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VACANCY Chair of the Supervisory Board – World Press Photo Foundation (WPFF), Amsterdam (5620) REACTION PERIOD EXPIRED – Amsterdam


For her client, the World Press Photo Foundation, Dux International is searching for a Chair of the Supervisory Board.


The World Press Photo Foundation (WPPF) is a global, independent, nonprofit organization based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. WPPF has since 1955 been responsible for the most prestigious, global journalistic photo contest in the world. WPPF believes in the power and importance of seeing and showing high-quality visual stories and in supporting the conditions for freedom of expression, freedom of inquiry, and freedom of the press, now more than ever. In the past six decades, the world has changed continuously, and new developments in media and technology have transformed visual journalism and storytelling. WPPF’s mission has expanded with those developments.

Its purpose is to connect the world to the stories that matter. Whilst important steps have been made since 2015, the WPPF continues the work to achieve an inclusive, diverse visual journalism industry. Over the last years, initiatives have been taken and programs have been started to encourage a more diverse and inclusive representation of the world.

The Organization
The WPPF draws on its experience to guide photo journalists, visual storytellers, and audiences around the world through this challenging and ambitious mission via the contest and awards, the many exhibitions and educational programs, all in physical as well as in online presence. The priorities in the coming years are designing and implementing a new strategy to adjust the organization to new global realities. WPPF operates worldwide and is based in Amsterdam. The World Press Photo Foundation (WPPF) is organized internally by eight functional teams: Communications, Contests, Development, Programs & Outreach, Exhibitions, Finance, Human Resources and Office. WPPF has an executive director who reports to the Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board
Members of the Supervisory Board have affinity with the vision and mission of WPPF as it is their main responsibility to guard this mission. The executive director of WPPF is primarily responsible for the organization’s strategy and policies and takes decisions on its (daily) operation. The Supervisory Board monitors the Executive Director’s performance and gives advice on and approves the overall policy and strategy. This includes amongst others the approval of the Annual Plan, Annual Budget, Annual Accounts and the Annual Report. The Supervisory Board currently consists of five members. Due to the end of terms we are looking for a new chair of the Supervisory Board. The new chair will be appointed for four years with a possibility to extend this term with another four years (maximum duration however is eight years). The Board has on average four meetings each year. WPPF Supervisory Board membership is a voluntary position without remuneration.


The new chair of the Supervisory Board:

  • Has experience as chair of a Supervisory Board or has experience with different roles in different boards, either in a profit or non-profit organization or foundation;
  • Has board level (international) experience preferably in one or more of the following areas: media, journalism, media development, human rights, general governance, (international) politics;
  • Has strong affinity with the mission of WPPF and its objectives;
  • Has the ability to balance critical reflection and constructive collaboration and understands the difference between supervising and executing;
  • Brings demonstrable experience in navigating high-stakes conversations;
  • Has excellent skills in connecting/networking and understands inclusive chairmanship;
  • Is neutral and stands above individual interests in a complex playing field;
  • Acts as a sparring partner for the executive director and is complimentary to the executive director;
  • Preferably has a good understanding of the digital developments in the media;
  • Understands that the organization must remain up to date and relevant in this digital age;
  • Is politically sensitive, an egoless connector and has a helicopter view.

The World Press Photo Foundation strives to be an inclusive environment. All interested parties, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender, are welcome to apply and will be considered equally. The WPPF believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to its success and wants to reflect the world we live in.


If you are interested in this position, please submit yourt application by clicking on the submit button before June 10th, 2021.

If you have questions please contact Annemijn de Lavieter by telephone via +31 (0) 70 7 622 622 or by e-mail via

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