The Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for managing the Anne Frank House. Ronald Leopold has been its Executive Director since 2011.

Ronald Leopold, Executive Director

Ronald Leopold was born in Groningen in 1960. He read history at the University of Groningen from 1978 to 1985 and wrote his MA thesis in Budapest. 

After graduating, Leopold held various posts at the Dutch General Pension Fund for Public Employees. Among other things, he was involved in the implementation of the legislation regarding war victims. In 1990, he switched to the Pensions and Benefits Council, which he headed from 2006 onwards. He has been the executive director of the Anne Frank House since 1 January 2011. Leopold lives in Amsterdam with his wife and daughter.

History in the Here and Now’ by Ronald Leopold.

Allow everyone to learn more about Anne Frank.’ An opinion article by Ronald Leopold was published on 7 November 2017 in de Volkskrant

Mireille Pondman, managing director

Mireille Pondman was born in Delft in 1970. She studied Museology at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam School of the Arts) from 1990 to 1994 and Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam from 1995 to 2001.

Pondman held various positions after her studies. She started her career as a consultant and trainer at the Dutch Open Air Museum and as a project manager at the Dutch Museum Register. After working as an independent consultant for a while, she joined the municipality of Gouda in 2001, first as a policy advisor and from 2003 as a manager in the fields of culture, sports, recreation, and urban development. She continued her career in 2007 as a director at the Utrecht Library Service Centre (BISC), which supports public libraries. In April 2016, Mireille Pondman was appointed managing director at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), which makes knowledge, research, and information about the art of the Low Countries accessible to museums, scholars, and the general public around the world. On 1 November 2022, Pondman was appointed managing director at the Anne Frank House.

Mireille Pondman is married and has a daughter and a son.