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To further improve connections to society and the private sector the Delta ITP initiative signed memorandums of understanding with four private sector partners, namely Shell, McKinsey, ABN-AMRO and National Forensic Institute in 2012.

These agreements focus on support for, and the value of, strengthening theoretical physics in general and its educational role in particular. To foster contact, discuss shared interests, solicit input and develop joint activities all private partners have agreed to have a representative take a seat in the Delta ITP Industry Advisory Council.

The IAC ensures close ties between Delta ITP and industry, as an important future employer of Delta ITP trained physicists, and in a more general sense strengthens the relation between theoretical physics and society as a whole.

The Industry Advisory Council (IAC) advises the executive board, both upon request and by its own initiative, on issues that concern outreach, recruitment and research activities of Delta ITP. 

Current and former IAC members

Paul Iske (Chief dialogues officer PNA, previously ABN AMRO)

Wim Walk (Shell)

Wim Walk has received, following Master degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, a PhD in Particle Physics from the University of Nijmegen and from Stanford University, USA. In 1986 he was appointed Fellow at the High Energy Physics Laboratory CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and worked on the Hadron collider. He joined Shell in The Netherlands in 1990 as a Research Geophysicist and in 1995 he moved to Houston, USA where he was appointed Chief Geophysicist in 1997. In 2006 he moved back to the Netherlands to become Manager Middle-East & Russia Portfolios. From 2010, Wim is Global Research Manager Geophysical Acquisition Technologies. In his spare time he enjoys running, photography, and playing guitar. Working at Shell: applications are always welcome! See our website

Harald Tepper (Philips, previously NFI)

Jurjen Koksma (McKinsey)

Jurjen Koksma is a project leader in the Amsterdam office of McKinsey & Company. He joined McKinsey back in 2012. Prior to joining McKinsey, Jurjen obtained a PhD in cosmology (theoretical physics) at Utrecht University under the supervision of Gerard 't Hooft (promotor) and Tomislav Prokopec (co-promotor). Also, he holds an MASt (University of Cambridge) as well as an MSc in theoretical physics (Utrecht University). In his spare time, he loves sailing (catamaran) and classical music.

Christiaan Zwart (McKinsey)