Karen Penninga

Karen Penninga
Member of Executive Board
Country of Origin
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning

Karen Penninga has been a member of the Executive Board since 2015 and has a special responsibility for Strategy and Policy within the institute, however has experience in many disciplines, including: HRM, finances, management, marketing, communication, student applications and registrations and facilities. Karen has worked for Wittenborg since 2004.


Karen was born and raised in Deventer, a town nearby Apeldoorn. She started her working career at Matrix Agritech, an international company mainly selling and exporting Farmers machinery and equipment in Russia. Here she was responsible for visa, travelling, support office and further administration. At this English speaking work environment she gained a lot of knowledge and skills that are useful at Wittenborg. As a Dutch national she is very familiar with the Dutch bureaucracy and she knows her way around dealing with the local and national government.

Karen is also a mother of two children and she is a positive, open minded person who likes the personal contact with staff and students the most about Wittenborg.

Expertise / Subjects
Financial Administration
Legal and Policy Advice
Human Resource Management
Student Housing
National Higher Education Policy
National Government Liaison
Local & Regional Government Liaison