Annelien Bredenoord new chair of Executive Board Erasmus University Rotterdam

Annelien Bredenoord talking on stage during Dies Natalis 2023
Rector Annelien Bredenoord stands outside in Rotterdam with other professors in the background.
Alexander Santos Lima

Prof.dr. Annelien Bredenoord has been appointed by the Supervisory Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) as President of the Executive Board (CvB). Bredenoord has been a member of the CvB as Rector Magnificus since September 2021 and will start in her new position as President on Sept. 1, 2024.

She succeeds prof.dr. Ed Brinksma, who is stepping down as president after four years due to reaching retirement age. The Supervisory Board made the decision after a process that included consultation with deans, the University Council's Confidentiality Committee and the other members of the Executive Board.

The Supervisory Board is in unity

The Supervisory Board and the Appointment Advisory Committee are in unity about the appointment: "Annelien serves as an authentic leader with a clear vision and decisiveness, but also as a team player who reflects well and gives space to others. Her talent and strength are an excellent fit for the role of President. We expect Annelien to do very well in this role as Chair of the Executive Board", says Jaap Winter, Chair of the Supervisory Board.

Annelien Bredenoord

Annelien Bredenoord considers it a great honour

"I consider it a great honor to be appointed as President of our wonderful university located in the dynamic city of Rotterdam. A university with a strong profile and an ambition that matters - creating genuine positive social impact based on scientific strength. Both the DNA of the EUR and its location in the urban region that is Rotterdam provide an excellent starting point to further build on this together with our regional, national and international partners. I have done so with full determination in recent years as Rector, and will continue to do so as President", says Bredenoord. 

"As Rector, together with Ed Brinksma and Ellen van Schoten, the Deans and the entire university community in the field of education and research, I have experienced a very pleasant partnership in recent years, and I am proud of what we have achieved together. As President, I look forward to being more focused on general political-administrative matters, strategy and external affairs, across the spectrum, to build on the strategic choices we make together as one university towards a modern inclusive impact university that contributes to the big issues of our time. Not just for EUR, but beyond."

Annelien Bredenoord opens the Academic Year officially by sounding the gong.
Alexander Santos Lima

About Annelien Bredenoord

Bredenoord is professor of ethics of technology and an international pioneer in the ethical evaluation of emerging biomedical technologies. Such as artificial intelligence, genome editing, biobanking and regenerative medicine. With her team, she has developed a unique approach to bringing (the ethics of) emerging biomedical innovations into society, called "'ethics parallel research.' 

Bredenoord served as a senator in the Senate from 2015 to 2023, including four years as faction leader. She also gained extensive supervisory and administrative experience. Colleagues characterise Bredenoord as a strategic and visionary leader, a highly connecting person, authentic, accessible, a team builder and as a person who wins the trust of the people she works with. 

She has an open, friendly nature and is also determined to make an impact and make the most of both her own talent, and the talent of the people she works with. Bredenoord has a broad and active network in academia, health care and politics and policy making at both regional, national and international level.

More information

The Supervisory Board will start the procedure for the recruitment and selection of a new Rector Magnificus in the very near future.

Press questions? Please contact press officer Lydia Datema: or 06-40 26 43 67.

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