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Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

DIY Drones
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Chris Anderson

DIY Drones

“2016 will be the year of commercial drones. We’re ready!”, calls Chris Anderson, cofounder and CEO of 3D Robotics, in March on Twitter. Anderson (54), entrepreneur, was also founder of DIY Drones, GeekDad, BookTour and other companies. 3D Robotics is a worldwide known American drone manufacturing company. Since 2009 this company develops and builds drones. Although started with hobbydrones, 3D Robotics is now more on the business use of drones; all flying collect data for companies. Mapping the world in 3D!

Anderson is also an author and known for his book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More (2006), which appeared on the The New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers list. He has a range of awards to his name and is on many prestigious lists, the most recent of which (2013): Time Magazine’s Tech 40 — The Most Influential Minds In Technology and Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013).

Anderson studied at the George Washington University. He has a background in science, studied physics, did research at Los Alamos and culminated in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.

Chris Anderson will be speaking on 25 May during The Future of High Tech in Enschede.

Prince Constantijn van Oranje

Prince Constantijn van Oranje

Startup Fest Europe
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Prince Constantijn van Oranje

Startup Fest Europe

We are pleased to announce that Prince Constantijn van Oranje will chair the plenary session with established corporates on May 25 during The Future of High Tech. He will also share his vision on corporate entrepreneurship. The focus within the session is how businesses can help to connect technology agendas and societal challenges.

Prince Constantijn is Vice Chairman of the ‘International Circle of Influencers’ of StartupDelta, an initiative to promote a climate of entrepreneurship for start-ups in the Netherlands and to attract foreign start ups.

Constantijn is also Chairman of Startup Fest Europe. “The goal of Startup Fest Europe is that startups make deals with investors, entering into partnerships with business and corporates and attract the right talent. It’s all about quality meetings”, he said earlier in .

Prince Constantijn studied Law at Leiden University, becoming a lawyer, and then worked at the Brussels department of (Dutch) European Union commissioner of foreign relations Van den Broek. Later, he was hired by the EU, and continued to work there in various capacities until the end of 1999. In December 2000, he was awarded a Master of Business Administration at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He then spent a summer working for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank group in Washington, D.C.. He worked until late 2002 for strategic consultants Booz Allen Hamilton in London. Since 2003 he works for the RAND Corporation Europe in Brussels. Furthermore, he has a part-time position at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands is the third and youngest son of the former Dutch queen, Beatrix and is the younger brother of the current Dutch monarch, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf

Google
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Vint Cerf

Google

Vinton Gray ‘Vint’ Cerf (Vinton Gray Cerf), Google Vice President also known as Google’s chief Internet evangelist, will participate The Future of High Tech as a ‘digital’ speaker on a big screen. Vint Cerf is entrepreneur and one of the ‘fathers of the internet’. He has worked for Google for more than ten years now. In 1973 Cerf developed together with Bob Kahn the architecture of what later became the internet. He recently told an audience of Communications Ministry officials of Cuba – in the lead-up to the visit of president Obama to Cuba – ‘the Information technology is essential, perhaps the most important, for human development these days’.

Cerf currently serves on the board of advisors of Scientists and Engineers for America, an organization focused on promoting sound science in American government. He also serves on the advisory council of CRDF Global (Civilian Research and Development Foundation) and was on the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) International Advisory Board

In december 1997, he was awarded the ‘National Medal of Technology’ by president Bill Clinton, together with his partner Robert E. Kahn. His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with many awards like the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Marconi Prize and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

Cerf received a doctorate from the University of Twente (Netherlands) in november 2001. Among other honorary degrees, he received many other doctorates from universities all over the world.

Carlien Roodink

Carlien Roodink

CrowdfundingHub
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Carlien Roodink

CrowdfundingHub

Carlien Roodink is managing director of CrowdfundingHub, the European expertise centre for alternative and community finance. At The Future of High Tech she will give an overview of relevant trends, such as crowdfunding, in the alternative finance industry for investors and entrepreneurs. ‘The developments in the alternative finance industry offer many new opportunities for tech entrepreneurs to get their projects funded. I am honored to share my insights on innovative ways of funding at an event like Future of High Tech.’

Alternative finance is increasingly important and attractive to both large and small investors. The European alternative finance industry raised € 7 billion in 2015 and the industry is a major contributor to companies looking for financing. The annual growth of 70% of this young industry is impressive and attracts institutional investors. The industry already outgrows the European venture capitalist industry (€ 3.7 billion) and the amount of capital raised from business angels in Europe (€ 5.5 billion).

