The following list of the Inspiring Fifty: Netherlands 2016 finalists is arranged alphabetically. It in no way reflects any ranking or scoring by the judges.
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Lara Ankersmit is Head of Digital at Dutch national broadcaster NOS where she is responsible for the digital and mobile activities. Lara has been a driving force in digital publishing since the start of the Web. She started her career as a journalist followed by roles in advertising and publishing. Before joining NOS she worked on several web projects – both profit and non-profit.
As the Head of NOS 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. With her team she develops award winning apps and sites for news and sport events, like the Olympics, World Cup Soccer and General Elections.
Lara joined NOS in 2011 when the organisation had no news app and a news site based on RSS feeds. While the media landscape had already changed dramatically. Under her leadership NOS implemented a user focus approach and started to distribute news through other (social) platforms. In 2015 she launched NOS Lab where developers, designers and editors are working closely together to prepare for new distribution channels and to discover new opportunities for media organisations.
Prior to NOS, Lara worked in advertising and at a big newspaper publisher. Where she and her team introduced automated sales and delivered a positive ROI for the digital newspaper products.
Lara is a member of TEDxAmsterdamWomen and is responsible for the PR of TEDxAmsterdamWomen.
Annet Aris is Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD where she developed and teaches the MBA-course “Media and Internet, the new rules of the game in the digital world””.
She was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the best teacher award by the MBA students.
She is also a board member of a number of publicly listed companies such as the tour operator and airline Thomas Cook PLC, the TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat1 SE, the microchip machine manufacturer ASML N.V., the intralogistics and forklift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich AG and the insurance company A.S.R. N.V.
Annet is a Dutch native and received a MSc. from the University of Wageningenin 1984. After acceptance in McKinsey’s European INSEAD Fellow program, she completed her MBA with distinction in Fontainebleau in 1986.
She worked for McKinsey from 1985 until 2003, at first in the Netherlands and in the UK and, since 1990, in Germany. She was elected partner in 1994 and co-led McKinsey’s German Media Practice from 1999-2003 working on a wide array of topics.
She is the author of a large number of articles and case studies on the media industry.
Together with Jacques Bughin, she wrote the book Managing Media Companies, Harnessing Creative Value (Wiley’s 2009, second edition, also available in Russian and Chinese).
Annet is a weekly columnist on digital transformation and corporate governance in the Financieel Dagblad and is frequently asked as keynote speaker at international media and telecom conferences.
Jacintha graduated from the London School of Economics in 2013 as a sociologist. At 22, she co-founded Sustainer Homes, a company that builds radically sustainable cradle2cradle homes that generate all their own energy and water. Apart from producing energy-neutral homes, Sustainer Homes is one of the first to use sustainable technology and smart algorithms to develop homes that need no connection to the electricity grid whatsoever.
With Sustainer Homes, she proved that building homes at less than 7% of the CO2 impact of a regular home was not merely a goal for the distant future, but a possibility today. Three months after founding the company, Sustainer Homes was able to show their first prototype to the world, and 9 months later they are well underway with their first large commercial projects across the country. Sustainer Homes won the 2015 ASN Bank World prize, and was featured in international publications such as Gizmag & NBC as well as a range of Dutch news outlets and papers.
As a commercial director in a sector traditionally focused more on ‘stones’ than on people, Jacintha rather views homes as one of the most fundamental ways to make a positive impact in people’s lives. – both in terms of environmental and social impact. By building affordable homes without any connections or bills, she hopes to give people a sense of independence and freedom: from large (energy) corporations, from huge debts, from mortgages, and from the jobs you work just to pay your rent. In the near future, Jacintha hopes to take Sustainer Homes across international borders, setting new standards for living globally.
Before founding Sustainer Homes, Jacintha co-founded Kickstart Your Social Impact, an organisation that helps young people to kickstart their careers by working on innovative social projects.
Vivianne Bendermacher is a tech expert hailing from the Netherlands. She is the founder of Techionista; an on- and offline platform that focuses on empowering women via technology. She believes the world needs more female role models when it comes to tech, in order to inspire women to embrace technology.
Thanks to her frequent presence in media – she’s a tech expert on national television, writes tech columns for a variety of well-known brands, and talks about tech and science on national radio – she became a role model herself.
Bendermacher was only 26 years old when she became the editor in chief of one of the oldest popular science magazines in the Netherlands: KIJK. A few years later she launched a second popular science brand: Know How. In 2014 she decided to leave the two brands to become the editor in chief of VIVA: one of the biggest female focused media brands in the Netherlands.
Now, she’s scaling her start-up Techionista. One of the main goals is to educate women with coding skills. She organizes free coding classes and develops a coding course with a job guarantee. In the Netherlands only 10 percent of the programmers are female. Bendermacher: “Within a few years everything – from sports to fashion – will be tech. If women don’t want to miss out, we should focus on programming right now.”
As CCO, Annemarie Buitelaar is responsible for the commercial & business portfolio of Marktplaats, the biggest online trading platform in the Netherlands. After starting her Marktplaats career in 2009, Annemarie fulfilled a variety of roles. As Head of SME she was responsible for the successful international roll-out of Admarkt, the performance based advertising product for merchants and other professional advertisers. Following eBay’s acquisition of 2dehands.be and 2ememain.be, the leading Belgian classifieds platforms, in 2013, she became General Manager of the Belgian business. Since her return to Marktplaats in September 2015, Annemarie quickly introduced a new organizational set-up and overall business proposition. Annemarie began her career at KPN, working a broad selection of marketing and commercial roles.
Anneke Burger-Tebbens Torringa is a passionate senior leader with
extensive management experience within ABN AMRO, Delta Lloyd Group, GDF Suez and AFM (Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets) in the fields of marketing, program and portfolio management, facilities management and IT. Her leadership competencies include being holistic, pragmatic and energetic, undertaking challenges with an eye for detail, the big picture as well as the individual.
Anneke is active as a (change) manager, mediator, mentor and involved in interest
groups. In addition to her work she is involved in the development and improvement of the IT profession as representative in the CIO Net advisory board and NCOI.
In 2009 she was elected by the Stichting WomeninIT as female manager in IT.
