Wilma Haan (Amsterdam, 1982) has been appointed as CEO of Open State Foundation. She will succeed Arjan El Fassed, who managed the organization from 2013.
President Ton Zijlstra: “Wilma will bring a lot of energy with her to Open State Foundation, besides her experience. The organization has been growing steadily over the past years. With our new CEO, who tunes in very well with our team, we can go on building and developing.
Haan studied journalism at Zwolle and philosophy at Amsterdam University for some years. She worked as journalist and, after a few years, deputy editor-in-chief of the largest news site of the Netherlands, NU.nl. And she was managing editor news and digital journalism at the Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool.
In 2015 Haan was “Nieuwspoort reporter” (named after the journalist’s club in The Hague) and wrote an essay on transparency in the political world of The Hague and the relation between parliamentary politics and the press. She is vice president of the Board of the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) and specializes in innovation en freedom of press.
Haan: “I have been interested in Open State and admiring it for years. Our worlds sometimes met, now I am looking forward to working on transparency and verifiable public institutions, together with the OSF team. It is an honour to be at the helm of this beautiful and relevant organization.
Wilma Haan will start her activities March 1, 2019. From then on she will be managing director of Open State Foundation, together with Tom Kunzler, who will be deputy managing director.