Willemien Bax is Head of the OECD Forum, she has over 30 years of experience in working with governments, as well as non-governmental organisations and the private sector. Prior to joining the OECD, Willemien worked with the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC) where she oversaw BEUC’s public affairs and media relations strategies in a number of public policy areas ranging from transparency and governance to food, environment, health, economic and legal affairs. She managed a training programme financed by the European Commission, for all consumer organisations in the EU, as well as potential EU-candidate countries. The training focused on giving consumer organisations the tools to develop effective public affairs and communication strategies. In her capacity as European Chair of the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, she contributed to debates on major international public policy issues such as financial regulation, innovation and energy efficiency.
Assistant Professor in Social and Organizational Psychology, Utrecht University
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht University
Mara A. Yerkes is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. Her research centres on the two broad themes of comparative social policy and social inequalities. In relation to social policy, Yerkes researches comparative welfare states, industrial relations and citizenship regimes. In relation to social inequalities, Yerkes’ research interests include inequalities related to work, care, communities and families, in particular in relation to gender, generations, and sexuality. Yerkes is the principal investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) project CAPABLE, a comparative study on gender inequalities in work-life balance in eight European countries, and of CoGIS-NL (COVID19 Gender (In)equality Survey Netherlands). She is currently co-chair of the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet) and joint editor of the journal Community, Work and Family.
Johanna Kruger is a PhD candidate in Social and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She recently received her MSc in Social and Health Psychology at Utrecht University, after obtaining a BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Major) at University College Utrecht, the Netherlands. Johanna’s research interests include gender and social inequalities, specifically the role of stereotypes and other social psychological pathways by which gender disparities emerge. Her MSc thesis focused on gender and work-family guilt.