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Netherlands Board

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting is governed by senior journalists, peace-building experts, regional specialists and business professionals. All Members serve on the IWPR International Board, to provide strategic, guidance, issues and regional expertise, development and outreach assistance, and direct support.
Netherlands Board Chair; President and Chairman of the Board, RBC

Derk Sauer is vice-president of the Russian holding company Onexim and responsible for its media, notably RBC, which is the leading independent news and business information platform in Russia. Previously, he was the founder and chairman of Independent Media in Russia as well as the publisher of the Moscow Times and the Russian editions of Cosmopolitan, FHM and many other titles. He was also chairman of Vedomosti, the Russian business daily published in cooperation with the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. Derk was also a co-owner and chairman of the Dutch newspaper NRC. He started his journalistic career at the age of 18 as Belfast correspondent for a Dutch broadcasting company, and went on to produce documentaries from Vietnam, Iran, El Salvador, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chile, Argentina and other countries before serving as editor of the Dutch magazine Nieuwe Revu. Derk is also currently chairman of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

Independent Strategic Consultant and Investment Advisor

Geert is director of integration of Renewi (a merger of Van Gansewinkel and Shanks), a major environmental services and waste-to-product company. Among many previous roles, he has served as director of strategy and of operations at the major Dutch energy company ENECO Energie, and as finance director at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. As an operational partner at the investment firm Egeria, he played a critical role in transforming the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad into a streamlined multimedia company. Geert is a member of the supervisory board of Check-Points, a molecular diagnostics firm.  Until recently he was also a board member of Stichting Leergeld, which supports underprivileged children in Utrecht.

Council advisor at the Council of State

As a staff lawyer with the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the the Council of State for many years, Annemarie assisted in its work as the highest court of administrative law. She also coordinated projects, among them cooperation with other courts as well as the reorganisation and transition of digital systems. From 2012 to 2014 she held the position of head of the office of the vice-president/secretary.

Corporate lawyer, partner of Allen & Overy

Annelies van der Pauw is a corporate lawyer, partner of Allen & Overy in Amsterdam having been active in the corporate and mergers and acquisitions department since 1987. She chairs the Amsterdam corporate practice group and is a member of the Allen & Overy Global Corporate Board as well as the Co-Chair of the Allen & Overy Global CSR team and member of the Allen & Overy Global Foundation for the Allen & Overy pro bono activities. In addition Annelies presently is the Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Mondriaan Fonds, the national fund for visual arts in Holland, a Supervisory Board member of Tergooi Ziekenhuizen (hospitals), Board member of Stichting Bijstand Tergooi and a Board Member of the Prinses Beatrix Spierfonds.