About Carlien
Carlien Roodink has worked for Rabobank, Achmea, KPMG, Dutch Central Bank, Amsterdam Economic Board and Holland FinTech. She is the author of ‘Nederland Opent’, a book about open data and co-creation in the Netherlands (2013) and frequently contributes to other publications as well. Some recent international examples are Current State of Crowdfunding in Europe and Crowdfunding Cross Borders.

Luigi Amati

Luigi Amati

META Group
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Luigi Amati

META Group

Luigi Amati is CEO of the META Group and Vice President of Business Angels Europe, the Confederation of European Angel Investing.

As an early stage fund manager, he is the President of Zernike Meta Ventures, an investment company with over 100 ml€ euro under management, of which over 40 ml€ have already been invested in approximately 50 knowledge intensive high growth companies.

He is co-founder and CEO of META Consulting, a company focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and finance; a company started as local boutique firm now working with International Institutions such as the European Commission, the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank.

As an Angel Investor he is one of the founders of Italian Angels for Growth, one of the fastest growing business angels groups in Europe, with more than 100 members, over 13 million euro invested and 25 million euro committed. He currently has a portfolio of start-ups in medtech, ict and social innovation sectors and is a Member of the European Commission Advisory Group on “Access to Risk Finance”.

During the early years of his career he has been a researcher and software engineer in the field of Computational Mechanics working with a spinoff of Imperial College and has contributed to the start-up of a ISRIM Research Institute of Advanced Materials. He holds an Engineering Degree Summa cum Laude from the University of Rome, a Master of Science and a Diplome from Imperial College London.

Ray Quintana

Ray Quintana

Cottonwood Technology Fund
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Ray Quintana

Cottonwood Technology Fund

Ray Quintana is General Partner of Cottonwood Technology Fund and is speaking at The Future of High Tech on 25 May. He will share his vision about their search for regional science-based startups.

Cottonwood, since 2014 located at Kennispark Twente, is one of the only funds in the US to excel in seed/early stage investing outside The Valley and Boston. They focus on regions rich in ideas, but emerging in the areas of experienced management and capital. “We chose Twente as the epicenter of our European hub because of the existence of its world class entrepreneurial environment, the leading entrepreneurial university there, and their joint commitment to continuing to develop this ecosystem. We believe our approach can catalyze growth in the region’s start-up economy and provide a missing piece of the puzzle for this environment,” Ray said earlier. Recently Cottonwood invested in startups Clear Flight Solutions and Eurekite.

Ray is an investment professional with 20+ years experience in global technology assessment, corporate venturing and venture capital investment. He was previously partner and principal investor with Ascendant Global Technology & Total Media Ventures.

Ray has also served in senior strategy and corporate development roles for global technology companies Texas Instruments and Robert Bosch Corporation. In these positions he led competency-driven global corporate strategy development; corporate venturing, global M&A and enabling technology and expansion of global footprints; and expansion of product lines and development of new products and product portfolios.

Ray holds a MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and served as a CGMS Fellow.

Dr. Detlef Pohl

Dr. Detlef Pohl

Siemens Venture Capital
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Dr. Detlef Pohl

Siemens Venture Capital

Dr. Detlef Pohl works as a Managing Partner at Siemens Venture Capital (SVC). Siemens identifies young companies and finances them in the start-up phase. With offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Siemens has invested in innovative start-ups for 20 years already. Having invested more than €800 million in more than 180 start-ups, Siemens was one of the top 10 corporate venture capitalists in 2014. Such investments are primarily made in the fields of industrial software and cyber-security, energy management, mobility management, molecular diagnostics, and point-of-care diagnostics. All these fields are of great importance to Siemens. SVC defines two major goals: Identifying leading edge technologies and systems that can make Siemens and its customers more competitive and investing in companies that have the most potential to realize sustainable profitability and success. Dr. Detlef Pohl joined the Munich office of Siemens Venture Capital in 2008.

Prior to joining SVC, Dr. Detlef Pohl managed the worldwide mergers and acquisition transactions for different Siemens entities. He has experience as the managing director and CFO of a Russian/German joint venture and acts as a member of several Boards of Directors. Dr. Detlef Pohl obtained his Ph.D. in information technology, with the performance analysis of digital networks from the University of Rostock in Germany.

Onno van Veldhuizen

Onno van Veldhuizen

Mayor City of Enschede
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Onno van Veldhuizen

Mayor City of Enschede

Onno van Veldhuizen (53) is the mayor of the City of Enschede since October 2015. As such, Van Veldhuizen is the president of board of Regio Twente, the joint venture of the fourteen municipalities of Twente with a catchment area of over 600,000 inhabitants.
He is also a member of the Twente Board, a joined initiative of the business sector, government and educational institutions founded in 2014 to take a leading role in the regional development as one of Europe’s top innovative technological regions. The board focuses its activities around strengthening the regional position in High Tech Systems and Materials and plays a key role in boosting the region’s labour market in emerging areas like tourism, logistics and construction industry.

