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Chapter Zero Netherlands is the Dutch Chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative, an initiative in collaboration with the World Economic Forum - a growing community of Non-Executive Directors with chapters in over 50 countries. It helps educate, mobilise and equip boards with the tools they need to lead their organisations to a net-zero carbon economy. It was established to increase awareness of the business implications of climate change; to provide knowledge on the issues, as well as toolkits and frameworks; and to deliver seminars and modules for members, giving access to pools of experts and a network of other board directors. The goal is to ensure high quality and effective boardroom debates and decisions. The founding Partners for Chapter Zero Netherlands are Deloitte, Baker McKenzie, and the University of Groningen.  ​

The Initiative is formed by board members for board members, under the auspices of World Economic Forum. The members are key influencers in their board roles, and their engagement is vital if companies are going to fully assess their risks, identify and invest in the right opportunities, and develop their own business strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. ​

Climate Governance Principles

The Climate Governance Initiative supports the establishment of regional Chapters to build a global network of Non-Executive Directors and to promote the implementation of the Principles for Effective Climate Governance.

After launching its first local chapters in 2020, more than 100,000+ board members have joined regional Chapters. This rapid growth shows the non-executive community’s acknowledgement of the increasing urgency of climate change action.


Chapter Zero Netherlands is hosted by Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and registered as a Foundation in the Netherlands. It is governed by a Foundation Board, an Advisory Board, and a Steering Committee. The Chapter is also championed by high-profile corporate, social and scientific leaders who act as its Ambassadors.


Petri Hofste

Supervisory Board Member at Fugro, Rabobank, Achmea, KAS Bank

Jaap Winter

Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Schiphol, Erasmus University; Professor of Corporate Law, Governance and Behavior and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 

Andrej Zwitter

Andrej Zwitter is Professor of Governance and Innovation, co-developer and former Dean of the Faculty Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. As founding dean of the University College Fryslân he pioneered the interdisciplinary and multiple award winning BSc “Global Responsibility and Leadership”. He was the founding director of the Data Research Centre and of the Cyan Centre for Climate Change Adaptation.

Andrej has a PhD in International Law and Legal Philosophy. He is a guest professor at the University of Klagenfurt. Furthermore, he was a vising professor at Columbia University, Osaka University and Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. He is frequently invited to advise different organisations, for example as a member of the AU-EU Expert Group on Big Data Economy or as a senior fellow of the Global Centre on Adaptation. He serves in several advisory board functions and committees.

Advisory Board

Frederic Barge

Frederic is a former KPMG partner and HR executive at large organisations, Frederic has held a number of global positions for businesses and institutions at a management and supervisory level on executive remuneration.

Frederic is a published author and recognised thought leader, who actively participates in sector discussions in the financial services industry in light of the guidelines from regulatory bodies on compensation, with particular expertise in: Executive remuneration, Private Equity compensation programmes, Equity plans, Corporate governance, HR aspects in M&A transactions, Performance assessment.

Kirsten van Rooijen

Kirsten van Rooijen is a Managing Director of Computershare Continental Europe and is focussed on helping issuers on complex governance and ESG matters. She joined Georgeson in 2007 as an account manager to assist issuers with the engagement with investors, M&A transaction and hostile activist situations. She has held a variety of functions within Computershare throughout the years. She has a strong focus on ESG related matters with an investor angle and is focused on Boards understanding how institutional investors are behaving and ensures they are engaging to get to the best possible outcome. Kirsten holds a Company Law Degree.

Maud C. de Vries

Maud de Vries is a Chief Legal and Human Capital Officer. She joined OCI N.V. (OCI) in 2014 as General Counsel, HR Director, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer. In this role Maud led several key strategic initiatives to design, redesign and strengthen the group’s global legal, compliance, governance, and HR frameworks. Maud was appointed Member of the Executive Board of OCI effective 1 June 2019 and is currently responsible for company’s Corporate Governance, Compliance, Legal, HR and Government & Public Affairs. Furthermore, Maud champions OCI’s global Diversity & Inclusion efforts to build inclusive teams that accelerate future growth and drive innovation to help advance OCI’s energy transition.

