About SURF
SURF is a cooperative association of Dutch educational and research institutions in which the members combine their strengths. Within SURF, we work together to acquire or develop the best possible digital services, and to encourage knowledge sharing through continuous innovation. The members are the owners of SURF.
SURF Cooperative

There is a growing awareness in society and education that the deployment of intelligent technology requires reflection and guidance to exploit opportunities and manage risks, which the technology also entails.

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Members' council, BoD, SB, WTR

Curious about SURF's organisational structure? In brief:

The members' council represents the members (owners of the cooperative) and is the highest body of the cooperative. The members' council meets at least twice a year.

The Executive Board (BoG) formulates SURF's policy and strategy and translates it into tactical and operational matters.

The Scientific Technical Council (WTR) is an independent advisory body. The council advises, solicited and unsolicited, on strategic, scientific and technical issues of the cooperative.

The Supervisory Board (SB) supervises the policies of the Board and the general affairs of the cooperative and its affiliated enterprise(s). The SB acts as an employer of and a sounding board for the Board.



Council of Members

The members' council represents the members (owners of the cooperative) and is the highest body of the cooperative. The members' council meets at least twice a year.

Tasks of the member council

  • adopt articles of association
  • approve the annual accounts
  • approve the Long-term Agenda (the strategy) and the annual plans of the SURF cooperative
  • appointing the members of the Supervisory Board, the Executive Board, and the WTR
  • approve the admission of new members

Distribution of members

The Members' Council consists of 36 members divided into six departments. A set number of seats is available for each department. Members are assigned to one of the member council's departments, which takes decisions on behalf of the members. Thus, the voice of all members is heard. Members serve on the members' council for a maximum of 4 years and can be reappointed 2 times by their department.

Department Maximum number of members To be appointed by
Academic education 14 Universities
Higher professional education 10 Universities of applied sciences, via the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences
Secondary vocational education 5 MBOs, via the MBO Council
Non-commercial and non-university research 3

- 1 by NWO
- 1 by KNAW
- 1 by the Council of Members

University medical centres 2 Umc's, through the NFU
Other 2 TNO and Royal Library

Method of decision-making

Decision-making is based on an absolute majority (more than half) of the valid votes cast, unless the statutes or the law prescribe a larger majority.

The chairman of the WTR or a deputy appointed by him or her is authorised to attend meetings of the Members' Council and has an advisory vote.

Governance code

Through the Members' Council, the members have a say in matters such as SURF's strategy and the (core) package of services. To exercise that control, in addition to the involvement of our members, SURF also needs transparency about its management and supervision. We have therefore drawn up a governance code, which contains widely supported general views on good corporate governance and rules of conduct. The governance code also requires the board of directors to draw up a whistleblower policy and publish it on the website.

Members of the Council of Members

Chairman

  • Mr J.W. Lintsen MBA - University of Amsterdam (Representative on behalf of academic education)

Vice-chairman

  • Ms I.T.J. Grimm MBA - Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
    (Representative on behalf of higher professional education)

Representative on behalf of academic education

  • Mr J.A.W.M. Biemans - University of Groningen
  • Mr. N.J.P.M. Bos - University of Maastricht
  • Mr R.L.A.C. Buchwaldt MBA - Wageningen University
  • Ms M. van der Meer - Delft University of Technology
  • Ms A. Muskens - Radboud University
  • Mr M.J.W.T. Nollen - VU University Amsterdam
  • Mr M. Ridderbos RC - Leiden University
  • Ms M. Roos - University of Twente
  • Ms E.M.A. van Schoten RA - Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • w. drs. M. van der Starre - University of Utrecht
  • Ms M.M.N. Ummelen - Open University
  • - Eindhoven University of Technology
  • - Tilburg University

Representation on behalf of higher professional education

  • Ms Prof. Dr S. Brand-Gruwel - Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
  • Mr W.E. van den Brink MA - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Ms Y.E.A.M. de Haan RE - HAN University of applied sciences
  • Ms A.H. Hannink MHA - Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen
  • Mr. T. Kos - Saxion
  • Mr. J.G.M. Reuling - Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • Mr. R.J.G.M. Verbruggen - Kempel University of Applied Sciences
  • Ms T. Zweed - University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  •  

Representing secondary vocational education

  • Mr R. Neutelings - Curio
  • Ms P. Satter - Christelijke Onderwijs Groep Vallei & Gelderland- Midden
  • mw. dr. D.J.M. Majoor - Koning Willem I College
  • dhr. drs. J.A.M. Maas - Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam
  • <vacancy>

Representation on behalf of non-university/non-commercial research institutions

  • Mr Prof. Dr J. de Boer - NWO
  • Mr R. de Haan - RIVM
  • Ms W.L.M. de Koning-Martens - KNAW

Representing university medical centres

  • Ms J.C.E. Kursten - UMC Utrecht
  • Mr Prof. Dr W.J. Niessen - UMCG

Other

  • Mr J.W. van Wessel - Koninklijke Bibliotheek
  • Mr dr. S. van der Gijp - TNO
Board of directors

The board formulates SURF's policy and strategy and translates it into tactical and operational matters.