Van Veldhuizen brings in a large experience in serving as the municipality’s key official: in 1993, Van Veldhuizen became mayor of the City of Nieuwkoop, and then ten years later made the step to a larger city, Hoorn, a city of 73.000 inhabitants in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland.

Before his career in the public domain, he was partner at the Omni Finance & Investment Group based in London and The Hague, board member at Royal Gist Brocades in Delft and law attorney at Loeff Claeys Verbeke in Rotterdam and Paris. Van Veldhuizen obtained his PhD in Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law at the University of Osnabrück with honors (magna cum laude).

Dave Blank

Dave Blank

University of Twente
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Dave Blank

University of Twente

Dave Blank, alias ‘Mr Nano’, is one of the Netherlands’ leading scientists. In his role as University Professor and Chief Scientific Ambassador at the University of Twente, his responsibilities include reinforcing and promoting the university’s academic reputation and scientific vision both nationally and internationally. One of his main tasks is attracting top international talent to Twente.

In 1991, Dave Blank obtained his PhD at the University of Twente in the field of ​​high-temperature superconducting thin films and in 2002 he was appointed Professor of Inorganic Materials Science.

From 2007 to 2015 Professor Blank worked as scientific director of the University of Twente’s MESA+ institute, one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research facilities. Under Professor Blank’s leadership, MESA+ went on to earn a place at the very forefront of nanotechnology research. He has published over 300 scientific articles and has supervised 40 PhD students.

David Blank’s impressive CV does not stop there. He holds several ancillary positions, including president of the executive board of NanoNext.nl, a grant programme for nanotechnology and microtechnology research with €125 million at its disposal. He has received several scientific awards and accolades, including the FOM Valorization Prize and a place on the royal honours list. Professor Blank is also committed to making science and technology accessible to the general public through his immensely popular lectures and media appearances.

Erik Huizer

Erik Huizer

SURFnet
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Erik Huizer

SURFnet

Erik Huizer has been making a huge contribution to the Netherlands’ standing as a front-runner in the internet and digital economy fields for a number of years and in a variety of positions. As Chief Technology Officer of SURFnet and professor of Internet Applications at Utrecht University, he is currently dedicated to internet governance, privacy, cybersecurity and standardisation. In addition, he has a seat on a number of governance and advisory boards.

In 2015, Huizer was named ICT Personality of the Year for his services to ICT development. As a mark of international recognition, he was inducted as a ‘Global Connector’ in the prestigious Internet hall of Fame in 2014. He was awarded this honour because of his contributions to growth, connectivity and use of the internet both in the Netherlands and globally.

Huizer earned his PhD in solid state physics from the Delft University of Technology. Between May 2000 and December 2004, he was a part-time professor of Internet Applications at the University of Twente.

Jos van Hillegersberg

Jos van Hillegersberg

University of Twente
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Jos van Hillegersberg

University of Twente

Prof. dr. Jos van Hillegersberg is Professor of Business Information Systems at the University of Twente and head of the department Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems (IEBIS), that operates at the intersection of IT, business, logistics theory and applications. Van Hillegersberg is specialized in improving collaboration in business networks using innovative ICT. The focus of his department’s research is on the logistics, healthcare and services sector, with a special interest in decision support systems and inter-organizational systems connecting networks of businesses and governments. IEBIS studies novel ways of organizing networks such as dynamic global sourcing and multi-agent coordination. It develops and applies quantitative models and algorithmic approaches, simulation and gaming, ICT architecture and business modeling and prototyping to create and evaluate innovative concepts.

IEBIS always focusses on projects that not only contribute to the international scientific knowledge base, but also have a substantial impact on innovating practice. IEBIS closely cooperates with all kinds of companies and organizations, helping them to achieve their operational goals and to assist them in translating the latest scientific outcomes into practice. The research projects often adopt an action design research approach, resulting in new software products and architectures and management games.  IEBIS actively supports new startup companies in the software and logistics services industry. Several courses the group teaches are aimed at creating new businesses and encouraging student entrepreneurship.

Van Hillegersberg is a frequent speaker at international conferences and services on program committees of several international conferences and editorial boards. Before joining the University of Twente in 2005, Van Hillegersberg was on the faculty of the Rotterdam School of Management, where he worked on component based software systems, IT management, global outsourcing and agent systems for supply chains. Before that, he worked for several years in business. At AEGON he was component manager for the setup of an internet bank. At IBM he worked on artificial intelligence and expert systems.

Recently Van Hillegersberg was appointed president of the program committee of the Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation (TKI Dinalog) for the Logistics Top Sector in the Netherlands. This committee is a key player in determining the country’s research program in the area of logistics and in evaluating research and innovation projects.

