Our team

Margot Nijkamp

Co-Founder / Directeur

Pioneer, author, human factor preacher, creator, storyteller, thinker, practor.

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Rick Wielens

Co-Founder / Directeur

Start-upper, analyst, world improver, trombonist, hobby chef, proud daddy.

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Susanne Toussaint

Program Manager

Organizer, go-getter, hospitality professional, communicator, connector.

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Hans van Loon

Lector

Motivator, intrapreneur, patron, coach, sports fanatic, lateral thinker.

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Graham Cross

Strategic Alliance Director

Creative technologist, super conductor, philosopher, sound freak, sports lover.

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Kim van den Heuvel

Office Manager

Planner, true serviceprovider, go-getter, facilitator, volleyball star, animal lover.

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Noah Hajji

Research Intern

Tech-freak, User Experience design, socially involved, hobby photographer, motivated, road cyclist.

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Philosophy & Core values

Our neutral team of experienced ecosystem leaders works with you in an open, inclusive, decisive and targeted way on:

  • Shared problems

  • Scouting of solutions

  • Innovation culture & mindsets

  • Acceptance of innovation

  • Knowledge sharing

Advisory Board

Henk Volberda

Co-Founder / Lector

Prof. Dr. Henk W. Volberda is hoogleraar strategisch management & innovatie aan de ….

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Henk Volberda

Prof. Dr. Henk Volberda is professor strategic management & innovation at the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam.

Judith Krens

Co-Founder / Lector

Judith sees her role as attorney at Taylor Wessing – specialized in intellectual property – as bridging the worlds of science and law.

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Judith Krens

Judith sees her role as attorney at Taylor Wessing – specialized in intellectual property – as bridging the worlds of science and law.

Janneke Hoekstra

Co-Founder / Lector

Janneke has vast experience in education and research, both in practice as on board level. Her mission is to ….

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Janneke Hoekstra

Janneke has vast experience in education and research, both in practice as on board level. Her mission is to contribute to a sustainable, inclusive society with her knowledge and experience.

Cees Brouwer

Co-Founder / Lector

Cees is a protagonist for innovation in education. In several roles he brings connections always with attention on …

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Cees Brouwer

Cees is a protagonist for innovation in education. In several roles he brings connections always with attention on the student, the employer and the education provider.

Jo de Boeck

Co-Founder / Lector

Jo is the CSO of imec international. He manages the internal imec.invest portfolio and heads the imec …

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Jo de Boeck

Jo is the CSO of imec international. He manages the internal imec.invest portfolio and heads the imec Venture and spin-off activities. His passion and focus are on innovation and investment in talent.

René Scherpenisse

Co-Founder / Lector

René works in the world of housing with the absolute conviction that good housing ….

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René Scherpenisse

René works in the world of housing with the absolute conviction that good housing is the basis for a healthy development and opportunities for people.

Board of Directors

Morela Lathouwers

Co-Founder / Lector

Morela Lathouwers-Bor graduated as a master in business economy at the Tilburg University …

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Morela Lathouwers

Finance

Morela Lathouwers-Bor graduated as a master in business economy at the Tilburg University. After having fulfilled several jobs at among others Mees Pierson, ABN AMRO Bank and TNO Science & Industry. She joined Imec Netherlands as the Director of Finance. Imec NL is the Dutch subsidiary of Imec International and is part of Holst Centre and OnePlanet Research Center. Holst Centre is an open innovation R&D centre founded by TNO and Imec in close collaboration with the Dutch government.

Aart Nijkamp

Co-Founder / Lector

Aart Nijkamp is a socially committed entrepreneur. As a lefthander he always looks for creative ideas and solutions. Currently Aart is …

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Aart Nijkamp

Marketing

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 the Chairman of the Board, because he strongly believes in the ‘live to share’ principle – which ESTI 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.

“The ecosystem approach to innovation is the best way to respond to a competitive, ever-changing environment. It opens the possibilities to leverage talent both inside and outside of your organization.”

 

– Morela Lathouwers