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The Supervisory Board of Stichting AiNed has the task of supervising the policy of the board. In addition, the Supervisory Board acts as a sounding board for the board.

The Supervisory Board consists of the following members:

  • Cees Oudshoorn, chairman
  • Cisca Wijmenga
  • Geert-Jan van der Snoek
  • Lousewies van der Laan
  • Rina Joosten-Rabou
  • Sander Ruiter, secretary

Cees Oudshoorn, chairman of the Supervisory Board

Cees Oudshoorn is director of VNO-NCW and general manager of the work organization of VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland. He started his career at VNO-NCW in November 2000 as Director of Economic Affairs. Over the past period he has held various roles and ancillary positions, representing and promoting the interests of the entrepreneurial Netherlands. Among other things, he has been a member of the Social Economic Council since 2016 and chairman of the Strategy Team of the Netherlands AI Coalition since 2019.

Cees Oudshoorn: "AI is the biggest technological gamechanger of this century. It will be the new engine by which countries will achieve higher broad prosperity. The Netherlands cannot afford to lag behind with this. We cannot face the future with an old bubbling and stalled engine. With the resources available from the Growth Fund, a good start can be made on the AI transformation of the Netherlands. We are motivated to make this a success. To keep the Netherlands among the most prosperous and happy countries in the world."  

Cisca Wijmenga, member of the Supervisory Board

Cisca Wijmenga is a Dutch professor of Genetics at the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen. She is also the first female rector magnificus of the University of Groningen since its founding in 1614. She studied biology at the University of Groningen and received her doctorate cum laude from Leiden University in 1993.

Following that, she conducted postdoctoral research in the laboratory of American geneticist Francis Collins. In 2012, she was appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Spinoza Prize in 2015.

"My research has always been tremendously data-driven and I was one of the first in the Netherlands to see the potential of genomics and big data in 2000" said Cisca Wijmenga. "Meanwhile, almost everything around us is data-driven and artificial intelligence is used in numerous fields which will only increase in the future. It is important that the Netherlands makes maximum use of artificial intelligence. However, we must do this in a responsible way. I therefore gladly commit myself as supervisor of the AINed Foundation to contribute to this".

Geert-Jan van der Snoek, member of the Supervisory Board

Geert-Jan van der Snoek is a top entrepreneur and former CEO of Telegraaf Media Groep, Sky Radio Group, NDC mediagroep, Breens Network and Chief Transformation Officer at Schuitema/C1000, among others. Previously, he spent many years with KPMG, responsible for the Technology, Media & Telecom sector.

He is currently a managing partner at Merx Enterprises, a management and investment company focused on building, structuring and optimizing impactful companies in their (digital) transformation, linked to specific UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is also, among other things, chairman of the Digitalization Committee of VNO-NCW I MKB Nederland and supervisor at several (international) organizations and charities.

He is involved in various digital transformation developments in the Netherlands and internationally as well as sustainability initiatives around hydrogen and nitrogen. Here he is always looking for entrepreneurial and innovative ways to stimulate positive change. From there he is regularly asked by various media and educational institutions to give his input on important digital and sustainability themes.

Geert-Jan van der Snoek: "The future is not what will happen, but what we will do today."

Lousewies van der Laan, member of the Supervisory Board

Lousewies van der Laan is CEO of Transparency International Netherlands and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Consumentenbond. Previously she was, among other things, a member of the Lower House and the European Parliament and a member of the ICANN board of directors. She studied Law in Leiden and International Economics in Bologna. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Alert Online and an ambassador for The Netherlands Internet Governance Forum, the Positive Minds Foundation and the Thrombosis Foundation.

"AI is a systems technology that is going to fundamentally change our world. If we define in advance what that world should look like, we can seize opportunities and mitigate risks," said Lousewies van der Laan. "As far as I'm concerned, that world will be more peaceful, just and caring than it is now. If the Netherlands spends public money on innovation, those projects must serve society and always put the rule of law and human dignity at the center."

Rina Joosten-Rabou, member of the Supervisory Board.

Rina Joosten-Rabou is a serial entrepreneur building companies in both Europe and Asia. She is driven by creating meaningful human and social impact through technology. Rina is CEO of Pera and works on research in machine learning and natural language processing with applications in HR.

Rina advises the OECD on AI and Future of Work, spearheaded the Taskforce AI in the Netherlands (which resulted in the Netherlands AI Coalition) and she serves as a Commissioner within technology companies. Before that, she held several management positions at DSM and holds a Master of Science from the University of Groningen. On the Supervisory Board, she represents startups and scale-ups.


Rina Joosten-Rabou: "Startups are the link between fundamental research and practical applications, which are of use to many of us. They also create an awful lot of jobs. Given the international playing field of AI, it is crucial that Dutch startups can be leading. I am happy to put my knowledge and international network to work for that".

Sander Ruiter, secretary of the Supervisory Board of the AiNed Foundation

In addition to his role as secretary of the Supervisory Board, Sander Ruiter is director of the AiNed Foundation. He enthusiastically applies his experience to the implementation of the AiNed Programme. In recent years, Sander has been involved with the Netherlands AI Coalition as Coalition Secretary.

"As director, I am happy to work on building the AiNed Foundation charged with the integral coordination and implementation of the multi-year program," said Sander Ruiter.