Alexander Jansen

Alexander Jansen

TechForFuture
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Alexander Jansen

TechForFuture

‘Creating new opportunities with high-tech companies’: that is the goal of TechForFuture. Contributing to international research together with enthusiastic students, trained to do independent practical research in companies, to discover and develop new technologies.

TechForFuture provides answers to research questions from the HTSM market. This creates an inflow of young engineers with knowledge, creativity and extensive practical experience thanks to specific research in the field of High-Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM). The research takes place at the companies, where students are partly trained by a company, which provides a great potential employee with the opportunity for self-growth. Investing in TechForFuture is also investing in the future of the company. Submitting a research proposal to the HTSM research centre means getting acquainted with interesting science and technically skilled workers. That co-operation, which leads to surprising processes and product innovations, is an incentive for the competitiveness of regional high-tech companies! Alexander Jansen, managing director at TechForFuture, will be present during The Future of High Tech and will play a role in the programme.

Ad Louter

Ad Louter

URENCO
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Ad Louter

URENCO

After obtaining his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, ir. Ad Louter (1963) held various positions at project management, managerial and board level with companies including Stork, Fokker, Jacobs, Delta and EPZ. At Delta and EPZ, he oversaw the running of the entire power plant portfolio, which included nuclear, coal, natural gas, wind energy, solar energy, tidal power and biomass plants.

He was appointed Managing Director of URENCO Nederland in May 2015. URENCO Nederland is part of the international URENCO Group, which operates in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. URENCO operates in the nuclear fuel area and enriches uranium for nuclear power plants using ultracentrifuge technology. The company’s plant in Almelo also uses this technology to produce stable isotopes for industrial, medical and R&D applications.
In addition, Ad Louter chairs Nucleair Nederland, a co-operative of the Dutch nuclear organisations NRG, COVRA, Delft University of Technology, Pallas and URENCO.

URENCO
At its plant in Almelo, URENCO enriches uranium to create fissionable material, a fuel for nuclear power plants. URENCO Nederland is part of the URENCO Group. Apart from Almelo, the group also operates in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Its global market share of 29% makes URENCO a stable factor in the energy supply of 100 million households, businesses and schools worldwide. In 2015, URENCO Nederland was named as the second best company to work for in the Netherlands.

Ad Louter is Managing Director of URENCO Nederland. ‘URENCO is a unique company in Twente, in the Netherlands and, if I may so, in the world. It is on a very sound technological footing. Even more importantly, it has the right people to be able to reap all the benefits of this technology. The growing demand for zero-carbon sources of energy offers opportunities for nuclear energy and therefore for URENCO. Alongside renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy, there is a requirement for a stable base load in order to meet energy demands on overcast and calm days. Nuclear energy is ideal for this: it is efficient, safe, has a zero-carbon footprint and has been in continuous development for 60 years.’

Julia Page

Julia Page

veski
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Julia Page

veski

Julia Page’s career spans the public, private and philanthropic sectors in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Identifying and delivering innovative solutions as well as nurturing collaborations across sectors make her a valuable member to any board or organisation. Julia Page is a high-performing chief executive with proven experience developing international networks, managing stakeholders within complex environments and overseeing operations.

Since 2004, Julia has worked with senior representatives of government, business and academia to establish veski as the pre-eminent organisation for bringing globally competitive researchers and scientists to Victoria. As CEO, she has demonstrated her unique ability to engage people at all levels and build partnerships which complement and extend veski’s programs and activities. As CEO of veski, Julia has established a connected innovation community network and developed and managed the delivery of an annual program of events, collaborative funding, alumni and stakeholder relations.

Julia is the Chair of the veski inspiring women and diversity working group, and played an instrumental role in designing the inspiring women fellowships to support future leaders juggling carer and career commitments to remain competitive in their field. She has also delivered an enhanced professional development and networking program for women in business, academia and government across the state of Victoria. Julia is a member of the National Innovation and Science Agenda [NISA] women in STEM and Entrepreneurship consultation roundtable.

Julia has made significant inroads into the development of programs to support students at various levels including the launch of the veski kickstart program to transition academic PhD and early postdocs into careers in industry. She has also developed programs for the next generation of bright young minds through an inspiring students (& teachers) program with particular focus on enhancing their enterprise skills.

Julia is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2000. She trained as a technologist obtaining BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom in Information Business Systems Technology and is a post graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in Emerging Leadership. She began her career in IT sales and strategic planning; skills she continues to draw and build upon in her various roles across Australia.

