About Us

The Technopolicy Network is supported by the management office and the advisory board. The office organizes the events of The Technopolicy Network, such as the Annual Regional Policy Conference and the Science Based Incubation Conference.

The advisory board supports the management of The Technopolicy Network. This board serves as the eyes and ears of the network in a community of practice.

The Advisory Board

Richard Bendis

Mr. Richard Bendis (chair)

Founding President and CEO of Innovation America, The Bendis Investment Group LLC and Biohealth Innovation Inc. in Philadelphia, USA.

Areas of interest: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Start-ups, Innovation Management and Economic Development.


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Prof. Sultan Abdulaziz Al Mubarak
Executive Consultant at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Herbert Chen
Deputy Director of the Tuspark: Foreign and Branding affairs. Former Board member and President of the Asian Pacific Division of the IASP (2006-2008) in China.
Areas of interest: Entrepreneurship, Innovation management & Knowledge and technology transfer

Peter Nijkamp

Prof. Dr. Peter Nijkamp

Full Professor in Regional Economics and Economic Geography at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Areas of interest: Science Technology, Regional innovation strategies, Benchmarking innovative capacity, Knowledge and Technology transfer.

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Mr. Douglas Robertson

President and CEO, Venn Innovation Inc. in Moncton, Canada

Areas of interest: Innovation-based economic development, Entrepreneurship, Innovation ecosystems, STEM learning and future skills.

Stough Roger

Prof. Dr. Roger Stough

Vice Dean of Research at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. Previously University Professor and Eminent Scholar, School of Public Policy and Vice President for Research at the Mason-Songdo Campus, Korea.

Areas of interest: Regional economic development modelling and analysis.



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Dr. Kees Eijkel

President of Stichting Kennispark Twente, portfolio: startups and growing companies, knowledge transfer. Managing Director of Holding Technopolis Twente.

Areas of interest: development of systems for commercialization of university research.



Dr. Luigi Amati

In the field of early stage finance, he is the President of META Zernike Ventures, an investment company started in Emilia Romagna and now active in a number of European countries with over 100 ml€ euro under management, of which over 40 ml€ have already been invested in approximately 50 knowledge intensive high growth companies (www.zernikemetaventures.com). In the advisory field, he is a co-founder META Advisory, a company focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and finance.



The Management Office

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  Mr. Frank Zwetsloot



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General Manager

  Eline Kemperman
Office and Conference Management


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