DDF shows how designers around the world are shaping a positive future

Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is optimistic and believes that the problem-solving capacity of designers can improve the world. That’s why DDF offers designers opportunities, support, publicity and a platform. But how do we do that? We do this in a variety of ways. Through large and small events, exhibitions, talks, prizes and debates, DDF provides a platform for the best and most promising designers. In this way, we help them to spread their ideas and work.

The foundation organises events such as Dutch Design Week and Dutch Design Awards. And organises year-round programmes such as World Design Embassies, What if Lab, Driving Dutch Design and Eindhoven Design District. DDF stimulates and inspires, reaching well beyond the Netherlands.

DDF always has a double objective: to strengthen Dutch designers’ position and meaning and show how designers around the world are shaping a positive future. To achieve this, DDF manifests itself in four roles:

  • Matchmaker; connecting designers to clients
  • Accelerator; accelerating the research or creation process
  • Podium; offering an international platform in various ways
  • Inspirator; we inspire change-makers with explorations of the future

Read the public annual report 2022 here. Please note that this report is in Dutch.

Director

Martijn Paul;en
Martijn Paulen Strategic director DDF Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Igor van Hooff Business director DDF Dutch Design Foundation E-mail

Office Management

Heidi van Heumen
Heidi van Heumen Office Manager Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Elze Bosch
Elze Bosch Management Assistant Dutch Design Foundation E-mail

Programme & Community Dutch Design Week

Miriam van der Lubbe Creative Head DDW22 E-mail
Lisa Hardon
Lisa Hardon Programme & Community Manager Dutch Design Week E-mail
Marleen van Bergeijk
Marleen van Bergeijk Programme & Community Manager Dutch Design Week E-mail
Vincent van Herk
Vincent van Herk Head of DDW/DDA Dutch Design Week E-mail
Wisse Ankersmit
Wisse Ankersmit Programme & Community Manager Dutch Design Week E-mail
Maartje Gruijters
Maartje Gruijters Location & Community Manager Dutch Design Week E-mail
Marscha Simon
Marsha Simon Programme & Community Manager Dutch Design Week E-mail
Meis Suker Programme & Community Manager Dutch Design Week E-mail

Dutch Design Awards

Marije Grund Senior Projectleider Dutch Design Awards Dutch Design Awards E-mail

Design Works

Marianne Aarnoudse
Marianne Aarnoudse Head of Design Works Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Julie Trienekes
Julie Trienekens Manager Marketing, Communications & PR - Design Works Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Penyue Yang
Penyue Yang Jr. Marketing & Communication Design Works Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Joanne Houmes
Joanne Houmes Project Manager WDE Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Dries van Wagenberg
Dries van Wagenberg Programme Manager What if Lab What if Lab E-mail
Evelien ten Elsen
Evelien ten Elsen Senior Project Manager WDE World Design Embassies E-mail
Katja Lucas Senior Project Manager Design Works and Education Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Antoinette Klawer
Antoinette Klawer Project Manager Eindhoven Design District Dutch Design Week E-mail

PR

Maxi Meissner
Maxi Meissner Manager PR & Media Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Ingrid van der Wacht
Ingrid van der Wacht International & Public Affairs Dutch Design Foundation E-mail

Marketing Dutch Design Week & Awards

Sander Akkermans Digital Marketing Manager Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Esteban Gomez Roselli
Esteban Gomez Rosselli Design editor & Social Media Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Ruud Scheerens
Ruud Scheerens CRM & Platform Manager Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Danielle Linders Head of Communications Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Sabine Spierenburg Content Manager Dutch Design Week E-mail

Production Dutch DesiProject Managent & Realisation Dutch Design Week & Awards

Elise de Lange
Elise de Lange Senior Operations Manager Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Marloes Philipse Project Manager Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Romee Beernink
Romée Beernink Project Manager Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Mine Stigter
Mine Stigter Project Manager Permits & Production Dutch Design Week E-mail
Marco Gelissen
Marco Gelissen Production Manager Klokgebouw Dutch Design Week E-mail
Marnix Baert
Marnix Baert Manager Production Dutch Design Foundation E-mail

Ticketing

Steffie van den Tillart Ticketing & Volunteers Dutch Design Week E-mail
Anne Derks Ticketing Dutch Design Week E-mail

Driving Dutch Design & DDW Young

Katja Lucas Senior Project Manager Design Works and Education Dutch Design Foundation E-mail

Finance

Mia Theuws
Mia Theuws Administration Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Hans Pieterse Finance Dutch Design Foundation E-mail

Team Development

Francoise Vos
Francoise Vos Project Manager Funds Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Bart Janssen
Bart Janssen Funds Dutch Design Foundation
Rosa van Dijk Head of Development Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Irene Tel Projectmanager Designtours & Partnerships Dutch Design Week E-mail
Marga Groot Zwaaftink Senior Accountmanager Partnerships Dutch Design Foundation E-mail
Djoeke Schoots Producer Design Tours Dutch Design Week E-mail
Josianne Bremmer Account Manager / Funds Dutch Design Foundation E-mail

Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is a not-for-profit foundation with a management board and an independent Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board and the Executive Director focus on the implementation of their tasks in accordance with the Governance Code Culture.

Supervisory Board

The management board reports to the DDF Supervisory Board. The DDF Supervisory Board meets on average four times a year and the members contribute independently and critically to the decision making. The members of the SB fulfil their work entirely without remuneration. The Supervisory Board currently comprises 3 members:

Marleen Crooijmans
Marièlle Beek
Oscap Kneppers

Board

The board is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation as well as for running the financial management and implementation of policy and strategy. The DDF board was established in 2013 with Martijn Paulen and Igor van Hooff as Executive Director.

Advisory Board

The foundation disposes of the possibility of appointing advisory boards. An Advisory Board Dutch Design Week (DDW) has been established and currently comprises 21 designers from various disciplines. The DDW Advisory Board meets on average twice a year.
Members of the Advisory Board can provide the Management Board with advice, also outside the scope of the meetings. The members of the DDW Advisory Board fulfil their work entirely without remuneration. Members of the Advisory Board of Dutch Design Week:

Zuzanna Skalska, Peter Kentie, Caroline Hummels, Bart Ahsmann, Piet Hein Eek, Rob van Hattum, Maarten Hendriks, Tjeerd Veenhoven, Daniel Neugebauer, Rob Almering, Lonny van Ryswyck, Leonne Cuppen, Miriam van der Lubbe, Jorge Alves Lino, Remco van der Craats, Bert Hagendoorn, Raffaela Vandermuhlen, Sjoerd Hoyinck, Jelle Mastenbroek, Thomas Widdershoven.

Subscribing to codes

DDF subscribes to the Code Cultural Governance, Code Diversity and Inclusivity and Fair Practice Code

What if Lab

World Design Embassies

Dutch Design Awards

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