Arnold Poelstra

Arnold Poelstra

Ernst Young
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Arnold Poelstra

Ernst Young

Arnold Poelstra is partner and tax advisor at EY (Ernst Young) Tax. He also was founder of Grant Thornton Oost Nederland, with focus on tax advising in the industry of technology and manufacturing. Poelstra regularly demonstrates his vision about transparency of paying taxes in an international perspective. “Business in The Netherlands is becoming more and more international. Entrepreneurs should make visible what part of their profits in which country is taxed and how they underpin this profit distribution. Because profits can’t unlimited move around the world without any taxation taking place. No one will have missed the public turmoil around the tax strategies of the Starbucks and Apple’s of this world…”

Jens Potreck

Jens Potreck

Pentair
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Jens Potreck

Pentair

Jens Potreck is R&D Manager X-Flow at Pentair. Pentair, a global leader in the treatment, transfer and flow of water and other fluids, was named “Water Innovator of the Year” during the Water Vision Congress 2016. Pentair’s new X-Flow Helix™ technology was recognized for its ability to prevent membrane fouling and reduce energy use in the treatment of industrial wastewater.

Aiko Pras

Aiko Pras

University of Twente
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Aiko Pras

University of Twente

Aiko Pras is full professor Network Operations and Management at the department of Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) of the University of Twente (research institute CTIT). Pras specializes in internet safety and security and has experience in the field of DDoS-attacks. He holds a number of scientific positions, for example coordinator of the European Network of Excellence on Management of the Future Internet (FLAMINGO) and president of IFIP Technical Committee 6 on Communication Systems. Next to these positions, Aiko Pras is member of a number of steering committees of conferences and editorial boards of scientific journals in his field of expertise.

Miriam Luizink

Miriam Luizink

Roessingh Research and Development
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Miriam Luizink

Roessingh Research and Development

Miriam Luizink is, since February 2016, Director of Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) in Enschede, the largest Dutch scientific research centre for rehabilitation technology. RRD is internationally recognized as centre of excellence in the fields of rehabilitation technology and telemedicine. RRD cooperates closely with the University of Twente, where four senior researchers have scientific chairs. RRD’s expertise and projects cover a wide range of topics related to rehabilitation technology and telemedicine. Examples include robotics for treatment and support of the upper extremity, three dimensional ambulant gait analysis, online services to identify and prevent frailty among older adults, and display technology for integrating domotics to support independent living.

During eight years Miriam Luizink was technical-commercial director of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. Luizink was also the founding president of foundation NanoLabNL, the national facility for research and innovation in nanotechnology. From July 2014 until February 2016 Miriam Luizink held the position of director Strategic Business Development at the University of Twente.

Michiel Jannink

Michiel Jannink

DEMCON Medical
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Michiel Jannink

DEMCON Medical

Michiel Jannink is the Vice President at Demcon Medical, a contract R&D and manufacturing company in the field of (amongst other things) medical devices. It develops and manufactures medical devices used for diagnosis, therapy, cure and care. Their customers include established small and medium-sized enterprises and major OEMs acting in the field of medical technology, but also medical technology start-ups.

As a Vice President, Jannink focuses his teams product development and innovation activities on contributing to a more efficient and effective medical health care. For example in the transition of open to minimally invasive surgery, to reduce burdens and risks to patients. Or improving the survival chances of premature newborns by highly dynamic respiratory equipment.

Before, Jannink was manager of the research cluster “Restoration of Human Function” at Roessingh Research & Development in Enschede. Scope of the cluster is closely related to one the main themes of the Biomedical Technological Institute of the University of Twente, i.e. biomechatronics and human motor control.

Jannink studied Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen and epidemiology at the Free University of Amsterdam. After completing his studies in 1998 he started a PhD research project, within Roessingh R&D on the usability of rehabilitation technology.

Alfons Wispels

Alfons Wispels

Pure Energy
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Alfons Wispels

Pure Energy
Aard Groen

Aard Groen

University of Twente
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Aard Groen

University of Twente

Aard Groen, professor of Innovative Entrepreneurship & Valorisation at the University of Twente & University of Groningen, is broadly interested in research, teaching and business development support: “As in our field lab in incubators and projects with companies with innovation and, or business development needs. Ï am especially interested in the high tech area business development needs based on sound knowledge of business processes.” Groen is also Dean of Entrepreneurship at the University of Groningen Center of Entrepreneurship and Scientific director at NIKOS, the University of Twente center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Hans Rijns

Hans Rijns

NXP Semiconductors
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Hans Rijns

NXP Semiconductors

Dr. Hans Rijns is a senior semiconductor executive, with 25+ years international experience in R&D management and associated technology strategies.

He was Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and head of Research at NXP Semiconductors, responsible for all applications, systems, circuits and process technology programs at NXP till 2016.

