Meet our team & supervisory board

The foundation office in Amsterdam brings together 12 different nationalities, working as a dedicated team on realizing ECF's mission and vision. Our supervisory board helps and guides us in achieving our goals.


Director and Strategic Team

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Katherine Watson
(CA/FI) Director

Additional roles, see Declaration of Responsibility (p. 3/4)

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Isabelle Schwarz
(DE/FR) Head of Advocacy

 

Programmes - Grants - Advocacy - Knowledge Management

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Maite García Lechner
(ES/NL) Programme Manager

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Vivian Paulissen
(NL) Knowledge Manager

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Philipp Dietachmair
(AT) Programme Manager

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Alicja Paszek
(DE/PL) Grants Manager 

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Szilvia Kochanowski
(HU) Programme Coordinator

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Nicola Mullenger
(GB) Grants Coordinator

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Olga Alexeeva
(NL/RU) Project Manager

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Lore Gablier
(FR) Programme Coordinator

  Menno Weijs  (NL) Portfolio Holder

Menno Weijs
(NL) Project Manager
 

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Jenneken Aarssen
(NL) Project Coordinator

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Marjolein Cremer
(NL) Senior Advocacy Officer
 

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Georgiana Cremene
(RO) Grants Manager

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Tsveta Andreeva
(BG) Senior Research and
Development Officer

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Helena Rytilahti
(FI) Grants Coordinator

Business Development, Outreach and Events

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Lise Mathol  
(NL) Communications and Events Manager

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Susanne Mors
(DE) Publications Manager

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Maria Virto Marcilla
(ES) Manager Funding and Partnerships

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Malka Jonas
(DE) Project Coordinator Communications

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Friso Wiersum
(NL) Project Coordinator Communications

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Marjo Borsboom
(NL) Communications Officer

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Gianfranco Pooli
(IT) Programme Manager

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Gunilla Redelius
(SE) Funding and Partnerships Officer

Finance, HR, Administration

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Kati Visser-Telegdi
(NL/HU) Executive Secretary

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Barbara van Santen
(NL) Office Manager

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Hans Peter Christen
(NL) Manager Finance

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Jan Baas
(NL) Facilities Manager

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Pim Heijselaar
(NL) Assistant Controller 

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Esther Claassen
(NL) Contract Administrator

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Gillian Wijnhoven
(GB) Manager HR, IT and Facilities

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Aleid Verkruisen
(NL) Administrative Assistant


Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board works closely with the management. Their responsibilities can be summarised as follows:

  • decide upon and evaluates the Foundation’s strategy, and prioritise its activities

  • evaluates the efficient use of the Foundation’s resources (approval of budget and Annual Report), and

  • appoint the Foundation’s Director, members of the Supervisory Board and the President

The Supervisory Board meets at least twice a year. It consists of a minimum of five and a maximum of twelve members, including a Treasurer, Chair and Vice-Chair. Both the Chair and the Vice-Chair act as the Foundation’s Vice-Presidents. The President is an Extraordinary Member of the Supervisory Board.

Members of the Supervisory Board are broadly representative of the wider Europe and of the disciplines and fields of activity related to our goals. They receive no remuneration for their activities on behalf of the Foundation but are entitled to reimbursement for the costs they incur in the performance of their duties. These reimbursements are listed and explained in the Annual Report.

Articles of Association of the European Cultural Foundation.

President - HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
President of ECF and Extraordinary Member of the Board
 

Chair - Christophe de Voogd (F)
Reader and researcher, Institute of Political Studies, France
 

Vice-Chair - Rien van Gendt (NL)
Member of the Board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, New York
 

Treasurer - Rob Defares (NL)
Chief Executive Officer, IMC International Marketmakers Combination, The Netherlands

 

Members 

Isabel Alçada (PT), Writer, Counselor to the Presidentof the Republic, former Minister of Education, Portugal

Mária Hlavajová (SK), Artistic Director, BAK, Basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Nike Jonah (UK), Creative Producer, United Kingdom

Mats Rolén (SE), Associate Professor, Former Research Director, Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden

James Kennedy (USA), Advisor representing Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, The Netherlands