Robert SwaakChairman

Robert Swaak is serving as a Global Relationship Partner and responsible for a number of PwC’s Global clients. He also leads our efforts on PwC’s relationship with the World Economic Forum.

Prior to this role, he was the Global Clients, Industries and Sectors leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited and a member of PwC’s Global Management Team. He oversaw PwC’s market strategy in industries and sectors, and was responsible for setting PwC’s client delivery vision and strategy. With an interest and background in leadership and human capital development, Robert made it his responsibility to ensure PwC’s 208,000 professionals in 157 countries were ready to help our Global clients with solutions to their most important issues.

Earlier, Robert was COO, CFO and Territory Senior Partner of PwC in the Netherlands, as well as a member of PwC’s International Strategy Council. With over 25 years of experience with PwC, Robert has served as lead adviser for a wide variety of clients from large multinational companies, to privately owned businesses and the public sector from communications to consumer products sectors. He is a qualified public accountant and has a Masters in Corporate Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Jan Louis BurggraafSecretary-treasurer

Mr. Burggraaf is a partner with Allen & Overy LLP. He specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, including public offers. He was labelled one of the six most promising lawyers in the Netherlands in 2000. Mr. Burggraaf received the award for best dealmaker in the Netherlands in 2008 and he received the award for the best M&A lawyer of the Netherlands for eight times (since 2004).

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 www.axelarnbak.nl, where you can access and download all his writings and his book for free.

Mirjam De Blécourt

Mrs. De Blécourt, previously a 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.

She was also named leading practitioner in the Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers. She is 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.

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.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Mr. De Hoop Scheffer graduated with an LL.M. degree at Leiden University in 1974. He worked for the ministry of foreign affairs from 1976 to 1986. For the first two years, he was stationed at the Dutch embassy in Ghana. After that, he worked at the Dutch delegation at NATO headquarters in Brussels until 1980. He became the 11th NATO Secretary General in 2004, and held this post until August 2009.

On 1 September 2009 Mr. De Hoop Scheffer was appointed to the Pieter Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Law and Security at Leiden University. De Hoop Scheffer focuses on issues in the area of peace, law and security and also lectures in the field of international politics and the practice of diplomacy.

Jan Kees de Jager

Mr. De Jager has been Chief Financial Officer at Dutch telecommunications and ICT provider Royal KPN N.V. since November 2014. Between February 2010 and November 2012, he was Minister of Finance in the Dutch Government. Prior to that, he was State Secretary for Finance for three years. In those positions he gained considerable national and international financial and management experience as well as thorough knowledge of the financial markets.

From 1992 to 2007 he was managing partner and co-CEO at the e-commerce company ISM eCompany. In those fifteen years he gained much knowledge of innovation, new internet technologies, web solutions, e-applications and the development of products and markets. When he left government office he returned to ISM eCompany, where he worked until joining KPN. De Jager holds academic degrees in Business Administration (Nyenrode University), as well as in Economics and Law (Erasmus University, Rotterdam).

Pauline van der Meer Mohr

Pauline van der Meer Mohr is former President of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She serves on the Board of HSBC Holdings plc, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee and the Conduct & Values Committee. She chairs the Supervisory board of EY Netherlands and serves on the supervisory boards of DSM and ASML. She also chairs the board of trustees of Netherlands Dance Theatre NDT.

Pauline teaches on several executive education and board readiness programmes.

Joop Wijn

Joop Wijn was appointed to the Managing Board of Ayden on 1 May 2017 in which he will take on the role of Chief Strategy and Risk officer.

Previously, he was a member of ABN Amro’s management board, responsible for Corporate Banking.

In 1998, he was elected as a Member of Parliament and in 2002 was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade after which he became State Secretary of Finance. In 2006, he was appointed Cabinet Minister of Economic Affairs. From 2007 until 2009, Joop Wijn was Senior Executive Vice President at Rabobank for SME and agricultural clients.