Composition of the Executive Board

  • Jet de Ranitz: Chair of SURF's Executive Board
  • Hans Louwhoff: member of SURF Executive Board
  • Ron Augustus: member of SURF's Executive Board

Other positions Jet de Ranitz

  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kunstmuseum Den Haag
  • Chairman of the Board of SIDN Fund
  • Vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of Stichting Espria, member of Audit Committee
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Insurance company Groot Amsterdam (VGA) N.V.

Memberships

Jet de Ranitz

  • Member of Steering Group Integral Safety HE
  • Member of the Npuls Steering Group
  • Member European Open Science Cloud Association
  • Delegate e-Infrastructure Research Group
  • Member of the Global CEO Research & Education Network Forum
  • Member General Assembly of GÉANT
  • Administrative Consultation Open Science (Regional Body Open Science Netherlands)

    Hans Louwhoff

    • Member of the Information Room, member of MBO Chain Management Consultation, member of HO Chain Management Consultation

    Ron Augustus

    • Member of the Digitalisation Committee of VNO-NCW
    • Board member of the Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek
    • Member of Steering Team Acceleration Plan Educational Innovation with ICT
    • Delegate Knowledge Exchange Senior Management
    • Co-chairman Board DINL
    • Member Advisory Board Science Guide
    Supervisory Board

    Composition

    The supervisory board (SB) consists of at least 3 people. The term of appointment of Supervisory Board members is up to 4 years, with a maximum of 3 terms.

    Members of the Supervisory Board

    Chairman

    • dhr. Harry van Dorenmalen (second term, as of 1st of February 2024, for four years)

    Members

    • dhr. Edwin van Huis (second term, as of 31st March 2023, for four years)
    • mw. Dorien Jongeneel (first term, as of 1st of January 2021, for four years)
    • mw. Saskia Vlaar (second term, as of 1st April 2024, for four years)
    • dhr. Gabriël Zwart (second term, as of 31st March 2023, for four years)

    Additional functions of the Supervisory Board

    Other positions Mr Harry van Dorenmalen

    • Chairman Advisory Board LINKIT
    • Chairman Supervisory Board MindAffect
    • Chairman Board Health Valley
    • Chairman National Top Team Sport
    • Chairman Supervisory Board ICT Tribe 
    • Advisor CyFlex GmbH
    • Chairman Board WaveMakers
    • Member of OCW state committee STEM - Sector plans
    • Member Advisory Board Almere City FC

    Main position and current ancillary positions Mr Edwin van Huis

    Main position

    • General Director, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

    Other positions

    • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Amsterdam School of the Arts
    • Co-director Japan Museum the Siebold House, Leiden
    • Member of the Board of Directors at International Barcode of Life
    • President of CETAF

    Main position and current ancillary positions Ms Dorien Jongeneel

    Main position

    • Director of the Conservation Unit, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

    Other positions

    • Member of the Supervisory Board of Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation

    Principal position and current ancillary positions Ms Saskia Vlaar

    Main position

    • Member of the Board of AiNed

    Other positions

    • Member of the Supervisory Board of PWC Netherlands
    • Member of the Supervisory Board of Emixa
    • Member of the Supervisory Board of Noordwest Hospital Group

    Main position and current ancillary positions mr. Gabriël Zwart 

    Main position

    • Member of the Executive Board of MUMC+

    Other positions

    • Member of the Supervisory Board CZO
    • Member of the Supervisory Board RonaldMcDonald House

     

    Scientific Technical Board

    The WTR consists of recognised independent authorities, appointed in a personal capacity. The appointment is always for a term of 3 years with a maximum of 3 terms.

    Prof A. Oskamp (chairman)

    • Appointed for a 2nd term. Ends on 08 December 2024.

    Prof. E.W. Berghout

    • Professor of Computer Science, Information Systems, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Groningen.
    • Specialism: Information management, IT Governance, New Business Models, Big Data Implementations, IT Auditing and Security.
    • Appointed for a 2nd term. Ends on 9 October 2025.

    Dr Nynke Bos

    • Lecturer in Teaching, Learning and Technology at Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Academic Dean, Master Learning & Innovation.
    • Appointed for a 1st term, ending on 14 June 2026

    Dr Paola Grosso

    • Associate professor in the Computer Science Institute of the University of Amsterdam, Leader of the Multiscale Networked System (MNS) research group, director of the Graduate School of Informatics.
    • Specialism: Future Internet, Programmable Networks.
    • Appointed for a 1st term. Ends 07 April 2024.

