On 23 August, the new Governing Board met at IHE Delft and the first four members were instated. The overall role of the Governing Board is to safeguard the mission and financial stability of IHE Delft. In addition, the Governing Board authorises the mid and long term strategy for the Institute, annual work plans and monitors compliance with financial, administrative and human resources regulations according to Dutch legislation. There are currently four members of the Governing Board, with another three members to be appointed in due course.
New members of the Governing Board
We would like to welcome Mr J.N.M Koos Richelle, Drs. Anka Mulder, Arthur Mol and Maarten Smits as new members of the Governing Board.
- Mr J.N.M Koos Richelle is chairman of the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs. Mr Richelle has exceptional and extensive (international) experience. He previously held office as DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission, DG for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DG for Welfare at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
- Drs. Anka Mulder has been Vice-President of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) since 2014, responsible for Education and Operations. She is also member of the supervisory board of the TU Hamburg and the Hotelschool The Hague / Amsterdam and member of the edX University Advisory Board and the Comite d’Orientation Strategique of Sorbonne University.
- Arthur Mol is currently rector magnificus/vice-president at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, and professor in environmental policy at the same institution. He has held visiting professorships at Renmin University and Tsinghua University (China), Chiba University (Japan) and National University of Malaysia (Malaysia). He lectured and published widely on environmental and food governance, globalization, ecological modernization, Southeast and East Asia, sustainable production and consumption, and sustainable and smart cities. He has been editor of Environmental Politics, of the book series News Horizons in Environmental Governance (EE), and President of the Research Committee Environment and Society of the International Sociological Association. He graduated 51 PhD students, and still supervises 8 PhD candidates.
- Maarten Smits is the managing director of Deltares, an independent research institute for water and the subsurface based in the Netherlands. Maarten has more than 30 years of experience in the field of water and the subsurface. Before joining Deltares five years ago, he was the managing director of Fugro GeoServices B.V. and Fugro Ecoplan in the Netherlands. He studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology and obtained a Master of Business Administration at Twente School of Management.
IHE Delft would like to thank Dirk-Jan van den Berg (Chair), Louis de Quelerij (member) and Koos Richelle (member) (Foundation Board members) for their advice and support in the preceding years. The Foundation Board was responsible for safeguarding the continuity of the Institute’s operations by providing its resources.