She is also co-author of the management book published in March 2011 ‘Round
shapes in IT “- inspiring vision on skills, choices and opportunities in IT
organizations, it’s a book that inspires and provides a practical guide for CIOs
and CEOs, HR professionals and anyone considering a career in IT.
In 2014 she started the website wijnvrouwen.nl – a platform where female wine makers and entrepreneurs present their wines and personal story.
Suzan Claesen comes from a family of entrepreneurs working within creative industries. Her parents own and run an established interiors and furniture workshop called Bottesteyn Interiors. She was involved from a young in age in the selection and wholesale purchase of products, the styling of the shop, advising customers and marketing the business.
After studying and following a career in nursing, where she learnt a number of valuable disciplines, she gravitated towards the interior design world. She began designing and making her own furniture range. By having access to a high quality workshop she learnt from the experienced cabinet makers the construction processes and material qualities needed to be able to design and make furniture.
From this passion for designing and making furniture the idea to create a platform for independent designers was born. Suzan believes the current design industry does not benefit either the designer or the customer. CROWDYHOUSE was created to solve this problem, stimulate unique design and give independence to designers. At CROWDYHOUSE Suzan is responsible for the operational site of the business and most passionately the designer community of CROWDYHOUSE. She is always on the look out for eager designers with new unique design.
Svenja de Vos is Director of Transformation Network & IT at Tele2 Group. Before this, Svenja was NIO/Director of IT at Tele2 Netherlands between 2011-2015 and has been with the company 13 years in total holding various roles.
Despite her young age, Svenja is a Senior citizen within the Tele2 Group. Her career at the Swedish telecommunication company started in 2002. Since then, she has been active in many national and international roles within the group. Doing so she was able to combine her technical knowledge with a business instinct. Svenja strongly believes that for the best results, the technical and business side of a company should be fully intertwined. One of the recent examples is implementing the Agile Scrum working method in the departments she manages.
Svenja started her career at the telecom company Scarlet, where she was responsible for the billing process, the role which she continued at Tele2 after her switch in 2002. From 2007 until 2009, Svenja was part of the international merger & acquisition team of the Tele2 Group, her wide operational expertise helped to not only asses possible acquisitions but also helped Tele2 quickly set up in new countries. After this period she returned into national roles, as CIO of Tele2 Austria and BBned. Until 2011 she held the position of Chief Information Officer of Tele2 Netherlands before taking on her current role.
Heleen Dura-van Oord was born in Dordrecht. As a daughter in a family of entrepreneurs in the dredging industry she became a contemporary entrepreneur.
In 1997 Heleen started her career in the online marketing industry as a sales employee at the first independent online marketing agency of the Netherlands. From up close she experienced the dotcom-hype and she recognized the chances that arose with the digital media.
In 2001 Heleen co-founded the DQ&A Media Group, an international online marketing company that merged with international search specialist Incubeta last November and is now active in 13 different countries and 350 employees.
Heleen is also one of the founders and partner at investment fund Peak Capital. Peak Capital started a third fund last year, and is focused on accelerating the development of early stage internet companies. Heleen co-founded the Leading Online Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (LOEY), a prestigious award for the best online entrepreneur of the Netherlands. Heleen is also a member of the supervisory board of ‘de Efteling’ as well as the ‘FD Media Groep’. Lastly she is a member of the board of the foundation ‘Jong Ondernemen’.
Heleen is married to Bart Dura. Together they have two children.
Born and bred in The Netherlands, Maaike brings a progressively Dutch and uniquely female perspective to Industrial Design. Equally inspired by the tradition of craft and potential of industry, she has developed complex hight-tech products as well as artful projects. Her prolific design career is marked by a wide range of innovative products, long-term consulting relationships and by experimental projects that have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
In 2005 Maaike Evers co-founded the experimental industrial design studio Mike & Maaike together with Mike Simonian. In 2011 Mike & Maaike was acquired by Google, where they are working on technology projects. Maaike was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and was included in the seven top up and coming product designers in Metropolis magazine.
Full Professor Human Media Interaction at University of Twente
Vanessa Evers is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Twente’s Human Media Interaction group and Director of the DesignLab for multidisciplinary research. She received a M.Sc. in Information Systems from the University of Amsterdam, and a Ph.D. from the Open University, UK. During her master studies she spent two years at the Institute of Management Information Studies of the University of New South Wales, Sydney. After her Ph.D. she worked for the Boston Consulting Group, London and later became an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute of Informatics. She was a visiting researcher at Stanford University (2005-2007). Her research interests focus on on interaction with intelligent and autonomous systems such as robots or machine learning systems as well as cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction.
Vanessa has published over 80 peer reviewed publications, many of which in high quality journals and conferences in human computer interaction and human robot interaction. She serves on Programme Committees of ACM/IEEE HRI, ACM SIGCHI, HSI, ACM CSCW and ACM Multimedia. Vanessa is frequently interviewed about her work on national TV, newspapers and magazines. She won the best thesis prize awarded by the Dutch National Society of Registered Information Specialists, was co-author of the James Chen best paper award of the journal on User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction together with then her Ph.D. student Henriette Cramer. She holds the 2014 Opzij talent award. Vanessa is an editor for the International Journal of Social Robotics, she is co-chair of the ACM International Human Robot Interaction Steering Committee and associate editor of the Human Robot Interaction Journal.
Valerie Frissen is currently director of the recently established SIDN Fund, based in the Netherlands. This fund supports ideas and projects that contribute to building a strong internet for all, and projects that use the internet in innovative ways to realize social impact. She is also Professor of ICT & Social Change at the Faculty of Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Valerie is born and bred in the Netherlands and has a background in cultural anthropology, communication studies and science and technology studies. She is intrigued by how technologies shape and are being shaped by society and loves to teach, publish and give talks about this subject. Professionally, she has always combined academic research on ICT with other jobs such as strategic policy advice (specifically in the field of media, ICT & innovation). Before she was asked to set up the SIDN Fund, she was director of CLICKnl, a network organization for the creative industries in the Netherlands. Valerie is and has been a member of many advisory and supervisory boards, such as recently the CAF (EC DG Connect Advisory Forum), AWTI (National Science, Technology and Innovation Board), NPO (Dutch public broadcaster) and the Dutch Creative Council. And finally she writes columns for the Dutch newspaper FD on tech trends.
