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Executive Board

The Executive Board (College van Bestuur) is responsible for the general management of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA). The two institutions are governed by this joint Board. The Executive Board is responsible for the efficient management of both universities.

Prof. G.T.M. (Geert) ten Dam

President UvA/AUAS

Geert ten Dam

Secretary: Gaby Bierlee

E-mail: secretariaat-voorzittercvb@uva.nl 

T: +31-20-525 27 52 


Geert ten Dam is the President of the Board of Executives of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, effective from 1 June, 2016.

She is also a full professor of Education at the UvA, starting from 1999. Further she is an independent, Crown-appointed member of the Dutch Social Economic Council (SER). Ten Dam was president of the Education Council of the Netherlands from 2011 to 2014. Before that she served as rector of the university teacher training programmes and chair of the department of Child Development, Education and Teacher Training.

Prof. H.M. (Huib) de Jong 

Rector of the UAS/HvA

Huib de Jong 2015

Secretary: Lisette Visser 

T: +31-20 525 21 27
E-mail: secretariaatrector-hva@uva.nl



Mr De Jong (b. 1954) has been appointed as a member of the Executive Board with effect from 1 March 2013. He is also rector of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA). Mr De Jong started his career at the University of Twente (UT) as a university lecturer and was subsequently appointed professor of the General Principles of Law in 1991. After a period as dean of the then Faculty of Public Administration, he served as a member of the UT Executive Board from 2000-2004. In 2006, he moves to the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU), where he served as vice president of the Executive Board.

Mr De Jong studied Dutch Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and obtained his doctorate from the UT in 1989 with a thesis on the quality of local governance in the Netherlands.

Prof. K.I.J. (Karen) Maex

Rector Magnificus UvA

Karen Maex

Secretary: Loes Slenter


T: +31-20-525 27 74



Prof. Karen Maex has been appointed Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam as from 1 June 2016. 


Karen Maex (b. 1959) is a native of Belgium, where she earned her doctorandus degree in Civil Engineering with a specialisation in microelectronics in 1982. She did her doctoral work as a research assistant at KU Leuven, taking her doctorate in 1987.  

Previous positions


In 1989 Maex was appointed university lecturer at KU Leuven, and subsequently as senior university lecturer in 1998, where for many years she taught the Master's course in Material Physics for Nanoelectronics and shared responsibility for the Bachelor's course in Semiconductor Physics. From 1999 until 2005 she was also affiliated with the University of Pavia, in Italy, as a guest lecturer in the European Master's in Material Science. In 2001 Maex was appointed to a professorship at the KU and in 2002 became programme director of its international Erasmus Mundus Master's programme in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, which was set up under her initiative. In 2003 she was promoted to full professor. 


After obtaining her doctorate in 1987, Karen Maex took an appointment as research director of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and conducted groundbreaking research into the use of nanotechnology in electronics at the IMEC (Interuniversity Micro-Electronics Centre). From 1996 she held various positions at the IMEC, including as the programme director of different divisions. In 2002 she became a member of KU Leuven's Research Council. As author and co-author of more than 250 publications, Maex has been a significant contributor to work at KU Leuven on material properties in micro and nano structures, in which she has also supervised (and co-supervised) numerous doctoral researchers. 

Policy and advisory work

Maex has held the position of IMEC Fellow and strategic research adviser since 2001. From 2005 until 2013 she was KU Leuven's first female vice-rector, appointed to the Science & Technology group, with responsibility for multiple faculties, departments and research centres, as well as for diversity policy. In addition, Maex has been a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) since 2008, where she focuses on international viewpoints on education and research. From 2009 until 2013 she was also a member of the Board of Directors of the IMEC. Maex was dean of the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science and dean of VU University Amsterdam's faculties of Sciences and Earth & Life Sciences from 1 January 2014 to 31 May 2016.

Drs. R.N. (Nico) Moolenaar RA

Executive Board

Nico Moolenaar

Secretary: Cora Rijks

T: +31-20 525 61 90 
E-mail: secretariaat-vicevoorzitter-cvb@uva.nl​​ 




Ir. K. J. (Kees) van Ast

Executive Board

Kees van Ast (1951) has been appointed as interim member of the Executive Board, effective 1 January 2017, and succeeds Hans Amman, who has stepped down on this date.

Secretary: Cora Rijks

T: +31-20 525 61 90 
E-mail: K.J.vanAst@uva.nl


  • Mail adress: postbus 1025, 1000 BA Amsterdam
  • Visiting adress: Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, 1012 WX Amsterdam 
Published by  Communication 9 January 2017