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Martijn Ridderbos

Vice-chairman of the Executive Board

Drs. M. Ridderbos RC
+31 71 527 3127

Martijn Ridderbos (5 March 1969), was appointed vice-chairman of the Executive Board on 8 May 2017 by the Supervisory Board. His first term of office runs up to and including 7 May 2021. His second term of office runs from 8 May 2021 to and including 7 May 2025. He is responsible for Business Operations at the University in a broad sense. Ridderbos is married and has three children.

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Martijn Ridderbos is vice-chairman of Leiden University’s Executive Board. He is responsible for the portfolios of finance, real estate, IT and research infrastructure, HRM and physical safety at the University. Martijn Ridderbos is also the point of contact for the development of Campus the Hague.

The housing portfolio includes major investments in new construction/renovation for the faculties of Science and Humanities in Leiden, the faculties of Governance and Global Affairs and the other faculties at Campus The Hague. 

The ICT portfolio focuses on the professionalisation of IT at the University, shaping the IT strategy, drawing up the long-term ICT investment programme and the new building for the Computer Center and the implementation of High Performance Computing.


Ridderbos studied business economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After working for seven years at Moret Ernst & Young Consultancy, in 2001 he was appointed Vice-President of  Capgemini, where he managed an advisory group in the area of education, work and income. In 2008 he started his own consultancy agency, where he was responsible for the introduction of a new personnel system and the implementation of a new IT demand organisation for all courts and tribunals in the Netherlands, and for the development of an output-oriented financing system. 

Master's programme

Between 2011 and 2017, Ridderbos worked for the University of Utrecht as lecturer in Public Management, teaching the master's course Publieke prestaties, praktijk en theorie, the executive master's Management van Publieke Vraagstukkenen, and the masterclass in Leiderschap in Cultuur.

Public Prosecution Service

In 2013 Ridderbos was appointed Director of Finances at the Public Prosecution Office (Openbaar Ministerie, OM). In this position he was responsible for finances, planning & control and the financial management of the OM.  He was also responsible for allocating and managing the total budget of the OM. Ridderbos introduced a new integrated form of planning & control in the OM spread over 16 locations in the Netherlands. 


Besides his core tasks relating to financial managment, financing and planning & control, Ridderbos  managed three development portfolios at the OM: an innovation programme to tackle subversive crime, a new external funding model for the Public Prosecution Service, including its translation into a new internal budget distribution system, and a fact factory, a data authority within the Public Prosecution Service that makes it possible to steer a dialogue on facts without having to doubt their accuracy or reliability.

Als Algemeen Directeur van het Dienstencentrum Openbaar Ministerie (DVOM), een positie die hij van 2015 tot 2017 bekleedde, had Ridderbos financiën, IT, facilitair beheer, huisvesting en het beheer van de landelijke trajectcontrolesystemen in zijn portefeuille.

Vice-chairman of the Executive Board

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Work address

Oude UB
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Room number A.2.03


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