    Prof Lynda Hardman

    • Manager of Research & Strategy at the Centre for Mathematics & Computer Science (CWI). Part-time professor in Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University, Chairman of the management team of Amsterdam Data Science, European Director of LIAMA.
    • Specialism: human information interaction, information visualisation, semantic web, topic-based litarature exploration.
    • Appointed for a 1st term. Ends 09 June 2024.

    Dr Andrea Klaeijsen

    • Practor Personalised Learning, VISTA College
    • Specialism: personalised learning and flexible education, knowledge infrastructure in mbo
    • Appointed for a 1st term. Ends 09 June 2024

    Dr M. Kleppe

    • Head of Research at the Royal Library.
    • Specialism: Digital research infrastructure for the humanities, digital heritage, accessing digital archives using AI.
    • Appointed for a 2nd term. Ends 14 June 2026.

    Prof. A.R. Lodder

    • Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation.
    • Specialism: law and internet, including privacy, security, liability, contracting, freedom of speech, cybercrime; and phenomena related to algorithms, social media, cyberwar, smart devices and apps.
    • Appointed for a 2nd term. Ending 14 June 2026.

    Prof P.R. Luijten

    • Professor of Functional Medical Imaging at UMC Utrecht and director of the UMC Utrecht Center for Image Sciences, Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine.
    • Appointed for a 2nd term. Ends on 13 June 2025.

    Prof Ana Varbanescu

    • Professor at the University of Twente and Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam.
    • Specialism: heterogeneous architectures for HPC, zero-waste computing, co-design of systems, performance and energy efficiency modelling for both scientific and irregular, data-intensive applications.
    • Appointed for a 1st term. Ends on 31 December 2026.

    Prof Marcus Specht

    • Professor of Digital Education at TU Delft and director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Education and Learning. He is further leader of the 4TU Centre for Engineering Education and member of the Board of Governors.
    • Appointed for a 1st term, ending 14 June 2026.

    Prof E.A. Valentijn

    • Extraordinary Professor of Astronomical Information Technology, University of Groningen, head of OmegaCEN, coordinator Target.
    • Specialism: (Big) data management, information technology and public-private partnerships for healthcare, digital heritage and search technology, among others.
    • Appointed for a 3rd term. Ends on 08 December 2024.

    Appointment of WTR members

    The WTR consists of recognised independent authorities appointed in their personal capacity. WTR members are appointed on the basis of their independent outlook, vision of the future and expertise in the cooperative's fields of activity. Appointment is always for a term of 3 years with a maximum of 3 terms. New WTR members are nominated by the Supervisory Board and appointed by the Members' Council. The composition of the WTR is evaluated every 2 years. If vacancies arise, their filling is discussed with the Executive and Supervisory Boards.

    Role WTR

    The WTR's role is broad:

    • Performs a substantive review of projects and activities initiated by SURF.
    • Supports the sectors in formulating their positions and priorities.
    • Advises SURF's Executive Board and Member Council on the level of innovation in the Multi-Year Plans and 2-Year Plans. 2 years after publication of the trend report, the WTR reassesses the trends and issues described.
    • Makes recommendations for tightening or changing the chosen course in the 2Year Plans. This is done on the basis of progress reports of the cooperative's entire portfolio: service delivery, service development and innovation.

    The WTR as a whole issues the recommendations. A committee, composed in consultation with the client, prepares the opinions. In carrying out its work, the WTR may additionally be assisted by external experts.

    WTR also advises institutions

    The WTR advises SURF member institutions seeking an independent and expert response to questions regarding ICT policy. Institutions can contact the WTR for audits, support in planning and reviewing policy. The WTR's advice is always tailor-made. The diversity of expertise of the WTR's council members allows it to make quick diagnoses and formulate concrete advice.

    View WTR opinions

    Advice from the WTR to SURF is in principle public, unless other arrangements have been made. Advice from the WTR to institutions is only public if the client explicitly opts for this.

    The WTR considers topics of strategic importance to SURF. The starting point is innovation in current and future services to the members, based on national and international developments.

    SURF board of directors

    SURF Executive Board from left to right: Hans Louwhoff, Ron Augustus, Jet de Ranitz

    De raad van commissarissen van SURF met van links naar rechts: Edwin van Huis, Harry van Dorenmalen, Saskia Vlaar, Gabriël Zwart en Dorien Jongeneel

    The supervisory board with, from left to right: Edwin van Huis, Harry van Dorenmalen, Saskia Vlaar, Gabriël Zwart and Dorien Jongeneel