Organisation - May 18, 2018

Louise Fresco reappointed as President of WUR Executive Board

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Anton van Elburg
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Louise Fresco (1952) will stay on as the President of the Executive Board of WUR for four more years. This was announced by the Supervisory Board. She will commit to increasing WUR’s relevance in the years to come.

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Congratulations on being reappointed. What have you achieved in the past four years?
Louise Fresco: ‘There are large portfolios at the heart of our work field. I therefore focused on the dialogue with society from day one. Value creation has also been an important point. We are now active in more countries and have ties with a greater number of parties. Furthermore, in the frame of One Wageningen, I have been committed to strengthening the relationship between the various units as well as between fundamental and applied science. To me, working here really feels as teamwork; not just with the people directly around me. I have truly found my place. I can manage with the content in mind, because I overlook it and can offer added value with my strategic angles of approach and international experience.’

What are your plans for the next period?
‘This year, we will need to make important choices within the strategic plan. It is a crucial time in which many things are changing in and around WUR. The way society perceives the food and agricultural sector has changed significantly in the past few years. We must relate to that and not simply take the stance that science is always right, for example. We should indicate what the consequences are of certain societal choices. Provide politics and society with options regarding which people could debate. And the geopolitical context is also changing; think of Brexit and the rise of China, for example. How will this influence the regulation of genetic modification, for example? Furthermore, we do not know how education will change either. Will we remain focused on the group ages 18 to 22, or will there be a shift toward everyone who wants to keep learning throughout their life?’

Where will WUR be in four years?
‘Internally speaking, One Wageningen should stand even stronger. This is a matter of culture. We should ask ourselves how we can strengthen each other, because it is through synergy that impact is increased. From an external point of view, WUR’s relevance should be increased further. Society is faced with vital transition issues concerning agriculture, food and energy. Money is not the limiting factor here, but rather the question of how to shape this transition and innovation. WUR has the ability to play a major role here by offering viable options. And we should remain among the world top regarding research and education as well, but that is a matter of course.’

Louise Fresco was appointed President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research on 1 July 2014, as the successor to Aalt Dijkhuizen. At the time, she was Professor at the University of Amsterdam and held various societal functions. Before that, she was active at the FAO, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization located in Rome, where she was Assistant Director-General for the last six years.

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  • Hans Groenendijk

    Als Louise objectief gezien beantwoordt aan het profiel en zij geen artefact van haar faculteit is geworden, is er geen enkele reden om juist hier met leeftijdsdiscriminatie te beginnen.

    Van iemand die in het begin van haar carrière bekend stond als het Krokodillenmeisje mag je verwachten dat zij lang actief blijft zonder al vroeg te fossiliseren.

    Ik ben alleen benieuwd wat voor een ouder zij zou zijn geweest, en dat zij alle verhalen en wijsheden ook nog aan de jongste generaties zou kunnen doorgeven.
    Alle echte wetenschap begint immers bij de geboorte van een nieuwe intelligentie.

    Succes Louise.

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  • faculty member

    OneWageningen is wat mij betreft een wassen neus. De directeur van een kenniseenheid kijkt naar elke leerstoel of er rode of zwarte cijfers staan. Zolang de eigen centen voorop staan, zullen we intern concurreren i.p.v. samenwerken.
    Niet alleen in onderzoek, maar ook in onderwijs.

  • The Bravest Dutch

    But I thought she said 4 years only?

    "Gezocht: Topmens (m/v)

    Beschikbaarheid: met onmiddellijke ingang voor maximaal vier jaar, herverkiezing uitgesloten. Topmensen zijn top omdat ze meer kunnen dan politicus zijn, en ook meer ambities hebben. Maximaal vier jaar geeft vrijheid en urgentie, wat opweegt tegen een eventueel gebrek aan continuïteit."

    – Louise O Fresco 2012

    Source http://www.louiseofresco.com/HTML/PUBnrc20120509.html

    More at: https://thebravestdutch.blog/2018/05/17/206/

  • Nico

    Waarschijnlijk goed nieuws voor de WUR en Louise Fresco, maar wel opvallend medewerkers die graag door willen werken na hun 66ste krijgen daar vaak geen of beperkte kans toe, maar voor bestuursvoorzitter blijkbaar geen probleem om tot 70 doorgaan. Hopelijk zit langer doorwerken voor wie wil en goed kan er voor meer mensen in komende jaren


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