Governance and supervision

NLR is a Non-Governmental Organisation that is governed by a Supervisory Board consisting of six members. The board oversees the Executive Director, the implementation of the organisation’s strategy, and the organisation’s overall performance. The Board’s members have no vested interests in the organisation and do not receive remuneration. None of the positions they hold elsewhere pose any conflict of interest with the duties of the Supervisory Board or the Directorate of NLR.


NLR’s CEO is Linda Hummel. The CEO is responsible for the management of the organisation and is overseen by the Supervisory Board.

NLR’s Supervisory Board consists of six members

  • Mr H. Geels – Chairman
  • Mrs N. Tromp – Scientific Research
  • Mr V. van Slingerland – Finance
  • Mrs E.J.C. Bongers – Human Resources & Governance
  • Mrs E.A.C. Ubbens – Marketing, Fundraising & Communication
  • Mr Dr. M. Gidado –International Health & Disease Control Programmes

The board appoints new members on the basis of their expertise. Members are appointed for a period of four years and may serve a maximum of two terms.

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Gender diversity amongst board members

The Dutch Act on Management and Supervision (Wet Bestuur en Toezicht) requires gender diversity in the appointment of Supervisory Board members. At least 30% of seats must be occupied by women and at least 30% by men. Our Supervisory Board meets these criteria with a current ratio of two female members to four male members.