Frans BlomChairman

Frans is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Van Lanschot Kempen.

He is also the founder of think tank DenkWerk, Senior Partner Emeritus at Boston Consulting Group, President of the INSEAD Alumni Association and member of different juries and advisory bodies.

Frans joined BCG in 1991, was promoted partner in 1997, led the financial services team in the Netherlands, to become regional chair for CEE and member of the European management Team from 2003 to 2009 and served on BCG’s Worldwide Executive Committee from 2009 – 2015.

Before joining BCG, Frans was an officer in the Royal Dutch Marine Corps and worked for three years with Staal Bankiers. Frans holds a bachelor degree for the European University and 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 Leiden Law School.

Constantijn van OranjeAdvisor

Constantijn van Oranje leads, the accelerator for the Tech-ecosystem in the Netherlands. As Special Envoy he is on a mission to turn The Netherlands into a unicorn nation. He and his team connect the Dutch Tech-ecosystem to help ambitious and promising Dutch Tech companies grow fast internationally by improving their access to capital, market, talent and technologies.

Constantijn co-founded StartupFest Europe, which is still the biggest start-up event ever organized in The Netherlands. He used to be Chief of Staff of VP Neelie Kroes at the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda and lead the Brussels office of the RAND Corporation.

He is currently also Director Digital Technology & Macro Strategy at Macro Advisory Partners in London and New York and Edge Fellow at Deloitte Centre for the Edge.

Besides innovation and technology Constantijn van Oranje is passionate about art, music, photography, and nature.

Mirjam van Praag

Mirjam van Praag is President of the Executive Board of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (since 2018). She holds a part time position as professor of Entrepreneurship at the Copenhagen Business School. Mirjam is a member of the supervisory board of De Nederlandsche Bank and The Bankraad, is vice chair of the supervisory board of the Anne Frank Stichting, and a (non-exec) board member of Pharmaccess. Mirjam is a member of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences (KNAW), Academia Europaea and a CEPR fellow.

Mirjam was trained as an econometrician (Msc, UvA, 1991, cum laude) and received her PhD (econ, UvA, 1996, cum laude), and became a professor at the UvA in 2005. As such she founded the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and was a Crown Member of the Social and Economic Council (SER, 2010-2018). Prior to that, Mirjam was employed with The Boston Consulting Group, Procter & Gamble and GFK Intomart.

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.

Coen Teulings

Coen Teulings (1958) is distinguished professor at Utrecht University as of January 1, 2018. Before he was professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge from 2013-2019 and part-time Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam from 2004-2017. He served 7 years as president of CPB, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, an influential financial think-tank of the Dutch Government that evaluates of the platforms of political parties prior to general elections. He was CEO of SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam from 2004 until 2006, Professor of Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and director of the Tinbergen Institute from 1998 until 2004.

He obtained Master degree in Economics cum laude at the University of Amsterdam in 1985 and got his PhD in 1990. He was a member of the REA, an independent Council of Economic Advisors for the House of Commons and he chaired several committees, e.g. the committee that framed the new examination high school program economics. He is member of several supervisory and advisory boards, e.g. of the OBR. He writes a bi-weekly column in the Dutch Financiele Dagblad.

His publications in journals like the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies and Econometrica are in the field of labour economics (minimum wages, returns to education and income inequality, job search, marriage markets in cities, and on returns to seniority). In 2014, he edited an E-book on Secular Stagnation joint with Richard Baldwin.

Hans Wijers

Hans Wijers is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ING Group N.V., a member of the Supervisory Board of Hal Holding N.V. and a member of the Temasek European Advisory Panel of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.

Hans Wijers started his professional life as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, where he received his PhD in Economics. After a career in strategy consulting as managing partner of the Dutch Office of BCG, he went on to serve as Minister for Economic Affairs in the Dutch government, a post he held for four years. Hans was previously Chief Executive Officer and member of the Executive Board of AkzoNobel N.V. He has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board Heineken N.V., Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc, a Board member at GlaxoSmithKline plc and Senior Partner and Chairman of the Dutch office of the Boston Consulting Group.

Hans Wijers has been Chairman of the Board of the Concertgebouw N.V. and Chairman of Natuurmonumenten. He was awarded ‘CEO of the Year’ for 2007.

On June 12th 2013, Hans Wijers was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.