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Director, BENELUX Program

Jeroen Dewulf
207 Moses Hall
University of California, Berkeley
CA 94720-2316
Phone: (510) 642-4555 


Assistant Director, BENELUX Program

Makoto Fukumoto
For questions concerning the BENELUX Program, please contact Mr. Fukumoto


Affiliated Faculty

Esmee van der Hoeven (German/Dutch Studies)
Thomas F. Shannon (German/Dutch Studies)
Johan Snapper (German/Dutch Studies)
Irene Bloemraad (Sociology)
Jan de Vries (History)
Timothy Hampton (French)
Elizabeth Honig (History of Art)
Stephen Small (African American Studies)
Sylvia C. Tiwon (Southeast Asian Studies)
Jan M. Rabaey (Electrical Engineering)
Gerard Roland (Economy/Political Science)
Cynthia Looy (Integrative Biology)
Ivo Duijnstee (Integrative Biology)
Marcel van Daalen (Astronomy)
Berend Smit (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Henk Roelink (Molecular & Cell Biology)
Imke de Pater (Astronomy)
Niek Veldhuis (Near Eastern Studies)
Mark van der Laan (Public Health)
Anthony A. Long (Classics)
Pieter Abbeel (Electrical Engineering)
Stephanie Syjuco (Art Practice)
Jan Dalhuisen (Law)
Iris D. Tommelein (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Arent Lijphart (UCSD, Political Science)


Affiliated Staff

Heddy Riss (Center of Institutions and Governance)
Anne-Sophie De Baets (ETS)
Christian Vuerings (ETS)
Nicolaas Matthijs (IST)
Steve Mendoza (Doe Library, Dutch)
Claude Potts (Doe Library, French)
Kim Baeten (Berkeley Research Development Office)


Advisory Board

Ronald Leopold studied History at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He held a number of positions at the General Pension Fund for Public Employees, where he was involved with the implementation of legislation affecting war victims. In 1990 he moved to the Pensions and Benefits Council, which he directed from 2006. Leopold has been the Executive Director of the Anne Frank House since 2011. He was Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley in 2013.

Wiljan van den Akker has studied Dutch Language and Literature at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.In 1987 he became full professor at Utrecht University with a chair in Modern Dutch Literature. Since 2003 he is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Modern Poetry, and since 2014 Vice-Rector for Research for the same university. In 1992-1993 he spent a year at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright Senior Fellow.

Katlijne Van der Stighelen studied Art History at the KU Leuven (Belgium). She was a research fellow of the Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research and an Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp . Since 2007 she is Full Professor at the Department of Early Modern Art at the KU Leuven . In the Fall of 2002, she was holder of the P.P. Rubens Chair at UC Berkeley.

Walter Prevenier has studied history at the Universities of Ghent and Paris-Sorbonne. Since 1965 he was Professor at the Universities of Ghent and Brussels for Medieval Studies and Methodology of History. He is also a member of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University. He was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 1983 and 2004.

Sonja Kmec has studied history at the Universities of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Durham and Oxford. Since 2010 she is Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg with a Chair in History and Cultural Studies. In the Fall of 2014 she was Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in the Department of German and Dutch Studies.

Tor Erland Fyksen, a Norwegian native, graduated from the Haas MBA program in 1993 and from the Management in Technology program at Berkeley in 1992. Former member of the Dean´s Advisory Council. He has co-founded two banks, one in Norway in 2001 and a second in Luxembourg in 2005. Currently working as Chief Risk Officer of the latest founded bank in Luxembourg, as well as being member of the board of directors.

Jean-Denis Rischard and Alain Emering, both Luxembourgish citizens, are the "Berkeley dads" of Maxime Rischard, UC Berkeley Class of 2011, who double-majored in Physics and Astronomy. As Joint-CEOs of MDI Sarl, founded in 1981 in Luxembourg, they are active both nationally and internationally in sales, marketing, management and business development. They are proud promoters of UC Berkeley in Luxembourg.

