Prince Constantijn Chair of SIDN Fund’s Advisory Panel
On 27 October, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands was appointed as Chair of the SIDN Fund’s Advisory Panel. The Fund was formally established in early May by SIDN, the company behind .nl. Starting early next year, the new body is to provide financial support for projects with the potential to further increase the economic and social value of the internet in the Netherlands.
Made up of experts and internet community representatives, the Advisory Panel’s role will be to support the Fund, particularly with the assessment of project proposals.
Since 10 February 2010, Prince Constantijn has been a member of the cabinet of Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, becoming Head of Cabinet in April 2013. Before joining Kroes’s team, the prince headed up the RAND Corporation’s Brussels office and RAND Europe’s Information Economics Policy team. He has also worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton.
The Advisory Panel supports the SIDN Fund’s CEO and Board by providing advice and assistance with realisation of the Fund’s objectives. In particular, the Panel gives advice as to which projects are eligible for financial support. It is made up of experts and representatives of the Dutch internet community. Valerie Frissen, CEO of the SIDN Fund said, “The Board and I are very pleased that the prince has made himself available for this challenging role. Prince Constantijn has played an important role in the European debate on the future and security of the internet. His expertise will help us expedite realisation of the objective for which the Fund was created: to finance projects that will make a difference to the Netherlands.”
What is the SIDN Fund?
The SIDN Fund will provide financial support to projects that promote innovation, education, research, security and trust, application reach and constructive use of the internet in the Netherlands. The SIDN Fund seeks to contribute to the prosperity and welfare of the Netherlands by increasing the economic and social value of the internet. The Fund has a starting capital of five million euros, and SIDN plans to provide a structural income.