Board & Committee

Members of the Board

Jan-Ton Prinsze (Chairman)

Jan-Ton has over 20 years of experience at Canon in supply chain management, customer operations, sales and marketing both at the headquarters as well as in national sales organizations. Jan-Ton is a Board member of Canon Europa NV.

Sabine Zimmer

Born 1972 in Germany joined NT-ware in 2006 after holding various positions in Finance and HR in Germany and Luxembourg. As NT-ware grew, her responsibilities within the Company have expanded. Besides Finance and HR, she is involved in most administrative processes of NT-ware. Besides the tasks at NT-ware, she supports local committees that deal with the education and development of young people in technical areas and in everyday life.

José Ignacio Rodrigo Fernandez (Treasurer and Secretary)

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.

Members of the Executive Committee

Axel Berkofsky

Professor at the University of Pavia, Italy, Co-Head of the Asia Center at the Milan-based Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) and Research Affiliate at the European Institute of Japanese Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics.  Axel Berkofsky is The University of Pavia's Delegate for the Asia-Pacific Region. He is also Executive Committee Board Member at the Stockholm-based European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN). Previously, Dr. Berkofsky was Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Policy Analyst at the Brussels-based European Policy Centre (EPC), Research Fellow at the Brussels-based European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS). Axel Berkofsky has published numerous papers, articles and essays in journals, newspapers and magazines and has lectured and taught at numerous think tanks, research institutes and universities in Europe and Asia. His research interests are amongst others Japanese and Chinese foreign and security policies, Chinese history, Asian security and EU-Asia relations.

Lucia Dolce

Lucia Dolce is Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhism at SOAS University of London and Chair of the SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies as well as the Centre for Japanese Religions. She holds a first degree from the University of Venice (Italy) and a PhD from Leiden University (Netherlands). She has taught at SOAS for over 20 years, and has held visiting and research positions at several institutions in Europe and in Japan. She is on the editorial board of several journals in Japanese studies and Buddhist studies and has been a member of academic review panels and grant-awarding bodies in the US, EU and the UK. Her work combines archival research, textual analysis and fieldwork to explore the practices of Buddhism and the performative and visual dimension of religion in Japan. She has published extensively, in English and in Japanese, on distinct Buddhist traditions, Shinto-Buddhist combinatory cults, ritual studies and religious iconography.

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.

Dermot Moran

Professor of Philosophy (Metaphysics & Logic) at University College Dublin, Ireland, and President of the International Federation of Philosophical Studies/Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP). His books include: The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena. A Study of Idealism in the Middle Ages (1989), Introduction to Phenomenology (Routledge, 2000), Edmund Husserl. Founder of Phenomenology (Cambridge: Polity, 2005), Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and The Husserl Dictionary (Bloomsbury, 2012), co-authored with Joseph Cohen. He has edited Husserl’s Logical Investigations, 2 vols. (Routledge, 2001), The Shorter Logical Investigations, The Phenomenology Reader, co-edited with Tim Mooney (Routledge, 2002), Phenomenology. Critical Concepts in Philosophy, 5 Volumes, co-edited with Lester E. Embree (Routledge, 2004), The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy (Routledge, 2008) and, with Rasmus Thybo Jensen, The Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity (Springer 2014). He is Founding Editor of The International Journal of Philosophical Studies (1993) and Editor of the book series Contributions to Phenomenology (Springer).

Wilhelm Schwaeble

I am an immunologist who studied the molecular composition of an ancient humoral immune defense system called “complement”. While my early work focussed on the composition and regulation of each of the three activation pathways of complement and their cross-talk within the immune response, I applied the insight into the molecular events that drive the antimicrobial and proinflammatory activities of complement to establish antimicrobial therapies as well as therapies that ameliorate complement-driven inflammation which is often a decisive factor in the immunopathology of acute or chronic inflammatory disease. I am working at the University of Cambridge where my research team is closely involved in both basic and translational research to develop and promote novel strategies to treat both infectious and inflammatory diseases in close relation with an industrial partner. We are also part of the NIHR/MRC-funded network of immunologists that fight against the devastating impact of the present pandemic health crisis caused by SARS-CoV-2 driven disease termed COVID-19.

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.