Maud serves as Executive Vice President of private investment company NNS Group (2018). In June 2022 she was appointed Supervisory Board Member of Majorel, an international service company that designs, builds and delivers next-generation end-to-end CX solutions for many of the world’s most respected digital-native and vertical leading brands, listed on Euronext Amsterdam, HQ in Luxembourg. She is member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. In June 2022 she also was appointed General Board Member of VEUO, a representative organization of listed companies which looks after the interests of companies listed on Euronext Amsterdam, based in Amsterdam. Maud holds a law degree from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, completed various executive leadership programs at INSEAD, among others, and speaks Dutch, English, Italian and French.

Ivan Kukhnin

Ivan Kukhnin is a Partner at Deloitte and leads the climate and nature risk team within the Risk Advisory Sustainability Team. His work is in the field of quantitative analysis helping clients to really understand financial impact of climate and nature risks on their business. To provide tools and data to executives and management to make day to day decisions properly considering physical and transition risks. Once the risks are well-understood, considered and quantified, companies are  then supported to build in those into their enterprise risk management system and have them as part of their business strategy manifesting in a credible climate transition plan.

For Ivan, this is the biggest impact he can make as an individual to make sure that corporates are moving into the right direction of accurate measurement and quantification, supported by meaningful action, credible transition planning and realistic targets.

Louise Out van Staveren

Louise has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. As IBM executive she served large Banking and Insurance clients in the Financial Services sector aligning IT to their business objectives and implementing IT systems. Prior to that she was Marketing director for Benelux.

She is currently Advisory board member of VHTO, a Dutch organization that encourages and supports girls and women to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She serves as a Boardmember of Talent naar de Top which aims to create a more diverse and inclusive leadership culture in the Netherlands. Louise is currently quatermaker, specializing in strategy setting and change management.

Luke Disney

Luke Disney is Lead Paris Alignment and Head of Strategy for Food Systems Transition at Rabobank. Luke is a member of the EU High Level Group on Financing the Green Deal, a faculty member of the European Centre for Executive Education (CEDEP) in Fontainebleau, France, and Advisor to the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Prior to joining Rabobank, he was Executive Director of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre and the Founding Executive Director of North Star Alliance. Luke was born and raised on the east coast of Canada, and currently lives in the Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Foundation Board

Gisella van Vollenhoven

- Board member -

Gisella van Vollenhoven is an experienced executive and non-executive in the financial sector in insurance, pensions and banking. She currently holds several non-executive roles as a Supervisory Board Member at ASR insurance, bunq, MUFG Bank Europe and Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw (social housing guarantee fund). Gisella is also Council at the Commercial Court (Ondernemingskamer) Amsterdam Court of Law, and member of the Strategic Audit Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After graduating from the University of Amsterdam as an actuary, she worked in the financial sector for over 25 years. She started her career at ING Group (Nationale-Nederlanden, Postbank and ING Bank) and worked in the areas of Employee Benefits, Product Management Insurance, Credit Risk management and Model Validation. Between 2013 and 2019 Gisella worked at De Nederlandsche Bank as Director Onsite Supervision Banks and as Director Supervision Pension Funds. Since 2023 Gisella is chair of Chapter Zero Netherlands. As she believes we all have to do what we can to create a sustainable future. This is her way to contribute and support other non-executives in their road to net-zero.

Peter Verhoef

- Board member -

Peter C. Verhoef is dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business since June 2019 and is pro-rector of the University of Groningen. He is also Professor of Marketing. He is the founder and was director of the University of Groningen Business School (UGBS) and the Groningen Digital Business Centre. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2001 at the School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His research interests concern customer management, customer loyalty, multi-channel issues, category management, and buying behavior of organic products. His impactful publications have appeared in journals, such as Journal of Marketing and Harvard Business Review, Marketing Letters, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Journal of Retailing. Over the years, he has received multiple awards regarding his publications. He is currently an editorial board member of the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Journal of Interactive Marketing. 

He has extensive teaching experience for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students. He is also involved in executive teaching contributing to multiple executive programs. He is the founder of the Customer Insights Center, University of Groningen. He currently is an EMAC fellow as well. 

