Rien van Gendt

Board Member

Rien van Gendt is the retired Executive Director of the Van Leer Group Foundation in Amstelveen, Netherlands. Previously he worked at the University of Amsterdam, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and served in the Netherlands as Deputy Secretary of the Scientific Council for Government Policy in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and as Deputy Director of the State Administration Limburg. After his retirement in October 2007 he has started Van Gendt Philanthropy Services.

Rien serves on the supervisory/advisory boards of several foundations, nonprofit  organizations and corporations in the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, UK and the United States, including Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Bernard van Leer Stiftung, Crecor BV, European Cultural Foundation, Foundation 1818, IMC Weekend school, International Council on Security and Development, Partners in Health, Dance4Life International, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Edli Foundation and the Cooperating Dutch Philanthropic Organisations/SBF. He chairs the Board of the Dutch Association of Foundations/FIN, the Cooperating Dutch Philanthropic Organisations/SBF, Sofam BV and is managing director of Partex Oil and Gaz Holdings BV. In 2005 Rien received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award in the United States and in 2013 the European Philanthropy Compass Prize.

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