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.

Who we are

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.

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.

Management | Challenge Leads | Strategy | Communication | Amsterdam Smart City | TechConnect | Other projects and programs | Staff

Management

Leads

Strategy

Communication

Amsterdam Smart City

TechConnect

Other projects and programs

Staff

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 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.

Management

Leads

Strategy

Communication

  • Andrea Joosse

    Team Manager of Communications, Amsterdam Economic Board

    T: 06 - 23 06 38 38

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  • Anna Docter

    Online Communications advisor, Amsterdam Economic Board

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  • Rolinka Kok

    Event Manager, Amsterdam Economic Board

    T: +31 (0)6 4220 3952

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  • Erik Lückers

    Communications Advisor / Press Officer, Amsterdam Economic Board / TechConnect

    T: +31618391806

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  • Yvonne Roos

    Communications & Community Manager Smart Health Amsterdam, Amsterdam Economic Board

    T: +31 (0)6 21 25 73 82

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  • Marjan Schrama

    Relationshipmanager , Amsterdam Economic Board

    T: +31 (0)6 21 52 07 18

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Amsterdam Smart City

TechConnect

Other projects and programs

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

 

Slide “Samenwerking tussen gemeenten, zorgverleners, verzekeraars, kennisinstellingen, bedrijven, universiteiten en technologie is een absolute voorwaarde om te werken aan de verbetering van gezondheid en preventie van ziekte, door slimme toepassingen van data-analyses, in de regio. De Board is een onmisbare schakel in het verbinden van deze partijen en het aanjagen van innovatie en initiatieven. Philips draagt hier met zijn lidmaatschap aan de Board graag aan bij.” Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer Philips Slide “Het is in ieders belang dat ook werkgevers investeren in het talent van de toekomst. Als actief partner binnen de Board zijn we gezamenlijk onderdeel van een oplossing die bijvoorbeeld het tekort aan informaticadocenten het hoofd kan bieden.” Corinne Vigreux, oprichter TomTom en Codam College Slide “Ons lidmaatschap van de Network Council van de Amsterdam Economic Board blijkt in onze ontwikkeling regelmatig een zeer waardevol netwerk, zowel in de regio als in het buitenland. Bovendien is het een goede manier om in contact te komen met overheden en onze visie op duurzaamheid met hen te delen.” Jan Hein Tiedema, Executive Managing Director the Edge Slide “De Board is voor ons een belangrijke netwerkorganisatie waar veel zaken aan elkaar geknoopt worden. We werken met de Amsterdam Innovation ArenA aan concrete, praktische toepassingen die we direct kunnen uitvoeren. Als we bereid zijn om met elkaar data uit te wisselen, vindt de komende vijf jaar een enorme duurzaamheidstransitie plaats.” Henk Markerink, Directeur Johan Cruijff Arena Slide “Als we toe willen naar zero emissie in 2025, moeten we dat regionaal oppakken, niet alleen met één of twee grote steden. Daarom is dit regionale initiatief van de Amsterdam Economic Board zo belangrijk. Fantastisch om te zien hoe bedrijven, kennisinstellingen en overheden in de regio de handen ineen slaan voor duurzame mobiliteit.” Mariette van Empel, Programmadirecteur Duurzame Mobiliteit
bij het Ministerie van Infrastructuur & Waterstaat

