Oscar Hefting


Willem Andreae


Oscar Hefting graduated in Classical Archaeology at University of Amsterdam (UvA). He specialized in Dutch Heritage Overseas and is coordinator of (inter-)national cultural projects in Brazil, U.S.A., South Africa, Sri Lanka and Taiwan, since many years.

Willem Andreae worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 2013, with assignments in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. He served as the Dutch ambassador to Syria, Pakistan, and Australia. His diplomatic experiences have fostered a keen interest in the often intricate international relations and the resulting, at times, surprising unfolding of history.


Mike Hos

Communication & PR

Hans van Westing


Mike Hos is an urban historian. His fields of interest are Dutch overseas history and migration history. Mike has been working at the NHF since June 2017 and is also responsible for Communication and Public Relations. Hans van Westing studied archaeology at the State University of Groningen (The Netherlands). He specialised in maritime archaeology. Working as project manager for the Foundation Archaeology & Monument since 1985 he has researched fortifications in the north of The Netherlands.

Darya Goncharova

Communication & PR

Dick Loman


Darya Goncharova is a student European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her fields of interest are Dutch and European overseas history and has a special interest in Russia. Darya has been working at the NHF since April 2018 and is responsible for Communication and Public Relations. Dick Loman graduated in Business Administration at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He has been working in various marketing management positions in the market for consumer goods and at the moment he is marketing consultant.

Jaap Jacobs, PhD


Jaap Jacobs (PhD Leiden, 1999) is affiliated with the University of St Andrews. He has specialized in the early American history, specifically the Dutch in the Americas in the early modern period. He is currently working on a biography of Petrus Stuyvesant.

Florian Herrendorf


Florian Herrendorf is master student History at the Leiden University. His fields of interest are Dutch overseas history with a focus on the Eerste West-Indische Compagnie or First Dutch West India Company. Florian has been working at the NHF since Januari 2022 as an intern where he is working on the project ‘Dutch Colonial Fortifications in West Central Africa, ca. 1600 – ca. 1684’.


Henriette Graafland


Henriët Graafland has studied History at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is now a master student Book Studies at the University of Amsterdam and a master student International Relations at the Leiden University. Her field of interest lies in colonial history, heritage, Russia and medieval manuscripts.

Ardaan Snijders


Ardaan Snijders is a master student in Colonial & Global History at Leiden University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2023. His interests lie in early modern maritime and colonial history. From February to June 2024, he will be an intern at the NHF and is connected to a project surrounding the 400th anniversary of New York.