Advisory Board

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Nuffic’s Advisory Board consists of qualified experts who are involved in shaping Nuffic’s strategy.

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.

Prof. Jan Anthonie Bruijn (chair)

Pathologist Jan Anthonie Bruijn (1958) is Professor in Immunopathology at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC). His main responsibilities are patient care, teaching and research.

Professor Bruijn is active in the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD) as chair of the party’s Committee for Education and Science and the party’s council.

In 2010, 2012 and 2017, he was chair of the National Election Committee.

He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA) and at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

He is chair of the Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT), chair of the Education Board of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University, and was chair of the Curriculum Council of the European Platform.

He is also vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of the Hogeschool Leiden, member of the Committee for Expediency in Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences and the Evaluation Committee of the Scientific Council for Government Policy.

Mr Michiel Dijkman

Michiel Dijkman (b. 1984) grew up in the Euroregion near the borders of Germany and Belgium. He is currently serving as head of the Corporate Affairs department at Samsung Electronics in the Benelux, and is a member of the European Centre for Experiential Education's advisory board.

Experiential Education's advisory board. He received his Master of Science in International Business Administration from Maastricht University in 2008, including a semester abroad at the University of Calgary in Canada. In 2016, he completed an executive management programme at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Between 2006 and 2011, he worked in the financial sector at Rabobank and Fortis, and in the strategy and policy department of pension provider APG. He went on to advise clients such as ministries and multinationals in the area of corporate communication and public affairs while working at an international agency in The Hague and Brussels. Since 2014, he has been responsible for corporate social responsibility and public affairs at Samsung. In this role he focuses on, among other things, the topic of educational reform and connecting schoolchildren and students to the changing international labour market.

Socially, he is an active member of the advisory board for Marketing and Management at Fontys University of Applied Sciences and the advisory board for the Model European Parliament, as well as a board member of the national sector association for amateur music: the KNMO. He is also involved in politics.

He regularly gives guest lectures at universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, his role entails regular visits to primary and secondary schools both within the Netherlands and abroad.

Within the Nuffic advisory board, he intends to apply his expertise in the following areas:

  • connecting education to the international labour market;
  • greater focus on international experiences in primary and secondary vocational education (study/internships);
  • Euroregional (knowledge) exchange;
  • internationalisation opportunities through digitisation of education;
  • communication and public affairs.


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Mr Gert Kant

Gert Kant is chairman of the Administrative Council of Lenitz Education Group. Lenitz Education Group comprises 12 schools that provide pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO), senior general secondary education (HAVO), pre-university education (VWO) and senior secondary vocational education and training (MBO) in the Westland, Midden-Delfland and Nieuwe Waterweg Noord regions of the Netherlands.

He also fulfils various board positions. He is:

  • a member of the Economic Council in Vlaardingen;
  • chairman of the Council for Recreation, Culture and the Economy in Midden-Delfland;
  • a member of the Supervisory Board of the Ontwikkelcentrum (Development Centre) in Ede;
  • a board member of the AOC Council in Ede;
  • chairman of the Greenport Horticampus in Westland, Oostland and Barendrecht;
  • a member of the Development Board of Broekpolder in Vlaardingen.

Ms Ruth Kervezee

Ruth Kervezee was born in Rotterdam in 1956. She has extensive experience in board roles, including at the executive board level. She was involved in civil society organisations in an international and commercial context. She is the president of the Executive Board of Esprit Schools in Amsterdam, which comprises 12 primary and secondary schools in Amsterdam, with 6,500 pupils and 800 staff.

She also is a board member of the Netherlands School of Educational Management (NSO) and a Supervisory Board member of the Rabobank in Amsterdam.

She previously worked as managing director at Stichting Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, managing director at Doctors without Borders in the Netherlands and executive director at Stichting Bureau Jeugdzorg (Youth Care) in Amsterdam.

Ms Ineke van der Linden

Ms Ineke van der Linden (1960) is Chair of the School of Economics and Management/HES of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. This school is the largest provider of programmes in economics in the applied sciences higher education sector in the Netherlands. It has more than 14,000 students in its bachelor’s degree programmes, of which five are fully in English.

The school has also appointed a senior researcher (lector) who carries out research in the field of internationalisation.

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.

In her current post at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Ms van der Linden’s focus is on bridging the School’s professional field with the outside world. To support this she holds a number of additional posts.

She is Chair of the Advisory Council for the higher professional education sector in economics, a national advisory body to the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen). She is also a member of the board for the Amsterdam Centre for Entrepreneurship, a network of institutions of higher education set up to promote entrepreneurship.

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 a member of the Executive Board of Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. His portfolio includes education, internationalisation, marketing and communication, as well as the schools of economics, the arts programmes, the Honours College and the centres of expertises in Art and Society, Noorderruimte (Centre of Applied Research and Innovation on Area Development) and Entrepreneurship.

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.

Proposed ministry decision on Nuffic task portfolio

17 July 2019
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) recently announced its proposed decision of reducing the subsidy provided to Nuffic, effective from 2021.

Share your successes and good ideas with the entire education sector

15 January 2019
From newspaper editorials to the vision memo of the Minister of Education, the internationalisation of education features more prominently than ever on the public agenda.