Lorna Goulden is Director of Creative Innovation Works, a networked innovation company specialised in the development of user-focused products, services and urban experiences. She has worked across a wide range of industries from Smart City developments in Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Barcelona to customer centric strategies and technology-impact innovations for companies such as ASML, Cisco, DAF-trucks, NXP, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser, Volker Wessels and Ziggo. She is the author of the award-winning vision Strijp-S: Creating a Public Lighting Experience and worked as the Creative Director to guide its implementation at the urban redevelopment site in the city of Eindhoven before going on to develop a Vision for Smart Strijp-S.
Lorna is a founding member of the global Think Tank Council: The Internet of Things; a hub for policy debate, practice and the implementation of the Internet of Things. She has written and spoken extensively about the Internet of Things and Smart Cities with a particular focus on the role of people and the impact on society as well as the role of creativity in the 21st century. Lorna initiated the Internet of Things Meetup group in Eindhoven with an aim to build a community that will share a broad range of technical, design and social perspectives focused on increasing access and creating value with IoT. She also founded this as a platform to build a local The Things Network community and join the pioneering global movement that is crowdsourcing a new kind of open, city Internet of Things data network.
Lorna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design and Technology from Sheffield University (1992), a Master’s degree in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London (1994) and also completed the global executive OneMBA programme at Rotterdam Erasmus University (2013).
Janneke Hadders is the owner and director of Dacom. The innovative high-tech company from Emmen specializes in hardware, software and online advice services for farmers and multinationals in the food & beverage industry. The Dacom system offers growers and the agro industry practical solutions for profitable and sustainable agriculture. By combining sensor technology, internet and scientific knowledge, growers can continuously monitor and fine-tune their production process throughout the growing season. This results in the maximum yield achievable through the economically sound and responsible use of agri-inputs like chemicals, water and nutrients.
Dacom has grown into an international company with thousands of customers around the world, including large multinational companies like Pepsico and McCain. The company knows how to renew the current possibilities again and again. The company obtained the first position in the SME Innovation Top 100 of 2011. Recently, Janneke Hadders was mentioned in the FD as one of the 100 most influential businesswomen of the Netherlands in the Top 100 most influential business women.
Marjolein Helder graduated from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, with a PhD in November 2012. Her research focused on a technology to produce electricity from living plants. During her PhD research she founded the company Plant-e to bring the unique and innovative technology from her research to the market. During the years 2008-2012 she worked part-time in research and part-time setting up the business. Since November 2012 she’s been working full-time as CEO of Plant-e to further expand the company and develop products based on the technology to produce electricity with living plants.
Plant-e has bought the patent for the technology from Wageningen University and has grown from the initial 2 founders in 2012 to 5 employees in 2016, with another 6 part-timers on standby. Plant-e has successfully launched the first two products to the market in 2014. Plant-e was awarded Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2015.
Marjolein is a well-trained and regularly hired speaker for a multitude of events, including different TEDx-events, where she brings across the message of sustainable electricity from living plants with great enthusiasm. In her free time she plays rugby and sings in a band.
With no knowledge of making chocolate but a background in Marketing (Annefrid has a masters degree in Communication, University of Twente) and an interest in e-commerce Annefrid founded the e-commerce company CHOCSTAR in 2011. CHOCSTAR is an online chocolate lab where you can easily design and order your own unique chocolate. From chocolate bars the whole year through to chocolate eggs during Easter, and chocolate letters during Sinterklaas. In a few simple steps and with the possibility to choose between different kinds of fair trade Belgian chocolate and more than 70 different ingredients. All chocolates are made by hand, piece by piece in the CHOCSTAR chocolate lab in Amsterdam and sent by mail to customers throughout the Netherlands. Annefrid and her online chocolate lab have received several awards and nominations. Amongst them the ‘Thuiswinkelaward Best Startende Webshop’, Sprout Challenger top 50, The Next Entrepreneur, and a nomination on the VIVA400. With her business and as an entrepreneur her mission is to make people happy and motivate them to make the most out of themselves, on whatever level. She tries to achieve this by offering good and (fair) products, excellent customer service, a great website, fun and inspiring content and by working together with other companies and entrepreneurs. She is running her business with pleasure and enthusiasm and tries to inspire people by this.
Diane Janknegt started her career at consumer company SCA Molnlycke. In 1997 she joined Microsoft Benelux, at that time a relatively small company. After various marketing roles, she spent the last 8 years in business development and commercial roles. In her last role she was Sales Director in the Dutch Management Team, with a P&L responsibility for all software attached to hardware (OEM).
In 2013 she switched careers and founded the ICT start-up WizeNoze BV. WizeNoze wants to make the Internet a better place for children. It is the mission of Wizenoze to make great online age specific content accessible to children and to enable them to discover new and exciting information. WizeNoze’s Search Engine Jouwzoekmachine.nl discloses only suitable information based on the reading levels of a child. A child of 8 years needs to receive different information as a child of 14 years. The content editor helps content providers to identify the level of a text and ease the content development for multiple reading levels.
In 2016 they will go international with an English version. WizeNoze aims to be the global market leader in this area.
Diane loves working with young, passionate and inspiring people, has a proven track record in building strong and successful teams and with her positive attitude she knows how to motivate other people. She has an extensive network in the IT industry and beyond. She is happily married and proud mother of 3 kids, aged 11-9-7.
Anneke Keller is manager for IT Development at Coolblue with a passion for working with engineers from different backgrounds, cultures and skills.
After studying at the Delft University of Technology, Anneke started working for Royal Dutch Telecommunications. As a management trainee she was given the opportunity to grow as an IT manager, including managing 250+ teams. In 2005 she managed her first outsourced software team in India.
In 2007 she joined TomTom Navigation Systems as a VP Software Engineering. At that time, TomTom was rapidly accelerating its growth, as was her team. Her team at TomTom had 20 different nationalities. Most of them were based in Amsterdam, part of the team was situated in Taiwan, China and India.