Meet our 100+ members

Mieke Zaanen Algemeen directeur
Jeroen Verwoort Wethouder
Mark Siebert Director Research Collaborations
Alexander Kuijt Bedrijfsleider
Floor Gordon Wethouder
Jan Hein Tiedema Managing Director
Jan Hazen Wethouder
Debby Slofstra Vice President Building
Barbara Baarsma Directievoorzitter
Ellen Verheij-De Haas Wethouder
Jos van Kleef Algemeen Directeur
Edwin Herrie Partner
Eric Boonstra CEO
Bart-Jan Freriks Algemeen Directeur
Jan Klink Wethouder
Hans Schütt Wethouder
Dick Benschop CEO
Frank Houben Delegate to the Board
Jeroen Klaasse Wethouder
Johan Stuiver Director Monitor Deloitte
Patrick Eshuys Senior Director Operations Benelux
Julian Righetti General manager
Victor Everhardt Wethouder
Alan Maher EMEA Senior Tax Manager
Alexander Luijten Wethouder
Roelof Kruize Algemeen Directeur
Jeroen Heijmans Senior Regional Vice President
Henk Markerink CEO
Barbara Rutgers Head International Affairs
Emmy Meijers Algemeen directeur
Nico Heijink Wethouder
Ineke van der Linden Voorzitter College van Bestuur
Brechje van der Velden Partner
Corinne Vigreux Managing director
Steven van Schilfgaarde CEO
Bas ten Have Wethouder
Thea de Vries Secretaris-Directeur
Maurice van den Bosch CEO
Nicole Mulder Wethouder
Richard Quakernaat Wethouder
Inge Jansen Head of Public Affairs EMEA
Petra Claessen CEO
Barbara Dijkgraaf Voorzitter College van Bestuur
Jan Ferwerda CEO
Leo le Duc Director science & business
Rob Steijn Directievoorzitter
Edo de Jaeger Voorzitter Raad van Bestuur
Merijn Schik Senior Manager Public Policy Benelux
Alper Utku Founder & President
Marja Ruigrok Wethouder Economie & Innovatie
Michel van den Assem Managing Director
Jos Baeten Algemeen Directeur
Ronald van den Breevaart Programmamanager a.i.
Jochem De Groot Government Affairs Manager
Geert ten Dam Voorzitter College van Bestuur
Maurits van der Sluis Directeur
Suzanne van Kooten Managing Director Strategic Analysis and Policy
David Orobio de Castro Managing Partner
Erik Steinmaier Sector directeur
Arjan van Timmeren Scientific Director
Kees Noorman Directeur
Michiel Buchel Directeur
Geleyn Meijer Rector HvA
Joris Schoonis Vice President Sales EMEA
Willem Offerhaus CEO
Claudia Zuiderwijk Algemeen Directeur
Peter Heuvelink Directeur regio AM bv Noordwest
Astrid Heijstee Wethouder
Marieke van Dijk Wethouder
Wouter Kolk CEO
Jan Nico Appelman Gedeputeerde Economische Zaken
Serge Ferraro Wethouder Economische Zaken
Maaike Veeningen Wethouder
Janneke Sparreboom Wethouder Economische Zaken
Saskia Schalkwijk Directeur
Ernst Hoogenes CTO
Jan Maarten Slagter CEO
Maurice Geelen Directeur
Atilla Aytekin CEO
Robbert Berkhout Wethouder
Robert Metzke Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy
Anne-Marie Kennis Wethouder
Mieke van den Berg Lid College van Bestuur
Peter Veenman Vice President
Robert van Rijn Wethouder
Ilse Zaal Gedeputeerde
George Duits COO
Bernard Fransen Bestuursvoorzitter (a.i.)
Jet de Ranitz Voorzitter Raad van Bestuur / CEO
Marc ter Haar Strategic Relationship Director
Corinne Vonk Manager Communications & CSR
Dick Butter Wethouder
Mario Hegger Wethouder
Martin Bond Partner
Gerard Ram Wethouder
Marjolein ten Hoonte Directeur Arbeidsmarkt
Bert Rebel Wethouder
Frits Scholte Landenmanager
Angeline Kierkels CEO
Mike Baron Senior Director Sales & Marketing
Jackie Chang President & GM
Jitka Beukenkamp Directeur
Geerte Udo CEO
Axel Boomgaars Wethouder
Chris Polman Voorzitter Raad van Bestuur
Gerard Kuipers Wethouder
Brigitte Paulissen Directeur
Machteld Kors Director
Wing Leung Channel Director
Rob Berkhout Wethouder
Richard Francke Directeur
Peter Kamsteeg Raad van Bestuurslid
Herman Kaemingk Partner
Alexander van Ofwegen Directeur Warmte
Maarten Otto CEO
Peter Calis Wethouder
Dave de Lang Manager Energietransitie regio Amsterdam en Utrecht
Mirjam van Praag Voorzitter College van Bestuur
HP Calis General Manager Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) Conversion
Koen Overtoom CEO
Rob Monen Wethouder
Radjen van Wilsem CEO
Frida van den Maagdenberg Raad van Bestuurslid
Bert Verveld Voorzitter College van Bestuur
Katja Hoorn Voorzitter Raad van Bestuur
Talitha van den Elst Lid College van Bestuur
Cecilia van Weel - Niesten Wethouder

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

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!