David van Traa appointed as member of the Executive Board of the Amsterdam University of the Arts

David van Traa | Photography: Kees Winkelman

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The Supervisory Board of the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) has appointed David van Traa as member of the Executive Board from 1 April 2023. David van Traa is currently director Zuidas at the municipality of Amsterdam, where he is ultimately responsible for the development of the Zuidas area. Current board member Annet Lekkerkerker will - as previously announced - succeed Bert Verveld as Chair of the Executive Board as of 1 March 2023 and will form the Executive Board of the Amsterdam University of the Arts together with David van Traa as of 1 April.

David van Traa has extensive experience in the city of Amsterdam, particularly in the areas of urban development, culture and cooperation between knowledge institutions, the business community and the government. As general director of the Zuidas Directorate, he leads the spatial transformation of a new area in the city in which housing, employment, social facilities and public space are being realised on a large scale. He is also the supervisor of the infrastructure project ZuidasDok on behalf of the municipality of Amsterdam.

Van Traa holds a number of administrative and supervisory positions at various cultural institutions. He is a board member of Felix Meritis and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Nieuwe Helden foundation, a collaborative platform of cultural makers.

Jan Anthonie Bruijn, chairman of the AHK's Supervisory Board, says of the appointment: "With David van Traa, we are taking on a skilled and ambitious director with a large network in administrative Amsterdam. He has extensive experience with social issues in the field of innovation, urban development, sustainability and culture. He also has extensive experience with finance and operations in a complex organisation with many stakeholders. This experience fits well with his future portfolio in the AHK Executive Board, which is of great value to the university."

Annet Lekkerkerker, president of the Executive Board from 1 March 2023, is very pleased with the appointment of David van Traa. "His extensive experience, his great commitment to the city of Amsterdam and the importance he attaches to art and culture are of great value to our university. I look forward to his arrival and to working with him."

The AHK's University Council has advised positively on the appointment. A delegation from the participation council (a student member and a staff member) formed part of the application committee.