Chair and Secretary
Rudolf Geel (Amsterdam, 1941) studied Dutch literature and linguistics at the University of Amsterdam, where he worked in the Department of Speech, Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric from 1967 to 2006. In 1963 he published his first novel, De Magere Heilige. Since then various novels by him, as well as collections of short stories, essays, a play and a dissertation on instruction in writing have been published in the Netherlands. From 1968 to 1982 he was editor of De Gids, the country's oldest cultural magazine. From 1993 to 1997 he headed the PEN Center of the Netherlands and, in 2002, became chairman of the PEN Emergency Fund.
Jan Honout (Amsterdam, 1945) studied Welfare Economics at the University of Amsterdam, where he remained employed as a lecturer until 1976. Subsequently he became Vice General Secretary of the Dutch Arts Council. For fifteen years he served, as treasurer, on the board of the cooperative literary publishing house De Bezige Bij. Among other works, he has published a study on the consequences of the European Union for Dutch literary publishing. He has also worked for the Dutch Ministry of Culture, on its board for general cultural policy. After serving as treasurer for the PEN Center of the Netherlands, he became treasurer of PEN International.
Hans Amesz (Hilversum, 1944) studied macroeconomics at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a journalist for different newspapers and was nearly ten years (1976 – 1985) foreign correspondent in Germany, also for Dutch radio and television. Back in Holland he became a financial analyst and started to write especially about asset management. He also published studies on the culture of giving. Amesz served six years as treasurer for the Pen Center of the Netherlands. Currently he is an editor of the magazine Financial Investigator.
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