In 2011 Anneke worked for the company CCS. She was a member of the board and responsible for Software Engineering in the Netherlands and India, where they made the software product Level 7 for the Insurance Industry.
Currently Anneke works at Coolblue, one of the biggest online retailers of the Benelux and the fastest growing company in this industry where she is responsible for IT Development. At the moment they are 27 scrum teams. These teams work on the E-commerce platform, in their backoffice, on the infrastructure needed to run that platform and since they value data analysis a lot at Coolblue they have severalteams working on business intelligence.
Besides her work at Coolblue, Anneke is also a management coach. Helping others with all the things she has learned is important, she believes.
Diana Krieger is responsible for defining, implementing and executing the growth acceleration strategy and the day-to-day operations of Savision.
Diana has a strong track record in various industries like fashion, cosmetics and online recruitment; in her previous roles, she was Managing Director for the Benelux market at Monster Worldwide and led the growth strategy of internet agency TDC Lighthouse Internet before realizing an exit. She has also been involved in many online start-ups.
She graduated at the University of Amsterdam with a degree in Business Economics and is a certified Marketer (NIMA C).
Neelie Kroes is Special Envoy for startups in the Netherlands and heads the StartupDelta initiative that boosts the Dutch startup ecosystem and aims to place it among the top 3 ranked competitive ecosystems in Europe. Neelie Kroes previously served 11 years as Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe and in a previous term as EU Commissioner for Competition. Before her Vice-Presidency at the EC, Kroes was President of Nyenrode University from 1991-2000, and served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo and P&O Nedlloyd. From 1982-1989 she served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication in the Netherlands. She is an international advocate for the position of women in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship.
Patricia Lago is professor at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam where she leads the Software and Services research group in the Computer Science Department. She has a PhD in Control and Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and a Master in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, both in Italy. She is chair of the IEEE/IFIP WICSA Steering Committee, member of the Steering Committee of the ICT4S conference series, of the IFIP 2.10 Working group on Software Architecture, the IFIP 2.14 Working group on Services-based Systems, and the Dutch Knowledge Network on Green Software. She has been published in all major journals of her field.
Her passion in research is to create software engineering knowledge that makes software better, smarter, and more sustainable. Her philosophy is that research should be industrial-relevant and serve the final purpose of being applied in practice. To this end, her research specifically focuses on the “real’’ needs of practice by establishing collaboration with partners from both private and public sectors.
Her research and teaching are about software architecture, software design and modeling, software quality assessment. She is initiator and coordinator of the Computer Science Master Track in Software Engineering and Green IT. She co-founded the Green Lab, a place where researchers, students and companies collaborate to measure the energy footprint of software solutions.
On January 15 2016 she gave her inaugural speech as a full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her speech was titled “Software and Sustainability”.
Jannie Minnema is Senior Director Strategy and Operations. She works for the EMEA Business Development group of Oracle and has over 20 years experience in the IT business. Working in a rapidly changing industry in various international roles has given her a diverse view of the IT industry. She has a Bachelor in Business Studies from Nijenrode University and a degree in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit and started her career in IT, in Dubai, as an IT teacher. Her interest lies in the area where Innovation, Technology and Education meet.
When enthusiastic about a job, a company or an initiative she has the motivation and the drive to take it to where it needs to go. She thinks in results, opportunities, likes to work with people and has an interest in what is beyond the border/horizon. A key strengths is building successful teams and bringing people together, whilst having impact.
Monique has spent her entire career (over 25 years) in the ICT market in various sales and client engagement and P/L roles. In 2014 Monique became Vice President Government and Health within the Netherlands and is member of the Dutch board of directors. The 10 years before this P/L role she undertook several international and global (account) management roles within CGI in the Public and Commercial Sectors. Before joining CGI Monique held sales and operational roles with We International (Retail), Gateway automation(ICT) and Optimodal (Railway agency).
Monique led the strategic program for growth as the Managing Director of Strategic Marketing at Logica. In this role she reported to Logica’s Executive Committee and she was responsible for the group program on the high growth areas (security, BI, ITS, e-commerce etc) as well as the sector boards (Utilities, Oil&Gas, Financial Services, CPG&Retail, Transport and Public Sector). In that year the order intake in the growth areas increased with 30%.
Saskia Nijs is part-time PhD candidate at the VU, columnist at Financieel Dagblad, head of strategy at Philips and speaker and advisor on the 21st century organization. Besides all of that she is mother of 2 daughters (twins), wife of a nerd, and living in Amsterdam.
After her studies (European Studies) at the University of Amsterdam, she started working in a start-up company for internet access, websites etc. Ever since, she has worked in technology companies. From telecom: PSINet, software: Microsoft, VR: Layar and now in healthtech. During her work at Microsoft she was part of the transition to the new way of working and led a leadership program on how to manage in the 21st century. There she became passionate about the way companies are organized. If we want to support people that work with their 21st century skills (creative, solution driven, self-supporting) how come we organize ourselves still in ways that reside from the 19th century?
With the technology as the crucial basis for how we work, live, communicate, learn and have fun, we can do so much more with our human skills. Organizations need to find the right balance between technology and emotions and therefore organize themselves differently. With her expertise, Saskia researches, advises and supports a lot of CEOs, owners, managers and employees on how to innovate in the ways they organize their companies. How to adjust in this new era where technology takes over so much of our routine work but where human skills are crucial for success. She advises both big corporations but also a lot of start-ups, since they also have the challenge to maintain their employees and offer them the right career- and learning perspectives.
Pien Oosterman is Chief Sales Officer at Sogeti Netherlands – an IT service provider with 2.400 employees in the Dutch market and part of Sogeti group. IT and Commerce are Pien’s main areas of expertise, developed mainly during her career within ING and Sogeti. She’s convinced IT can create ultimate value when hard & soft skills are combined. Prior to taking on the CSO role, she held various sales roles as well as Commercial Director Finance at Sogeti.
She believes content is King and that if you want to improve you need to be curious and hungry to understand, all the time. She sees continuous improvement as a challenge. Pien feels the people around her make her happy, keep her sharp, and inspire her. It gives her satisfaction if she can create the conditions where she sees her colleagues grow. This applies to all colleagues but certainly with the diversity goals they have, she feels it’s a victory when she sees “their girls” moving up.
