The museum’s management team consists of the Executive Committee, the Senior Managers of Collections, Education & Presentation, Marketing & Communication, Operations, Van Gogh Museum Enterprises and the Secretary to the Board.
- The Museum’s Management Team The Executive Committee and Senior Managers
Emilie Gordenker - Director
As of 1 February 2020, Emilie Gordenker is director of the Van Gogh Museum.
She is in charge of the Groups Collection: Collection and Research, Collection Management and Restoration, Registrar’s Office, Collection Information, Education & Presentation: Education & Interpretation, Exhibitions, Publications, The Mesdag Collection, Marketing & Communication: Digital Communication, Marketing, Press Office, Events, and Development.
Emilie has been Director of the Mauritshuis from 2008 until 2020. Before that, she was Senior Curator of Early Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish Art at the National Gallery of Scotland. She holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies (Yale University) and a PhD in the History of Art, specialising in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University).
Mark Minkman - Managing Director (a.i.)
Mark Minkman is appointed as interim Managing Director of the museum. He will assume his position on 1 January 2021 and succeeds Adriaan Dönszelmann.
Mark is responsible for the divisions and departments of Van Gogh Museum Enterprises, the Staff Office, Finance & Control, HR and Operations.
Mark is a consultant at Andersson Elffers Felix (AEF) and is currently interim director of the Stichting Regionale Publieke Omroep on behalf of AEF. Minkman previously spent seven years as Director of Paradiso Amsterdam. Between 2005 and 2013 he was Financial Director of the VARA broadcasting corporation.
Babette Meerdink-Schenau - Secretary to the Board & Head of the Staff Office
Babette Meerdink-Schenau (1974) studied Dutch Law at Radboud University (Nijmegen) and International Trade Law at the University of London.
She began her legal career at Houthoff Buruma before working for many years as a (legislative) lawyer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Babette also worked as a Clerk at the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.
She became Secretary to the Board of the Van Gogh Museum in September 2017, providing the Board with policy and legal support.
Marije Vellekoop - Head of Collections
Marije Vellekoop studied Art History at Utrecht University and joined the Van Gogh Museum in 1995, becoming Curator of Prints and Drawings in 1999. Marije assumed responsibility for the Collections & Research Department in 2013.
As head of this department, she oversees significant core activities at the Van Gogh Museum and The Mesdag Collection, including the presentation and expansion of the permanent collection, loans, authenticity research and the research programme. The Collections & Research Department is also responsible for developing exhibition concepts.
In her new role as Head of Collections (from 1 December 2020 on), Marije will be responsible for the departments of Collections & Research, Collection Management & Restoration, the Registrar’s Office and Collection Information. Marije Vellekoop will also continue to lead the Collections & Research Department.
Yvonne Nassar - Head of Marketing & Communication
In her new role as Head of Marketing & Communication, Yvonne is responsible for the departments of Marketing, Digital Communication, Press and Events. Yvonne will also lead the Marketing Department.
In her previous position, Yvonne Nassar was Head of Customer Strategy & Marketing at RAI Amsterdam. Other previous roles include as Marketing Director Europe at Dolce Hotels & Resorts, based in Paris. Yvonne has established international marketing and sales departments in the Netherlands and England.
She is also an active member of Platform Innovatie in Marketing (PIM), where she is Chairwoman, and IMD Alumni Club Nederland. Her personal mission statement is connecting people to drive sustainable business growth, for a colourful future for all.
Amanda Vollenweider - Head of Education & Presentation
Amanda Vollenweider is responsible for the departments of Education & Interpretation, Exhibitions, Publications and for The Mesdag Collection in The Hague. Amanda will also lead the Exhibitions Department.
In her previous position, she was Head of Education and Programming at Museum Arnhem. She graduated as Master of Museology from the Reinwardt Academie and recently gained her MSc Business from the Nyenrode Business Universiteit.
Amanda was previously head of the project office at NEMO, where her achievements included setting the new course for the Weekend van de Wetenschap (Science Weekend). She also ran her own company, assisting a range of museums with modernisation programmes. She is keen to share her expertise in the field of (content-related) public policy, drawing on her experiences at various museums.
Ricardo van Dam – Head of Van Gogh Museum Enterprises
Ricardo studied economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He began his career as a management trainee at Koninklijke Ahold. After more than ten years at Ahold, Ricardo moved to the Royal Schiphol Group, where he was responsible for commercial development.
He has also completed a range of interim and consultancy assignments in area development, commerce and business models, primarily for international airports and railway stations.
Ricardo joined Van Gogh Museum Enterprises (VGME) in October 2014, initially as interim director and since 1 April 2017 as director. He is responsible for Purchasing & Merchandise, Logistics, Retail, Wholesale, Licensing, E-commerce and New Business.
Jort Slingerland - Head of Operations (a.i.)
Jort studied Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam and joined the Van Gogh Museum as a temporary employee during the exhibition Rembrandt – Caravaggio (2006). In 2013, after gaining several years’ experience on the museum floor, he became Head of the Visitor Services Department. In November 2020, Jort became (interim) Head of Operations.
His primary focus areas as Head of the Visitor Services Department are museum visitor satisfaction, capitalising on the potential of (online) ticket sales and services, and ensuring an optimal blend of visitors. The primary responsibilities of the Head of Operations (a.i.) in the coming period are the museum’s business prospects, the digital transition of the organisation and safeguarding the quality and scalability of all museum services that are affected by the Covid-19 measures.
Jort is responsible for policy and management at the Security, Support Services and ICT departments.