Board and management

The Utrecht University Fund board is made up of six board members (alumni of Utrecht University), including one member of the University's Executive Board. The board is made up of the following people:

Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh LLM, Chairman

Lodewijk Hijmans vd Bergh

He is a member of the Supervisory Board at ING, Heineken and Hal Holding. For a long time he was a partner at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, where he had started his career as an attorney after his studies. He is also a former member of the Executive Board of Royal Ahold N.V.

Maurice Unck LLM, Vice Chairman

Maurice Unck is an alumnus in Dutch law. Since 2024, Maurice Unck has been Managing Director of Mail Nederland, PostNL's postal company. Previously he worked as Managing Director/CEO of transport company RET. He has held numerous management positions in the public transport sector, among which member of the Board of Directors of NS. During his career, he completed executive programmes at INSEAD and Nyenrode Business University.

In addition to his main position, Unck is active in various supervisory roles, including vice chairman of the Supervisory Board of Albeda College (post-secondary vocational education), member of the Supervisory Board of Franciscus Gasthuis & Vlietland and member of the Supervisory Board of Travel Information Group 9292.

Ernestine Schimmelpenninck LLM

Ernestine Schimmelpenninck portret

Ernestine Schimmelpenninck (1962) is an alumnus in Law. She is director of asset management at Fair Capital Partners. She works from the conviction that conscious and responsible investment is necessary for a better future. She started her career at ABN AMRO and subsequently worked for Rabobank, Schretlen & Co, IBS Capital Management and consultancy agency KplusV, among others. She was previously a board member of Stichting Haëlla Vermogensbeheer.

Prof. José van Dijck

José van Dijck

Prof. José van Dijck (1960) is a university professor of Media and Digital Society at Utrecht University. Her research is about media, social media and media technologies. Van Dijck studied literature and Dutch at Utrecht University (1985) and obtained her PhD in 1992 at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In 2001 she was appointed professor at the University of Amsterdam. From 2015 to 2018 she was president of the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Van Dijck holds various other positions. She is a columnist for Het Financieele Dagblad and chairwoman of the board of Stichting De Groene Amsterdammer.

Prof. Anton Pijpers

Anton Pijpers

Anton Pijpers (b. 1958) has served as President of Utrecht University's Executive Board since 1 October 2017.

After his graduation from Utrecht University's Veterinary Medicine programme, Pijpers worked as a veterinarian. He also obtained his doctoral degree from Utrecht University and was appointed a Professor in 1993. Between 2000 and 2009, he left the university and worked as the managing director of the Animal Health Service. In 2009, he returned to the university as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, he was appointed Vice-President of the Executive Board.

Drs Paul Stamsnijder

Paul Stamsnijder

Paul Stamsnijder (1968) studied Dutch language and literature. He is the founder and managing partner of the Reputation Group, a strategic corporate communication agency. He advises directors, supervisors and (communication) directors on strategic changes and cooperation processes. He is also active as a healthcare regulator. He has written various books, including one on stakeholder management. In addition to his work at the Reputation Group, Stamsnijder is active in various supervisory boards, including those of the Liliane Foundation and the the Kwadrantgroep. He is also chairman of the reunion association of the Utrechtsch Studenten Corps.

Management: Margot van Sluis-Barten, MSc

Margot van Sluis-Barten

Margot van Sluis-Barten is director of the Utrecht University Fund and also head of Relationship Management at Utrecht University. The director and employees of the Utrecht University Fund office are employed by Utrecht University. The CAO of the The Association of Universities in the Netherlands applies to them.