THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership announces additions to its foundation board
Monday, May 21st, 2012
THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership has announced that Renny Ramakers, THNK board member-at-large and co-founder and director of design company Droog, has recently stepped in to chair the Foundation Board of THNK, taking over this position from Bas Verhart, the previous chair. Ole Bouman, director of the National Architecture Institute has joined THNK as a member of the board. Board members Bas Verhart and Menno van Dijk, both co-founders of THNK, will dedicate more time to the day-to-day business at THNK.
Renny Ramakers is one of the most successful and respected creative entrepreneurs, not only in the Netherlands but on a global scale. Recently she was named one of the 150 Women Who Shake the World by Newsweek Magazine. Ramakers initiates projects, curates design exhibitions, and lectures worldwide. She is a judging panelist on various design boards and has advised on governmental advisory boards, amongst others she was a member of the Dutch Council of Culture (1995-2001). A critic, she has contributed to international magazines, books and catalogues, and has authored several books.
Ole Bouman is the director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, globally the largest institute of its kind. Prior to this appointment he was the editor-in- chief of Volume. Volume is a project by Archis Foundation, think tank AMO and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. He also was the director of Archis Foundation, active in publishing, consultancy and, as NGO, establishing connections between local design communities in need of expertise and the Archis global knowledge network. He has lectured at various schools worldwide. His most recent position was lecturer at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
THNK was founded as an international educational foundation, launched in March 2012. Its creative leadership program is designed to accelerate the development of creative leaders, turn global challenges and crises into opportunities, and create a more meaningful and sustainable way of life. THNK provides an 18-month, part-time, post-graduate program for a carefully selected group of international top talent. THNK is funded by the City of Amsterdam, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce, City Region Amsterdam and the Province of North-Holland.