The Executive Board is responsible for preparing and implementing policy and managing the university. The members of the Board are: K.F.B. (Kristel) Baele MSc (President), Professor dr R.C.M.E. (Rutger) Engels (Rector Magnificus) and R. (Roelien) Ritsema van Eck MSc.
The Executive Board, together with the deans, wishes to put the university firmly on the map as a leading, internationally-oriented university with strong roots in Rotterdam. The members of the Executive Board are appointed by the Supervisory Board of EUR.
K.F.B. (Kristel) Baele MSc (President)
Kristel Baele holds the chair since December 2015 and is responsible for general administrative matters, including the relationship with the Supervisory Board and the University Council. Her portfolio includes strategic policy, international affairs and external relations, for example with the region of Rotterdam, the business community and other knowledge institutions.
Side positions of the President of the Executive Board can be found in the Erasmus Register for Ancillary Positions.
Prof. dr R.C.M.E. (Rutger) Engels (Rector Magnificus)
Rutger Engels is Rector Magnificus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main focus is on education, research and impact, including academic staff (policy), students and research information. His Rectorship expires in June 2022.
Professor Engels is also Professor Developmental Psychopathology at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB).
Roelien Ritsema van Eck MSc
Roelien Ritsema van Eck is the third member of the Executive Board. She was appointed effective 1 November 2018.
Roelien Ritsema van Eck (1975) is responsible for the operational management portfolio (finance, economic policy, real estate services and information technologies) within the Executive Board. She oversees the further development of digital support, the continued improvement of the quality of operational management and connecting of operational management with the university’s (strategic) objectives for education, research and valorisation.
Ritsema van Eck studied Business Administration at the University of Groningen and International Management at Oxford Brookes University. She worked at ABN Amro from 1999 until 2018, where she has held various positions. In her last position, she was the Bank’s Real Estate & Facility Management Director.
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Secretariat Rector magnificus
B. van der Hijde
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Secretariat third member
M.C. Vallejo Andres
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Press and interview requests
Jacco Neleman, spokesman
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President of the Board Kristel Baele explains new EUR strategy during opening academic year