15 November 2017
Geer Oskam has been appointed as the new Head of the Van Gogh Museum Development Department as of 1 November 2017. For the past 3.5 years, Oskam (33) worked in the department as the Senior Account Manager for Trusts and Foundations. He has extensive international experience in private, institutional and corporate sponsorship.
Before joining the museum, Oskam worked in cities including Berlin and New York as a Development Consultant for Human Rights Watch. He gained his Master’s in Cultural Policy & Management from the University of Amsterdam in 2007.
Axel Rüger, Director: ‘This year, the Van Gogh Museum was proclaimed the museum with the best reputation within Europe and – after the Louvre – the museum with the second-best reputation worldwide. We generate 80% of our income ourselves, and development plays a significant role in this regard. The museum’s friends and supporters are vital to our efforts to remain a world-leading institution’.
Milou Halbesma, Director of Public Affairs at the Van Gogh Museum: ‘We are pleased and proud to be able to offer a talented professional from within the museum the opportunity to take the next step in his career. Geer embodies a combination of professionalism, entrepreneurship and international experience that is both befitting of the museum and valuable to the organisation’.
Geer Oskam: ‘It is an honour to have the chance to continue to work for this outstanding museum in this new role, together with this exceptionally professional team. I look forward to intensifying relations with existing contacts and extending our network to include new sponsors and donors from the Netherlands and abroad, in order to further strengthen the museum’s position and allow as many people as possible from all around the world to come into contact with the life and work of Vincent van Gogh’.
The Van Gogh Museum Development Department now consists of the following members: Geer Oskam (Head of Development) Willem van Gogh (Van Gogh Museum Ambassador & Advisor to the Board) Marije van der Pas (Senior Account Manager for Private Fundraising) Floor van Kollem (Account Manager for Private Fundraising) Geneviève Wehry (Senior Account Manager for Corporate Partnerships) Urita Mual (Account Manager for Corporate Partnerships) Carli van de Kerkhof (Account Manager for Corporate Partnerships) Anne Dozy (Account Manager for Trusts and Foundations, a.i.) Pieter Versluis (Development Researcher) Mariëlle Koevermans (Development Account Assistant).