The Organisation

Governance Structure

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is responsible for EAE’s budget, appointment and strategy.

  • Max van den Berg (Chairman) | former Commissioner to the King of the Groningen Provincial Board
  • Sibrand Poppema | President Board University of Groningen
  • Henk Pijlman | Chairman of the Board Hanzehogeschool Groningen
  • Ulco Vermeulen | Member Executive Board and Director Business Development & Participations Gasunie
  • Jan Willem van Hoogstraten, CEO EBN

Managing Board

Energy Academy Europe is led by our Managing Board, André Faaij, Academic Director, and Bert Wiersema, Managing Director. They are responsible for implementing the vision of the Energy Academy Europe, for the optimal collaboration between the various participating organizations and for providing leadership that will yield excellent education, research and innovation.

Strategic Partners Council

The Strategic Partners meet twice a year to discuss the priorities for the EAE’s activities for education, research and innovation. The interaction between private and public partners from different energy-related sectors supports the system approach which EAE applies. Together with the Managing Board, the Strategic Partners also actively monitors the EAE’s long-term development in view of its mission.

Regional Advisory Council

The role of the Regional Advisory Council is to advice EAE and Foundation Energy Valley about the energysector of the Northern Netherlands. Its members are:

  • Gertjan Lankhorst (Chairman) | CEO GasTerra
  • Ferd Crone | Mayor Leeuwarden
  • Douwe Faber | Director Ekwadraat
  • Paul Korting | Director Chairman ECN
  • Gerald Schotman | CEO Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V.
  • Henk Pijlman | Chairman of the Board Hanzehogeschool Groningen
  • Sibrand Poppema | President University of Groningen
  • Harm Post | Director Groningen Seaports
  • Ulco Vermeulen | Member Executive Board and Director Business Development & Participations Gasunie
  • Ron Wit | Directeur Public Affairs Eneco Groep

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board (IAB) gives guidance to the educational and research programmes of Energy Academy Europe, promotes Energy Academy Europe abroad, and aspires to attract students and lecturers. In addition the Board facilitates collaborations with universities abroad, research institutes, governments and companies. More information can be found below.

Funding Agencies

Energy Academy Europe acknowledges the contribution of our funding agencies: the Northern Netherlands Provinces (SNN), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Province of Groningen and the Municipality of Groningen.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board (IAB) gives guidance to the educational and research programmes of the Energy Academy Europe, to promote the Energy Academy Europe abroad, and to attract students and lecturers to the Energy Academy Europe. The Board also facilitates cooperation with foreign universities, research institutes, governments and companies. For more information you can download the press release.

Current members of the International Advisory Board

Joan MacNaughton

Chair of the International Advisory Board and former Director General of Energy, United Kingdom.

Nawal Al-Hosany

Director of Zayed Future Energy Prize and Executive Director at Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)

Hans Peter Beck

Chairman Energie‐ forschungszentrum Niedersachsen (EFZN)

Ken Koyama

Chief Economist and Managing Director at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Tatiana Mitrova

Director at the Energy Center, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Petter Nore

Chief Energy Analyst at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Malcolm Wilson

Vice-President at New World Orange Biofuels, Canada

Pradeep Monga

Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Doug Arent

Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States.