and institutional donors directly to social, economic development, and environmental projects around the world. Since 2002, Global Giving has raised over $50M for projects around the globe. Global Giving has been a close partner of APOPO for several years.

Prior to Global Giving, Mari worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank's most innovative projects including the first ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces. Mari has undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and graduate degrees from Harvard and Georgetown University. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mari plays an active role in ensuring the proper administrative and financial management of APOPO US.



Beverly Schwartz - Secretary of the Board

Beverly Schwartz is the Director of Global Marketing and a Vice President at Ashoka, a leading organization in facilitating awareness and incubation of social entrepreneurship across the globe. APOPO was an Ashoka award winning organization and Ashoka has been a valued partner of APOPO for several years. Before joining Ashoka, Beverly helped design and manage the first U.S. government sponsored education/prevention campaign around HIV/AIDS.

Beverly holds an MSc in behavioral science from University of Minnesota and the City University of New York. Beverly plays an active role in both board and partnership development for APOPO US.




Piet Van Hove - Board Member

Piet Van Hove is the head of the International Relations Office of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he previously studied law. His office is responsible for policy formulation and implementation in the field of internationalization, including cooperation with developing countries. He is also a board member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE).

Piet is reponsible for ensuring stratgic alignment among the US and APOPO Belgium boards.


APOPO has become one of our projects of  global prestige for its innovation, and solid grounding in applied science.

Charles Richter | Director, APOPO U.S.