Who we are

The Board works with decision-makers, innovation managers and changemakers in industry, universities and government to develop the smart, green, healthy Amsterdam Metropolitan Area of the future.

The Amsterdam Economic Board – or Board for short – was established to streamline the working relationships between the private sector, knowledge institutes and government organisations, with a view to further increasing prosperity and well-being in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). The Board addresses complex urban issues through innovation and collaboration between the private sector, knowledge institutes and government organisations on the metropolitan scale. The Board focuses on the most urgent challenges and on the fields where parties in the AMA have the expertise, knowledge and manpower to truly make a difference, and that furthermore offer economic growth potential. For every challenge, we have set a target on the horizon, indicating where we want the AMA to be in 2025, when Amsterdam celebrates its 750-year anniversary.

Meet the Board

The Board members are leading CEOs, academics and government officials. Together they set the strategic course, which includes ambitions for five urban challenges for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, to be achieved by 2025. They also commit to one or more challenges related to their own organisation and/or network. The Board members also use their own resources, expertise and networks to realise these ambitions. Members join the Board by invitation; one of the factors playing a role in the selection is the balance within the Board between industry, government and academia.

The Agenda Committee is made up of mandated Board members whose role is to advise the directors of the Amsterdam Economic Board. They also oversee the implementation of policy and the general running of the foundation.

Apart from Board membership, there are also other ways to be actively affiliated with the Board. You are more than welcome to join the Network Council.

Femke Halsema

Femke Halsema

Mayor, Amsterdam

The team

The Board organisation works with Board members, members of the Network Council and other parties from the region to create the metropolis of the future:

  • We bring together knowledge and people to find smart solutions for our challenges.
  • We push ahead initiatives that fit within the scope of one or more of the six urban challenges, develop new business models and scale up where possible. When initiatives are ‘ripe’, we hand them over to the private sector.
  • We collect and make available data-driven information on growth, innovation and liveability in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

Our point of departure is always the mobilisation of energy, ownership and the capacity for implementation within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.


Challenge Leads



Amsterdam Smart City


Other projects and programs

Finance & staff

Network Council

Would you like to make a difference in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area through innovative projects, and are you looking for partnerships, inspiration or a sounding board to realise your ambitions? Join the Amsterdam Economic Board’s Network Council.

With a rapidly changing society and a metropolitan region attracting a growing number of inhabitants, the importance of cross-sectoral partnerships is increasing. After all, urban challenges can’t be solved by a single party or within a single sector. Innovation happens principally when people with different backgrounds meet, inspire each other and spur each other into action.

At the Board, you make an active contribution to realising the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area’s ambitions. Along with the other partners, you launch and develop initiatives relating to the five urban challenges – initiatives that make and keep the region an attractive place to live and work. This means your social engagement with the region is very important. Let’s work together to create a smart, healthy and green Metropolitan Area.

Partner overview

Check out our partnership proposition

Marjan Schrama, Relationship Manager


Amsterdam Smart City

Amsterdam Smart City is the Amsterdam Area’s leading platform for innovation, bringing together a community of companies, government bodies, universities and civil society organisations. With new forms of collaboration and fresh perspectives, within Amsterdam Smart City we can find solutions to social, economic and ecological urban challenges, working with and for the city’s residents to keep Amsterdam and the region liveable for everyone.

Within the programme, partners work on four major transitions: Circular Economy, Digital City, Energy Transition and Mobile Metropolis. With our combined brainpower, skills and networks, we are improving streets, neighbourhoods and cities, and thus boosting the strength of the Amsterdam Area. The programme is coordinated by the Amsterdam Economic Board and is currently made up of 19 partners: Alliander, Arcadis, Johan Cruijff Arena, Royal Haskoning DHV, City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, KPN, Metabolic, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Eurofiber, Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions, Municipality of Amstelveen, Waag Society, PostNL, Transport Authority Amsterdam, Nemo, Kennisland, Municipality of Haarlemmermeer and the Board.

If you would like to know more about the programme, please contact Leonie van den Beuken, programme director of Amsterdam Smart City.

Amsterdam Smart City stimulates knowledge exchange in the field of innovation between partners and also other relevant parties in the region by fostering a community both online and offline. On the website that hosts the online community, you can see the innovative projects that are currently underway, track down hundreds of organisations and people and keep up to date with innovation in the region.


Corporate Network is a network of innovation managers and startup liaisons from corporates such as Philips, Microsoft, Loyens & Loeff, Rabobank and KPN. Together they form a powerful player in the technology and startup ecosystem of Amsterdam. These companies have access to broader social topics and a large network of governments, knowledge institutions and companies that work together on the Metropolis of the future and vice-versa. Previously this network was part of StartupAmsterdam.

Join the corporate network by contacting Eline Vliegen.


To maintain and improve the competitive position of the Amsterdam Area, and to boost diversity in the tech sector, it’s important to attract more talent to the field that is growing the fastest: tech.

There is a shortage of tech talent, a lack of diversity and an under-representation of certain groups, a concentration of demand for talent around Amsterdam, and limited distribution in the region.

TechConnect is the programme that, through new initiatives and measures, aims to help balance the mismatch between supply and demand in the workforce of the tech world in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area by 2022. The annual TechConnect Week is aimed at making tech jobs and education accessible to everyone in the Amsterdam Area. The Board works closely with StartupAmsterdam and various stakeholders in the educational and tech sectors.

Join TechConnect or contact Viktor Bos, Program Director TechConnect.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board (IAB) has been established by the Amsterdam Economic Board to create strong links between the work of the Board and relevant international developments such as the insights of other urban regions. The IAB has an advisory role and contributes to developing international networks and strategically positioning the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in Europe and the rest of the world. In addition, the IAB members are valuable ambassadors abroad for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.


Ruben Nieuwenhuis

Chairman – Director TechConnect Private Lead

Young on Board

Young on Board is a member of the Amsterdam Economic Board, creating a link between young changemakers and experienced decision-makers. Young people bring new ways of seeing, thinking and working, while the older generation has the connections, knowledge, experience and power to get things done. Bringing the two groups together means they can mutually inspire each other and realise innovative plans, collaborating to boost economic growth and liveability in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA).

If you’d like to keep up to date with our plans, or if you’re running an initiative or startup that tackles this problem and you could use some extra brainpower, contact us!