Prince Claus Fund Announces New Chair of the Board Ila Kasem

Ila Kasem

PRESS RELEASE 25 April 2019 Amsterdam

(NEDERLANDS)

“Culture is a vital part of our human experience and deserves our support. It is difficult to name an organisation that has fought for this belief more than the Prince Claus Fund.” – Ila Kasem

The Prince Claus Fund is pleased to welcome Ila Kasem, managing partner at Van de Bunt Advisors as Chair of the Board. His management experience and enthusiasm for culture is a clear fit with the Prince Claus Fund, which supports culture under pressure around the world. Ila Kasem will assume the position on 6 September 2019, taking over for Henk Pröpper who has served as Chair since 2013. Henk Pröpper will step down on 28 June 2019 and Vice Chair of the Board Patricia Spyer will serve as Chair for the interim. 

HRH Prince Constantijn, Honorary Chair of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund: “Ila Kasem brings a variety of important skills to the Prince Claus Fund. He is known as an excellent listener with years of leadership experience. Ila also has a track record in emphasizing diversity, human rights and promoting positive social impact. Those will be invaluable assets as the Fund grows and develops. We are very happy to have him join our Board.”

About Ila Kasem: Ila Kasem (1967) is Managing Partner of Van de Bunt Adviseurs. He currently serves on various NGO Boards. From 2005 to 2014 Kasem served on the supervisory board of WWF The Netherlands and since 2014 he is a member of the Board of Trustees of WWF UK. He is Chair of the Board of Amnesty International Netherlands, Chair of the charity The Morocco Fund, and Chair of Society Impact (an NGO dedicated to the development of links between public and private institutions to promote social impact in The Netherlands).  He is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of Het Mauritshuis and of the Giving Back Foundation.

Ila Kasem on culture: “Cultural expression faces many challenges around the world. We see this on the news when a heritage site is attacked or we hear from artists who lack the resources to do their work. It is in these difficult circumstances that the Prince Claus Fund plays an essential role. I look forward to joining in its mission to support culture under pressure. It was an honour to be asked.”

About the Prince Claus Fund:  The Prince Claus Fund supports, connects and celebrates artists and cultural practitioners where cultural expression is under pressure and cultural heritage is under threat. The Fund stands firm with those who create, who believe in the transformative power of culture, who advance new ideas and develop new perspectives. The Fund supports initiatives primarily in Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

About the Board of the Prince Claus Fund

HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands is Honorary Chair of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund. Henk Pröpper is Chair, Patricia Spyer is Vice Chair, Pascal Visée is treasurer, and Clarice Gargard, Nani Jansen Reventlow, Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Alexander Ribbink, Marietje Schaake, and Lionel Veer are current members of the Board.

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