David Dixon (Linkedin) began his work in the non-profit sector in 1988 as a senior fundraising manager at Oxfam in the UK. He has international experience in business development fundraising strategy, campaign planning, board development and major donor and database-driven fundraising.
In 1993, David founded his own consultancy company, David Dixon Associates (DDA) and in 1997 he also created The Phone Room Ltd., which quickly became a highly successful telephone fundraising company, working with non-profits, universities, hospitals and cultural organisations.
David recently founded recruitment agency Dixon & De Jaeger with Bram De Jaeger and created efesai which merges the work, clients and staff of DDA and the well-known consultancy firm Wonderbird. He speaks several languages and has been a member of commercial and non-profit boards in several countries.
Iris van Irsel
Iris van Irsel (Linkedin) knows how to build bridges. Creating strategies and concepts for the non-profit sector on how to involve and connect with their (potential) donors. A background in intercultural communication, cultural anthropology and international development makes it easy for her to understand the audience and set the right tone.
Iris has completed her study career with the Advanced Master in International Development and has a lot of professional knowledge in the field of diversity, impact, society and International Cooperation. Started by working by the International organisation Hivos she specialised in corporate and ethical fundraising.
With more than 10 years of experience with non-profit organisations Iris van Irsel not only developed online and offline fundraising programmes with the teams she worked with, she has also been responsible for organisational development.
Successfully setting up multilevel cooperation’s with large companies for several projects has been one of her core activities.
Ernestine Nahumury Comvalius
Martijn was appointed Director of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1982. During his tenure there, he supervised the full renovation of the concert hall and introduced an all-new programme. Under Martijn’s directorship, the Concertgebouw became the best-attended classical music venue in the world. In 2006, he left the Concertgebouw to devote himself to his numerous national and international management and supervisory board memberships and advisory roles, ranging from the private sector (Ajax Arena, Unirobe Meeùs Group and Intermusica in London) to the cultural and public sectors (Chairman of the Holland Festival and Stedelijk Museum Fonds and board member at the European Union Youth Orchestra, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and International Film Festival Rotterdam).
Iris G. van den Akker
Iris’s expertise is to enable growth, development and change with structured and sustainable execution. She has close to 20 years of financial and business advisory experience, working in different responsibilities, ranging from commerce, business development, operational, people management to innovation, in the Netherlands and internationally. As a seasoned banker, Iris has a broad range of financial capabilities and her passion is to help organisations develop a sustainable business model. Her expertise in this field was gained by working with a wide variety of organisations, both in for-profit and non-profit sectors, including international corporations, start-up and scale-up companies.
Iris is perceived as a valuable sparring partner with an engaging interaction style both at executive and supervisory board levels. Topics close to her heart and in which she has a proven track record are: Business Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability and Circular Economy.
Iris provides an outside-view-in to the cultural sector, bringing practices from different industries to provide innovative insights. Besides her personal affinity with the sector, she has a clear eye for the sector’s current developments and understands how to translate this into concrete business plans. Her knowledge of governance, organizational structure and transformation management are invaluable in developing new ways of working.
Joachim Fleury is partner and the global head of Telecoms, Media & Technology at international law firm Clifford Chance. He joined the firm in 1984 and has been a partner since 1990. Based in London since 2001, he has previously worked in Clifford Chance’s offices in Amsterdam (1985-1990, 1992-2001) and New York (1990-1992).
Outside his work as a lawyer, Joachim holds various board memberships at cultural institutions in the Netherlands and the UK, including Dash Arts ltd., the Holland Festival and the Dutch Performing Arts Association (NAPK). These positions reflect a life-long interest in the arts, and performing arts foremost among them.
Bram de Jaeger
Bram has many years of experience as a banker. At ABN AMRO Bank he established the successful department called ‘Cultural Heart’ which grew to a team of 45. In his spare time, Bram is involved with Holland Festival Young and Fringe Society. He has also founded Konsort, an independent collective of young professionals who advise cultural organisations and institutions pro bono.
Now he advises organisations in business development and strategy and he is a partner (with David Dixon) in recruitment agency Dixon & De Jaeger. Bram is treasurer of, among others, Veemtheater and Circus Treurdier.