Adjudication

An expert jury, chaired by Cees' t Hart, selects the candidates. The adjudication takes place in stages.

The jury of 2017

The jury and nominees of 2016

Relevant jury data

13-07-2018  Deadline for registering candidates
06-08-2018 Deadline for submitting CVs and other documents
17-09-2018 First jury round and nomination of finalists, The Garden Hotel, Amsterdam
18-10-2018 Final & dinner; jury interviews with three finalists, The Garden Hotel, Amsterdam
26-11-2018 Festive publication of the Young Captain 2018 winner, Location will be announced at a later time

Young Captains Programme

30-08 & 31-08-2018 Young Captains Programme - two-day acquaintanceship programme for all applicants nominated for the Young Captain Award 2018 at Landgoed Lauswolt in Beetsterzwaag.

Jury members

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.

David Pappie
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David Pappie
Director TopSectors and Industry Policy at the Ministry 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.

Frans Blom
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Frans Blom
Chairman BCG The Netherlands


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

Daphne de Kluis
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Daphne de Kluis
CEO of Commercial Banking ABN AMRO and member of the Executive Committee.

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

Ronald Doesburg
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Ronald Doesburg
Young Captain 2017,
General manager Base Chemicals Europe, Shell

13 july 2018

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.

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17 September 2018

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 October 2018

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 October 2018

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.

26 November 2018

Presentation of the 2018 Young Captain Award

The winner will be announced and the Award will be presented during a festive dinner in the presence of about 130 business leaders from the business community in the Netherlands.