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Professor Mirjam van Reisen appointed to Advisory Council on International Affairs

Press Release 14 May 2013 - Tilburg University

Mirjam van ReisenThe Cabinet of the Netherlands has appointed Professor Mirjam van Reisen, holder of the Marga Klompé chair, as a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) as of January 1. She will also be the Chair of the AIV’s Development Cooperation Committee. The Advisory Council on International Affairs is an independent advisory body that advises the government and the States-General on foreign policy, in particular human rights, peace and security, development cooperation and European integration. Professor Van Reisen is affiliated with the Tilburg School of Humanities.


Van Reisen will be succeeding Dean Arie de Ruiter in this post. He held the post for nine years and will remain a member of the of the Permanent Committee on Development Cooperation.
The AIV provides advice and recommendations at the request of the government or the States-General, and also on its own initiative. The government members most closely involved are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The requests for recommendations, the advice and recommendations provided and government’s responses are a matter of public record.

Professor Mirjam van Reisen (b. 1962) studied Psychology of Culture and Religion and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. She worked as a researcher at Radboud University from 1989-1997 and she conducted research for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, UN agencies and various NGOs. She received her PhD in 2009 from Maastricht University for her dissertation on European development cooperation after the fall of the Berlin wall. She was a research consultant for the Nedworc Association in the Dutch town of Zeist from 1997 to 2003. She was a political advisor to Dutch Labor Party politician Max van den Berg and an advisor to the Eurostep network of NGOs. She set up the Europe External Policy Advisors agency in Brussels in 2003, and she is still the director of this organization. In 2010 she became a professor by special appointment at Tilburg University, holding the Marga Klompé chair in International Social Responsibility.
In 2012 she received a prestigious award from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia for her support of women in ending conflicts in Liberia and other countries.

Her appointment was one of the last official acts by Queen Beatrix, who last year unveiled a bust of Marga Klompé, the Netherlands’ first female government minister, during Tilburg University’s Dies Natalis celebration.Note to the editors
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Prof. Mirjam van Reisen was appointed as member of the Independent Advisory Commission of International Affairs by the Dutch Government

Please see below the Press Release from the University of Tilburg (NL).  An English version of the press release will follow in the coming days.

Hoogleraar Mirjam van Reisen benoemd tot lid Adviescommissie Internationale Vraagstukken

Hoogleraar Mirjam van Reisen, bekleder van de Marga Klompé leerstoel, is per 1 januari door de Ministerraad benoemd als lid van de Adviescommissie Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV). Zij wordt tevens Voorzitter van de Commissie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking van de AIV. De AIV is een onafhankelijk adviesorgaan dat de regering en de Staten-Generaal adviseert over buitenlands beleid, met name de rechten van de mens, vrede en veiligheid, ontwikkelingssamenwerking en Europese integratie. Van Reisen is verbonden aan de Tilburg School of Humanities.

Van Reisen volgt decaan Arie de Ruiter op die deze functie negen jaar vervulde en die lid blijft van de permanente Commissie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking.
Adviezen van de AIV worden op verzoek van de regering of de Staten-Generaal uitgebracht, of op eigen initiatief van de AIV.  De meest betrokken bewindslieden zijn de ministers van Buitenlandse Zaken, Defensie en van Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking. De adviesaanvragen, de adviezen en de regeringsreacties zijn openbaar.

Prof. dr. Mirjam van Reisen (1962) studeerde Psychologie van cultuur en religie en Ontwikkelingsstudies aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. In de periode 1989-1997 werkte ze als onderzoeker aan de Radboud Universiteit en deed ze ook onderzoek voor het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, de Europese Commissie, VN organisaties en diverse NGO’s. In 2009 promoveerde ze aan de Universiteit Maastricht op een proefschrift over Europese ontwikkelingssamenwerking na de val van de Berlijnse muur. Van 1997 tot 2003 werkte ze als onderzoeksconsultant bij Nedworc in Zeist en was ze onder meer politiek adviseur van Max van den Berg en adviseur van het NGO- netwerk Eurostep. In 2003 richtte ze het adviesbureau Europe External Policy Advisors op in Brussel, waarvan ze tot op heden directeur is. In 2010 werd zij aan Tilburg University benoemd tot bijzonder hoogleraar Internationale Sociale Verantwoordelijkheid op de Marga Klompé leerstoel.
 In 2012 kreeg zij een hoge onderscheiding van de president van Liberia Sirleaf Johnson voor haar ondersteuning van vrouwen bij het beëindigen van conflicten in Liberia en andere landen.

De ondertekening van de benoeming is een van de laatste door Koningin Beatrix, die vorig jaar in het kader van de Dies Natalis aan Tilburg University een borstbeeld onthulde van Marga Klompé.


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President Sirleaf Hold Talks with the Netherlands’ Princess Maxima; Delegation from Tilburg University

President Sirleaf Meets with Princess Maxima of the Netherlands1Hague, Netherlands - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf held talks with Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands on the eve of a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the Post-2015 Agenda and Discussion of the Results of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water.

Princess Maxima, who is the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, met with President Sirleaf in the first of a series of meetings with the co-chairs of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The meeting mainly focused on making inclusive financing a key component of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Working with the European Union for Social Responsibility

Masterclass_Ronald_de_Jong.jpgOn March 5th, from 10:45 till 12:30 in WZ001, Philips Chief Market Leader Ronald de Jong will be in Tilburg for a masterclass. He will be sharing his experiences with doing business in the European Union, lobby groups and policy design. Besides this he aims for an interactive lecture which includes a case study and a plenary discussion.

This event is open and free to everyone, so do not hesitate to bring friends and/or other students.

For more information about Ronald de Jong, check: http://www.philips.nl/sites/philipsnl/about/company/management/management/ronald_de_jong.page

When you are interested in listening to one of the Netherlands top executives, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we hope to welcome you at the event!

The legacy of Marga Klompé

562020 434999786562248 1439731284 nFriday, the 16th of November marked the 100th birthday of Marga Klompé, a strong woman, who left behind an even stronger legacy. Marga Klompé was the first female minister of the Netherlands, during her time in office Klompé is best known for passing a Social Security Bill in 1963, a key reform at the time. When Marga Klompé pleaded in the Dutch Parliament that a basic minimum included a bouquet on the table she wanted to give recognition that the basic minimum of care should include a celebration of life.

When approaching the issue of healthcare and ageing, it is only natural to use Marga Klompé as an inspiration. The conference held on Friday in Tilburg University, focused on how the legacy of Marga Klompé can be used for an ethical approach to Healthcare and ageing in a globalized world.

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