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Organisation

PUM is a non-profit organisation established in in 1978 by the Dutch employers’ federation VNO-NCW, with financial support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1978 we have assisted over 40,000 organisations world-wide.

Board
Our board members have large networks in the business world and extensive international experience.

Chairman Hans de Boer, Chairman of Dutch employers’ federation VNO-NCW
Vice-chairman    Michaël van Straalen, Chairman of MKB Nederland (SMEs Netherlands)
Member Ineke Dezentjé Hamming, Chair woman/CEO of FME-CWM
Member Thea Fierens, former Regional Director of UNFPA, former Managing Director of SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, and former member of Dutch Parliament.
Member Rob Wolleswinkel, Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group
Member Eltjo Kok, Sector co-ordinator for Banking & Finance at PUM

Operations
PUM’s office is based in The Hague, the Netherlands. From there we run our operations with 50 (mainly part-time employed) paid staff and 80 voluntary staff. Our 150 representatives are based in 31 countries around the world, and are our eyes and ears on the ground.
 
Our name

PUM stands for ‘Programma Uitzending Managers’ which is Dutch for ‘Manager Deployment Programme’. However, as we have long since ceased deploying managers only (we currently work with specialists and entrepreneurs, too) we nowadays apply the abbreviation with the addition Netherlands senior experts.