Staff

Ms. M.J. BEKINK
Executive Director

Mattie J. Bekink is the Executive Director of the Stichting Fulbright Commission the Netherlands. She has been President of Martha J. Bekink Consulting since 2011, where her work has focused on rule of law and human rights issues, education, communications and institutional strategy, and China strategy. She has worked with New York University since 2011, most recently handling public affairs for the university’s global sites and programs. From 2015 – 2017, Mattie worked with the Anne Frank House on international education programming and development. Prior to establishing her consultancy, Mattie was the Deputy Country Director of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative China Program. She has also worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and as policy associate at the Center for American Progress. Mattie has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is on the board of the American Friends of the Anne Frank House and is also a Fulbright alum.

 

Ms. L. PIETERSEN, MA
Fulbright Program Manager

Linda joined the Netherlands America Commission for Educational Exchange (now known as the Stichting Fulbright Commission the Netherlands) in 2000. Linda is responsible for directing the Fulbright Program for which she receives many applicants from both Dutch and American students and professors. Linda handles the recruitment and selection of the grantees, and prepares them for their departure to the U.S. or to the Netherlands. Linda majored in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and consequently worked as a Program Coordinator at the University of Amsterdam for the European Postgraduate Course in Environmental Management.

 

Ms. M. KOLSTEREN, MA
Campus Scholarship Program Manager en Educational Adviser

Manon started working as Program Officer on March 1, 2016, but she joined the Fulbright Commission in 2013 as an intern, after receiving her Master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During her bachelor’s program at the University of Groningen in American Studies, she took part in an exchange program with the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and did her Master’s research in New Orleans. She lived in Florida and North Dakota. During her internship period at the Fulbright Commission, she co-organized the celebration of 65 years of Fulbright Program in the Netherlands (June 2015) and published a book with interviews with alumni under the title ‘In Amerika heb ik ruim leren denken’ (“In America I’ve learn how to think broadly”). As a Program Coordinator, she is responsible for the Campus Scholarship Program a. She also works as Educational Adviser, since 2018. She is a member of IACAC.

 

Ms. R. BISHOP, MSc
Fulbright Program Manager

Rose started working at the Fulbright Commission in 2017. She obtained Bachelor’s degrees in both International Affairs and Russian Language from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida – her hometown. She was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kazakhstan in 2011. In 2017, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. She now manages the Fulbright ETA Program and the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for the Netherlands.

 

Ms. M. HARING
Financial Administrator

Marion Haring has been working for the Fulbright Commission since 2016. She has the responsibility of keeping the accounts and preparing the financial statements and reports for management, board and governments. Previously, she has worked  at the Royal Academy for Sciences for several years as a financial administrator. As an entrepreneur, she has done decades of administrative services for all kinds of companies as well as for individuals; especially in the field of inheritances.

 

Ms. M. STRATING, MA
Program Assistant

Melanie started working as Program Assistant in September 2018. She recently graduated from the research master Historical Studies at the Radboud University. She obtained her BA in Language and Culture Studies, majoring in American Studies, from Utrecht University. During the summer of 2012 Melanie studied English at Wheelock College in Boston and in 2017 she interned at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she worked as research assistant for a project about Irish immigrants in America.  At the Fulbright Commission, Melanie assists the coordinators of various programs.

 

Mr. M. BERKELAAR, MA
Program Assistant

Maarten started working as Program Assistant in September 2018. He graduated from the master North American Studies at Leiden University. He obtained his BA in History at Utrecht University. As a part of his BA at Utrecht University, he studied at the University of Florida in Gainesville during the Fall of 2015. During the Fall of 2017, he interned at Bureau Washington of the NOS in Washington, DC. At the Fulbright Commission, Maarten assists the coordinators of various programs.