Roel Fonville is chairman of the board of CITC. He had a career of more than 30 years at Royal Philips, with various positions in R&D, Business Management and General Management in Philips Components, Semiconductors and Healthcare. He was the first Director of the Strategic Area Health at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He was chairman of the Top Team Life Sciences and Health that developed the plan for the Top Sector for the Dutch government in 2011. Roel has served in several supervisory boards. Currently he is chairman of the supervisory board of the NV COVRA in Nieuwdorp, the Mikrocentrum in Eindhoven and the board of Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen. Roel holds a master degree in Chemistry from the University of Groningen.
After receiving an Industrial Design Engineering degree, Jaap Lombaers was researcher at TNO’s Human Factors institute and then corporate consultant for Dutch Railroads, involved in the introduction of new technology in e.g. locomotive cabs. After moving back to TNO he had various positions in product development, working worldwide for industrial clients on barcode readers and self-scanning related projects. In 2005 he co-founded and became managing director of Holst Centre in Eindhoven; open innovation research centre by imec (BE) and TNO (NL). He thereafter co-founded other initiatives such as Solliance, Brightlands Materials Center, AMSYSTEMS Centre and CITC. Since 2019 he is TNO’s corporate director of Knowledge Management and Partnerships.
Miriam Luizink is director NWO-I, the organization of Institutes of the Dutch Research Council (NWO). She studied Applied Physics at the University of Twente. Miriam Luizink worked on optical network innovation, first during her studies at AkzoNobel, then at KPN Research in Leidschendam and KPN International Consultancy in Costa Rica. At Oost NV she worked on developing a fiber optic network and setting up and organizing partnerships around technological topics, such as VR and mechatronics. Miriam Luizink worked at the University of Twente for ten years, as technical-commercial director of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and as director of Strategic Business Development. In the last years five years she headed Roessingh Research & Development, research centre voor rehabilitation technology and eHealth. Miriam Luizink has a number of supervisory positions.
John Schmitz has over thirty years of experience in the semiconductor industry with companies such as Philips, Genus Inc, SEMATECH and NXP. The practical application of science and technology has played an important role in his career: Schmitz has more than fifty publications and contributions in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences to his name, and has published books on semiconductor technology and on thermodynamics in a historical and everyday context. Schmitz holds also six patents. Today he is the Dean of the Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technical University of Delft.