I am Lara Ankersmit
Head of Digital Media at NOS
Lara Ankersmit is Head of Digital Media at Dutch national broadcaster NOS where she is responsible for all digital and mobile activities. As Head of Digital Media she manages the development of innovative digital products and apps. Her focus is mainly on user experience, technical innovation and adaptation by a broad user base. Lara started her career as a journalist in 1995 and she continued her development with roles in advertising and publishing. Before joining NOS she worked on several web projects - ranging from profit to nonprofit. Lara is in the top fifty most inspirational women in the technology sector in the Netherlands. Lara’s feels that creating changes for female entrepreneurs is extremely important. The TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award has proven to be an excellent platform to motivate and inspire women. It gives them an opportunity to show their abilities, their ideas and brings out an amazing fighting spirit to achieve the best. Lara has been familiar for years with TEDxAmsterdamWomen and is now one of our Startup Award judges!
I am Ilonka Jankovich
Entrepreneur & Corporate venture capitalist
Ilonka is a seasoned entrepreneur and has successfully built two recruitment companies. The last few years her focus has been on investing in HR tech startups and innovation. With her skills and expertise in the field of HR Technology Ilonka contributes to the digital strategy of large companies (Randstad, Exact) and startups (Vonq, gr8people, Crunchr, Brazen). Her passion lies in building great teams and businesses and finding the right balance between human touch and technology. Currently Ilonka is on the board of Exact, Vonq, Chrunchr, gr8people and Brazen as well as Venture Partner for the Randstad Innovation Fund. She is also founder of Brainpower, a management services company. Ilonka is very excited to be on the jury panel of the startup awards as she believes that women have an important role to reshape the future as entrepreneurs.
I am Mark van Kruijsbergen
Director Strategy at Royal BAM Group
Mark van Kruijsbergen is Director Strategy at Royal BAM Group since summer 2016. His responsibility includes the continuity of the implementation of the BAM strategy for 2016-2020 ('Building the present, creating the future'). Mark also plays an important role in developing the future portfolio of the Group. BAM intends to be at the forefront of digitisation by using cutting edge design and visualisation tools and keeping close to customers evolving requirements. BAM will facilitate this transition by investing in innovation to create an attractive environment for partnerships, anticipating a new way of working in the construction industry. Mark was previously with Solar Nederland BV, and Hagemeyer in Germany. Earlier he fulfilled various management positions at Rexel Group for fifteen years. Rexel is a global leader in the distribution of electrical products and services and quoted at Euronext in Paris.
I am Melissa Raczak
Partner at Deloitte
With over 15 years of consulting experience in telecommunications industry, as Partner at Deloitte, Melissa Raczak advises clients how to achieve their corporate strategic goals. Her experiences include strategy development and implementation to post merger integrations, carve-outs, culture, coaching and organisational change. Melissa is an avid public speaker and works hard to bring forth the message on personal leadership. Her passion is to help people define personal success, to apply this into their everyday lives and to advise clients on operating effectively and efficiently to achieve goals. Her personal aspiration is to further help other professional women be successful, by working with Women to the Top programs, to share insights and experiences to create diversity within leadership teams. Melissa has a fondness for giving women a platform, a voice and an opportunity to further their chances and ambitions. To her the TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award is exactly what women need to get that little leg up in the business and she is excited to be a judge on this year’s Award!
I am Franka Rolvink Couzy
Innovation Journalist at Het Financieele Dagblad
Franka Rolvink Couzy is a professional storyteller. Her work has involved her writing for leading Dutch business media over the past 19 years, including 13 years at Het FD. It was a rewarding role, having won the Citigroup Excellence Award for Journalistic Talent. With an extensive network, Frank feels at home working with people who have a drive and want to make a difference. In her current role as an innovation journalist, she’s responsible for in-depth stories about big data, artificial intelligence, new business models and more. Always on the lookout for new innovative formats she combines writing, coding and design skills. Never one to sit still, Frank founded the publishing company JoMo Media. To publish her youth novel 'De Geldfabriek' she raised funds through crowdfunding, published the book, and through her writing she teaches children about financial literacy. Having worked as an FD presenter and organizing debates herself, Franka feels that the core message of TEDxAmsterdamWomen attracts her most to the events. She has attended four years in a row and last year she was one of our judges as well!
I am Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen
CMO Aon Inpoint & Chairman Aon Holdings
Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen is CMO Aon Inpoint & Chairman Aon Holdings. Marguerite has been with Aon and its predecessors for over 27 years and has held various roles. Previously Marguerite was Chief Broking Officer for Aon Risk Solutions in EMEA. She was recognised as a "Rising Star" by UK industry magazine “Reactions” and awarded ""Women to Watch" by US industry magazine “Business Insurance” in 2010. Marguerite received a Master degree in Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and is an alumna of INSEAD and Harvard Business School. Currently, she is Member of the Supervisory Board of Koninklijke Stichting Defensiemusea and Member of the Supervisory Board of Gelre Ziekenhuizen. In the past she has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the ALS Foundation in the Netherlands and a member of the Supervisory Board of Madurodam, the Netherlands. Marguerite’s interest in TEDxAmsterdamWomen is caused by the fact that she feels our future starts here and now. An active empowerment of and contribution by women to enable the right changes here and now is crucial. Passively watching or looking back does not create tomorrow. To Marguerite TEDxAmsterdamWomen is an accelerator of change for women and by women. Women who are not only strategically discussing and thinking about driving the change and growth in our businesses and world but also more important Execute on change with a big capital E. This year, Marguerite is one of our judges during the Startup Award.
I am Anne van der Zwaag
Director Object Rotterdam
Anne van der Zwaag is a cultural entrepreneur who works as a curator, writer and consultant in the creative as well as the commercial industries. She is the director and owner of designfair OBJECT in Rotterdam, in which over 150 designers participate yearly, and the Amsterdam based platform BIG ART. Anne curated large interdisciplinary exhibitions such as BAL! (Paleis Soestdijk), WIT (Nederlands Fotomuseum), PASTOE (Kunsthal) and wrote several publications about design, art, fashion, architecture and colour. She has a column in the ELLE Decoration and De Architect and is a guest tutor at art and design schools in the Netherlands and abroad. Anne is active in many boards, jury’s and advise committees and speaks regularly about what moves her in life. As a true TEDxAmsterdamWomen supporter, Anne believes in offering budding and ambitious female entrepreneurs a stage. As such, she has developed a fond relationship with the Startup Award from the beginning and is once again one of our judges.