Keynote speakers


Dr Jet Bussemaker - Minister of Education, Culture and Science

Jet Bussemaker began her career at the University of Amsterdam in 1985. From 1985 to 1993 she was a research assistant, researcher and lecturer at the university. From 1989 to 2007 she worked for one day a week at VU University, Amsterdam, where her work included a research project financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). She was also a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

From 1986 to 1988 Dr Bussemaker was a policy officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, where she was involved in promoting research in women’s studies.

On 19 May 1998 Jet Bussemaker became a member of the House of Representatives for the Labour Party (PvdA). Her portfolio included social affairs and tax policy, and together with John Leerdam she was responsible for drawing up the PvdA’s cultural strategy. On 22 February 2007 she was appointed State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport in the fourth Balkenende government.

After serving as State Secretary, Dr Bussemaker worked for a short period as an independent consultant. On 1 March 2011 she joined the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She has also been a crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council (SER).

On 5 November 2012 Dr Bussemaker was appointed Minister of Education, Culture and Science in the Rutte-Asscher government.

Ahmed Aboutaleb - Mayor of Rotterdam

Ahmed Aboutaleb is mayor of Rotterdam since 2008.  February 2007 – December 2008 he was the State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment. Prior to being a State Secretary he was Amsterdam's municipal executive as alderman for Work and Income, Education, Youth, Diversity and Urban Policy (2004-2007).  

Work experience    

2002 – 2004: Director of the Social, Economic and Cultural Development Sector of the municipality of Amsterdam.   

1998 – 2002: Director of the FORUM Institute for Multicultural    Development.     

1997 – 1998: Manager of the Communications and Publications Sector at Statistics Netherlands (CBS).     

1994 – 1997: Head of information at the Social and Economic    Council (SER)      

1991 –  1994: Press officer at the Ministry of Welfare, Health and cultural Affairs. 


prof. Dr. Ira Helsloot - Professor of the Governance of Safety

Ira Helsloot is professor of the Governance of Safety at Radboud University in Nijmegen. He did his PhD research in mathematics, but since 1994 he is engaged in research on disaster management, crisis management and physical safety. From 1994 to 2003 he was research director at the Netherlands Institute of Safety NIBRA. From 2003 till 2007, he was director crisis management at the COT Institute of Safety and Crisis Management.

From 2005 to 2010 he was (interim) member of the board of directors at the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Service. From 2006 till 2011 he was professor of Physical Safety and Crisis Management at the VU University located in Amsterdam.


Ron Massink - Corporate Manager Integrated Hazard Risk 

The primary goal of Ron Massinks work is implementing an integrated form of hazard risk management aligned with organizational goals within (major) organisations.

With his background of law enforcement at Schiphol Airport, and fraud investigations he gained knowledge by education, research and experience in security, safety, information security BCM and crisis management. An interesting extension of his risk management involvement at the TU Delft is the connection with the nucleair branche.

His specialism is switching between professional risk related domains on strategic, tactical and operational level, detecting and analyses of dilemma's in risk.

Ron is one of the founding fathers of the program ’Safe & Open Higher Education’ in the Netherlands.

Other activities:

- CEO Lindyn BV. (HSSE & Risk management)
- Member of the Steering committee ‘Safe & Open higher education’
- Lecturer with PHOV, Post graduate safety engineering education
- Co. Founder, Lecturer, learning coach at TU-Delft mastercourse in Hazard Risk   Management with Triple-S management
- Lecturer & Initiator of an int. mastercourse in Nuclear Security
Chairman Society of Risk Management (GVRM).

Panel members

Julie Anderson - Policy Officer European Commission, DG Education & Culture

Julie Anderson is a policy officer in the European Commission's higher education policy team in DG Education and Culture.  In this role, she contributes to the Commission's modernisation agenda for higher education, with specific responsibility for the development of policies on anti-radicalisation, the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, digital and open learning and links between higher education and research. Prior to this role, Julie worked for the Irish Department of Education and Skills, most recently as the Education and Skills Attaché in the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, in which role she was Chair of the EU's Education Committee during the Irish EU Presidency and led the negotiations with the European Parliament and the Commission on Erasmus+.   She is also a former Vice-Chair of the OECD's Education Policy Committee. 

In previous roles, Julie was Private Secretary to Ireland's first Minister for Integration and also worked as a diplomat, serving as Deputy Head of Mission in the Irish Embassy in Switzerland. Julie holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, and has worked in several European countries, as well as in Dubai and New York.  

Gilles Baillat - Conference of University Presidents France

Gilles Baillat, professor of educational sciences, was the president of the university of Reims Champagne- Ardenne from 2012 to 2016.  He is the president of the Commission on Student Life and Social Questions of the CPU (Conférence des présidents d'université) since 2014.

Director  of the IUFM Champagne-Ardenne (internal school of the University of  Reims Champagne-Ardenne) since 2002, Gilles Baillat was president of the  Conference of Directors of IUFM (CDIUFM) from 2009 to 2011. He was Vice  -President from 2007 to 2009.

Gilles Baillat began his career as an associate professor of history in several secondary schools. Lecturer and university professor in Educational Sciences, he devoted  most of his work to the study of teacher professionalism and the  professionalization process.

Gilles Baillat is a member of the Laboratory for Study and Research on Professionalisation of the University of Reims. He  is also vice president of the World Association of Educational Sciences  since 2008. Author of numerous articles, papers and books, Gilles  Baillat is a member of editorial board of the "Spiral" magazine and  "Education and teaching." He  has participated in several conferences abroad, most recently at the  University of Sherbrooke (October 2008) on "The university and training of  teachers: new challenges, new challenges."

Luc De Schepper - Dean University of Hasselt, Belgium

Luc De Schepper (Merksem, Belgium, 1957) has been Rector of Hasselt University (UHasselt, Universiteit Hasselt) since October 2004 and is currently (2015) in his third term in office after being re-elected in 2008 and 2012.

Dean De Schepper holds a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Antwerpen (former UIA, Belgium). In 1983, he obtained a PhD in Physics at Hasselt University (former Limburgs Universitair Centrum LUC, Belgium).

He has been Head of Hasselt University’s Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Sciences (1997-2003) and Director of the Institute for Materials Research (IMO) (2001-2004). Between 2003 and 2004, Professor De Schepper also served as Dean of UHasselt’s Faculty of Sciences.

Luc De Schepper’s research covers new material systems with potential use in microelectronics. He is author of more than 130 papers in international journals and holder of five patents. In 1995, he founded DESTIN, Hasselt University’s first spin-off.

During Luc De Schepper’s tenure as Rector, three new faculties were founded: the Faculty of Law (2005), the Faculty of Architecture & Arts and the Faculty of Engineering Technology (2013). In 2005, the Board of Directors also approved his proposal to change the name of the university into ‘Hasselt University’ (‘Universiteit Hasselt’, ‘UHasselt’).

Rector De Schepper is chairman of the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR). His mandate as VLIR chairman expires in 2017.