The Supervisory Council and the Advisory Council of NIMD were introduced in 2012, as part of a structural reform aimed at making governance more efficient. Both committees carry out formal governance duties for NIMD. At the same time, governance committee members are committed to lending their seniority, expertise and status to NIMD as it executes its work. The role of both committees is laid out in NIMD’s constitution.

Supervisory Council

The Supervisory Council, composed of independent professionals, carries ultimate responsibility for NIMD and oversees its activities. Supervisory Council members are independently elected to time-limited terms, according to a profile system that ensures a balanced composition of background experience and specific managerial and policy skills. The Supervisory Council appoints the Executive Director.

All members of the Council, including the Chair, operate independently. They are selected and appointed according to the skills and competences they can bring to the organization. The number of members of the Supervisory Council can vary from four to eight people, including the Chair.



Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a body of representatives from Dutch political parties. Its composition is determined by the Supervisory Council and the Executive Director. All seven NIMD founding members are represented on the council, and membership is open to any political party with a seat in the Dutch parliament, reflecting NIMD’s non-partisan values of inclusivity and impartiality.

The Advisory Council’s formal role is to provide advice, including on its own initiative, to the Executive Director and Supervisory Council. The Council meets at least twice a year to discuss strategic issues and exchange ideas.


Foundation Max van der Stoel
Elise Abbey-van Doorn