Our Advisory Board
Managing director of the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems
Dr. Mark Boneschanscher received his PhD in 2014 from Utrecht University on a study of the physical and chemical properties of nanocrystalline honeycomb materials. He worked as a program officer at the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM). Here, he coordinated various research funding instruments and evaluation panels, acted as institute liaison for the energy research institute DIFFER, and set up a successful lobby for new funds for the general and technical sciences (sector plans). During the transition of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) he was involved in setting up the new Institute Organization (NWO-I) in which he became coordinator of the institute liaisons. In 2019 he was asked to set up the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES), of which he became the managing director at the launch in 2020.
Mark believes that both science and industry have a crucial role to play in the energy transition. He is therefore actively involved in setting up both scientific as well as public-private collaborations in EIRES. His ultimate goal is to speed up the energy transition by industrialization of innovative renewable energy systems.
Architect of HEAVENN
Drs. Ing. Patrick Cnubben (1965) studied Chemical Engineering at the Hogere Technische School Heerlen (1989) and Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (1993) and has been employed successively by Pré Consultants, Philips, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Technology Center North Netherlands before his involvement within the Energy Valley Foundation. Within the Energy Valley Foundation, which is now merged into the New Energy Coalition, he has been active for over 18 years now and responsible for the realisation of large scale investments in the field of Bio Energy & Gas enhancing amongst else the production and use of (biogenic) energy carriers such as Green Gas, (Bio)LNG and Hydrogen.
Patrick is the architect of Heavenn, the Northen-Netherlands Hydrogen Valley project and involved in many green Hydrogen related development projects. Recently Patrick has been appointed the coordinator of the green molecules program (green hydrogen and green gas) with New Energy Coalition where further development of these novel value chains is key - from idea generation, knowledge development to realisation and operation.
Provincie Noord Brabant
Onno Huiskamp received his B.Sc. Management, Economics and Law at Avans University of Applied Sciences in 2011.
After his studies he worked for an M&A boutique in the Netherlands specializing in tech and family transactions. Transferring to the regional development agency in Noord-Brabant 2013 he was made responsible for high tech in the strategic acquisitions program at the Foreign Direct Investments department, working mainly with high tech companies from Japan, Taiwan and Israel. In 2016 he was transferred to the provincial government to develop the international program, with a focus on high tech hubs in Tel Aviv, SF and Tokyo. During this time he worked with the Technical University Eindhoven to set up the roadmap for Integrated Photonics, WTMF. In addition the Brabant Innovation Days, yearly partnership events in Tel Aviv, Tokyo and SF for Brabant based research institutes in flexible electronics, thin film solar, 3D printing and Photonics were set up.
Partner Success Lead, Startupbootcamp Fintech & Cybersecurity
Elizabeth Kleinveld is an investor, Fintech expert and ecosystem builder, who links various parties in the value chain from startups and scale-ups to regulators, investors and large corporates. Elizabeth spent twenty years working in the tech and banking sectors in the Netherlands and joined Startupbootcamp's Fintech & Cybersecurity Accelerator in 2016. She is responsible for the Corporate Partners (Banks, Insurers, Pension Funds, Consultants, Systems Integrators etc.). In this role she helps them scout and work with startups promising startups. Elizabeth has hosted a number of panel discussions at various conferences on Corporate Innovation and Corporate Startup Collaboration. She travels the world to find the best startups to invest in and work with and is a big proponent of the Israeli startup scene.
Managing director Eindhoven Engine
Katja Pahnke is managing director of Eindhoven Engine B.V, an innovation accelerator in the Brainport Region which specializes on challenge-based research in its public-private research facility on co-location at the TU/e Campus. Teams of the region’s most talented researchers from industry, knowledge institutes and students cooperates in Eindhoven Engine research programs to deliver breakthrough technological solutions.
