At the end of 2019, the Executive Board decided, in close consultation with the directors of the NWO Institutes, to change the governance of NWO-I. The organisation was not effective and efficient enough, amongst other things, because there is no hierarchal relationship between the NWO-I office and the institutes. This delayed the preparation and realisation of decisions by the NWO-I Foundation Board.
Furthermore, the old model lacked a clear representative from the organisation who could act as a figurehead of NWO-I and represent it externally.
Therefore Miriam Luizink has now been appointed as the director NWO-I: a single director who bears final responsibility for NWO-I in its entirety. She is formally the manager of the institute directors and, with them, she will further develop the strategic agenda of the organisation. Furthermore, she is the ambassador of the NWO-I organisation. She will routinely attend the meetings of the NWO Executive Board and together with them will ensure a good positioning of the institutes in the Dutch research landscape. She will also advise the Executive Board about the institute’s portfolio and the missions of the individual institutes.
In addition to Miriam, Jan van der Boon has been appointed director of operations NWO-I. He will focus on the internal organisation and, in close consultation with the institute managers, he will further strengthen and professionalise the operational management, including the NWO-I office, in a manner appropriate to an organisation of almost 2000 employees.
On the NWO-I website, you can find the statutes and the internal rules and regulations of NWO-I. If you would like to know more about the further development of NWO-I, then you can read the following background articles:
- Inside NWO-I, December 2019: New structure for NWO-I directorate
- Inside NWO-I, June 2019: The future of NWO-I - Description of the project 'Further development NWO-I'