The Executive Board appointed Mirjam van Praag (49) as president of the Executive Board with effect from 1 March 2018.
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, 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 welcomes the arrival of Mirjam van Praag and looks forward to a collegial and inspirational collaboration.
The appointment will take effect on 1 March 2018 because Mirjam van Praag still has a number of business obligations that she must complete before she can start working at the VU. In the period between Jaap Winters’ farewell to the appointment of Mirjam van Praag, Marjolein Jansen will take over the duties of the president and cover the interim period together with rector Vinod Subramaniam.