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Our own human factors in Open Innovation

MARGOT NIJKAMP
Managing Director
RICK WIELENS
Strategic Alliance Director
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MARGOT NIJKAMP

Managing Director

If anyone knows a lot about Open Innovation (OI): it’s Margot Nijkamp! As one of the pioneers she started Packard Bell (Europe), Intermec, E-ONE and Holst Centre, the first Open Innovation Institute in the Netherlands. The contents of her contribution lies mostly in Human Resources, Communications and Operations. As a pioneer, it is important to offer a generalist view. At the start-up of the Holst Centre in 2005, Margot developed a specific HR-strategy to let talent flourish in OI. After 5 years Holst Centre had been built up to 240 international talents, she set up the OpenSme program for niche markets by SME-companies. In 2012 Margot created Holst Centre’s first spinoff: Red Bluejay, and now heads her second: The Open Innovation Academy. She is also creator of The Open Innovation Game, a game to learn the working of OI by experiencing it.

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RICK WIELENS

Strategic Alliance Director

For 20 years Rick has been deeply ingrained in the world of innovation. As CEO for Ninesigma Europe he developed a growing and profitable operation with major brand recognition in the Open Innovation industry, creating a steady string of successes with over 100 large clients like Siemens, Philips, ASML, Clariant, AkzoNobel and AstraZeneca. Rick has a real founder's mentality, very client focused, creative and fun to work with. His first venture after his various roles at Philips and SAP was an Open Innovation expert sourcing company, HIP Europe, that leveraged knowledge from high level retired professionals to address a broad range of innovation needs. Rick has a true passion for learning, teaching and implementing innovation practices. He loves working with client teams to help them put innovation into action.

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EVIE VAN MAANEN
Communications Manager
SUSANNE FRANKEN
Program Manager
JOHN VAN ECK
Finance Coordinator
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EVIE VAN MAANEN

Communications Manager

Evie van Maanen graduated as a Communications professional and joined the Open Innovation Academy in the position of Communications Manager. Evie is a real team player with a heart for people. This was reflected among others in voluntary work at the local food-aid program and language counseling for refugees. She also did several international trips where she helped NGO’s with their communications strategy and fundraising. Besides that, she has a passion for photography, playing games, painting, listening and making music. She believes that Open Innovation and Co-Creation can truly be keys to a better world.

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SUSANNE FRANKEN

Program Manager

Susanne Franken joined the team since July 2017. As a hospitality professional, she is a natural communicator and makes everyone feel at home. With her support and organization skills she keeps the team sharp and focused. Susanne is warmhearted and always interested in interacting with people with a different background. Her favorite travel destination is Asia. She loves to spend the weekends with friends and family.

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JOHN VAN ECK

Finance Coordinator

As a Finance coordinator John takes care of the administration of the Open Innovation Academy. He has experience in a wide variety of administrative affairs. John’s safeguarding of all integrity enhances the inner working of the OIA. He is a real team player because of the sense of humor he brings to the team.

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MORELA LATHOUWERS-BOR
Board of Directors
MARC VAN GELDER
Board of Directors
AART NIJKAMP
Board of Directors
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MORELA LATHOUWERS-BOR

Board of Directors

Morela Lathouwers-Bor graduated as a master in business economy at the Tilburg University. After having fulfilled several jobs at among others Mees Pierson and ABN AMRO Bank, she accepted the position of Department Head Finance in 1999 at TNO Science & Industry, one of the core areas of the publically funded TNO-organisation. This position she held for approx. 9 years. In 2008 she joined Imec Netherlands as the Director of Finance. Imec NL is the Dutch subsidiary of Imec International and is part of Holst Centre. Holst Centre is an open innovation R&D centre founded by TNO and Imec in close collaboration with the Dutch government. Morela is also member of the board at the Red Bluejay Foundation, a non-profit initiative that helps other organisations to create new market opportunities based on knowledge.

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MARC VAN GELDER

Board of Directors

Marc van Gelder was born and raised in 's-Hertogenbosch. Marc studied Dutch Law in Utrecht, which he completed successfully in 1993. Marc joined the Eindhoven-based law firm Banning Van Kemenade en Holland, later Holland van Gijzen. The office grew rapidly with several locations in The Netherlands and Marc was appointed Managing Partner at Holland van Gijzen Eindhoven. |In 2010 the office went independent and since has continued under the name Deterink Lawyers and Public Notaries with offices in Eindhoven and Amsterdam. Marc mostly advises large firms with all aspects of labour legislation and aspects, with an emphasis on reorganisations and employee benefits.

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AART NIJKAMP

Board of Directors

Aart Nijkamp is a socially committed entrepreneur. As a lefthander he always looks for creative ideas and solutions. Currently Aart is the Managing Director of Acuity, where he brings his own style to growth and the direction of the company as an ICT-service supplier. Aart is also the Chairman of the Board at the Red Bluejay Foundation, because he strongly believes in the ‘live to share’ principle – which Red Bluejay does through knowledge exchange and spreading the way-of-working of open innovation and co-creation. Besides work Aart has many other interests like traveling, cycling and playing the drums

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