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Neelie Kroes

Non-Executive Member of the Board, Open Data Institute

Neelie Kroes currently is Special Advisor Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Board Member Salesforce, and chairs the Public Policy Advisory Board of Uber. Previously Neelie Kroes was Special Envoy for startups in the Netherlands and headed the StartupDelta initiative that boosts the Dutch startup ecosystem and aims to place it among the top 3 ranked competitive ecosystems in Europe. Before that, Neelie Kroes served 11 years as EU Commissioner, the first term as EU Commissioner for Competition Policy and the second term as Commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The last term she was also Vice-President of the European Commission. Before the European Commission, Neelie Kroes was President of Nyenrode University from 1991-2000, and served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo and P&O Nedlloyd. From 1982-1989 she served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication in the Netherlands. She is an international advocate for the position of women in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship.