Sigrid Hemels (1973) is full professor of tax law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Law, visiting professor in tax law at Lund University School of Economics and Busines and PSL Counsel at Allen & Overy Amsterdam. Part of her research focusses on tax incentives for art, culture and charities. She publishes and lectures regularly on these topics. She has been a member of the supervisory board of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and of the Amsterdam Museum. Currently she is a board member of the Van den Berch van Heemstede stichting, member of the advisory committee of the Giving in the Netherlands project of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, of Vereniging Rembrandt and of Stichting Geef om Cultuur. In 2020 she chaired the advisory committee of the pilot Cultuurmonitor of the Boekmanstichting.
Adriana Esmeijer (1966) studied Journalism and Public Relations at the Academy of Journalism in Tilburg. She continued her education as a student of Language and Literature at the Arts Faculty of Tilburg University. In 1992 she finished her studies with distinction. In 1999 she took her doctoral degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with a thesis entitled ‘Gate keepers in science communication. Selection processes in the popularization of the arts’. From 2001 to 2020, Adriana Esmeijer was managing director of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Prior to that, she was head of internal and external relations at Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 1992 to 1997, she worked at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, first as scientific information official, later as acting head of Communication and Public Relations. In addition to her work as an advisor to the Culture Fund, Adriana Esmeijer is active as a member of the Goede Doelen Platform (a foundation for beneficiaries of charity lotteries), the Stichting Aanwending Loterijgelden Nederland (ALN), and the The Hague Club Foundation, a network of European endowment funds. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the NOS (Dutch Broadcast Foundation), the NWO (Dutch Research Council), the Elisabeth Strouven Fonds (a Dutch endowment fund) and of the ArtEZ University of the Arts.
Prof. Dr. Karen Maas is endowed professor of Accounting and Sustainability at the Open University, Heerlen. She is also academic director of Impact Centre Erasmus (ICE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Karen conducts research in the field of impact strategies, - measurement and management, sustainability, and impact investing. Karen worked with many for-profit, non-profit and financial organizations to measure and manage their impact. Karen is member of the supervisory board of Fair Capital Partner and of the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development. Next to that she is a member of the Sustainable Finance Lab and the Sustainable Pension Investment Lab and of the Advisory board of ‘Het groene Brein’. Her work has been published in books, academic journals, newspapers and online sources.