Management NRG

Personal Union NRG| PALLAS

NRG is a part of the NRG Foundation (heretofore the ECN Foundation) and together with the Stichting Voorbereiding Pallas-reactor (PALLAS) forms a personal union, whilst the two organizations continue to exist. The Board of Directors is formed by CEO Bertholt Leeftink, Maik Smit (CFO), and Hermen van der Lugt (CRO). A personal union is also the case by the Supervisory Boards. Gerrit Zalm is the chairman of both Supervisory Boards.


Bertholt Leeftink

Bertholt Leeftink
CEO of the Executive Board of PALLAS and NRG



  • Before joining PALLAS and NRG, Bertholt has held various management positions at the Dutch government, such as Director-General Enterprise & Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate
  • Bertholt is a teamplayer, not afraid to think and act outside the box and currently also is the chairman of an amateur football club in Amsterdam.
  • Living in Amsterdam, Bertholt is married and he has two children. He is the author of several publications that, given his strong financial background, are mostly related to economics.

Maik Smit



  • Experienced financial leader and hands-on manager
  • Maik and his team carved-out the activities of ECN in the field of sustainable energy to TNO in 2018, after which the Foundation “Stichting ECN/NRG” was able to focus on its nuclear activities.
  • Since then, Maik and his team have been working on NRG's medical isotope strategy.
  • Passionate about solving complex financial issues and cycling. Maik enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and helps as a volunteer at local events and associations.

Hermen van der Lugt



  • Changed and developed the PALLAS organization from a small project team into the organisation it currently is.
  • After working as a Sr. Researcher at the Telematics Institute (Novay), he led the institute as a programme and innovation director and then took the CEO position. He founded several spin-off companies that all still exist today.
  • Transformed the institute into a market-driven consultancy organisation.
  • He maintains his social network with care and dedication, he reads one book every week and enjoys a variety of music styles.

Supervisory Boards (amended governance)

  • Dr. G. Zalm (chairman)
  • J.W.R. van Lunteren MSc
  • Ir. P.E.M. Buck
  • Dr. J.H. Egberts
  • Prof. dr. ir. A.H.M. Verkooijen
  • Drs. P.G. Winters
  • K. Smit
  • Dr. M.M.G. Pubben

Advisor Supervisory Board: Prof. dr. J. Telgen.