Johanna van Antwerpen

Johanna van Antwerpen - Project coordinator ECIAPJohanna van Antwerpen is the founder of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM). AIM is the innovation agency of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and merged in 2013 among other organisations into the Amsterdam Economic Board. AIM has been set up to help preserve and strenghten Amsterdam’s key position in the knowledge based economy. The Amsterdam Economic Board promotes innovation, cooperation and new activities in relevant economic sectors such as: Creative Industries, ICT, Life Sciences, Sustainability, Financial and Business services.

As director of AIM (2006-2012) she was engaged to establish the creative cluster and developed and implemented several clusterprojects such as: Creative Amsterdam, Creative Metropoles and Cross Innovation. She has given many presentations during international seminars on innovation and the creative cluster, e.g. in Brussels, Lyon, Moscow, Helsinki.

Johanna has a background in Social Psychology (MA). During her professional career she was among others manager in Higher Education (1990-1998) and director of the Institute of Research and Statistics of the City of Amsterdam (1998-2006).

Since June 2012 she is innovation advisor at AIM/the Amsterdam Economic Board, which function she combines with her role as coordinator of the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA).

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