Meet Our Ambassadors
Advocates who actively connect companies to us and provide our customers access to their international networks
A goal is a dream with a deadline. When your goal is clear, it is important to share that goal to meet that deadline. You need to connect people to it. The more employees feel connected to their work, the greater the success of the organization. Jacqueline knows from her experience as a supervisory director, chairman, adviser and director exactly how she can create this enthusiasm and involvement with employees and management.
She knows how to identify and analyze the core qualities of an organization. But she also knows in particular how you can let employees excel in these core qualities. She herself seems business-like, but she knows how to motivate and stimulate in a truly human way. Her aim is to share those skills and thus share success.
Jan Willem van Boeckel
As founder and former CCO of Treatwell, the leading global beauty services marketplace, mastered how to scale a company from scratch to a successful exit (Recruit), 150 FTE in multiple countries in just 2,5 years.
Additionally, a proven track record in growing sustainable business results and brands (Oral-B, Braun, Gillette, Ola) at blue chip companies (P&G, Unilever and Philips) in both global and local commercial, business and marketing roles.
Particular strong in strategy development, drive for results, execution and building organizational capabilities.
Martijn Lopes Cardozo
Entrepreneur and senior executive experienced in starting and managing fast growing businesses or transforming and accelerating existing business. Proven track record in setting strategy and then leading teams to deliver profitable growth, both organically and through acquisitions. Ability to inspire colleagues and communicate company vision with customers and partners. Extensive work experience both in the US as in Europe.
Specialities: circular economy, digital strategy, corporate development and M&A, analytics and big data; lead generation, sales, product management,(local) digital advertising, radio, television and mobile markets, investing, organisational transformation
Joelle co-founded Improve Digital, a global SAAS platform/ market place in the digital media space with data and AI at the heart of it. Improve Digital was sold to Swisscom in 2016. Before Improve Digital she held international positions at large corporates such as Microsoft and KLM.
Marco is an executive with 25 years of experience in International Business Development and Management of Sales offices around the world for Hi Tech vendors in the Telecommunication and Cyber Security markets. His main international target market segments are Telecommunication carriers, Utility Companies, Governmental Instances and the Financial sector.
The first 10 years of his career he started as a System Development Engineer for Telecommunication equipment and as an R&D Manager for a Telecommunication vendor and as a Project Manager for the implementation of Wide Area Networks for carriers.
Niek de Jong
Niek de Jong is an experienced entrepreneur in both the corporate world (KPN, Accenture) and SME world (Sustainder, Exact) with an education in business economics. His drive is to scale the business by bringing new solutions and business models to the international marketplace which are based on combinations of mostly existing technologies from telco/IT/big data. This can be setting up new companies from scratch (KPN/Sympac, Sustainder) or adding new market changing business to the existing business (Exact, Accenture).
Typical situations where his entrepreneurial skills and implementation experience were a decisive advantage. His main areas of expertise are SmartCity, Telecom, Media and IT.
Joep Ketelaar is co-founder of Improveline in the UK. Improveline started out as an online matching service for homeowners and contractors, and turned into a 400-strong insurance repairs business. The company was sold to Homeserve in 2005.
Next, Joep joined Funda, the #1 Dutch property portal, as CEO, after which he returned to early stage tech ventures, in education, inflight entertainment and property.
Joep is also a mentor at YES!Delft, the tech incubator.
I’m an (exit) entrepreneur and digital (social) marketing strategist.
In 2013 I founded Second Degree, one of the fastest growing digital agencies in 2016 (Silver FD Gazellen Award).
Second Degree was acquired by Dept (2016), an international agency with over 1.500 experiences thinkers and makers.
In early 2020 Dept switched owners and I exited the company. Furthermore I’m a published author, public speaker and I am currently enjoying a sabbatical to explore my next play and to write a book.
Pjotr van Schothorst
Pjotr is a private investor in clean energy startups. After studying physics at TU Delft, he worked at Shell for 12 years, always introducing new technology into Shell’s mainstream business. In 2000, he left Shell to start some new technology companies himself: Act-3D, the company behind Lumion, a software product for architecture visualization; and VSTEP, a company developing training simulators in several international markets.
Both companies made several product & market pivots during their 20 year lifetime, and Pjotr experienced the effects these can have on the company’s success first hand. Both companies have grown considerably since their start, and Pjotr now uses the dividends of one of them to invest in new ventures that support the energy transition. Over the last 2 years, he took part in 6 seed rounds and 2 Series A rounds, and he still learns every day from all these companies, lessons he is keen to share with other startups and scaleups.
Jeroen van Vliet
Co-founder of StartReady, a Microsoft Unified Communications Specialist sold to KPN in 2018.
Jeroen has a strong background in software development and building teams around it. Worked for Microsoft and several other IT Companies in the Netherlands.
Robert Jan van Vugt
Robert Jan spent the last years as Operational and Program Director at YES!Delft, one of the largest tech incubators of Europe. In this role he has coached and trained hundreds of deeptech startups and scaleups in different industries. He also set up multiple corporate – startup programs with the likes of Shell, DSM and Kubota. Before YES!Delft he had various management roles at EternalsunSpire, a deeptech startup in solar measurement equipment with offices in Boston, Shanghai and The Hague.
He is experienced in public/private partnerships, community/ecosystem growth and training and coaching. Robert Jan is based in Sweden.