Pien’s mantra in life is Focus, Content and Respect.
Jeannine Peek is Managing Director at Dell Netherlands. As Managing Director she leads the Dutch organization which recently transformed into an end to end IT Infrastructure company.
Jeannine worked at Dell before as Sales Director for the Public (Government, Education and Healthcare) sector. Before re-joining Dell Jeannine was Managing Director at Content (later Unique), a temporary employment agency in the Netherlands which is part of USG People. She previously worked at KPN, MCI WorldCom and Tibco where she held various sales and leadership positions.
Jeannine returned to Dell in 2011 because she felt the need to return to the IT sector. The challenges in IT are appealing to her, as well as the IT sector’s opportunity to really make the difference for customers that want to grow and thrive. She sees IT as the source of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.
Jeannine has an engineering degree from the University of Twente, with a specialization in Business ICT. She is member of the supervisory boards of the Royal Dutch Coin, the company that makes the Dutch Euro and SIDN, the registry for the domain .NL. She is also Chairman of the Board of Netherlands ICT, the ICT Branch Organization and member of the Board of ICT Milieu, responsible for recycling of ICT equipment in The Netherlands. She lives in Zeist and in the summer she enjoys sailing with her husband and two daughters.
Lieke Pijpers studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology and holds a Master degree in Strategic Product Design. Throughout her entrepreneurial career ‘sustainability’ has been the main theme, while her background enabled her to focus on a technical point of view where needed.
Lieke co-founded The Next Closet in 2013, as a result of her ambition to create a sustainable impact through product innovation, in combination with an unmet need to recycle pre-loved garments. The Next Closet is an online peer-to-peer platform for second hand designer fashion. Its mission is to inspire women to invest in qualitative fashion items by reselling their wardrobes via the consignment services offered by The Next Closet. Apart from the overall business strategy, Lieke is responsible for the technical development of the e-commerce platform. This platform is build in-house and designed from a user-centered point of view. Lieke leads the product development team consisting of both Ruby on Rails, UX and App developers.
Prior to The Next Closet Lieke has kick-started several companies; sustainable campaign agency Professional Passionates, transition platform the Circle Economy and social enterprise ProPortion Foundation.
Anouska Post is currently Regional Vice President Enterprise Corporate Sales at salesforce.com and has been with the company since August 2014. Prior to salesforce.com, Anouska held multiple managing roles at Cisco, leading up to Sales Engagment Manager North and Sales & Development Manager Emerging Markets.
Anouska holds a Bachelor in Applied Science in Human Resource Management from Hogeschool Rotterdam and a Master of Science in Change Management from University of Amsterdam.
Anouska has been involved as a volunteer in a series of projects such as Girls In IT during 2012 and being on the ICT Nederland Woman Leadership Board during 2013. Anouska has received a number of honor and awards including Global Sales Leadership Recognition EMEAR Award and Innovation Award Woman in IT in 2009.
Her personal motto is: “You were made to make a difference, so embrace every opportunity and make it happen!”
Meiny Prins is the CEO of the family owned company Priva in De Lier. She is the founder of the sustainable urban delta ideas. Meiny Prins was named Business woman of the Year 2009 and with Priva she received the first CleanTech Star of WNF (World Wildlife Fund).
Meiny devotes herself to promoting sustainability, innovation and internationalization. She is a much sought-after authority in this field. With her clear, inspirational message on sustainability, she bridges the divide between companies, governments and sectors.
Meiny Prins is, among other, member of the Dutch Trade & Investment Board and the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance. She is closely involved in the so-called Top Sectors in the Netherlands, in particular on the themes Water, Energy and Horticulture.
In 2014 Meiny Prins started the ‘Sustainable Urban Delta’ initiative, a collection of treasures in the field of water, food, energy and mobility. With Sustainable Urban Delta she shows how many integrated solutions are already there to contribute to solving the problems of the metropolitans worldwide.
Meiny writes a monthly column in the Dutch financial newspaper ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’.
Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world’s first non-profit computer security consultancy company. She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at VU who performed RFID security research (RFID Virus and RFID Guardian), that attracted worldwide press coverage, and won several awards (VU Mediakomeet, ISOC Award, NWO I/O award, IEEE Percom Best Paper, USENIX Lisa Best Paper). Melanie also worked as a Senior Engineering Manager on XenClient at Citrix, where she led the Citrix Vancouver office. She was also a Senior Managing Consultant in the Cyber Crime Expertise and Response Team (CCERT) at ING Bank, where she set up the CCERT Analysis Lab and was the lead technical project manager of the ING Core Threat Intelligence Systems. For fun, she founded the Dutch Girl Geek Dinner in 2008. Melanie was also named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by WomeninIT, and one of the “400 most successful women in the Netherlands” by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010.
Liesbeth Rigter is an entrepreneur in financial services. She studied business administration and now lives in the Netherlands. With her background in consumer marketing and internet sales she strives to make online banking easy through technical innovations. Several times in her career she launched new banking concepts in different European countries.
She started her career at MoneYou in 2009 and in 2015 she became the CEO of this innovative and successful online retail bank, subsidiary of ABN AMRO. She brought the MoneYou concept from the Netherlands to Germany, Belgium and Austria. Before that, she worked at Fortis, where she was the marketing lead in the greenfield operation launching Credit4me, a new consumer loans concept, to the German market.
At MoneYou headquarters in Amsterdam, Liesbeth heads an international team of around 80 marketing, IT and Customer Service professionals from each of the four countries where the bank currently operates.
Alexandra Schless started as Country Manager Sales and Marketing for The Netherlands in February 2000. In 2002, Alexandra was appointed Managing Director for The Netherlands and from then on she headed the Dutch locations and was responsible for strategy and positioning in the Dutch market. Since the end of 2013 she has been responsible for all TelecityGroup locations in the region of Western Europe. In February 2016 Alexandra became appointed Vice President Global Accounts & Networks EMEA at Equinix.
Alexandra has extensive international experience in the telecoms industry. Before joining TelecityGroup Alexandra worked with Vicorp as regional sales director for The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Before that she was marketing and communications manager with Enertel. Alexandra started her career as business product manager with Lucent Technologies.