He started his professional career in 1991 at Philips Research as scientist in the area of discrete-time mixed-signal circuits. In 1996 he moved to Philips / NXP Semiconductors and held various technical and business management positions successively in the field of optical disc systems, mobile handsets solutions and in particular Internet-of-Things applications.

Hans holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He has over 40 scientific publications and conference presentations and holds 7 patents.

Hans is member of Scientific Advisory Board of VIRTUS IC Design Centre of Excellence, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Steering Committee member of MCCI design center in Ireland.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Monash University
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Ian Smith

Monash University

Ian completed his first degree in Newcastle upon Tyne England and moved to Australia in 1984 to complete his PhD at Prince Henrys Institute Melbourne. In 1991 Ian moved to the Baker Heart Research Institute and was associate director until his move to Monash University in 2004. Ian is currently Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure) and has responsibility for the oversight and management of the universities research alliances, tech transfer and research infrastructure as well as developing and implementing strategies to meet future university infrastructure needs in these areas.

Ian is an accomplished medical researcher and is recognized as a leader in his field. His research applies proteomics technologies to study the proteases involved in the generation and metabolism of peptide regulators involved in both brain and cardiovascular function. This research has resulted in over 240 publications and many patents. Ian receives regular invitations to speak at international meetings, many as a plenary speaker. Ian is a co-founder of a proteomics-based, publicly listed, biotechnology company and he continues to collaborate and consult widely with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Ian serves on six international editorial boards and over the years he has held office-bearing positions in a number of national and international societies and has held and continues to hold, a variety of national and international senior government and non-government advisory board/committee memberships.

At The Future of High Tech Ian will join a breakout session about research. ‘University technology research platforms are becoming a game-changer for how the university collaborates with industry. The platforms can bring together leading researchers and technologies from different fields across the university to engage the global academic and commercial research sectors. It’s the type of thinking that can lead to breakthrough innovations, solve complex problems, build collaborations and create real value for the community.’

Arjen Hoekstra

Arjen Hoekstra

University of Twente
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Arjen Hoekstra

University of Twente

Arjen Hoekstra is Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He was the first to quantify the water volumes virtually embedded in trade, thus showing the relevance of a global perspective on water use and scarcity. As creator of the water footprint concept, Hoekstra introduced supply-chain thinking in water management. With the development of Water Footprint Assessment he laid the foundation of a new interdisciplinary research field, addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade. Hoekstra is founder of the Water Footprint Network, was the organization’s first Science Director and is now Chair of its Supervisory Board.

Hoekstra’s scientific publications cover a wide range of topics related to water management and include a large number of highly cited articles and book chapters. His books were translated into several languages and include The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society (Routledge, 2013), The Water Footprint Assessment Manual (Earthscan, 2011), Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) and Perspectives on Water (International Books, 1998). Since April 2016, Hoekstra is Editor-in-Chief of Water, an international and interdisciplinary open-access journal covering all aspects of water, including water science, technology, management and governance.

Hoekstra has been teaching in a variety of subjects, including: water resources management, river basin management, hydrology and water quality, water footprint assessment, sustainable development, natural resources valuation, environmental systems analysis, and policy analysis. He developed various educational tools, including the River Basin Game and the Globalization of Water Role Play.

Hoekstra holds an MSc degree, cum laude, in Civil Engineering and a PhD degree in Policy Analysis, both from Delft University of Technology. lived in Europe, Asia and Africa and has a broad international network. He has led a variety of interdisciplinary research projects and advised governments, civil society organizations, companies and multilateral institutions like UNESCO and the World Bank.

Theodor van der Velde

Theodor van der Velde

Saxion
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Theodor van der Velde

Saxion

Drs Theodor van der Velde is among other things director of the Saxion Center for Entrepreneurship. The center supports the creation of spin offs in every aspect, from financing them to incubation. At this very moment the number of spin offs exceed the 1300, with a creation of more than 11000 regional jobs. ‘Mutuality between ‘higher education and applied research’ and ‘regional business’, is the new standard for the regional innovation policy and thus regional wealth.’

Bas Dekker

Bas Dekker

LG Electronics
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Bas Dekker

LG Electronics

Bas Dekker works as Commercial Director Netherlands at LG Electronics; a global leader in innovative electric solutions for consumer and business environments. Dekker has his remit in consumer electronics and worked in several sales and marketing roles for companies like Ericsson, Samsung Mobile, Media Markt, Dell prior to joining LG.

LG is an established brand but the Benelux organisation has a startup mind-set, meaning the company fully focusses on creating the best user experience on all levels and is committed to grow its footprint in this region. Dekker has experienced the shift of consumer electronics becoming a lifestyle instead of a commodity and within his career, passionately, lead the way into the advanced digital era.

