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Who are we

The Turing Foundation was founded in july 2006 by Pieter and Françoise Geelen. 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. Turing has always been one of the heroes of 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, Pieter and Françoise Geelen started the Turing Foundation.

Upon the formation, Pieter and Françoise Geelen chose four objectives for the foundation’s grantmaking: nature conservation, education, art 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 €4 million per year. For details, see the web pages on:

Education
Art
Nature
Leprosy

Since it was founded, the Turing Foundation has made donations or allocated donations for 300 (multi-)year projects totalling about €25,000,000. The Turing Foundation was awarded in 2009 and in 2011 with the Transparancy Award for the best annual year report.


Annual reports

Annual Report 2015

If you prefer a paper version, please send an E-mail to info@turingfoundation.org.


Funding applications

To apply for funds, please refer to our application procedures .


Where do we operate ?

For an overview of Turing Foundation project locations, please refer to the Turing Foundation Projects Overview.




With whom do we operate?

For an overview of our partners, please refer to the partner list.



Who was Alan Turing

Alan Turing 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.


What is the structure of the Turing Foundation ?

Management

Ellen Wilbrink is director of the Turing Foundation for the art, leprosy control and nature conservation (sustainable agrivulture) programmes. Ellen studied history at the University of Amsterdam. For three years, she was the Turing Foundation's project manager, responsible for monitoring and evaluation of art- and education projects. She has worked previously as project manager at the VSB Fund, in External Relations at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and as Director's Assistant the Heritage Foundation Heemschut.

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Minke van Rees is (as of 1 july 2013) director for nature conservation and education. Minke studied Social Geography at Groningen University. For 10 years she worked as team and program manager at Stichting DOEN and was responsible especially for projects related to sustainable entrepreneurship.

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Chantal Vruggink is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of education projects and nature conservation projects. Chantal studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Utrecht. Before, she worked at Unilever in Recruitment and at the Rabobank Foundation.

Florentine van Waesberghe-Six is Projectmedewerker Kunst en is verantwoordelijk voor de monitoring en evaluatie van kunstprojecten en algemene ondersteuning voor het kantoor. Florentine studeerde Nederlands Recht aan de Universiteit van Groningen. Hiervoor werkte zij als projectleider bij Fortis Foundation en MVO Nederland en als coördinator Turing Museumpleinbus voor het Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum en Van Gogh Museum.



Board

Pieter Geelen is president of the board of the Turing Foundation. He works as Director User Experience at TomTom NV.

Jeroen Davidson is the treasurer of the board of the Turing Foundation. He works for Ernst & Young, where he is Partner Multinational Corporate Tax.

Alexander Ribbink is the secretary of the board of the Turing Foundation. He is a partner at Prime Technology Ventures.