Alexandra holds a degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Constance Scholten is CEO & co-founder of Camarilla – a discreet photo messaging app to share your life with the fifteen people who matter to you most. Constance chose her love of the internet over her studies in law very early on. She became a partner at Van Beuningen & Partners at 23, after which she was Commercial Director at TravelBird. During this time, Camarilla was born, and Constance oversaw its evolution from idea to reality. Now, Camarilla is at the centre of everyone’s attention, with a growing and active global user base. More passionate than ever about her work, the present is bright, and the future is even brighter, she says.
Constance is an entrepreneur who is passionate about human behaviour, technology and innovation. Her driving force is to make a constructive difference to the world. She is focusing on developing talent and strives to play a meaningful role in inspiring others to follow their passion in life.
Hanneke knows what it’s like to lose stuff. Often. As early as 2009 she daydreamed about a central place for lost & found items everywhere, but nothing happened. In 2012 she took it upon herself to make this world a happier place for ‘losers’. For years she worked in corporate logistics, so she knows about global solutions, supply chain management and data flow.
2013, Hanneke won the “The Next Woman Startup award”. The NextWomen is a community of investors, entrepreneurs and advisers that supports the growth of female entrepreneurs and startups.
In May 2015 a crowdfunding campaign was successfully completed. The target was achieved in 6 days and iLost picked up 238% of the target amount. A total of 238.359 euros is invested in iLost.
In September 2015, Hanneke won the LOEY Starters Award, a yearly award for the best starting online entrepeneur in The Netherlands.
The next step for iLost is to expand internationally and Hanneke will start a new investment round in the nearby future.
As Booking.com’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Gillian Tans is responsible for leading the global operations of Booking.com, including the management of all business units within the organisation. Serving as Booking.com’s Chief Operating Officer since 2011, Tans also previously led Booking.com’s Global Sales, Operations, IT, Content and Customer Care departments. Under her leadership, Booking.com has advanced its operations and sales across more than 220 countries and territories around the world.
When Gillian joined Booking.com in 2002, the company only had a small footprint in Amsterdam. During her tenure over the past 14 years, the company has expanded to more than 10,000 employees in 174 offices all over the world who serve Booking.com’s global customers and accommodation partners. Gillian is a passionate advocate for maintaining Booking.com’s entrepreneurial culture and values, as well as for promoting opportunities for women leaders to grow and excel throughout the organisation.
Before joining Booking.com, Gillian spent four years with the international Golden Tulip Worldwide hotel group, where she served as Product Manager, Marketing Manager and Director of Sales. She also worked for the Intercontinental Hotel Group and with a number of independent hotels.
Gillian began her career at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Hotel Management School in Middelburg, in the Netherlands. She speaks English, Dutch, German and French.
Marina Tognetti is founder and CEO of mYngle.com. Originally from Italy, Marina has lived and worked in different countries and speaks Italian, English, Dutch, French, Spanish and a bit of Mandarin. After 18 years of a successful corporate career at Procter & Gamble, Philips, BHP Billiton, Sara Lee, The Boston Consulting Group and eBay, and an MBA from INSEAD, she decided to become an entrepreneur and started mYngle.com in 2007.
Her drive besides languages and creating something from scratch, is to leverage the internet to change the traditional world of education from being supply-driven to being demand-drive.
mYngle is a pioneer in live online language education and has become a significant player in its segment. mYngle offers customized language training programs through video conferencing in 45 different languages to learners located anywhere in the world.
Marina is regularly presenting at international conferences on topics of women leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. She received many international recognitions for her contribution as a woman in technology among them, “50 most inspiring women tech leaders in Europe” in 2015, GIT “Girl in Tech of the month” in 2014, “The GIT EURO 100: the top 100 women in tech in Europe” in 2012 and named among “The Next Women” in 2010.
Jonna van den Dungen made the leap to jump out of the corporate world to start her marketing consultancy company iMAXIMIZE in 2007, setting out to make technology SEXY again with the optimal interaction between technology and humans. With this vision and drive, her first year as solo entrepreneur brought her a six-digit profit margin.
From here, the idea for her next company was born: StyleScript is an innovative marketing technology company that eliminates consumer stress by offering personalized style advice. With StyleScript, she focuses on developing a personal cognitive style graph & language so every individual can lead more intentional lives. Focusing on the needs of future generations, Jonna wants to transform our social technology platforms to supersede its current state of jealously inducing images, and instead let it create the true narratives of our lives that highlight the real struggles and beauty of life. In this way, she hopes to translate our islands of isolation in the vast cosmic ocean to become bastions of strength and connection with our inner-selves. Through her work, she hopes to provide a process of self-actualization that will inspire others to do the same.
Jonna has a naturally inspiring conviction and charisma with which she is easily able to create new partnerships and forge success, simply and practically. Prior to founding iMAXIMIZE and StyleScript, Jonna began her career in marketing for multinational conglomerate 3M in 1998. Over the next 10 years, Jonna managed several different marketing teams at various fashion and retail companies. Her extensive background has provided Jonna experience with marketing & sales strategies, customer experience, concept design, insights and analytics, data enrichment, technical & human innovation. This has brought Jonna to where she stands now, an inspiring game changer & innovator.
Next to StyleScript, Jonna is an inspirational speaker and mentor at the new shared urban planning startup Open Univercities together with IsoCarp. Recently, Jonna also became the European Ambassador for Declara.com with Ramona Pierson as CEO.
Janneke van den Heuvel is co-founder of TryLikes – an Internet of Things-company which measures real-time customer feedback. It has quickly developed a strong product-market fit and at the end of 2015 TryLikes was selected as the top 10 most promising European startups of 2015 by the #1 accelerator program in Europe – Startupbootcamp.
Janneke co-started her first company straight out of school. Tombello was a high-end fashion brand for leather laptop bags. With no knowledge of leather, manufacturing or experience in the fashion industry, she made various mistakes as a result which turned into many valuable lessons.
Over the past 12 years, she has co-founded several products in various markets. She rolled into the software and the later hardware/IoT world when she met her current co-founder Steven Kroon. Janneke believes that even though everyone may not start their own tech company, there is still a need for everyone to take an interest in soft- and hardware development as this is the future.
