Mirjam van Praag new president of the Executive Board of the VU

The Executive Board of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam appointed Prof. dr. CM (Mirjam) van Praag (49) as president of the Executive Board with effect from 1 March 2018.

10/30/2017 | 8:32 AM

Van Praag is a prominent econometrician who earned her stripes both at home and abroad. At present she is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Copenhagen Business School where she occupies the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller chair. Before that, she was Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organisation at the UvA. In 2006, Van Praag was the first director and driving force behind the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE).


In addition to her current position, she is currently a crown member of the Social Economic Council, supervisor at Berlingske Media, and participates in various advisory councils, academic networks and fellowships in the field of economics and entrepreneurship.

Wim Kuijken, chair of the Supervisory Board of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, says about her appointment: "We are very pleased that Mirjam van Praag wants to commit to our university. As a leading scientist with a broad scientific and administrative network and with an international orientation, we are convinced she will be a fine president of the Executive Board of the VU and a worthy successor to Jaap Winter. Mirjam van Praag endorses the inclusive nature, diversity and social involvement of the VU and will actively communicate the identity of the VU as a president.”

The Executive Board of the VU welcomes the arrival of Mirjam van Praag and looks forward to a collegial and inspirational collaboration. 

The appointment was prepared by a selection committee consisting of members of the Supervisory Board, representatives of the Works Council and the University Student Council and the vice-president of the Executive Board. Prior to the appointment, support interviews were held with the deans and service directors of the VU and with the Joint Assembly. They also advised on the profile of the new president.

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