Advisory council NWO

NWO has an advisory council that advises the executive board, on request or at its own initiative, on societal and scientific developments that are relevant to NWO. The advisory board can be consulted by the executive board when preparing the institution plan and strategy.

The advisory board has a around ten members and meets at least twice a year with the executive board. Members are invited to sit on the board, not as representatives of their organisation. They are appointed by the executive board for a term of four years. Ministries are not represented on the advisory board because they exert direct influence via the appointment of executive and supervisory board members and client-contractor relationships.


In consultation with the supervisory board the executive board has appointed the following members:

  • Jet Bussemaker, Professor Policy, science and societal Impact, in particular in health care, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)
  • Pim van der Feltz, CEO Google Nederland
  • Aart-Jan de Geus, Chief Executive Officer of Goldschmeding Foundation
  • Beatrice de Graaf, Professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance, Utrecht University 
  • Farah Karimi, member of the Senate
  • Els van der Plas, director Dutch National Opera and Ballet
  • Kim Putters, director Netherlands Institute for Social Research
  • Gerard van der Steenhoven, director-general Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
  • Marcel Wubbolts, CTO Corbion
  • Tim de Zeeuw, Professor of Theoretical Astronomy at Leiden University