We are delighted to announce that dr. Tesse Stek has been appointed as KNIR’s new scientific director as of 1 October 2021, with a five year mandate. Tesse Stek is an excellent scholar and has an impressive curriculum in teaching and archaeological research. Tesse knows the institute very well as it has been an important place of study and personal growth in each phase of his academic career. Tesse Stek first came to our institute as an archaeology student, and then as PhD student and researcher. In 2018 he was appointed Director of Ancient studies and Archaeology of the institute and, since last January, dr. Tesse Stek has been Acting Director of the KNIR. We wish Tesse every success in his new role of scientific director and we very much look forward to working with him in the coming years.