Arnaud Goethals is a native from Brussels (Belgium) and graduated from the Louvain School of Management (UCL). Prior to his arrival in the US, he was responsible for food collection operations of disadvantaged children in Brussels. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Vive la tarte, a San Francisco-based artisan baking company that handcrafts Belgian-style tarts, using seasonal and organic Californian ingredients.

Monique Elias was born and raised in The Hague (the Netherlands), and studied Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley and Piano Performance at the Conservatorium in the Netherlands. She made a career as a pianist and also collaborated at UC Berkeley's Dutch Studies Program. She is currently working on a new piano program of solo work.

An De Moor studied Germanic Philology at Ghent University (Belgium). She is Head of International Relations and Language Coordination at the Odisee Colleges Network in Flanders. She worked as a speech writer and foreign policy adviser for a Minister at the Flemish Government and is a board member of the Flemish Arts Center "De Brakke Grond" and the Dutch-Flemish organization "Orde van den Prince" (section Ghent 1).

Peter Lubbers is a native of the Netherlands, where he served as a special forces commando in the Royal Dutch Green Berets. Today, he is a program manager at Google, in charge of scalable developer programs such as MOOC Developer Training and Google Developer Studio video programs. In 2010, he started the San Francisco HTML5 User Group--the world's first and largest HTML5 user group.

Hilde Symoens is Em. Professor in Medieval History at the Free University of Amsterdam and in Early Modern History at Ghent University. She was Visiting Research Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Studies of Higher Education in 1993 and holder of the Rubens Chair at UC Berkeley in 1998.

Thomas Leysen studied Law at the KU Leuven in Belgium. He is Chairman of the KBC Group, a Belgian-based banking and insurance group, of Umicore, a materials technology company, and Corelio, a newspaper publishing company publishing titles such as De Standaard in Belgium and NRC in the Netherlands.

Kamal H. Abeywickrama, a native of Sri Lanka, was a Fulbright scholar and U.C. Regent's Fellow in Berkeley (Ph.D. 1979). He has worked at the National Institutes for Environmental and Health Sciences (North Carolina) as a NIH Fellow, the University of Colombo, the Finnish Institute for Epidemiological Research in Cancer, Helsinki and Novartis Clinical Research, Switzerland. He is a currently consultant to the Tumor Morphology Registry in Luxembourg, co-editor & co-author of the book Le Cancer au Grand-Duche de Luxembourg 1980-2009.

Fernand Huts studied Law at the KU Leuven and Business Administration at Ghent University, in Belgium. He is CEO of Katoen Natie NV, Antwerp Applied Engineering Company, that is active in over thirty five countries.  In 1987, he was elected as Belgium’s manager of the year. Mr. Huts is also author of several books, including Het narrenschip (The Ship of Fools, 2014).

Roel Verrycken is a native of the Antwerp region in Belgium and studied Germanic languages at the KU Leuven. He is a Bay Area based journalist with De Tijd and L’Echo, the leading business newspapers of Belgium, which are published in Dutch and French respectively. He has been the United States correspondent for both papers since 2011 and was based in New York before he moved to California in 2015. He focuses his coverage on business, technology, politics and culture.

Jennifer Tosch is a Surinamese-American who after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Social Welfare went to live in the Netherlands, where she launched the Black Amsterdam Heritage Tours. In 2014, she co-authored the Amsterdam Slavery Heritage Guide about traces of the Dutch colonial past in the city of Amsterdam.

Marianne Bausch-Koenig graduated from the University of Grenoble in Physics and received her PhD in NMR methods development from Brussels Free University (1988). She was a Fulbright scholar for her postdoc at UC Berkeley. She works since 1990 in various functions for EI DuPont and DuPont Teijin Films in Luxembourg. She is currently the DTF Luxembourg R&D manager.

Francisco Garcia Moran graduated in Mathematics from the University of Sevilla and in Computer Science from the University of Madrid. Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley in 2014-2015 thanks to a Fellowship awarded by the European Commission. Always worked for public administration at national and regional level. Joined the European Commission in 1986 where he was Director General of Informatics from 2004 to 2013. Current job Chief IT Advisor.

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