Members of the Executive Board
Mr. V. van der Chijs,
President Executive Board
Victor van der Chijs (1960) studied Law in Amsterdam and completed postgraduate education at the Amsterdam School of International Relations and INSEAD. Van der Chijs worked at ING, lastly as Vice President Structured and Project Finance in Hong Kong. In 1998 he started at Schiphol Group, first as Director of Public Affairs, while in later years he became responsible for Schiphol’s activities in the USA. In 2003 he took on responsibility for all of Schiphol’s international activities. A year later he was asked by Rem Koolhaas to take on the management of OMA, wherein recent years Van der Chijs was able to manage the structure, processes and culture of OMA in such a way that he allowed room for the professionalism of the architects, resulting in a newly focused organisation. This development has contributed to OMA’s leading position as a world-class, creative enterprise.
Victor van der Chijs was chairman of the Topteam Creative Industry in the Netherlands, one of the nine top sectors that the Dutch government has set up to strengthen the Dutch economy. In addition he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Kennisland, which designs and realises interventions to strengthen the knowledge society. Van der Chijs can rely on a strong and extensive network, both on a national and an international level.
Prof. H. Brinksma
Ed Brinksma (1957) studied Mathematics at the University of Groningen and obtained his doctorate in computer science at the University of Twente in 1988. In 1991 he was appointed as professor in the Faculty of Computer Science. From 1995 to 1997 he was Dean of this faculty and from 2002 to 2005 he served as Head of the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2005 he was appointed as the Scientific Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, affiliated as full professor of Computer Science to both the Technical University of Eindhoven and the University of Twente. As of January 2009 he has been serving as Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente, and was recently been reappointed for a second term of four years . One of his main policy objectives has been and continues to be the reformation of the university education system for the future challenges of academic education.
Ir. K.J. van Ast
Kees van Ast is the Vice-President of the Executive Board since October 2005. He studied at Wageningen University and from 1976 untill1997 he worked in a variety of roles for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, most recently as the Director of the Agricultural Research Department. From 1997 until the summer of 2005, Mr. Van Ast held the position of the Vice-President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centre. He has been appointed as Vice-President of the University of Twente on the 1st of October 2005.