Adjudication

An expert jury, chaired by Eelco Hoekstra, selects the candidates. The adjudication takes place in stages.

Jury and candidates 2023

Young Captain Award Jury and candidates 2023
Missing from the photo: Hein Schumacher en Marjan Rintel.

Relevant jury data

12-07-2024 Deadline for registering candidates
12-07-2024 Deadline for submitting CVs and other documents
20-09-2024 First jury round and nomination of finalists.
Location: Bilderberg Garden Hotel, Amsterdam.
14-10-2024 Final & dinner; jury interviews with three finalists.
Location: Bilderberg Garden Hotel, Amsterdam.
25-11-2024 Festive publication of the Young Captain Award 2024 winner.
Location: Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn.

Young Captain Program

29 & 30 August 2024 Young Captain Program – a two days knowlegde- & experience programme offered to all applicants nominated for the Young Captain Award 2024.
Location: Residence Hotel Groot Heideborgh.
14-11-2024 Young Captain Program Revisited

Jury members

Eelco Hoekstra
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Eelco Hoekstra
CEO and Board mmember with international experience

Stephanie Hottenhuis
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Stephanie Hottenhuis
CEO & Chair to the Board of KPMG Netherlands

Peter Hondebrink
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Peter Hondebrink
MT member of the Directorate of Top Sectors and Industrial Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

Prof dr. Philip Hans Franses
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Prof dr. Philip Hans Franses
Professor Applied Econometrics, Professor Marketing Research at Erasmus School of Economics

Heleen Dura - van Oord
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Heleen Dura - van Oord
Entrepreneur, investor and board member Rijksmuseum, De Efteling, African Parks Foundation and The School of Moral Ambition.

Marjan Rintel
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Marjan Rintel
President-Directeur KLM Nederland

Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh
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Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh
Lid RvC bij ING, Heineken en HAL

Hein Schumacher
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Hein Schumacher
CEO Unilever

Sarike van Wette
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Sarike van Wette
Alliander, Director of Maintenance & Outages, Young Captain 2023

12 juli 2024

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 9 August. The jury will select up to ten candidates on the basis of these documents.

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20 september 2024

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.

14 October 2024

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.

14 October 2024

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, location t.b.d. in the Amsterdam region.

25 November 2024

Presentation of the 2024 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.

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