Caroline Zegers

- Board member -

Caroline Zegers was a senior partner at Deloitte where she spent 31 years, first as a broad-based tax advisor, and in later years with a focus on Executive Compensation and Boardroom advisory, with strong emphasis on ESG. While at Deloitte, she held various management and board positions and led their Supervisory Board and the Executive Women programs.  In this role, Caroline successfully facilitated the journey of many female talents to the board room. She left Deloitte in 2022 to focus on her own board functions, and to provide advice on governance, remuneration and ESG. Currently, she holds various (advisory) board roles.  As of February 1, 2023 she will also be the head of the corporate & executive reward team at NN Group. Caroline has built a large network of influential directors and supervisory board members. Caroline graduated cum laude as a tax lawyer.

Steering Committee

Jacques Buith

Jacques is a senior partner at Deloitte with more than 30 years' experience in advising Global clients. Currently he serves as the Global Lead Partner for the United Nations system and selected (international) clients. In his current role as a senior advisor, he supports organisations in their transformation to become more responsible businesses. Jacques his focus areas are governance, strategy and risk management for clients with a specific focus on International Development, EU Green Deal, Climate & Sustainability.  With more than 30 years at Deloitte, he gained broad experience in advisory roles in the fields of Digital & Cloud, Financial & Operational Risk Management and delivery of strategic and operational advice. During his career in professional services, Jacques has advised clients in Government & Public Sector, Financial Services, Technology, Media, Telecom, Industrial Products and Services and Automotive. Next to that he was the Project Advisor to the World Economic Forum on their ‘Risk & Responsibility in a Hyper connected World’ initiative for several years between 2011 and 2015

Kim Tan

Kim heads the Corporate department of Baker McKenzie’s Amsterdam office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1999 and worked in the Firm’s Chicago office from 2006 to 2007. Kim became partner in 2008 and was appointed civil-law notary in 2013.

Kim's expertise focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate reorganizations and he regularly advises on Dutch corporate law aspects of M&A, Private Equity and Capital Markets transactions as well as corporate governance issues, notably in the context of ESG related topics.

Kim and his team have worked on multiple reorganisations and transactions for multi-nationals with significant European operations. He is familiar with the objectives behind such reorganizations and transactions as well as the successful management of local law implementation issues

Rebecca Kuijpers-Zimmerman

Rebecca Kuijpers-Zimmerman is a legal director in Baker McKenzie’s Europe Mergers & Acquisitions Group, as well as the Capital Markets Practice Group.

Rebecca began her career as a lawyer in 2008 and has worked for the Firm ever since. Rebecca focuses her practice on public and private M&A and equity capital markets. She has extensive experience in equity capital markets, public and private takeovers, (cross border) mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and corporate commercial work. Her clients include US and European multi-nationals.

Lorenzo Squintani

Prof. Dr Lorenzo Squintani is Professor of Energy Law and director of the Energy Law Section and of the Wubbo Ockels School for Energy and Climate at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). He is also founder and member of the managing board of the Like!Me Living Lab which studies how to improve the effectiveness of public participation practices in the field of energy and environmental matters (link).

He is also founder and member of the managing boards of the European Environmental Law Forum ( and of the U4 Environmental Law Network. Besides, he is Chief Editor of the Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law (JEEPL) and Series Editor of the EELF Book Series ( His research and teaching interests include EU substantive law and EU environmental, energy and climate law. Prof. Squintani has authored several publications in the areas of European environmental, energy and climate law, an overview of which is available at Prof. Squintani regularly advises Dutch, EU, and/or International institutions on (EU) environmental, energy and climate issues.

Viorica Melenberg

Viorica Melenberg is coordinator for external relations at the University of Groningen within the domain Consortia & Alliances of the Research & Impact organisation. In this role Viorica is focused on building relationships with public and private partners on key issues of social relevance. 

Viorica has a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management and has extensive experience in the process industry. In the last five years she set her career forward in the public domain focusing at first on purchasing specialized technology for automotive and ICT. As of 1st of October 2023 she holds her current position at the University of Groningen.