Who’s who?

Staff Nexus Institute

Rob Riemen
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
vice president

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.

Bart Zantvoort
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.

Thomas Heij
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.

Tanja Zegarac
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.


Arnold Croiset van Uchelen
chairman supervisory board, partner Allen & Overy Amsterdam

Karl Guha
chairman of the Statutory Board of Van Lanschot Bankiers

Tex Gunning
CEO, Leaseplan Corporation


Pierre Audi
artistic director, Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Frits Bolkestein
former commissioner European Union

Britta Böhler
criminal defense lawyer, professor for Legal Practice, University of Amsterdam

Tom de Bruijn
former alderman for Finance, Traffic, Transport and Environment in The Hague

Iván Fischer

Marc Groenhuijsen
professor of Criminal Law, Tilburg University

Victor Halberstadt
professor of Public Finance, Leiden Law School

Alexander Italianer
former secretary general, European Commission

Truze Lodder
former managing director, Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Jan Raes
managing director, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

Simon Reinink
managing director, Het Concertgebouw

Yvonne van Rooy
chair of the board, Dutch Hospital Association

Tom de Swaan
supervisory board, DSM

Rob Swartbol
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

Coen Teulings
distinguished professor at Utrecht University, affiliated to University of Cambridge