Staff Nexus Institute
founder & president
Rob Riemen (1962) began publishing the journal Nexus in 1991 and founded the Nexus Institute in 1994. As its president, he develops and initiates the ideas and activities of the Nexus Institute. He is the author of Nobility of Spirit. A Forgotten Ideal (2008), The Eternal Return of Fascism (2010) and To Fight Against This Age (2018, W.W. Norton). See also his website, www.robriemen.nl/en.
Eveline Riemen-van der Ham
Eveline Riemen-van der Ham (1986) is the vice president of the Institute. In close collaboration with Rob Riemen, she determines its financial and strategic policies. She is also jointly responsible for the content of the programme. Eveline studied theology and cultural studies in Tilburg and Rome.
senior editor & research and policy advisor
Bart Zantvoort (1985) is senior editor of the journal Nexus. In addition, he carries out research and is involved in shaping and organising the activities of the Nexus Institute. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy from University College Dublin with a thesis on Hegel, and studied Humanities at University College Utrecht. Besides his work for the Nexus Institute, he also works as a translator and and as lecturer in philosophy at Leiden University.
editor, researcher & coordinator Nexus Connect
Thomas Heij (1989) is editor of Nexus and is responsible for the coordination of Nexus Connect, the youth association of the Nexus Institute. After studying philosophy in Groningen, he worked for the Ministry of Education, for a management consulting company and he co-founded the digital magazine iFilosofie. In his spare time, Thomas is a graphic designer and translator.
Vera de Laat-Putseys
office manager & financial administrative staff member
Vera de Laat (1957) is responsible for the administration of the Nexus Institute, together with Tanja Zegarac. She is also responsible for the financial administration, together with Eveline Riemen-van der Ham. After being educated as an executive secretary at HRITON in Diest, Belgium, she worked as a financial and administrative manager at Vriens Autocenter and BKV Group. Her favourite pastimes are reading and travelling.
administrative staff member
Tanja Zegarac (1971) is responsible for the administration of the Nexus Institute, together with Vera de Laat. After an education in Croatia, she specialized in accounting and entrepreneurship. She worked for years at PostNL, first as operator and later in quality control. She enjoys reading and watching movies.
chairman supervisory board, partner Allen & Overy Amsterdam
chairman of the Statutory Board of Van Lanschot Bankiers
CEO, Leaseplan Corporation
artistic director, Dutch National Opera & Ballet
former commissioner European Union
criminal defense lawyer, professor for Legal Practice, University of Amsterdam
Tom de Bruijn
alderman for Finance, Traffic, Transport and Environment in The Hague
professor of Criminal Law, Tilburg University
professor of Public Finance, Leiden Law School
secretary general, European Commission
former managing director, Dutch National Opera & Ballet
prime minister 1982-1994
managing director, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
managing director, Het Concertgebouw
Yvonne van Rooy
chair of the board, Dutch Hospital Association
Tom de Swaan
supervisory board, DSM
ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Indonesia
Eveline Riemen – van der Ham
secretary and treasurer
Arnold Croiset van Uchelen
partner Allen & Overy Amsterdam