Mr. Van der Giessen – Member
Mr Ronald van der Giessen is forestry engineer (Wageningen University 1985). He held management positions at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Netherlands) and Natuurmonumenten. Mr Van der Giessen was closely involved in the foundation of the International Timber Trade Organisation. After a management position at the Nationale Postcode Loterij, in August 2003 he was appointed Director/General Secretary of the Foundation Oranje Fonds, one of the Netherlands largest philantropic foundations. The foundation has Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima as its patrons. They perform a very active role in promoting the aim of social cohesion in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. At the Foundation’s 15th anniversary in 2017 he was awarded a knighthood as Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau.
Since 2017 he is owner of Boardroom Companions, a company specializing in supervisory work and special projects. One of those is setting up the National Foundation for Sports.