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Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for the daily management of VU Amsterdam. It is in charge of all administrative affairs, the management of the university and is accountable to the Supervisory Board.

Vacancy Rector Magnificus
The Supervisory Board of the VU Foundation has started the recruitment and selection of a new Rector Magnificus. 

Picture above: the current members of the Executive Board: Mirjam van Praag and Marcel Nollen

Members of the Executive Board

  • Prof. dr. Mirjam van Praag - President / rector magnificus ad interim

    On 1 March 2018, Mirjam van Praag was appointed President of the Executive Board at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is currently rector magnificus ad interim.  

    curriculum vitae

    Educational background
    Mirjam van Praag studied Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam, obtaining her doctorate there in 1996.

    Work experience
    After having worked at Procter & Gamble, Intomart and The Boston Consulting Group, Van Praag committed herself to a career in science in 1998. She held successive positions at the University of Amsterdam, first as Associate Professor in Organizational Economics and later as Professor in Entrepreneurship and Organization. In 2014, Van Praag took on the position of Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Copenhagen Business School. In addition to her professorship, she has held a range of various ancillary positions. Van Praag was a crown member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (2010 – 2018), and has served on various advisory boards and academic networks in the fields of economics and entrepreneurship.

    Ancillary positions

    • Professor Entrepreneurship, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
    • Supervisory Board Member of De Nederlandsche Bank
    • Member of the Bankraad of De Nederlandsche Bank
    • Supervisory Board Member of the Anne Frank Foundation

    Contact information
    Secretary: Marie-José Higler
    Telephone: 020-59 85305
    E-mail: m.j.higler@vu.nl

  • Dr. Marcel Nollen

    Marcel Nollen is a member of the executive board of VU Amsterdam since October 2019, responsible for the portfolios Finance, HRM, IT, Real Estate and Communication/Marketing. Before that, he was member of the board of ROC Albeda for 6 years and member of the board of Inholland University of Applied Sciences for 7 years respectively.

    After studying Public Administration (UT) and Change Management (VU Amsterdam), he worked at various firms as a management consultant in the field of strategy, organizational issues, finance and HR in various sectors, including municipalities, IT companies, banking and insurance and the central government. In addition to this work, he obtained his PhD on a business study at Tilburg University. After this he worked as a manager/director in service of the Ministries of Transport, Public Works and Water Management and OCW. During that time he followed the AMP course at Insead and the ABD candidate program.

    Contact information
    Secretary: Sandra van Arendonk
    Telephone: +31 20 59 83609
    E-mail: sandra.van.arendonk@vu.nl

  • Ir. Laan van Staalduinen - secretary

    Ir. Laan van Staalduinen is the secretary of the Executive Board.

    Contactinformatie
    Assistant: Annette Adan
    T 020 59 82416
    a.adan@vu.nl