Jury members

Gigi Wang (chair of the jury)

Ms. Gigi Wang runs, MG-Team, LLC, which delivers entrepreneurship and innovation training programs globally.  Since 2012, she has been teaching science & technology boot-camp twice a year at ACE Venture Lab at Amsterdam Science Park which has spun out top Dutch start-ups including Lumicks, Scyfer (acquired by Qualcomm), and Metrica-Sports (expanded to US market).  She has worked with the Dutch Consulate SF and the Amsterdam Business School.

She is also an Industry Fellow & Faculty at UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology where she chairs the Berkeley Method Entrepreneurship Boot-camp and teaches Berkeley executive innovation workshops.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Wang was on the executive teams of a number of tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia.  As an Internet pioneer in the 90’s, she started up Pacific Internet in Singapore (IPO on NASDAQ in 1999) and launched the internationally re-knowned TRUSTe (now TrustArc) Internet privacy program in the ‘90’s.

Gigi holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world including the Chief Innovation Officer Summit, Asian Leadership Conference, World Investment Conference, IBM Global Start-Up Camp, Global R&D Conference, and HighTechXL (Eindhoven).

Marja Zonnevylle, General Manager Technology Portfolio at Shell

Dr. Marja Zonnevylle has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington, and completed her MS and cum laude PhD in theoretical and physical chemistry from Cornell University (New York State) under the auspices of Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Roald Hoffmann.

She has been working for Shell since 1988, and is currently General Manager Technology Portfolio, responsible for governance of Shell’s R&D portfolio.
Previously, she was the Site Manager for the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, where 1300 Shell staff work to improve existing processes and products, and on technological innovations and solutions in the fields of petroleum, natural gas, chemicals and clean and affordable renewable energy alternatives. She has filled various technical, commercial and managerial positions, including in exploratory R&D, technical IT, oil refining technologies and gas treating technologies. She has broad international experience, has numerous patents and technical articles to her name, is an experienced speaker and currently holds several non-executive positions.

Nina Tellegen, CEO Amsterdam Economic Board

Since March 2016 Nina Tellegen is the director of the Amsterdam Economic Board. The mission of the Amsterdam Economic Board is to sustainably enhance the prosperity and well-being of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. To achieve this we work together with the business world, governmental agencies and knowledge institutes, focusing on collaboration, innovation and growth. The board focusses on six urban challenges: circular economy, energy, mobility, health, digital connectivity and jobs of the future.

Until March 2016 Nina was the CEO of the DOEN foundation, a charity that uses the annual proceeds it receives from the three Dutch Charity Lotteries  (Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery and Friends Lottery) to support committed entrepreneurs with sustainable, cultural and socially-engaged initiatives. She started her career at the African Studies Centre where she worked as a researcher and where she wrote her PhD thesis on the development of rural enterprises in Malawi. From 2001 until 2007 she was the managing director of Wemos, an advocacy organization working on international health issues.

Since early 2018 Nina is a member, and since May 2019 Chair, of the Supervisory Board of De Kleine Komedie, a beautiful small theatre in Amsterdam. She is a passionate singer and sings in a Slavic choir named Slavuj. Every other year Slavuj goes on tour and performs in countries such as Bulgaria, Bosnia and Georgia. In April and May of 2019 Slavuj gave a number of concerts in Armenia.

Joris Tinbergen, CEO Cleverbase

As CEO of Cleverbase Joris is transforming the way people, companies and governments are managing the exchange of information between them. Today most formal interactions happen online, but often not yet in a safe, structured, compliant, and efficient way. As a “Trust Service Provider” Cleverbase offers people a safe account for Personal Data Management, starting with providing them a strong electronic ID under license from the Government. With this eID people can login, sign documents electronically and exchange encrypted messages.

As director at Google Benelux Joris was responsible for the market segment Technology. He helped large corporations like Philips, Samsung, TomTom and KPN make the shift to online. Prior to that he helped Telfort build a position in mobile internet, both for consumer and business customers and launched the first mobile broadband products in the Netherlands

Joris started his career at KPN, where he held various management positions, among others at KPN Belgium where he was a member of the launching team of KPN Orange (now BASE).

He is mentor at Startup Bootcamp and a member of the Advisory Board at Teylers Museum.

Ton van Leeuwen, Chairman Department Biomedical Engineering and Physics at AMC

Ton van Leeuwen graduated in physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1989. After his PhD and post doc at the Lab. for Exp. Cardiology at the UMC Utrecht and an ICIN fellowship at CWRU (Cleveland), he became staff member of the Laser Center at the AMC.

In 2001, Ton was appointed as professor in Clinical Application of Biomedical Optics at the University of Twente, at which he headed the Biomedical Optics group from 2003 – 2008. In 2008 he was appointed as professor in Biomedical Photonics and head of the new BME & Physics department at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam.
In 2009, he was appointed as full professor in Biomedical Physics. Current research focuses on the physics of the interaction of light with tissue, and to use that knowledge for the development, introduction and clinical evaluation of (newly developed) optical imaging techniques for gathering quantitative functional and molecular information of tissue.

Jonathan Coutinho, neurologist Amsterdam UMC and winner 2018

Jonathan Coutinho is a neurologist and principal investigator at Amsterdam UMC who specializes in cerebrovascular diseases. He attained his PhD in 2014 on cerebral venous thrombosis and subsequently did a post-doc at the University of Toronto.

Currently, his main research focuses on acute stroke treatment and pre-hospital triage of stroke patients. He has published more than 80 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, has been appointed fellow of the European Stroke Organisation, and is an editorial board member for the scientific journals Stroke and BMC Neurology.

In 2018, together with his colleague Wouter Potters, Jonathan Coutinho won the Amsterdam Science and Innovation award for their ELECTRA-STROKE project. In ELECTRA-STROKE they aim to develop a mobile EEG device that allows paramedics to quickly identify stroke patients in the ambulance, thus allowing these patients to be immediately transferred to a comprehensive stroke center where they can receive optimal treatment.