After attaining an HEAO degree in business IT, in 1987 Jeanine van der Vlist chose to join ICL Nederland (now Fujitsu Services). From 1998 Van der Vlist served as General Manager, where she led the services organisation with a team of 350 people at the age of 34.
Van der Vlist was ready for a new challenge after working for ICL for thirteen years. In 2001 she moved to Dell, where she began as Director of Home & Small Business and then became Country Director Netherlands.
2006 was the year Van der Vlist became CEO of mobile provider Worldmax. When Jeanine van der Vlist was approached in 2009 to take on the position of CEO at Alcatel-Lucent, she took the opportunity and made the switch. In October 2010 readers of Computable magazine voted her CEO of the Year.
She relinquished her position as Alcatel-Lucent Nederland CEO in 2013 to become Managing Director B2B at Essent. This gave Van der Vlist responsibility for the delivery of energy to the medium-sized and large corporate markets.
Since April 2015 she has been Commercial Director at Eurofiber, a provider of high-quality digital infrastructure. With this position Jeanine van der Vlist has opted for the flexibility, dynamism and entrepreneurial drive of an organisation, which is growing strongly and where she can operate more closely to the business and provide direction to its activities.
Alongside this work Van der Vlist acts among other things as a member of the Supervisory Board of BDR Thermea, on the Advisory Committees of a number of startups and on the board of Worldgranny.
During her studies Creative Technology at the University of Twente, Cecile co-founded the company Printr. With 12 employees and €750.000 in seed funding, Printr is disrupting the 3D printing industry by making the technology easy and accessible for everyone. In 2015 the company was selected as one of the 50 most promising startups in the world by the Kairos Society.
Cecile is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and women in tech. She started an initiative, Alt 12, to create a business network where men and women work side by side to build great things. She’s a member of the Advisory Board of StartupDelta, an organisation led by Special Envoy Neelie Kroes that is dedicated to establish a thriving and competitive startup ecosystem in the Netherlands. Furthermore Cecile serves a a role model for young entrepreneurs in the network of ‘Jong Ondernemen’. Her work as a young, female entrepreneur in tech is being recognised, as she was nominated for the VIVA400 and won the 2015 Pitch Competition of The Next Women.
Jose van Dijk is currently VP Planning, Operations and Chief of staff at Cisco Service Provider segment and has lived in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley since 2009. She has been working for almost twenty years for the technology company Cisco, a journey of climbing the corporate ladder. Prior to her current role, she was amongst others VP Marketing and VP Operations Country Enablement.
Pauline van Dongen is a Dutch fashion designer and renowned expert in wearable technology born in Amsterdam. After graduating from ArtEZ, Academy
of Arts in Arnhem, she stablished her own studio in 2010. The design studio offers a creative and explorative space for the dynamic intersection of fashion and technology. It is dedicated to collaborative, cross-disciplinary work that enables innovation and experimentation to take the form of a truly wearable and desirable product. Her work stands out by its minimalist design and clean look, but especially by an experimental and innovative approach. The purpose of her work is to bring fashion and technology together in a way that is more intimate, intuitive and body-centered. Working with unconventional materials and new technologies triggers her to investigate the application, processing and finishing of it in a garment.
Pauline’s vision is based on the belief that technology can add new value and meaning to fashion, enhances embodied experience and thus return fashion’s value to people so that they can cherish their garment for a longer period. She believes the future of fashion lies in its premise to be dynamic and responsive. To her, technology is not a mere tool, but rather one of aesthetics. Alongside with creative work in the studio, Pauline is at the time involved in a PhD pro- gram, Crafting Wearable 2013-2017, in collaboration with the TU/e University in Eindhoven.
Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer. She studied Fashion Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem and interned at Alexander McQueen in London, and Claudy Jongstra in Amsterdam. Van Herpen immediately caught the eye with notable shows. In 2007, she started her own label. Since July 2011, she is a guest member of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, which is part of the Fédération française de la couture. She participates in many international exhibitions and creates two collections a year.
Iris van Herpen stands for a reciprocity between craftsmanship and innovation in technique and materials. She creates a modern view on Haute Couture that combines fine handwork techniques with digital technology. Iris forces fashion to the extreme contradiction between beauty and regeneration. It is her unique way to reevaluate reality and so to express and underline individuality.
Iris’s decision to explore the rapid prototyping technology of 3D printing allowed her to be the first to introduce this technology in fashion, and to create astonishing designs with it. Van Herpen became fascinated with the endless design potential of 3D printing. In recent collections she further developed her prints by adding detailed handwork.
Iris van Herpen has collaborated with a number of artists from various disciplines, often on a recurring basis among them Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
Petra van Schayik is CEO & founder of Compumatica Secure Networks – a company that provides high-level security solutions for the protection of highly sensitive data transmitted over public or private networks. Compumatica develops cyber security solutions with a personal touch. They protect and secure all forms of data of many European governments and Top500 companies. They secure and encrypt IP networks, provide double firewalls, and also sign and encrypt sensitive email information.
Petra’s professional journey started in 1984 at Digital Equipment as a sales professional. After the birth of her daughter, she worked as a financial account manager at Credit Lyonnais, learning all the financial ins and outs.
In 1996 she started to work with an old digital colleague and she loved being back in the IT world. In 1998 they founded Compumatica Secure Networks and four years later they bought their largest supplier and started a software developing company in Germany. Her partner retired in 2008 and Petra became the sole owner.
Petra is also a counselor in her hometown, representing the Dorpslijst Langenboom. She feels it’s rewarding to be involved in local politics and do something for her community.
Mirjam Verhoeven, Chief Information Officer at SNS Bank N.V., is responsible for IT and Change of the bank and its brands ASN Bank, BLG Wonen, RegioBank and SNS. She is the leading person in the banks change programs, because all the processes are digital and the banks innovation is mainly driven by new technologies. Recently she launched the Technology Centre. In this Centre, SNS Bank will be working on new technologies that fit social banking. Mirjam studied Information Management at University of Tilburg and Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven. She started her career in the ICT at CapGemini and moved on to work as a consultant at KPMG Consulting, World Class IT. There she led the business redesign programmes, particularly within the social security system and the financial sector. At SNS Bank, Mirjam has held various roles being responsible for IT, Marketing and Digital Media. Mirjam is committed to encourage more girls and women into ICT, through for example VHTO to inspire more girls to take up careers within ICT.
