Jelle Burggraaff


Jelle Burggraaff is a senior project manager with more than 17 years of work experience in the international cultural and education sectors. As Head of International Cultural Cooperation, he was a member of the Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 program team. From this role he worked closely with Opera Spanga for the production of Aida in Valletta, the other European Capital of Culture that year.

His further professional experience includes setting up cultural education projects funded by the Europe Commission between educational institutions in Europe and advising cultural organizations on their internationalization strategy. In addition, he assisted the Floriade Expo 2022 world horticultural exhibition in the preparatory phase in establishing collaborations with other countries worldwide.

Since the beginning of 2020, he has been a member of the Expert Panel of the European Commission for the selection and monitoring of European Capitals of Culture. He also works as a Researcher Teacher at the Leisure & Events Management program at NHL Stenden Hogeschool.

Jelle Burggraaff has a Master in Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World and is convinced of the importance of international cooperation between countries, artists, cultural organizations and educational institutions to address current social issues. Traveling and immersing yourself in other cultures is one of his greatest passions, together with his love for the performing arts.


Jan Riewald


Jan Riewald has been a tax advisor since 1995.
He worked at ABN Amrobank Leeuwarden and the tax authorities, among others. He has been an independent tax adviser since 1992. He is in the winding down phase of his work and now has more time for hobbies and volunteer work. In addition to his treasurer's position at OPERA SPANGA, Jan and his son Jeroen fanatically renovate old-timers. Jan has been a visitor to Opera Spanga from the very beginning.


Annemieke Mintjes


Mintjes & Co, Gelukwerkt.frl / trainer and facilitator in working smarter and more fun

As a consultant I am a sparring partner for entrepreneurs, managers and administrators, I provide training and workshops and I guide companies and organizations in the implementation of new tools and methods for strategy development and the execution of projects. Developing human capital in organizations is the common thread. Methods I use include storytelling, scrum / agile, Lego Serious Play, Liberating Structures and happiness at work. I work closely with various professionals from my network for this. My clients can mainly be found in the Northern Netherlands in both the profit and non-profit sector, including: Province of Fryslân, Municipality of Ooststellingwerf, Biblionet Groningen, Thús Wonen, Hof & Hiem, Rabobank Heerenveen - Southeast Friesland, Janco de Jong BV Gorredijk, Ambion. See also www.mintjesenco.nl.


Christel van de Kerkhoff

board member

Christel worked from 1999 to 2020 in management and interim management positions in many different organizations, including in the financial sector, the NS, National Police, VU, but also in hospitals and industrial organizations such as NXP and Philips. She has a background in public administration but has worked in most of her positions and assignments on the interface between business management and ICT. Her expertise lies in guiding and implementing (organizational) changes. She has experience in positions as team leader, information manager, head of IT, department head, where the teams or departments always varied in size from the smallest team of 10 people to the largest department of 450 people. Getting people moving and working together in a changing organization and thus improving the performance of the organization is what she likes most about her job.

She has also lived and worked abroad for several years such as in Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand and has always traveled extensively, preferring adventurous camping trips in Africa. She has now seen her big dream come true and now spends a lot of time on the Frisian farm where she came to live with her husband a year ago.