Dekker believes that to truly drive innovations, consumers must benefit from products and services in their daily life, offering opportunities to connect devices and enhance the user experience to an ecosystem of benefits (smart home). It’s LG’s mission to help make life easier, more convenient, valuable and fun.

Giels Brouwer

Giels Brouwer

SciSports
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Giels Brouwer

SciSports

Giels Brouwer studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Twente and founded SciSports with fellow student Anatoliy Babic. This spin-off stems from the bachelor thesis Giels did at a professional football club. “We’ve grown a lot and have a large number of professional football organizations as a customer and are active in seven countries.” SciSports helps professional football organizations to make data understandable and insightful. The company recently received 1.35m euros from investors from the football, data and IT world. With this money they funded their project BallJames where they managed to transform video footage into accurate and real-time 3D data. SciSports has been rewarded the K50-status by the prestigious Kairos Society as one of the 50 most innovative student-driven companies in the world and won the Philips Innovation Award 2013.

Nico Nijenhuis

Nico Nijenhuis

Clear Flight Solutions
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Nico Nijenhuis

Clear Flight Solutions

Nico Nijenhuis is the CEO of Clear Flight Solutions and has a BSc degree in Applied Physics from the University of Twente. He is involved in research focusing on aerodynamics of bird flight, and has co-founded Clear Flight Solutions. Clear Flight Solutions creates unmanned aircraft systems and specializes in bird control and aerial inspections. Nijenhuis has been responsible for several very successful projects on the field of bird control, and has seen its company rapidly grow in size over the last year.

Lukas Roffel

Lukas Roffel

Thales
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Lukas Roffel

Thales

Lukas Roffel (54) studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at a higher education institution in Emmen, but he considers his “permanent education” (his words) at institutions such as HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Open University and Thales University to be more important for his career trajectory. He started out as a systems engineer with Signaal Communications, the precursor of Thales Nederland. At Thales, he worked as development manager hardware and sales manager before taking up his current position as CTO. In addition, he is a member of the technology commission of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and the advisory bodies of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR).

Yori Kamphuis

Yori Kamphuis

Coblue Cybersecurity
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Yori Kamphuis

Coblue Cybersecurity

During his studies at the University of Twente, Yori Kamphuis teamed up with two fellow students to found Coblue Cybersecurity. The company develops innovative technology that enables businesses to manage their data, systems and processes in a secure, flexible and reliable way. Coblue Cybersecurity does this by developing the right software, and by raising awareness of security issues and teaching people how to tackle these problems. Most security issues are, after all, the result of human actions.

Coblue Cybersecurity has a range of awards and honours to its name. For example, in 2012, the company was voted one of the fifty most innovative university start-ups in the world by the Kairos Society.

Yori Kamphuis obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Twente and his Master’s degree from London’s prestigious King’s College. He studied at King’s College London on a grant and won a scholarship to attend the Singularity University in Silicon Valley where he studied Exponential Technologies. In 2012 he was elected an Associate of King’s College London.

Yori Kamphuis also has a range of awards and honours to his name. Three years ago during the Trend Watcher of the Year event, Yori Kamphuis was voted Futurist of the Year 2013. Yori Kamphuis is also advisor to Neelie Kroes at Start-up Delta and is known as a passionate and inspirational speaker.

Gerard Smit

Gerard Smit

University of Twente
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Gerard Smit

University of Twente

Prof. Gerard Smit is an expert in the field of Computer Science, with a focus on Smart Grids. His interests are low-power communication, wireless multimedia communication, and reconfigurable architectures for energy reduction. Smit is involved in many interesting initiatives, such as Monitoring and Maintenance of Buildings for a Smart Grid, Proeftuin LochemEnergie: Intelligent Net and Pilot project KITA Haren (Germany).

Gerard Smit received his MSc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente. He then worked for four years in the research and development laboratory of Océ in Venlo. He finished his Ph.D. thesis entitled ”the design of Central Switch communication systems for Multimedia Applications” in 1994. He has been a visiting researcher at the Computer Lab of the Cambridge University in 1994, and a visiting researcher at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations, New Jersey in 1998. Since 1999 he works in the Chameleon project, which investigates new hardware and software architectures for battery-powered hand-held computers.

Kees Eijkel

Kees Eijkel

Kennispark Twente
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Kees Eijkel

Kennispark Twente

Dr Kees Eijkel is the director of Stichting Kennispark Twente, whose mission is to contribute to the development of Twente and to create as many as 10,000 new, quality jobs in the region by 2025. The open innovative ecosystem that has been established in Twente forms the basis for achieving this mission: businesses, research institutes, students and startups joining forces to ensure that the region goes from strength to strength. Kennispark Twente occupies a pivotal position in this process, acting as a both a connector and a driving force. It supports innovative start-ups through coaching, events and funding, stimulating innovation by facilitating cooperation between SMEs, industry and knowledge institutions. Furthermore Kennispark Twente ensures an attractive business climate by creating the right physical environment for knowledge-intensive companies and by attracting businesses to settle in Twente. Kennispark Twente is a joint initiative of the University of Twente, the City of Enschede, Twente Region, the Province of Overijssel and Saxion University of Applied Sciences.

