Mohammed Essafi appointed to Supervisory Board

Mohammed Essafi has been appointed to serve as a member of the Supervisory Board from September 2017. Mr Essafi is a partner in BMC Groep. As a member of the Supervisory Board, he will concern himself particularly with social outreach and the museum’s focus on new target groups. Essafi: “I am extremely impressed by the Gemeentemuseum’s collection. I would like as many people as possible to be able to enjoy it. So I’m glad to lend my expertise and assistance to the effort to reach out to new visitor groups.”

Mr Essafi has been a partner in Dutch public sector management consultancy firm BMC since 2012. His responsibilities in the company relate to issues in the social and community services field. He is also vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lokalis | Municipality of Utrecht, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Social Services department and a member of the municipal audit committee for Alphen aan den Rijn. Through these appointments, Mr Essafi has worked extensively on behalf of local and national government and gained an extraordinarily wide knowledge of the public sector.

In 2008 Mr Essafi established a think tank, in which he worked with a wide range of engaged individuals and civil society institutions to develop a vision for the future of the Netherlands. One of the key issues was how arts institutions can broaden their public appeal and contribute to the resolution of social issues. He has also served on various committees of the Netherlands’ national Council for Culture. Essafi is deeply interested in improving cohesion between different target groups and different areas of society. His involvement in an online platform relating to the sharing economy has also given him extensive experience of the use of social media by people in target groups of interest to the museum.

Benno Tempel is delighted with the appointment of Essafi: “For some time now we had been looking for a new member of the Supervisory Board with extensive experience of governance and at the same time the ability to build bridges between our existing audience and new visitor groups. Given his wide experience in both the public sector and the social and community services field and his familiarity with the diversity issue, Mr Essafi is a valuable addition to our Supervisory Board. We are looking forward to working with him over the next four years.”

As of September 2017, the members of the Supervisory Board of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag are: Professor C.N. Teulings (chair), Ms G. Bekman, C.J. van den Driest, Ms Y. van Rooy, H.W. Breukink, Ms M. van Vroonhoven and M. Essafi.