Upon the formation, Pieter and Françoise Geelen chose four objectives for the foundation’s grantmaking: education, art, nature conservation and leprosy research. Nature conservation and education projects supported focus on developing countries (primarily in Africa); art projects supported take place in the Netherlands. The budget is roughly €3,500,000 per year. Since it was founded, the Turing Foundation has made donations or allocated donations for over 300 (multi-)year projects.
The name of the foundation honours Alan Turing (1912-1954), the British scientist who is regarded by many as the founder of modern computer science. His so-called 'Turing Machine' laid the foundations for the Complexity Theory; his 'Turing Test' is one of the philosophical cornerstones of Artificial Intelligence. Turing also helped decipher the Enigma Code during World War II, which was used by German submarines to key their information.
Turing has always been one of the heroes of our founder, Pieter Geelen. When Geelen and a friend who studied computer science together started a company in 1991, they named it the Turing Machine Company. In 2005 this company was renamed TomTom and it was listed on the Dutch stock exchange. From the proceeds of that IPO the Turing Foundation was founded.
The Turing Foundation currently has no open positions.
Director Art, Leprosy, Finance
Margreet studied History at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she worked as Coordinator for Fundraising and Sponsorship at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid) and as Head of Alumni Relations at the University of Amsterdam.
Director Climate and Biodoversity
Lian studied political science at the University of Amsterdam. She previously worked as a business and program manager at the Porticus Foundation. In addition to her work at the Turing Foundation, she is party leader of the PvdA in Amsterdam and spokesperson for sustainability, circular economy and energy transition.
Project Manager Art and Climate
Sjaak holds an MSc in Global Business & Stakeholder Management from Erasmus University. He has held various positions within sustainable trade and his last employer was The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). As an independent consultant he has carried out projects for WWF, Oxfam, Solidaridad and Levi Strauss. In addition to his work at the Turing Foundation, he is a lecturer in business economics at Hermann Wesselink College in Amstelveen.
Board members do not receive any renumeration for their work on behalf of the Turing Foundation. Directors and staff receive renumeration comparable to similar funds and ngo's in The Netherlands.
The Turing Foundation has been awarded ANBI charitable status; Fiscal number 81 61 09 229.
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