about icap

The International Community Advisory Panel was established in 2016 to challenge misperceptions and increase knowledge about the international community in the Netherlands

The Netherland’s regularly scores very highly in international comparisons – facts which officials are keen to promote whenever possible. However, these glowing reports do not always reflect the reality on the ground.

By focusing on the key issues of education, housing, healthcare and work & inclusion, ICAP has been able to channel input from the international community to the relevant players in local and national government, in an effort to raise awareness, shape strategy and bring about structural improvements.

ICAP is an independent foundation, registered in Amsterdam (KvK 66457211)

The ICAP board

ICAP has a three-strong board who run day-to-day operations, liaise with local and national government and the press, and develop survey ideas.
Robin Pascoe

Robin Pascoe


Robin is the founder and editor of DutchNews.nl, a national news source for English speakers. She trained as a journalist with the BBC and has worked for the Financieele Dagblad, ANP and the NRC. She has lived in the Netherlands for over 30 years.

Lynn Kaplanian Buller

Lynn Kaplanian Buller


Lynn is co-owner of the American Book Centers (ABC), popular haunts for book-loving internationals. She also works to support teaching in English in Dutch schools and has been in the Netherlands since 1972.

Deborah Valentine

Deborah Valentine


A seasoned expatriate and long time resident in the Netherlands, Deborah is active in both local and local international initiatives such as the WBII and ACCESS where she is currently Executive Director. She has worked with government, nongovernmental and intergovernmental agencies in the Netherlands and brings a wealth of experience to ICAP.


The board of ICAP also liaises with and considers advice from a panel of experts, reflecting the four areas in which it will concentrate its efforts.

Henk Jansen

Henk Jansen was born and raised in Amsterdam by a Dutch father and an Irish mother. A mortgage consultant and manager, he has been involved in the launch of several companies and in 2007 founded Expat Mortgages together with Chris van Maasdijk. Since then the company has helped hundreds of internationals find a mortgage and buy their own home. Henk, who also gives presentations and writes columns, advises ICAP on housing issues, particularly on home ownership.

Hester van Buren

Hester van Buren is CEO of housing corporation Rochdale, which has 42,000 homes in Amsterdam and the surrounding towns, and is a member of the board of national housing corporation umbrella Aedes. She has long career in public service and is a member of several Amsterdam organisations promoting active citizenship. Hester brings a wealth of knowledge about the housing market to ICAP.

Oscar Kneppers

Rockstart Founder Oscar Kneppers is a successful serial entrepreneur and internet publisher who focuses on new media, innovation and technology. After selling his media businesses (Emerce in 2001 and Bright in 2008) Oscar founded Rockstart in 2011. Oscar advises ICAP on employment issues and young entrepreneurs.

Saskia MAAS

As CEO, Saskia Maas is the engine behind Boom Chicago, responsible for business development, strategy, finance, sales and public relations. She also runs Boom Chicago for Business, which produces global corporate programmes. Saskia is one of the founders of Inter-Acting which teaches children with autism social understanding and skills through improvisation.