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Laurens Jan Brinkhorst

Has had a long political, European and academic career.

He was Minister of Economic Affairs and Minister of Agriculture. He was also a member of the Netherlands and European Parliaments. Earlier in his life, he served as Deputy Minister of European Affairs. With the European Union he served as EU- Ambassador to Japan and was subsequently DG for Environmental and Nuclear Safety.

In academia he has held chairs at Groningen, Leiden and Tilburg Universities (The Netherlands), as well as in Lausanne (Switzerland).


Harry Garretsen

Is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen and is also a professor in International Economics and Business. He studied economics in Groningen and obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen in 1991. He subsequently worked at De Nederlandsche Bank and became professor in economics at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and at Utrecht University.

Garretsen is a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and research fellow at the CESifo institute in Munich. Furthermore, he is a deputy Crown member of the The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) and member of the central planning office and academic partner at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).


Klaas Knot

Has been President of De Nederlandsche Bank since 1 July 2011. In this capacity he is a member of the Governing Council and the General Council of the European Central Bank, as well as Governor of the International Monetary Fund.

In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements, chairman of the Koning Willem I Foundation and chairman of the Mr. N.G. Pierson Foundation. Since 2005 he has been professor of Economics of Central Banking at the University of Groningen. Knot has published a variety of articles in leading (international) journals on monetary and financial economics.


Rien T. Segers

Studied and worked in Europe (Utrecht, Konstanz), the USA (Yale, Stanford, Princeton) and in Asia (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Beijing and Seoul). Since 2000 he is Professor of Corporate Culture and Founding Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Groningen. He recently published three books: A New Japan for the 21st Century (in English, as editor in 2008), Japan and the Inevitable Azianization of the World (in Dutch, 2009), The Netherlands after the Crisis (in Dutch, 2009).

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