Ms Tanja Jadnanansing (chair)

Tanja Jadnanansing (1967) is chairman of the Executive Board of the Amsterdam Zuidoost district council. A district with more than 170 nationalities and cultures. Her portfolio there includes education, security, youth and art and culture.

Jadnanansing has a clear love for education, which arose during her spokesmanship in the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), where she served for almost 7 years. In addition, she was chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Security and Justice for 2 years. After the House of Representatives, she worked for the Albeda College in Rotterdam as Programme Manager Strategy and External Relations.

Tanja Jadnanansing studied law at the Vrije Universiteit (VU). She is driven to contribute to knowledge, influence and opportunities to further grow the community. She wants to use every stage she is offered to achieve that goal for the benefit of the greater good. At Nuffic, she does this in the role of chairman of the Advisory Council.

Ms Ineke van der Linden

Ineke van der Linden (1960) is Chair of the Executive Board of Education Group Amstelland. Before that, she was chair of the Executive Board of ROC TOP in Amsterdam for seven years. ROC TOP offers challenging small-scale vocational education and training that prepares students for the labour market or further education. ROC TOP distinguishes itself through the personal attention that is given to students. The organization has four campuses in Amsterdam where approximately 4,000 students participate in more than fifty different courses. In total, about 450 employees work for the organization.

Ms van der Linden obtained a master’s degree in Dutch language and literature at the University of Utrecht. At the same time, she obtained a higher professional master’s degree in English language. She also holds an MBA from TiasNimbas in Utrecht.

In the early nineties, Ineke set up the international English-language bachelor’s programmes in economics and management at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht and held the post of Staff Director Internationalisation at the same institution for some time.

Ineke is a member of LinQue Consult.

Prof. Dr Martin Paul

Professor Martin Paul is President of Maastricht University (UM). After finishing medical school at the University of Heidelberg he has worked as an academic at Harvard University, the University of Heidelberg, Freie Universität Berlin and Charité University Medical Centre Berlin. Next to his career as a researcher, author of more than 300 scientific publications and educator, he has become active in academic management.

He was Dean of the Charité University Medical Centre (2004-2008) and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (UM) and Vice President of Maastricht University Medical Centre+ (2008-2011).

He has served as Chair of the European Dean’s Network (DEAN) and as board member of the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU). He was also a member of the board of the International Association of Academic Health Centers. Currently, he is board member of the Dutch Association of Universities and an elected member of the Netherlands Academy for Technology and Innovation. He has been elected chairman of the board of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) as of January 2018. Furthermore, he is serving on the National Science Council of Austria and as UMC fellow of the Free University Brussels.

Ms Karen Peters

Karen Peters (1966) is Chair of the Executive Board of the foundation known as Stichting Eem-Vallei Educatief, or STEV. Fifteen public primary schools cooperate within this foundation to promote the educational, social and personal development of each and every child.

Karen possesses broad experience in education both in the Netherlands and abroad; as a result, the theme of education in an international setting is close to her heart. In addition to the degree programme in Educational Studies she completed in Groningen, she also studied in the United States and Sweden. Karen took her doctorate from Radboud University Nijmegen in 1997 with a thesis entitled De professionaliteit van schoolleiders, een taakspecifieke benadering (The professionalism of school leaders, a task-specific approach).

Before starting the position with STEV, she served as executive director of the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (NOB) for over 4.5 years. Prior to that, Karen spent nearly 3 years working as director of a group of three primary schools in the Utrecht region; she also held numerous positions as an authorised and interim administrator.

From 2000 to 2010, Karen amassed broad experience in Dutch-language education in other countries. She first did so as a coordinator and teacher at the Dutch school in Zug, Switzerland, and then as director and board member of the Dutch International School in Jakarta. During those years, she developed her international educational experience in positions such as director of a preschool in Switzerland and on the Supervisory Board (BOG) of the British International School in Jakarta.

In addition to her advisory membership at Nuffic, Karen is chair of the Foundation for International Education in the Netherlands (SIO).

Mr Rob Verhofstad

Rob Verhofstad (born in 1972) is chairman of the Executive Board of Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen (HAN).

He is a member of the education and internationalisation board committees of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

He is chairman of Stichting Cube050, Incubator for Groningen and a board member of the Consortium for Valorisation and Entrepreneurship (CVO).

Rob Verhofstad studied Political Science in Nijmegen. Before moving to the Northern Netherlands in 2011, he worked for Radboud University in Nijmegen in the fields of internationalisation, research and communication.

Mr Ewald van Vliet

Ewald van Vliet is chair of the Executive Board of Stichting Lucas Onderwijs, a school board for regular and special primary and secondary education that caters to approximately 36,000 students in the Haaglanden region.

In the late 1980s, he started as a teacher in primary education before becoming director of several primary schools in The Hague. After attending the primary education teacher-training college (Pabo), he took the secondary education teacher-training programme (MO-opleiding) in Educational Theory and Educational Studies, specialising in management and policy. Afterwards, he became a school supervisor and team leader at the Hague School Counselling Centre.

In 2002, after serving on the city council for 8 years, he became alderman in the then municipality of Monster and joined the steering committee for the merger that led to the formation of the municipality of Westland. In that municipality, he became alderman and deputy mayor. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the Haaglanden urban region, with the economy portfolio, and chair of the Supervisory Boards of Westland Energie and cable company CAIW.

In 2007, he was appointed mayor of the merged municipality of Lansingerland (Bleiswijk, Bergschenhoek and Berkel en Rodenrijs) with approximately 60,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Rotterdam city region, with the portfolios economy and resources. In addition, he has held various executive and supervisory positions, including 9 years as chair of WorldSkills Netherlands.

In 2014, he returned from public administration to education as chair of the Executive Board of Lucas Onderwijs. Within this educational umbrella organisation, considerable attention is paid to the continuous development of students up to about 18 years of age. Cooperation between childcare, welfare and education and internationalisation are important themes in the strategic policy plan of Lucas Onderwijs.

About the Advisory Board

The members of the Advisory Board act as a sounding board, mirror and ambassador for Nuffic. They provide support based on their different backgrounds to ensure that ideas stay sharp and our activities link up even better with the needs of our stakeholders. The members of the board are not employed by Nuffic. They receive an attendance fee per meeting and a compensation for travel expenses.

The following organisations are also represented in the board, on a rotating basis: ISO (2020), JOB MBO (2020), LSvB (2021) en LAKS (2021).

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