Board & Committee

Members of the Board

Paul Kers (Chairman)

Born in 1960 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Qualified as Chartered-Accountant in 1994. Worked with audit firms for several years as well as for a subsidiary of a UK based firm where several positions in the accounting area were held. Joined Canon Europa N.V. in December 1989 and currently holds a senior position in the Finance department.

Willem R. van Gulik

Born 1944 in China, received an international education. In 1971 appointed Curator of the Japanese Department of the National Museum of Ethnology at Leiden, the Netherlands, and from 1982 to 1990 Director. Since 1985 Professor of Japanese Art and Culture and since 1994 Professor of East-Asian Art and Culture at Leiden University. President of the Netherlands-Japan Association, the International Society for Japanese Art and member of several foundation and association boards.

Karsten Huster

Born 1973 in Germany. After working as a software developer in various projects in Germany, Netherlands, USA and Taiwan, founded NT-ware Systemprogrammierungs-GmbH in Germany in 1998 to focus on developing solutions for the printing industry. NT-ware became a member of the Canon group in 2006. He continues to serve as CEO and head of development at NT-ware to focus on the expansion of both, the product portfolio and the business worldwide.

Members of the Executive Committee

Andrew Fisher

Born in Oxford in 1965, graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (1986) and with a DPhil in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford (1989). After spells as a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College Oxford and as a Royal Society European Fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, he joined the faculty at the University of Durham in 1993 and transferred to UCL (University College London) in 1995. He has been a Professor of Physics there since 2001 and a Principal Investigator in the London Centre for Nanotechnology since 2006. He work on the quantum behaviour of electrons in nanoscale structures such as molecules and quantum wires, especially on how they flow and how they can be used to represent information. A recipient of the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, he is a Fellow of the Institute and of the American Physical Society.

Daniela Männel

Born 1950 in Germany graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Kiel (1973) and received her PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology at the University of Freiburg (1977). After junior research fellow periods at the NIH, Bethesda, USA (1977-80) and the Curie Institute, Paris, France (1980-81) she worked as a principal investigator at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg (1981-91) and received her Habilitation from the University of Heidelberg (1985). Since 1993 she is Professor of Immunology and since 2001 Head of the Institute of Immunology at the University of Regensburg. She was member of the evaluation committee for Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) and the Senat of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2002-12) and since 2011 is a member of the Commission for Scientific Integrity, Vienna, Austria (since 2001).

Claire Guédron Pike

Born Dijon, France, in 1946. Undergraduate B. Com followed by graduate exchange with Czec national Internal Trade Ministry in 1968. Subsequent MBA at INSEAD was extended by engagement as faculty assistant in Economics. Initial professional experience as marketing executive responsible for product launch at global French cosmetics group L’Oréal. Recalled to INSEAD to manage MBA selection department, and then a succession of non-academic, executive roles in shaping continuious international growth of the business school from 1980s onward, including : Director of MBA Programme, Director External Relations, Director of INSEAD funding Development Campaign. Currently Secretary General, overseeing the activities of the school's governing boards and board committees, as well as relations with its major related foundations.

José Ignacio Rodrigo Fernandez

Born in Madrid in 1958, received a First in Law, Economics and Business Administration; has been a Spanish state lawyer since 1984. Appointed as legal advisor to the Spanish Secretary of State for Finance, Director of Fireco and the Ares Bank. Professor of Community Law at Comillas University and State Finance School. In 2008, received Magna Cum Laude as Iuris Doctor by the Law School of the Universidad de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. Published and lectured widely.

Seigo Shima

Born 1960 in Osaka, Japan. Received a Master degree in Agriculture from Osaka Prefectural University and Ph.D in Agriculture from the University of Tokyo. Researcher at Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (1985-1994, Chiba, Japan). 1993-1995 Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Marburg, Germany. Since 1995, Group Leader (Microbial Protein Structure) of the Department of Biochemistry at the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg.