netspar center

The Netspar Foundation has placed the responsibility for carrying out all of its activities with the Netspar Center, which is part of Tilburg University.


Casper van Ewijk
General Director
Short CV
Personal page UvA
Tilburg University, office P3.106
Tel: 013 466 28 33
Secretary: Kristel Heefer


Theo Nijman
Scientific Director
Short CV
Personal page TiU
Tilburg University, office P3.104
Tel: 013 466 81 64
Secretary: Sylvia Hanhart


Marike Knoef
General Board member
Personal page LU
Tilburg University, office P3.106
Tel: 013 466 3498
Secretary: Sylvia Hanhart


Peter Gaillard
Director of Operations
Tilburg University, office P3.102
Tel: 013 466 82 23
Secretary: Kristel Heefer


The board seeks the advice of various advisory bodies:


Scientific Council (SC)

The Scientific Council is composed of prestigious international researchers with extensive expertise in the Netspar research domains. The council advises the board on the composition of the research programs and during the selection process for theme projects. The council reports to the Supervisory Board.

Chair: Monika Bütler (University of St. Gallen, Emperical Economics)

Members of the SC:

  • Hazel Bateman (University of Queensland, Economics)
  • David Blake (City University London, Actuarial Sciences)
  • Richard Blundell (University College London, Economics)
  • Dan Goldstein (London Business School, Psychology)
  • Christian Gollier (University of Toulouse, Economics)
  • Martin Kohli (European University Institute, Sociology)
  • Annamaria Lusardi (The George Washington University School of Business, multi-disciplinary)
  • John G. Lynch (University of Colorado, Psychology)
  • Josh Rauh (Stanford University, Economics )
  • Merril Silverstein (Syracuse University, Sociology)
  • Yves Stevens (KU Leuven, Law )
  • Guglielmo Weber (University of Padova, CINTIA, Economics)


Partner Research Council (PRC)

All of the network’s partners are represented on the PRC. The PRC advises the board on research and education. It is consulted in drawing up the research agenda and on the priorities for short-term topical research and long-range projects. In addition, the PRC signs off on the Netspar Brief prior to publication.

You can download the voting procedure used by the PRC for projects here (only available in Dutch).

Chair: Niels Kortleve (PGGM)

Members of the PRC:

  • Rob Alessie (Groningen University)
  • Arthur Arbouw (a.s.r.)
  • Jim Been (Leiden University)
  • Servaas van Bilsen (University of Amsterdam)
  • Bart Boon (Achmea)
  • Allard Bruinshoofd (DNB)
  • Bas Donkers (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Rob van den Goorbergh (APG)
  • Chantal de Groot (Ortec Finance)
  • Corjo Jansen (Radboud University)
  • Lennart Janssens (Ministry of Social Affairs)
  • Hans Hoeken (Utrecht University)
  • Kees Kamminga (AEGON Nederland)
  • Ruben Laros (AFM)
  • Maarten Lindeboom (VU University)
  • Roderick Molenaar (Robeco Nederland)
  • Robert Olieman (SVB)
  • Arno Riedl (Maastricht University)
  • Anisa Salomons (Nationale-Nederlanden)
  • Peter Simonse (Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations)
  • Rene Sterk / Gerard Rutten (Labor Foundation)
  • Siert Vos (Pensioenfonds PGB)
  • Anja De Wagenaere (Tilburg University)

The Federation of Dutch Pension Funds and the Dutch Association of Insurers are observers on the PRC.
For more information or questions about the PRC please contact Policy Officer Silvie van Halder

Editorial Board (EB)

The Editorial Board is made up of academics and professionals delegated by the Netspar partners. The board reviews the industry-specific papers for academic quality and relevance for pension professionals. It also judges student theses and dissertations in choosing the winners of the annual Netspar Thesis Awards.

Chair:  Fieke van der Lecq (VU University Amsterdam)

Members of the EB:

  • Rob Alessie (University of Groningen)
  • Iwan van den Berg (AEGON)
  • Kees Goudswaard (Leiden University)
  • Winfried Hallerbach (Robeco)
  • Ingeborg Hoogendijk (Ministry of Finance)
  • Arjen Hussem (PGGM)
  • Roger Laeven (University of Amsterdam)
  • Alwin Oerlemans (APG)
  • Maarten van Rooij (DNB)
  • Peter Schotman (Maastricht University)
  • Koen Vaassen (Achmea)
  • Mieke van Westing (NN)
  • Peter Wijn (APG)



Events, communications, relations management, project control, and operations are all handled by the Netspar Administration Office.

Events: Joost van Dun
Communications: Femke Trommels, Mandy van Trier
Research and papers: Silvie van Halder/Esther Hermans-Spijker, Joost van Dun
Education and internships: Silvie van Halder, Mandy van Trier
Finance: Harry de Kort
Executive Secretary: Silvie van Halder
Secretaries: Kristel Heefer, Sylvia Hanhart, Wilma Paffen



Silvie van Halder
Policy Advisor Research and Executive Secretary
Tilburg University, office P3.114
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 37 93


Joost van Dun
Eventscoordinator/Redactiesecretary Netspar Papers
Tilburg University, office P3.114
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 32 06
Works on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


Sylvia Hanhart
Personal assistent
Tilburg University, office P3.114
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 81 64
Works from Monday until Thursday


Kristel Heefer
Secretary of the Board
Tilburg University, office P3.114
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 26 78
Works from Monday until Thursday


Esther Hermans-Spijker
Project Coordinator
Tilburg University, kantoor P3.114
Tel: 013 466 82 20
Works from Monday untill Thursday


Harry de Kort
Tilburg University, kantoor P3.114
Tel: +31(0) 13 466 89 85
Works fulltime

Wilma Paffen
Personal assistant
Tilburg University, office P3.114
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 27 03
Works on all days except Wednesday afternoon


Mandy van Trier
Communication and Education assistant
Tilburg University, office P3.114
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 46 21
Works on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


Femke Trommels
Communication Officer
Tilburg University, office P3.114
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 26 85
Works on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


Michael Visser
Researcher / Policy Advisor
Tilburg University, office P3.109
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 47 87
Works on Monday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday morning

Last updated May 1, 2019

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