Katja graduated in Chemical Engineering in Oldenburg, Germany and started her career in Germany as head of microbiological, physical and chemical research at Umweltschutz Nord GmbH. Katja started working in the Netherlands in 1999 at TNO, in several positions. From 2007 till 2012 she was managing director and chairman of the board at TÜV Rheinland TNO Automotive International BV (now Siemens), full vehicle passive safety testing in the automotive industry. From 2012 till 2019 she was director of TMC Technology Executives, operating as operational and strategic partner on management level for leadership questions in the High Tech industry and set up the business cells TMC Chemical, Mechanical, Automotive before.
co-chairman of Photonics Israel
Haim Rousso is a co-chairman of Photonics Israel -the association of Photonics companies in Israel. He also leads the Forum of VP R&Ds in the Israel industry. Both organizations are operated under the umbrella of AEAI - Association of Engineers and Architects in Israel. Mr. Rousso is a member in the Board of Stakeholders of Photonics 21.
Before that, Mr. Rousso spent 40 years at the technology - based industry, as the CEO of EL-OP ,a world wide leader in the electro-optics field, and as Executive VP at Elbit Systems.
He served for 8 years as a member at the National Council for R&D and 3 years as a member of the council of IIA -Israeli Innovation Authority.
Dr. Chen Sagiv
Chen Sagiv is the co founder and co CEO of SagivTech, a computer vision and AI projects company as well as the co founder and co CEO of DeePathology, a company that aims to disrupt pathology with AI.
Prior to establishing SagivTech Chen worked as algorithms developer in Israel and the Netherlands.
Chen is also the co founder of the largest computer vision and AI event in Israel: IMVC – Israel Machine Vision Conference.
Besides her professional activities Chen volunteers as a Math teacher for at risk youth and she serves as a member in the committee to promote women in science and technology at the Israeli Science and Technology Ministry.
Chen holds a BSc. In Physics and Mathematics, MSc. in Physics and a PhD. In Applied Mathematics all from the Tel Aviv University and did her post doc at the University of Bremen in Germany.
VP International Division, Israel Innovation Authority
Nili Shalev, Director General of ISERD - The Israel-EU R&D Directorate at the Israel Innovation Authority, has more than 20 years of experience representing the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry in a wide range of executive positions.
Appointed to her present position in the summer of 2016, Mrs. Shalev is responsible for the implementation of the Israel-EU agreement on Research and Development, Horizon2020, creating support- infrastructure and initiating activities for promoting industrial and academic R&D cooperation between Israel and Europe through a variety of multilateral and binational platforms.
Since first joining the Ministry in 1995, Mrs. Shalev was the Director of the Government SEED Fund at the Office of the Chief Scientist, a multimillion dollar support program aimed at providing incentives for prospective investors in Israeli high-tech start-up companies. She also served as the Advisor to the Director General of the Ministry. From 2004 – 2008, she served as the Israeli Trade Commissioner in Australia and New Zealand. In 2010-2011 Ms. Shalev served as the Director of the International Projects and Financing Department managing several multimillion dollar funds in order to promote and finance Israeli industries. And prior to her recent appointment, from 2011-2016, she served as the Economic Minister to North America of Ministry of Economy and Industry in NY, responsible for promoting trade and investment between North America and Israel.
From 2008-2010, Mrs. Shalev was employed in the private sector as Marketing Director for Miya, an Arison Group company that offers comprehensive water efficiency solutions for municipalities.
Ms. Shalev holds an MBA (1996), an MA in Communications (1996) and a BA in International Relations (Cum Laude, 1989-1992), from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is married with two children.
Dr. Efrat Shefer
President Philips Israel
Dr. Efrat Shefer is the President of Philips Israel. Formerly, Efrat was the GM of Philips Imaging Clinical Applications business and prior to that founded the Oncology Informatics venture at Philips focusing on informatics and decision support solutions for oncologists. Efrat is a board member of IATI (Israel Advanced Technologies Industries) , a board member of Ashoka Israel- an NGO advancing social entrepreneurship and a member of 8400 a Healthcare networking NGO.
Efrat holds an M. Sc. and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of science and a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem.
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Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Israel
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