The Economic Board drives innovation in the Arnhem – Nijmegen, with Wageningen region. As a Triple Helix collaboration among government, knowledge institutes and the business community, we encourage and connect economic activity and innovations in the key sectors of Food, Health and Energy and their cross-overs. We communicate about the exceptional potential of this region and we connect parties.
We can provide information about the innovative strength and regional economy and on subsidies and permits. Furthermore, we encourage (international) parties to get to know our region and we use our vast network to bring parties into contact with each other. Get in touch.
Chair of the Executive Board of the HAN University of Applied SciencesRob Verhofstad is the Chair of the Executive Board of the HAN University of Applied Sciences. The HAN helps meet societal challenges in the region by educating the professionals of the future and by doing practically oriented research for and with the region.
Chair Executive Board RadboudumcBertine Lahuis is the chair of the Executive Board of Radboudumc. She wants to make Radboudumc a forerunner in shaping the healthcare of the future; for instance, by collaborating with partners on establishing a robust network that runs through healthcare, education, and research.
Executive Board of Wageningen University & ResearchRens Buchwaldt has been a member of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research since 2017. He returned to the Netherlands in early 2002 after having worked in the US, England, and Sweden. After his return he took up the role of financial director at Koninklijke Ahrend and was a member of the Board of Directors of flower auction Royal FloraHolland.
Chair of the Executive Board of the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied ScienceJan van Iersel is the chair of the Executive Board of the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. He applies his years of expertise in management roles in education and research to promote the further development and growth of the 'greenest university of applied sciences' in the Netherlands.
Board member NXP Netherlands and site director NXP NijmegenApart from being a board member for NXP Netherlands, Jeroen Lotgering is the site director of the production location in Nijmegen and responsible for the facility organisation of NXP worldwide. The production location in Nijmegen is a high-tech working environment in which production and innovation go hand in hand.
Deputy of Gelderland Provincial ExecutiveChristianne van der Wal has been a deputy for the Gelderland Provincial Executive since 5 June 2019, on behalf of the liberal VVD party. Her portfolio comprises economy and innovation, mobility (excluding public transport), aviation, regional agenda 'Gelderse Corridor en FruitDelta', project Rail Terminal Gelderland and project 'Beter Bereikbaar Wageningen'.
CEO AllianderMaarten Otto became the CEO of Alliander on 20 May 2020. He started working at the company in 2017, starting off in the role of Director of Corporate & Social Affairs. As Alliander is one of the largest employers in the region, Maarten wants to collaborate on societal issues surrounding the execution of the energy transition with other board members.
Alderman Municipality of NijmegenDr Monique Esselbrugge has been alderman for the Municipality of Nijmegen since 2018. One of her core activities is connecting entrepeneurs, knowledge institutions and governments. She has been member of The Economic Board since November 2019.
CEO ByondisDr Marco Timmers has been CEO at Byondis since November 2019. This Nijmegen-based company concentrates on the development of precision medicines for oncology and autoimmune diseases. Byondis is one of the region's biggest employees in the field of Life Sciences & Health.
Chair VNO-NCW Arnhem - Nijmegen and Managing Director Rupro beheer B.V.Bernard de Graaf is Managing Director at Rupro B.V. and Chair of VNO-NCW Arnhem – Nijmegen. He feels very strongly about cooperation with local entrepeneurs and governments, in which he considers the job market, mobility and sustainability to be crucial issues.
Chair of the executive board of Rijn IJsselIn his role as chair of the executive board of Rijn IJssel College, Ben Geerdink is committed to educating genuine professionals. He sees the social task of Rijn IJssel to educate students sustainably: to a position in today and tomorrow’s employment markets and for active participation in society.
Mayor of Municipality of RhedenCarol van Eert, mayor of the Municipality of Rheden, is also closely concerned with the Arnhem - Nijmegen regional administration. As vice-chairman, he works on the development of the regional economy.
Alderman Municipality of ArnhemJan van Dellen is alderman for Economic Affairs at the Municipality of Arnhem. He is also chair of the regional assembly of portfolio administrators who make agreements on regional economic development.
Mayor of the Municipality of Ede, Chair Triple Helix, Chair Foodvalley RegionRené Verhulst is mayor of the Municipality of Ede. Ede is part of the FoodValley Region, a first-class European region and international home base for companies and knowledge and research institutions focusing on sustainable and healthy food and heathy people.
Chair of the board of governors of Radboud UniversityDaniël Wigboldus is chair of the board of governors of Radboud University in Nijmegen. Wigboldus is closely involved with the development of and innovations in education. Radboud University offers various partnership opportunities for businesses, organisations and institutes.
CCO CCV GroupEnny van de Velden is the chairman and CCO of family business CCV Group. She has years of experience in branding, change management and experience marketing.
The Arnhem – Nijmegen region consists of eighteen municipalities working closely together on various spearheads, such as sustainability, the housing market, the economy and logistics. The region’s top sectors are Food, Health and Energy. The urban network Arnhem – Nijmegen is an economic powerhouse in the east of the Netherlands.