BOARD

The current board of the OVN Foundation consists of the following members:
  • ms. drs. Andréa A. Kroon (chairwoman), independent art historian and PhD student at the Leiden University, specialised in the material culture of freemasonry;
  • mrs. dr. Marty Th. Bax (secretary), independent art historian, specializing the the relationship between art and western esotericism around 1900;
  • John H. Kroon (treasurer), independent financial advisor;
  • drs. Jimmy Koppen (bestuurslid), historian and researcher at the Vrijzinnig Studie-, Archief- en Documentatiecentrum ‘Karel Cuypers’ in Brussels;
  • dr. Jan A.M. Snoek (board member), senior scholar of religious studies at the University of Heidelberg, specializing in the history and ritual practice of freemasonry;
  • vacancy (board member).

The board is advised by an international comittee of recommendation: 
  • prof. dr. Wouter Hanegraaff, Chair for the History of Hermetic Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
  • prof. emerit. Anton van de Sande, Chair for Freemasonry as an intellectual current and socia-cultural European Phenomenon, University of Leiden, The Netherlands;
  • dr. Andreas Önnerfors, former director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry, University of Sheffield (UK);
  • prof. Luc Nefontaine, Institut d’Etudes des Religions et de la Laïcité, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium);
  • prof. emerit. Antoine Faivre, Chaire d'Histoire des courants ésotériques et Mystiques dans l'Europe moderne et contemporaine, l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des Sciences Religieuses, Sorbonne, Paris (France);
  • prof. dr. Andrew Prescott, Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute, University of Glasgow (UK);
  • prof. dr. Helmut Reinalter, Wissenschaftliche Kommission zur Erforschung der Freimaurerei / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Innsbruck (Austria);
  • mw. prof. Margaret C. Jacob, Department of History, University of California in Los Angeles (USA);
  • prof. dr. Robert-Jan van Pelt, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario (Canada);
  • prof.dr. J.A.F. Benimeli, Centro de Estudios Históricos de la Masoneria Española, Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).
The OVN aims to cooperate with other academic organizations and university chairs in the Netherlands and abroad on projects that stimulate the development of the field of study. The support of the committee of recommendation facilitates international contacts, allowing the OVN to represent Dutch scholars in the field of study of freemasonry at an international level and to participate in newly for-med academic networks. The board welcomes any suggestions for joint conferences or other projects in the field of study.