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Who we are

Jan Ernst de Groot


CLO and Executive Committee member of Royal Ahold Delhaize; Supervisory Board member of ADG Dienstengroep; Executive Board member of VNO-NCW; board member of Hermitage Museum Amsterdam. Former General Counsel and Managing Director at TNT Express.

Anja van Gorsel

Vice-Chair and Remuneration Committee Chair

Partner at Wesselo & Partners; member of SC Staedion, Chair of SC Tappan. Former Executive Board chair at Albeda College.

C.R. Hibbs

International consultant in grant making, strategy development and organizational capacity; board member of American British Cowdray Hospital, Mexico City; board member of Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO).

Elizabeth Lwanga

Director of Africa Development Alternatives; former Regional Program Director at UN Women and former UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative at UNDP. Focuses on: innovations in development; alternative approaches to Africa’s development; leadership development; creative talent promotion; gender and development.

August Mesker

Audit Committee Member

Economist, member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); former senior advisor at VNO-NCW (Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers); former chair of the Transport Committee Business Europe.

Claudia Surjadjaja

Executive Director of ALERTAsia Foundation; Project Director/ Principal Investigator at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Regional Adviser for Asia Pacific UNAIDS Technical Support Mechanism; board member of Yayasan Gerakan Sayang Ibu (Safe Motherhood Foundation); Public Health Specialist and Monitoring & Evaluation Expert at the Global Fund (GFATM); peer reviewer at WHO Bulletin; lecturer in Medical Ethics and Environmental Health.

Johan van de Ven

Remuneration Committee Member

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and Executive Board member at Bosal International; Strategy Partner at ORAXYS Private Equity; Managing Director at VENnYOU; Advisory Board chairman at startup Novioscan; former Chief Technology Officer at Royal Philips Consumer and Royal Philips Components.