Kees Eijkel has been actively involved in founding and running all kinds of startup companies and he holds a range of administrative positions at companies and foundations that promote innovation. From 1999 to 2006, he was the technical-commercial director of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, having played a directorial role with responsibility for the University of Twente’s cleanroom facilities. Kees Eijkel studied mathematics at the University of Amsterdam and went on to obtain a doctorate in Engineering Sciences from the University of Twente.

Victor van der Chijs

Victor van der Chijs

University of Twente
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Victor van der Chijs

University of Twente

Victor van der Chijs took on the office of President of the University of Twente’s Executive Board in 2013. Under his presidency, Twente has earned the title of ‘most enterprising university in the Netherlands’ and the status of a leading university that combines a sterling reputation for cutting-edge technology with a keen sense of social relevance. At the basis of these achievements lies Van der Chijs’s determination that the University of Twente should focus on finding solutions to the grand challenges facing society and constantly seek to enhance its social relevance. For instance, his leadership has resulted in stronger links with industry, government and other research institutes at home and especially abroad. This has generated partnerships with a range of other top universities worldwide and with the prestigious Fraunhofer institute, which is due to open a branch on the University of Twente campus.

In addition to his leading role at Twente, Van der Chijs holds several other positions. These include the presidency of the federation of the Netherlands’ three universities of technology (3TU) and active participation in the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), the Dutch Creative Council and on the Supervisory Board of social innovation platform Kennisland.

After graduating in Law from the University of Amsterdam, Victor van der Chijs went on to complete postgraduate programmes at the Amsterdam School of International Relations and INSEAD International Business School. He then held various senior positions at ING and Schiphol Group, assuming responsibility for the full spectrum of the Group’s international activities. In 2004 he became Managing Director and partner of OMA, the celebrated firm of architects founded by Rem Koolhaas. Under Van der Chijs’s directorship the firm achieved major international success as a creative force in the field of architecture, design and culture.

Wim Boomkamp

Wim Boomkamp

Saxion
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Wim Boomkamp

Saxion

Wim Boomkamp is president of the executive board of Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Eastern Netherlands, with campuses in Enschede, Deventer and Apeldoorn. Saxion has a student body of 26,500 and employs 2,750 staff. Its main focus is “Living Technology” – the interaction between technological innovations and society.

Mr Boomkamp holds a number of positions, including membership of the executive board of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, membership of the Twente Board (with responsibility for human capital) and membership of the board of governors for several cultural and charitable institutions.

Mr Boomkamp is convinced that Twente offers a unique proposition to businesses and entrepreneurs: its combination of talent, knowledge, entrepreneurship and a pioneering spirit makes it one of a kind. In addition, Twente offers attractive conditions for working, living and studying. ‘Twente matches talent, innovation in technology, entrepreneurship and pioneering with an authentic industrial region with quality of life. An ideal mix for successful companies and start-ups where human capital is the main factor.’

Jaap Beernink

Jaap Beernink

Golden Egg Check
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Jaap Beernink

Golden Egg Check

The Future of High Tech will be hosted by Jaap Beernink, founder of Golden Egg Check and chairman of Technologie Kring Twente. ‘This is a great opportunity to celebrate about 30 years of high-tech entrepreneurship in Twente and turn the spotlight on start-ups and scale-ups from Twente and their innovative technologies.’

Beernink is chairman of Technologie Kring Twente: an active network consisting of about 150 knowledge- and technology-intensive companies in the region of Twente. He is also a member of the Twente Board, in which capacity he contributes to the development of Twente as one of the leading high-tech regions in Europe for the production of high-grade systems, products, materials and services.

In 2006, Beernink and a fellow student started their own company as a spin-off from the University of Twente. ‘As start-up entrepreneurs, we at Golden Egg Check were inspired, motivated and empowered by the Twente ecosystem. Now I am more than honoured to be one of the organisers of The Future of High Tech, to celebrate high-tech entrepreneurship and its global impact.’ Used by innovative companies, the Golden Egg Check software constitutes a unique methodology for shaping the building, presentation, assessment and monitoring process surrounding innovation and new ventures. As an extension, the company offers a number of services. The software has been praised by EBN as one of the most valuable software tools for entrepreneurship and innovation and is used by start-ups and large enterprises alike.

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