New Supervisory Board Atria 

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Atria has a new Supervisory Board. Kathalijne Buitenweg has been appointed as chairperson and Rosita Girjasing, Lucinda Jones and Anna Timmerman join as members. Karin van der Heiden, Managing Director of Atria: “We are delighted to appoint such a strong team as supervisors. With Buitenweg, Timmerman, Jones and Girjasing, we bring a diversity of quality and expertise on board. I look forward to working with them in the coming years.” 


Kathalijne Buitenweg is a state councillor at the Advisory Department of the Council of State. She began her career in the European Parliament as a member of GroenLinks and subsequently earned a doctorate in European political representation at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012, Buitenweg became a member of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. Five years later, she returned to politics as deputy faction leader and spokesperson on justice and security in the House of Representatives. Since 2021, she has been working for the Council of State. Women’s rights have been a consistent thread in Buitenweg’s activities. As a representative, she advocated for better approaches to stalking, sexual crimes and marital captivity. Additionally, she has served as chair of the Clara Wichmann litigation fund and ambassador of the campaign My life, my choice, my body. 


Rosita Girjasing is the managing director of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. Previously, she worked as Manager of Finance & Control at Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Girjasing has experience in the non-profit sector and looks forward to contributing to the management and preservation of Atria’s heritage. Atria’s mission to promote gender equality through scientific research, with an emphasis on diversity, deeply resonates with her. She is an energetic connector who always prioritizes team results. In her work, she focuses on collaboration, particularly on complementing each other’s talents to add value to an organization. Girjasing is a member of the Supervisory Board of Kunstlinie Almere and the Supervisory Board of the Raeger Autism Centre in Amsterdam. 

Lucinda Jones is the director of the University Library of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Previously, she worked for various publishers and as Head of Collections at the Royal Library. She was responsible for the collection and digitization and closely collaborated with (inter)national parties from academia, cultural heritage, and the public library sector. At EUR, Jones works to promote science, cherish academic heritage and create societal impact. Jones has always been committed to making knowledge as freely available as possible. Her conviction is that making information widely accessible helps in the fight for equal treatment and opportunities, not only for heritage enthusiasts and scientists but also for society. 

Anna Timmerman is an independent advisor. Under the name fini bono, she works as an interim manager and director and provides advice on business development and professionalization. Timmerman began her career at Humanity in Action, where she developed educational programs on human rights for future leaders and later became director. As the Dutch director of the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch, she established the Dutch office (2009 – 2017) and worked as a consultant in the non-profit sector. From 2020 to 2022, she served as executive director for the peace organization PAX. In addition, Timmerman is also a member of the Dutch Committee of Human Rights Watch and works on the realization of a Queer Museum. Timmerman brings her experience with human rights and dedication to organizations in the social field to Atria.

The chair and members of the Supervisory Board have been appointed for a term of three years.