Meet our team & supervisory board

The foundation office in Amsterdam brings together 17 different nationalities, working as a dedicated team on realizing ECF's mission and vision. Our supervisory board helps and guides us in achieving our goals.

Programmes - Grants - Advocacy - Knowledge Management



André Wilkens
(DE) Director

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Isabelle Schwarz
(DE/FR) Head of Advocacy

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Vivian Paulissen
(NL) Knowledge Manager


Philipp Dietachmair
(AT) Programme Manager

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Nicola Mullenger
(GB) Grants Coordinator

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Alicja Paszek
(DE/PL) Grants Manager 

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Szilvia Kochanowski
(HU) Programme Coordinator

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Lore Gablier
(FR) Programme Coordinator

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Sandra Grziwa
(DE/PL) Grants Administrator

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Olga Alexeeva
(NL/RU) Project Manager

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Jenneken Aarssen
(NL) Project Coordinator

Menno Weijs  (NL) Portfolio Holder

Menno Weijs
(NL) Project Manager

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Nikola Pucarevic
(RS) Project Officer Pilot Projects

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Marjolein Cremer
(NL) Senior Advocacy Officer


Tsveta Andreeva
(BG) Senior Research and
Development Officer


Violante Torre
(IT) Policy Officer

Business Development, Outreach and Events

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Lise Mathol  
(NL) Communications and Events Manager

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Susanne Mors
(DE) Publications Manager

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Maria Virto Marcilla
(ES) Manager Funding and Partnerships

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Malka Jonas
(DE) Project Coordinator Communications

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Friso Wiersum
(NL) Project Coordinator Communications

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Marjo Borsboom
(NL) Communications Officer


Gianfranco Pooli
(IT) Programme Manager

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Gunilla Redelius
(SE) Funding and Partnerships Officer

Finance, HR, Administration

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Kati Visser-Telegdi
(NL/HU) Executive Secretary

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Sophie Henderson
(NL/US) Office Manager

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Hans Peter Christen
(NL) Manager Finance

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Jan Baas
(NL) Facilities Manager

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Pim Heijselaar
(NL) Assistant Controller 

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Esther Claassen
(NL) Contract Administrator

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Gillian Wijnhoven
(GB) Manager HR, IT and Facilities

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Aleid Verkruisen
(NL) Administrative Assistant

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board works closely with the management. Their responsibilities can be summarised as follows:

  • decide upon and evaluates the Foundation’s strategy, and prioritise its activities

  • evaluates the efficient use of the Foundation’s resources (approval of budget and Annual Report), and

  • appoint the Foundation’s Director, members of the Supervisory Board and the President

The Supervisory Board meets at least twice a year. It consists of a minimum of five and a maximum of twelve members, including a Treasurer, Chair and Vice-Chair. Both the Chair and the Vice-Chair act as the Foundation’s Vice-Presidents. The President is an Extraordinary Member of the Supervisory Board.

Members of the Supervisory Board are broadly representative of the wider Europe and of the disciplines and fields of activity related to our goals. They receive no remuneration for their activities on behalf of the Foundation but are entitled to reimbursement for the costs they incur in the performance of their duties. These reimbursements are listed and explained in the Annual Report.

Articles of Association of the European Cultural Foundation.

President - HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
President of ECF and Extraordinary Member of the Board

Chair - Christophe de Voogd (F)
Reader and researcher, Institute of Political Studies, France

Vice-Chair - Rien van Gendt (NL)
Member of the Board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, New York

Treasurer - Rob Defares (NL)
Chief Executive Officer, IMC International Marketmakers Combination, The Netherlands



Isabel Alçada (PT), Writer, Counselor to the Presidentof the Republic, former Minister of Education, Portugal

Mária Hlavajová (SK), Artistic Director, BAK, Basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Nike Jonah (UK), Creative Producer, United Kingdom

James Kennedy (USA), Advisor representing Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, The Netherlands