Executive Board

Of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is a foundation that is governed by an Executive Board.

Executive Board

Mr M.J.G. (Ron) Bormans M.A.

Executive Board - Chair
Executive Assistant: Helen Hulspas 


Ron Bormans is President of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He was appointed 1 September 2012. 

He graduated in Political Science with honours from Radboud University, Faculty of Social Sciences, specialising in Public Administration. Ron Bormans worked for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as Deputy Director of Higher Education and as Chief Executive of Student Finance. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam and Arnhem/Nijmegen, at the latter he became President in 2008. In addition he was a member of the Committee on the Future Sustainability of the Dutch Higher Education System which was established by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. 

Dr A.A. (Angelien) Sanderman

Executive Board - Member
Executive Assistant: Esther de Rooy 


Angelien Sanderman joined the Executive Board of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences on 15 September 2014.

After an education as a Speech Therapist (in Hengelo) she graduated from the University in Nijmegen in Language and Speech Pathology. Afterwards she worked as a Reseacher for the Institute for Perceptional Research (a cooperation between TU/e and Philips) and completed a PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology. She held management positions at KPN and TNO, she managed amongst other things operational control, market operation and culture- and change projects. At TNO she managed the area of expertise Earth, Life and Social Sciences, leading 1400 professional researchers.

W.E. (Wijnand) van den Brink, MA

Member of the Executive Board
Executive Assistant: Marjolein Bakker


Wijnand van den Brink joined the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences’ Executive Board on 1 October 2017. After obtaining his propaedeutic in higher economic and management education, and obtaining his grade one teaching qualification for Political Economy & Statistics, he graduated with a Master Educational Management.

After having worked for several years at the Employee Insurance Agency, he made a transition to working in the educational sector in 1989. He started his career in education working as a lecturer at Albeda Rotterdam. In this period he wrote two study books for the study programme International Wholesale Trade. Since 1999, Wijnand van den Brink has been employed at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, first as a lecturer of Economics, and from 2000 as a Course Director at the study programme Business Economics. In 2004 he was appointed Dean of the School of Financial Management, and from 2011 he was active as Dean of the School of Built Environment.  


Mr A. (Ali) Akboga

Secretary to the Executive Board and Advisory Board


Starting 1 August 2014, Ali Akboga has been Secretary to the Executive Board and Advisory Board of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. In 2007 he started his career at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences as Manager of Student Counselling, the International Office and the libraries. 

Among his responsibilities as Secretary he supports the Boards with all business, and is the ‘linking pin’ between the Executive Board, the school, and external contacts. He plays a key role in preparing, developing, and monitoring the decision-making processes for school policies.

Advisory Board

The advisory Board supervises the Executive Board of the University and the general state of affairs of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. This board has at least five members.

  • Mr J.C. Beerman MBA, Chair
  • Ms Drs J.W.A. Verlaan, Member
  • Mr C.W. van der Waaij, Member 
  • Ms Mr. C.M. Insinger MBA, Member
  • Mr H. Karakus, Member

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