Corinne Vigreux is co-founder of TomTom and managing director of its consumer business.
Corinne is a driving force in the European consumer technology industry. She leads TomTom’s Consumer division, growing the business from a small start-up into a global player. Under her leadership, Corinne is diversifying TomTom into a multi-category consumer brand, bringing new innovation to market and returning the consumer business to growth.
Corinne’s global team creates and manufactures innovative products that play a meaningful role in people’s lives. Corinne is firm believer that technology should help people move forward, not hold them back. And that technology should make life easier, not more complicated. So Corinne’s focus is on turning complex technology into easy to use products that are accessible to everyone. Best known for being a global leader in navigation and mapping products, TomTom now creates award-winning GPS Sport Watches.
Corinne is an entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, design and innovation. She is focused on developing talent and fostering an entrepreneurial culture both at TomTom and in the wider world. As a leader of one of the few consumer technology companies to come out of Europe, Corinne is a champion of European innovation. She plays an active role in organisations dedicated to getting women into more senior positions and in social mobility.
Corinne is co-chair of the Dutch Chapter of Women Corporate Directors and sits on the advisory board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
Earlier in her career Corinne worked for Psion Plc, where she set up Psion’s international distribution network.
Corinne graduated in France with a BA in International Business from ESSEC in 1987. She was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2012.
Anouk Vos is President of the Women in Cyber Security Foundation (WiCS), a rapidly growing international community of over 600 women working together to promote digital security and foster better connections between scantily represented women working in all areas of cyber security.
In addition, she is Head of Cyber Security at Policy Research Corporation, where she advises various governmental organizations and multinational giants on emerging digital security threats and solutions to protect “cherished digital golden nuggets”.
Prior to her current role, Anouk worked at the Netherlands ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ministry of Security and Justice advising on new security threats.
Nowadays, Anouk acts as a Thought Leader on cyber security and stands out because of her refreshing, rational and radical views on security. She explores alternative approaches such as cyber diplomacy and the digital escalation ladder and leads the debate on shifting the focus of cyberwar towards cyber peace.
By building a network of women working in cyber security, Anouk hopes to inspire others to create and utilize opportunities. Women in Cyber Security is not yet another “female membership-only” club, but rather a powerful network of professionals that each and all voluntarily invest time and energy in making the digital world more secure.
Anouk is a popular keynote speaker on cyber security, during which she encourages people to think like a hacker when working on addressing security threats. Bridging the gap between policy and technology symbolises her own career path, Anouk has a unique perspective on todays and tomorrow’s on- and offline threats.
Anouk was awarded the LOF Spotlight 2015 Award for the “Next Generation Woman” in female leadership.
Eline Vrijland-van Beest is the founder and CEO of NightBalance, a leading innovator of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) technology. NightBlanace is a spin-off from the Delft University of Technology and has developed the Sleep Position Trainer (SPT), a proprietary, highly advanced and easy to use device to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
The SPT is currently sold in 10 European countries. The SPT addresses the market of positional apnea patients – an estimated 25 million people in the EU and US. NightBalance has accumulated a wealth of clinical data (>35.000 nights) demonstrating the efficacy and ease of use of its sleep position trainer, and a substantial increase in patient compliance.
Eline has a technical background as an industrial design engineer (TU Delft, Cum Laude), and has further education in business innovation (Tias Nimbas Business School) and coaching. She was nominated as one of the 42 new talents that will conquer the world by Quote Magazine, she was in the top 100 most inspiring Dutch women according to Glamour Magazine and was nominated 3 years in a row for the Viva top 400 inspiring women. Eline is also a frequent speaker at medtech events.
What does fashion lack? “Microcontrollers” according to Dutch based Hi-Tech Fashion Designer and Innovator Anouk Wipprecht. As she is working in the emerging field of “Fashion-Tech”; a rare combination of fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction/user experience design. Producing an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way: she creates technological couture; with systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; projected as ‘host’ systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.
Strangely ahead of her time; Anouk combines the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. Sensors embedded in the design monitor the space around the wearer, and body-sensors check in on stress levels as comfort or anxiety. Her Intel-Edison based ‘Spider Dress’ is an perfect example of this aesthetic, where sensors and moveable arms on the dress help to create an more defined boundary of personal space while employing a fiere style. “This robotic dress attacks when you come to close” she mentions. Facilitating and augmenting the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings in an bespoke manner. Other than handheld devices, Wipprecht researches how we can interface in new ways with the world around us through our wardrobe.
Partnering up with companies such as American multinational technology company INTEL, software producer Autodesk, internet giants Google and Microsoft, car brand AUDI, and leading 3D printing innovator Materialise, she researches and develops how our future wardrobe would look as we continue to embed technology into what we wear.
Anouk is currently in the Bay Area running CODAME Labs as Creative Director: a new R&D studio in the middle of San Francisco focussed on interdisciplinary collaboration between artists, engineers, fashion designers, architects, scientists and technologists, pushing the field of art and technology a step further http://labs.codame.com/
She travels between San Francisco (USA), Los Angeles (USA) and Amsterdam (NL).
Jane is CEO of Yandex Data Factory. She ensures that the company fulfills its mission of finding new ways for utilizing Yandex’s big data processing and machine learning technologies outside their core applications and markets.
Before taking up the leadership of this new business, Jane was serving as Chief Executive Officer of Yandex’s e-commerce payment service Yandex.Money, which she joined in 2005. Under Jane’s leadership Yandex.Money became one of the strongest players on the country’s e-commerce market and one of the most recognized e-payment brands in this county.
Prior to becoming head of Yandex.Money, Jane served as Chief Product Officer at Yandex. In this role, she helped Yandex to reach the leading position on the internet market in Russia and gain popularity with its wide range of web-based products and services.
Alongside her duties as CEO of Yandex Data Factory, Mrs Zavalishina remains on the board of directors of Yandex.Money.