Jan Jonker takes over the reins as the new ITEA Office
Director on 1 September 2019. He succeeds Fopke Klok who has
been leading the ITEA Office since 2007.
Jan Jonker, who was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has
wide-ranging experience working on innovation projects in
various positions and different domains including ICT,
Health and Energy.
In 2000, he became senior project manager for Development and Innovation at
the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL), where he led a team
within the field of health and medical technology from 2006-2009. Between
2009 and 2014, Jan Jonker was detached to Health Valley as managing
director. Health Valley is a renowned Cluster in Health and Life Science
Innovation in the Netherlands, organising many events as well as supporting
innovation projects related to healthcare. In 2014, he also became team
manager for Cleantech and Energy Development at the same agency.
Thanks to his extensive interaction with many different stakeholders ranging
from entrepreneurs to corporate and governmental organisations, together
with his experience in managing a leading-edge Cluster, he knows what it
takes to manage an innovation Cluster like ITEA.
In handing over the baton to Jan Jonker, Fopke Klok stated: “I have really
enjoyed working for ITEA, but after 12 years it is good to change. I am very
happy that we have found a good successor in Jan Jonker and I wish him all
success in the further development of ITEA.”
Just before his start at ITEA, Jan Jonker recorded a short video message to
In this video, he emphasises the importance of the strong ITEA Community:
“Together we can position ITEA as a very successful EUREKA Cluster. The
people who built ITEA can be proud of it and it is very inspiring to me to
work with them in the future. I look forward to meeting you during the PO
Days in Amsterdam or on another occasion.”