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Endowed Chair of Marga Klompé
International Social Responsibility

Inauguration of Mirjam van Reisen as Endowed Chair Marga Klompé

Below you can find some pictures of the inauguration. Click on 1 of them to view the complete gallery. The play button will start a slideshow.

Below the pictures you can find a video section with clips of all the speaker and performers.

You can also download the text of the inaugural speech (short version; full version - book format) , or read our brief report of the inauguration day.

Dick Plessius Sekai Holland Ruud Lubbers In front of Marga Klompé's picture Agnes van Ardenne Sekai Holland Ruud Lubbers Lunch Vinicius Pinheiro Agnes van Ardenne Erik Borgman Marianella Feoli Simon Stocker and Mirjam van Reisen Roberto Bissio Dinner Mirjam van Reisen and Koos Richelle Odile Renault Agnes van Ardenne and Koos Richelle Erik Borgman Agnes van Ardenne Ruud Lubbers Dick Plessius Sekai Holland Vinicius Pinheiro Koos Richelle Koos Richelle Roberto Bissio Roberto Bissio Marianella Feoli Margriet van Reisen Margriet van Reisen


The video clips below are all available on EEPA's YouTube Channel. You can watch them in order with this playlist.

First part of the Conference

  • Odile Renault - Sequenza by Luciano Berio (1925-2003) - Flute

    A flautist with international experience, Ms Renault is the solo flute for the Ensemble Instrumental de Basse-Normandie and has a wide repertoire spanning from the 18th century to contemporary composers. She has recorded several works including Bruno Ducol's solo flute piece, which was in fact written for her. She also regularly teaches at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Reims.

  • Erik Borgman, Chair of the conference and professor of Theology at Tilburg University

    Mr. Borgman opened the conference welcoming guests including Charlot Klompé, Marga’s sister.

  • Agnes van Ardenne, Chair of the Board of the Marga Klompé Foundation

    Ms. van Ardenne, chair of the Board of the Marga Klompé Foundation, opened the conference and welcomed the renewed focus on Marga Klompé’s achievements and the continued relevance of her ideas. She explained how she sees Klompé as a ‘practical idealist’, one of those who work tirelessly to implement their ideals – for Klompé Church and society - in policy.

  • Ruud Lubbers, former Dutch Prime Minister

    Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers explained the personal influence Marga Klompé had had on him when he first took office. He talked about Klompé’s key role in the creation of the Dutch welfare state, and said how pleased she would be to see such an international audience assembled to inaugurate the Chair bearing her name.

  • Dick Plessius, president of the Marga Klompé Health Group

    Dick Plessius discussed the achievements and the challenges of contemporary healthcare, a key legacy of Marga Klompé. Despite monumental technical progress, there is still much to be done with repect to improving patients’ well-being. For this business needs moral guidance, as inspired by Klompé’s life and work.

  • Sekai Holland, Zimbabwean Minister for National Healing and Reconciliation

    The Zimbabwean Minister for National Healing and Reconciliation, Sekai Holland, was present to express the importance of national post-conflict mechanisms for a country to move on and develop peacefully. The international community had been key, she said, in forcing Robert Mugabe to accept the Global Political Agreement for power-sharing.

  • Vinicius Pinheiro, advisor to the Director of the International Labour Organization on social protection and Executive Secretary of the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group

    Mr Pinheiro spoke in favour of an international social floor. He cited the rapid progress which has been made in certain middle income countries, but pointed out that 75 percent of the world’s population is still not covered by universal social protection.

  • Koos Richelle, Director General for the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

    Koos Richelle spoke about the so-called European Social Model and how it has developed from its inception, of which Marga Klompé was a driving force. A key change has being the shifting role of the Church, as societies have become more individualistic the policies have had to adapt accordingly. He said that in fact there is not one single Model, but 27, since Europe’s strength lies in its diversity of policy as well as people.

  • Roberto Bissio, executive director of the Instituto del Tercer Mundo and international coordinator for NGO Social Watch

    Roberto Bissio expounded on the failure of recent economic ‘development’, and globalisation, to benefit the poorest members of the world’s population. Social Watch’s ‘Basic Capabilities Index’ reveals that poverty alleviation has stalled, whilst trade has grown exponentially. At this time of ‘fashionable austerity’ he advocated a more human approach, paying more attention to people’s well-being than to GDP figures. /li>

  • Marianella Feoli, head of the Partners in South-South Cooperation (PSSC) Secretariat

    Marianella Feoli introduced the audience to the participant countries’ innovative approach to development in the global South, based on equality and reciprocity between developing countries. She explained that more than 150 organisations had already participated across three countries: Costa Rica, Benin and Bhutan. As a result of the cooperation projects, hundreds of new products had been brought to market, creating thousands of jobs.

  • Margriet van Reisen - Sequenza by Luciano Berio (1925-2003) - Mezzosoprano

    Educated at the Utrecht Conservatory and London's Guildhall School of Music, Ms van Reisen has collaborated with a wide range of orchestras and conductors. This includes a CD recording with the Berlin Philharmonic and performances with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Hague Residentie Orchestra. She has sung parts in Electra, Peter Grimes and After Life. She was awarded first prize in the Schubert Competition, and received honours in the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Inaugural address by Prof Dr Mirjam van Reisen