Adjudication

An expert jury, chaired by the Minister of Economic Affairs, selects the candidates. The adjudication takes place in stages. Candidates are urged to reserve the dates!

The jury and nominees of 2017

The jury and nominees of 2016

Jury members

Henk Kamp

Henk Kamp,
Chairman of the Jury (as from 2013)
The Minister of Economic Affairs

Cees ' t Hart
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Cees ' t Hart
Vice-Chairman
CEO of Carlsberg Group and KLM Supervisory Board Member

Rob Fijneman
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Rob Fijneman
Board of KPMG N.V, responsible for Advisory & HR and Professor of IT Auditing at Tilburg University and Tias School of Business and Society.


'Young Captains and finalists are at the forefront of a new generation of captains of industry who combine business results and social awareness at the highest level.'
Henk Kamp, Jury Chairman since Nov. 2012, Minister of Economic Affairs
Bert de Groot
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Bert de Groot
Professor by Special Appointment of Governance and Strategic Investment Policy at the Erasmus School of Economics of Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Guido Landheer
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Guido Landheer
Deputy Director-General of Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Marjan Oudeman
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Marjan Oudeman
Chairman of the Board of Governors, University of Utrecht.


'A good Young Captain is original and relies on own leadership, can see beyond his own nose and does not confine himself to his immediate responsibilities'
Maxime Verhagen, Jury Chairman 2010 - 2012, former Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
Alexandra Schaapveld
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Alexandra Schaapveld
Supervisory Board Member of a number of listed companies. Formerly Director-General of ABN-AMRO.

Frans Blom
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Frans Blom
Chairman BCG The Netherlands


Corinne Vigreux
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Corinne Vigreux
, co-founder or TomTom and Managing Director of the consumer business, including Chairman of the Conseiller du Commerce extérieur de la France (CCEF) and a member of the Supervisory Board of the French Chamber of Commerce


'The time when CEOs usually adopted macho, pop-star behaviour is fortunately a thing of the past. Good, top-level execs find the right balance between people, profit and plane'
Frank Heemskerk, ex-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Jury Chairman 2009
Maarten Meijs
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Maarten Meijs
Young Captain 2016,
Managing Director Talpa Global, Talpa Media


'Young leaders with vision and perseverance, who inspire and dare to stick their necks out. With creative ideas and knowledge of business. Who dare to dream what to make of themselves and of others. Those are the people we are looking for'
Karien van Gennip, Jury Chair 2007, former Secretary of State for Economic Affairs

20 jul 2017

Closing date for nominating candidates

You can nominate directly online via this website Candidates who are logged in must send in a comprehensive CV and letter or recommendation by 20 July. The jury will select up to ten candidates on the basis of these documents.

Nominate now!

18 Sep 2017

First round of interviews

The jury will hold intensive interviews with all the candidates on the long list. For this, the jury will be divided into two groups. Both groups of jury members will hold an interview of about an hour with the candidates. In the interviews, the jury will ask searchingly about their ambitions and performance, moral issues on the subject of leadership, European economic issues, their views on sustainable business and the role of the business enterprise in an international social and economic perspective. At the end of the day the full jury will get together to choose the three finalists. The selection board will give reasons for its choice in a jury report. All the candidates will be personally informed by one of the members of the jury on the result and reasons for its choice or rejection. In this way, they will also get feedback about their performance.

18 Oct 2017

Announcement of the finalists to the press

The names of the finalists will be announced in a press release. In it, the jury will give its reasons for their choice. The newspaper De Telegraaf traditionally gives extensive coverage to the award.

18 Oct 2017

The second and last round, finalists' dinner

For this round, the three finalists will write an essay about a number of predetermined issues, themes or statements. The subjects are taken from issues of the day, and so change from year to year. The essay is the input for a dialogue of about 2 hours with the entire jury. In recent years, the topics included such things as the aging population, emerging markets, world food production and European economic policy. This session has the character of a high-level debate, so that the candidate has the opportunity to distinguish him/herself. Filmed portraits of the candidates will be made during the day, which will be published later on the website of the Young Captain Award. After the end of the sessions, the jury will choose the new Young Captain. The result is kept secret, from the finalists too, until the presentation of the Award.

The partners of the Young Captain Award traditionally offer the three finalists and the members of the jury a dinner in the restaurant de Kromme Dissel.

13 Nov 2017

Presentation of the 2017 Young Captain Award

The announcement of the winner and presentation of the Award will be the pleasurable task of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Henk Camp during a festive dinner at Paleis het Loo in Apeldoorn in the presence of 120 prominent representatives of the business world in The Netherlands. The evening's proceedings will be compèred by Tom van 't Hek, radio presenter and journalist. Mr. Eelco Hoekstra, CEO of Vopak, will be the keynote speaker.