Professor Marike Knoef new Dean of Tilburg School of Economics and Management
The Tilburg University Executive Board has appointed Professor Marike Knoef as Dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. She will take office on February 1, 2023, and succeeds interim-Dean Professor Lex Meijdam. At the moment, Knoef is working as a Professor of Empirical Micro-Economics at Leiden University. She is also the General Director of Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, and a deputy Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER).
The Executive Board is very pleased with this appointment. Rector Magnificus Wim van de Donk: “Professor Marike Knoef is not only a leading and creative researcher but also someone who embraces the great importance of education based on academic research by being an inspiring teacher herself. In addition, she has shown to have managerial responsibility and is the kind of leader we were looking for for our Tilburg School for Economics and Management. She is inspiring and is committed to the impact on society of results of scientific research, which she has clearly shown as an academic leader of Netspar. The candidate profile for this position that we compiled together with the School is a perfect fit. We wish her every success in her role as the new Dean of TiSEM and we look forward to working with her.”
Marike Knoef: “Connected, curious, caring and courageous. Those are Tilburg University’s core values, that are very precious to me. I look forward, as TiSEM’s new Dean, to contributing to a future-proof School that operates at the heart of society. We need to stand together to achieve this because only in this way can we conduct and provide high-quality research and education, connecting with researchers and students in the Netherlands and abroad, with other disciplines, and with practice.”
Marike Knoef (1983) has been a Professor of Empirical Micro-Economics at Leiden University since 2018. Marike studied Econometric Methods & Mathematical Economics (cum laude, 2006) in Tilburg and gained a PhD here in 2011 with a thesis entitled Essays on Labor Force Participation, Aging, Income and Health. In 2017, Marike Knoef joined the board of directors of Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, and has been its General Director since September 2020. She was, among other things, the driving force behind the 2019-2023 Netspar Next research agenda and played an important role in strengthening the funding of Netspar after 2023. Since July 2021, Marike has been endowed Professor of Capital-Funded Pensions at Tilburg University. Through this Chair, sponsored by Instituut Gak, she contributes to the future of pensions in the Netherlands, by providing more insight in the economic behavior of individuals and households. Marike is also a deputy Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER).