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Leiden Leadership Centre

Our People

The Leiden Leadership Centre is an interdisciplinary network organization branching out from its place within the Institute of Public Administration, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (Leiden University in The Hague). The LLC functions as a platform by connecting students, practitioners, and researchers from various disciplines.

  • Sandra Groeneveld is Professor in Public Management and Chair of the Leiden Leadership Centre. In both her research and education in the field of public management and leadership she focuses on the challenges regarding organizational change, diversity, and inclusiveness.

  • Ben Kuipers Director

    Ben is Associate Professor in Public Administration with expertise in the field of public leadership, organizational change and teamwork. As director of the Leiden Leadership Centre, he is responsible for the Core Team, Centre projects and network activities.

The core team of the Leiden Leadership Centre consists of academic researchers and PhD candidates that engage with our on-going research projects and our network and education activities on a daily basis.

The Core Team of the Leiden Leadership Centre consists of the following Research Fellows:

  • Moniek Akerboom PhD Candidate

    Moniek Akerboom is PhD Candidate within the research programme Furthering Public Leadership. She conducts research on public leadership in collaborative processes. In addition, Moniek coordinates a bachelor’s course on Public Management and an LLC-hosted learning community aimed at facilitating connections between higher education and public organizations.

  • Tanachia Ashikali Research Fellow

    Tanachia Ashikali is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration. Her expertise includes diversity management, leadership and inclusion in public organizations. She develops and applies quantitative research methods and techniques to study these topics among employees and (team) leaders. 

  • Johan Jan Beukman PhD candidate

    Johan Jan Beukman is PhD Candidate within the research programme Furthering Public Leadership. He conducts research on change leadership in public organisations. Also, Johan Jan is responsible for the Leiden Leadership Podcast.

  • Bert Fraussen Research Fellow

    Bert Fraussen is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and researcher at the Leiden Leadership Centre. He teaches Public Affairs and Research Methods. In his research, he focuses on the interaction and cooperation between public organisations and policymakers on national and European level.

  • Sandra Groeneveld Research Fellow

    Sandra Groeneveld is Professor in Public Management and Chair of the Leiden Leadership Centre. In both her research and education in the field of public management and leadership she focuses on the challenges regarding organizational change, diversity, and inclusiveness.

  • Suzanne Kolvoort Student-Assistant

    Suzanne is a bachelor’s student International Relations and Organisations at Leiden University. Suzanne is student-assistant at the Leiden Leadership Centre where she helps with the organisation of Centre activities and the communication thereof. 

  • Ben Kuipers Research Fellow

    Ben is Associate Professor in Public Administration with expertise in the field of public leadership, organizational change and teamwork. As director of the Leiden Leadership Centre, he is responsible for the Core Team, Centre projects and network activities. 

  • Lara van Osch PhD Candidate

    Lara van Osch is PhD Candidate within the research programme Furthering Public Leadership She conducts research on shared leadership and purpose-driven decision making. Lara is in charge of the LLC-newsletter and she coordinates an LLC-hosted learning community on leadership development.

  • Eduard Schmidt Research Fellow

    Eduard Schmidt is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration. His research and teaching focuses on leadership, organizational change and creating public value, with a particular focus on organizations in the social domain and healthcare.

The following Research Fellows are affiliated to the Leiden Leadership Centre:

The following Centre Fellows are affiliated to the Leiden Leadership Centre:

The Leiden Leadership Centre has an active network of Junior Fellows:

  • Gabriella Griffioen Student Representative Leiden Leadership Centre

    Gabriella is a master’s student at Leiden University where she studies Public Administration - International and European Governance. Gabriella is involved as a student representative in the LLC-hosted learning community aimed at facilitating the connection between higher education and public organizations.

  • Suzanne Kolvoort Student-Assistant

    Suzanne is a bachelor’s student International Relations and Organisations at Leiden University. Suzanne is student-assistant at the Leiden Leadership Centre where she helps with the practical organisation of Centre activities and the communication thereof. 

  • Rianne Scheerhoorn Student Representative Leiden Leadership Centre

    Rianne is a bachelor’s student Public Administration at Leiden University and is involved as a student representative in the LLC-hosted learning community aimed at facilitating the connection between higher education and public organizations.

  • Sophia Wouda Podcast Assistant Leiden Leadership Centre

    Sophia is a bachelor’s student of Public Administration at Leiden University. In addition to her studies, she takes a minor in Journalism and New Media. At the LLC she contributes to the Leiden Leadership Podcast by assisting with preparing, conducting and editing the podcast episodes while also thinking of new ways in which to improve the Leiden Leadership podcast series.

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