Frans BlomChairman

Frans Blom is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Van Lanschot Kempen and per January 2020 Senior Partner Emeritus at Boston Consulting Group.

Frans joined the Boston Consulting Group in 1991 and from 2009 – 2015 he was part of BCG’s Worldwide Executive Committee and became a member of the Operating Committee after that.
Frans also established and chaired a Global Client team, which under his leadership supported client-service teams around the world. During his more than 27 years of consulting in BCG, Frans worked in many industries and multiple countries. He has specialized in banking and insurance; developing growth strategies, numerous profit-improvement programs, reorganization projects as well as complete transformations.

Before joining BCG, Frans was an officer in the Royal Dutch Marine Corps and worked for three years with Staal Bankiers. Frans holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Jan Louis BurggraafSecretary-treasurer

Jan Louis Burggraaf currently acts as an independent senior M&A advisor.

Jan Louis is a former partner with Allen & Overy LLP and specialised in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, including public offers. He received multiple awards for best dealmaker and a lifetime achievement award in 2017 for best M&A lawyer of the Netherlands.

He worked both in Amsterdam and in New York. He studied at the London School of Economics, at the University of Edinburgh and at Harvard Law School. Mr. Burggraaf graduated from the University of Utrecht in Dutch law and International Law (cum laude).

Axel Arnbak

Axel Arnbak is an attorney at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, affiliate researcher at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam) and columnist at the Dutch Financial Times.  He works on information security, privacy and communications freedoms —  or as some have it, all things ‘Cyber’.

Axel obtained his doctorate in 2015 with his Ph.D. thesis ‘Securing Private Communications’, published by Kluwer Law International in 2016. Axel was a 2014/15 Research Affiliate and a 2013/14 resident Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and CITP, Princeton University. From 2009 until 2011, Axel was a core member of the team that re-started Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom and revitalized European Digital Rights.

Axel speaks and writes regularly about technology, law, society and their continuously changing relationship. His publications and writings have spurred several legislative debates on the European and Dutch level and have been covered by a.o. the Financial Times, CBS News, RT, Sud Deutsche and the Wall Street Journal. He maintains a blog at Freedom to Tinker and his website, where you can access and download all his writings and his book for free.

Mirjam De Blécourt

Mirjam De Blécourt, partner of Employment Law and former board member of Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam office, heads the employment group in Amsterdam. She advises on labor and employment laws. She advises Boards on collective dismissals and advises on corporate governance. She is specialized in fraud cases. Mirjam was named Best in Labour and Employment in Europe at the International Financial Law Review’s Women in Business Law Awards of 2011 and 2012.

Mirjam was also named leading practitioner in the Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers. She is a member of the worldwide Baker & McKenzie’s ethical Committee and Head of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a member of the board of the Concertgebouwfonds. Mrs. De Blécourt studied Private Law and Tax Law at Leiden University and was admitted to the Amsterdam Bar in 1990.

Besides her role at Baker & McKenzie’s she’s also member of the Senate of the Dutch parliament.

Volkert Doeksen

Volkert Doeksen is a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group, where he focuses specifically on large accounts of The Carlyle Group as well as on new product and business development. Previously, Volkert was a co-founder of AlpInvest Partners and a member of the Investment Committee, with over 20 years of investment experience.

Prior to that, Volkert was a Partner at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York and a Director at Kleinwort Benson Ltd. He also worked at Dillon Read and Morgan Stanley in London.

Volkert Doeksen is among others a member of the Supervisory Board of the Royal Concertgebouw N.V and Koninklijke Doeksen B.V. He is also a Board Member of the Fulbright Center.

Volkert received a LL.M. from Leyden Law School.

Robert Swaak

Robert Swaak was appointed to the Executive Board of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. on 23 April 2020. As per that date he was also appointed CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board.
As Chairman, Robert Swaak is responsible for Group Audit, Legal & Corporate Office, Strategy & Sustainability and Brand Marketing & Communications. His current term expires in 2024.

Robert Swaak is a former Partner with PwC. While with PwC he served as a Global Relationship Partner and was responsible for a number of PwC’s Global clients. He also led the efforts on PwC’s relationship with the World Economic Forum.

He is a qualified public accountant and has a Masters in Corporate Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.