I am Kirsten Spahr van der Hoek
Innovation Lead at Accenture
Kirsten Spahr van der Hoek is Innovation Lead of Accenture the Netherlands. Her team supports companies of all sorts to shape and pursue their innovation and digital transformation agenda. Often in open innovation projects, ventures and partnerships with start- and scale-ups or by building creative and technology-driven value propositions. Kirsten helps executives and their teams to formulate innovation strategies and reshape their organizational structure. Accenture’s innovation capabilities help her doing so. Throughout the Netherlands, Accenture has innovation labs, centers and creative agencies like Mobgen in the Jordaan. In addition to supporting innovation, Kirsten is also in charge of the internal innovation agenda of Accenture. This includes, among others, the Accenture Innovation Awards, an annual competition for startups at the core of the Dutch innovation ecosystem, where Kirsten is both speaker and panelist. On a personal level, Kirsten is a social entrepreneur and stimulates innovation in her own startup that focuses on inclusion and diversity of young talent. In the past, Kirsten has work for McKinsey & Company, Center for Talent Innovation (New York), VODW Digital and De Nederlandsche Bank and, most recently, as Director Innovation at ABN AMRO. She studied at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, University of Melbourne and business school INSEAD. In her spare-time, Kirsten likes to create art.
I am Dailah Nihot
Chief Organisation & Corporate Relations Officer and Member of the Management Board at NN Group
Dailah is Chief Organisation & Corporate Relations Officer and Member of the Management Board of NN Group. Before assuming her current role in 2018, Dailah served as Managing Director of Corporate Relations at NN Group. Dailah is a past member of the Novartis Global Reputation Advisory Council in Switzerland, and served on the Advisory Board for the Support functions of the City of Rotterdam. Dailah holds a Master of European Studies from the University of Amsterdam, with an internship at the United Nations Public Information Centre. She lives in Amsterdam, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and is passionate about sports and nutrition, books, art, fashion, and music.
I am Dragi Dimitrijevic
MD Financing Solutions & Transaction Banking Sales at ABN AMRO
After obtaining her Masters in Chemistry, Dragi started her career with ABN AMRO in 2000. Over the years she was active in various commercial roles in the world of Corporate Banking such as M&A, Corporate structuring, Leveraged Finance and Project Finance. As of 2017 she is heading Financing Solutions & Transaction Banking Sales activities and is a member of the Management Team of Commercial Banking of ABN AMRO. In her career Dragi was involved in many leading transactions in the market. Dragi lives in Amsterdam with her husband and their 6 year old daughter.
I am Janneke Niessen
Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, board member and mentor for startups
Janneke is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, board member and mentor for startups. She has started and sold 2 international tech companies and is currently working on her third: Berlage. As co-initiator of InspiringFifty, she aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. Janneke is member of supervisory board of UNICEF, board member of Codam, advisory board member of FutureNL, member of the investment committee of Innovation Quarter, member of the advisory commission seed capital Technostarters of the Dutch government Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016.
I am Jeroen Ouwehand
Office Managing Partner at Clifford Chance
Jeroen Ouwehand, with Clifford Chance Amsterdam, is the Office Managing Partner and head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice for both Amsterdam and Europe. He started his career with Clifford Chance in 1992 and specializes in financial, commercial and corporate litigation and arbitration. Clifford Chance Amsterdam is, and has been for many years, a very proud partner of TEDxAmsterdamWomen. This partnership provides Jeroen, a proponent of diversity, with the opportunity to serve on the TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award jury. He views the Startup Award as a great way to motivate and inspire women to present their ideas, knowledge and abilities. In 2016, he was named Most Effective Ally during the Workplace Pride 2016 Leadership Award; and both he and Clifford Chance support De Kleurrijke Top 100 and play an active role in improving gender diversity within senior leadership.
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 Mayen van Luttikhuizen
Marketing Communications Officer at Cathay Pacific Airways
After graduating in 2010 with a degree in International Communications & Media, Mayen spent the first few years of her career in various communication roles in the B2B sector and she joined Cathay Pacific Airways as the Marketing Communications Officer in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for the Benelux market and has taken on a number of different exciting projects such as the launch of a new direct flight from Brussels to Hong Kong in March of this year. Mayen believes the TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award is an important platform for women to be inspired, challenged and motivated to take their ideas to the next level. She is excited to be able to contribute to this and to support entrepreneurial women to follow their dreams.
I am Mirjam van Oort
Global Head of Marketing of Business Group Personal Care of Philips
Mirjam van Oort is Global Head of Marketing of Business Group Personal Care of Royal Philips, a position she holds since January 2017 and is passionate about marketing, innovation, ecommerce and marketing transformation to drive results and customer value. She is driving the Philips’ Health Tech vision as the company focuses on its mission to make the world healthier and more sustainable, with the aim of improving three billion lives per year by 2025. As a Marketing Leader, Mirjam served as a Brand and Ecommerce Leader in global company Office Depot, a Brand Transformation Leader at Dutch company Wehkamp and Retail Leader at Auping. Mirjam holds a Masters degree in Dutch Language Literature from the VU University in Amsterdam. Married, she lives in Amsterdam and enjoys running, hiking, literature, theatre and art.
Meet the Startup Award judges for 2018.