The Netherlands

Cees Van ’t Veen

The Netherlands

Cees van ’t Veen graduated in 1982 in Economic Science at the University of Groningen and Amsterdam. Next to this he studied some years Art History and Archeology in Amsterdam. Later on, in 1989 he finished a MBA at the School of Business Administration, University of Rochester N.Y. and at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

He previously worked at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Culture as project manager of the Privatisation of the National Museums. Afterwards he worked – as an interim manager - a few years for the well-known, independent management consultancy firm Berenschot. In 1998, he returned to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport as deputy Secretary General. In 2001 he became Director of the Fries Museum and the National Ceramics Museum Princessehof in Leeuwarden.

Since 2008 Mr. Van ’t Veen is the General Director of the Cultural Heritage Agency, part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In this position a merger was effected between three former agencies into a new one, with a broad, new vision and mission. The Agency is at the heart of heritage management in the Netherlands.

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