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.


Lisa Brüggen
General Director
Secretary: Diana Vingerhoets


Theo Nijman
Research Director
Secretary: Sylvia Hanhart


Mathijs van Dijk
Scientific Director
Secretary: Sylvia Hanhart


Saskia ter Ellen
Director of Knowledge Dissemination
Secretary: Diana Vingerhoets



Silvie van Halder
Executive Secretary and Policy Advisor Research
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 37 93


Sylvia Hanhart
Personal assistent
E-mail:  [email protected] or [email protected]
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 81 64


Diana Vingerhoets
Secretary of the Board
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Tel: +31 (0)13 466 84 20


Monique Gianotten
Event Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Tel: 013 466 21 09


Esther Hermans-Spijker
Project Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Tel: 013 466 82 20


Harry de Kort
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +31(0) 13 466 89 85


Bart Goossens
E-mail: [email protected]


Sheila Reneerkens
Senior advisor science communication
E-mail: [email protected] or
Tel: 013 466 31 40


Steffie Sprengers
Communications Officer
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Tel: 013 466 87 87


Frank den Hond
Communications Officer
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]


Casper van Ewijk
Member of Expertise centre
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 013 466 28 33


The board seeks the advice of various advisory bodies:


Scientific Council

The Scientific Council (SC) 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.

Members of the Scientific Council:

  • Hazel BatemanCEPAR and UNSW Sydney  (voorzitter)
  • Andrew CairnsHeriot-Watt University at Edinburgh, Actuarial Sciences
  • Dan GoldsteinThe Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Psychology
  • Christian GollierUniversity of Toulouse, Economics
  • Svend E. Hougaard JensenCopenhagen Business School
  • Annamaria LusardiThe George Washington University School of Business, multi-disciplinary
  • Josh RauhStanford University, Economics
  • Suzanne B. ShuCornell University, Marketing, Decision Science, Retirement
  • Merril SilversteinSyracuse University, Sociology
  • Elena StancanelliParis School of Economics
  • Laura StarksUniversity of Texas, McCombs School of Business, Finance, ESG
  • Yves StevensKU Leuven, Law
  • Guglielmo WeberUniversity of Padova, CINTIA, Economics


Partner Research Council

All of the network’s partners are represented on the Partner Research Council (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. You can download the voting procedure used by the PRC for projects here (only available in Dutch).

Members of the Partner Research Council:

  • Niels KortlevePGGM (Chair)
  • Lennaert van AnkenZwitserleven
  • Arthur Arbouwa.s.r.
  • Jim BeenLeiden University
  • Servaas van BilsenUniversity of Amsterdam
  • Bart BoonAchmea
  • Aldert Boonen & Rosa d’Adelhart Toorop – Labor Foundation
  • Karin BuesinkSVB
  • Jeannette CapelDNB
  • Jeroen Derwall – Utrecht University
  • Bas DonkersErasmus University Rotterdam
  • Rob van den GoorberghAPG
  • Max GroneckUniversity of Groningen
  • Lennart JanssensMinistry of Social Affairs
  • Ian KoetsierMinistry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Job KrijnenAFM
  • Rene MaatmanRadboud University
  • Anna MileyNationale Nederlanden
  • Joyce MurreMinistry of Finance
  • Ludo NagelPensioenfonds Rail & Openbaar Vervoer
  • Richard PauwMN
  • Edwin PijpersSPMS
  • Maarten RoestABN AMRO Pensioenfonds
  • Peter SimonseMinistry of Interior and Kingdom Relations
  • Eveline SmeetsShell Pensioenfondsen
  • Robert den ToomPensioenfonds PGB
  • Martijn de VriesVU University
  • Anja De WaegenaereTilburg University
  • Peter Werner Maastricht University

The Federation of Dutch Pension Funds and the Dutch Association of Insurers are observers on the PRC.


Editorial Board

The Editorial Board (EB) 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.

Members of the Editorial Board:

  • Andries de GripMaastricht University (Chair)
  • Mark-Jan BoesVU Amsterdam
  • Arjen HussemPGGM
  • Sven Klijnhout Achmea
  • Serge MansAegon Nederland
  • Raymond MontizaanMaastricht University
  • Alwin OerlemansAPG
  • Maarten van RooijDe Nederlandsche Bank
  • Mariëtte SandersePMT
  • Peter SchotmanMaastricht University
  • Erik SchoutenMinistry of Finance & Belastingdienst
  • Frank SmuddeAPG
  • Marcus HavemanNN
  • Jeroen WirschellPGGM
  • Marianne Zweersa.s.r.
  • Kristy JansenUniversity of Southern California
Last updated: January 23, 2024

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