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PRESS RELEASE – DELFT, 16 SEPTEMBER 2021
Cis Marring and Marietje Schaake join new Quantum Delta NL Supervisory Board. Carlo Beenakker appointed as new Chairman of Supervisory Board, Ronald Hanson becomes Chairman of the Executive Board.
Cis Marring (ex-CFO TNO) and Marietje Schaake (international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center) have joined the Supervisory Board of Quantum Delta NL. The Supervisory Board also appointed the former vice-chairman, Carlo Beenakker, as Chairman. Ronald Hanson, currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board, becomes Chairman of the Executive Board. With the changes in the organizational structure, Quantum Delta NL prepares the organization for the next phase of its mission: the implementation of the National Agenda with the recently allocated 615 million euro for Quantum Delta NL from the Netherlands’ National Growth Fund.
Cis Marring was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board at TNO, the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific research. Marring brings many years of financial experience to the table, having worked for several large internationally operating companies such as Unilever NV and Royal Wessanen NV. At Quantum Delta NL, Marring will strengthen the Supervisory Board’s profile in the areas of finance, accounting, auditing, risk and ecosystem building.
Marietje Schaake is the international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center and international policy fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Between 2009 and 2019, Schaake served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party (D66) where she focused on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. She writes a monthly column for the Financial Times and a bi-monthly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper. On Quantum Delta’s Board, she will focus on the ethical and social impact that quantum technology will have on our society.
The Supervisory Board now consists of eight members. They offer Quantum Delta NL a wide range of experience and expertise in the many aspects surrounding quantum technology, from science and technology to startups and social impact. The members are: Chairman Carlo Beenakker (Lorentz Institute Leiden), Vice-Chairman Job Nijs (Director Braventure), Nils Beers (ex-Techleap.nl), Cis Marring (ex-TNO), Ronny van ‘t Oever (MinacNed/NanoNextNL), Kareljan Schoutens (UvA/QuSoft), Rogier Verberk (TNO) and Marietje Schaake (Stanford University). The Executive Board consists of: Chairman Ronald Hanson (TU Delft/QuTech), Freeke Heijman (founder Quantum Delft and ex-Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) and Jesse Robbers (ex-KPN & Ericsson, ex-CCO AMS-IX), representing science, government and industry. A fourth board member is currently being recruited.
615 million euros
The changes in the organizational structure are necessary now that Quantum Delta NL is entering the next phase, as a result of the allocation of 615 million euros from the National Growth Fund, an investment fund created by the cabinet of the Netherlands to boost economic growth and maintain prosperity for the foreseeable future. The funding provides the Netherlands with a unique opportunity to convert its lead in quantum technology into sustainable earning power for the benefit of Europe as a whole. The quantum industry in the Netherlands projects it will create 30,000 high-tech jobs and have a cumulative economic impact of €5 to 7 billion. According to a recent Boston Consulting Group report, the market for quantum could grow to around $300 billion worldwide by 2050.
Chairman of the Quantum Delta NL Executive Board Ronald Hanson: “The Quantum Delta NL Supervisory Board was hastily established in 2019 to manage the €23.5 million investment we received from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. As we enter the next phase, we need more expertise, also from the outside. Therefore, I am pleased to welcome Cis Marring and Marietje Schaake to the Supervisory Board and to continue working with Carlo Beenakker in his new role as Chairman. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and a network that will help us realize the ambitions of the Quantum Delta NL agenda and to deal with the responsibilities that come with it.”
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About Quantum Delta NL
Quantum Delta NL is the public-private partnership of global tech companies, government agencies and all major quantum research centers in the Netherlands. The mission of Quantum Delta NL is to further strengthen the thriving Dutch quantum ecosystem into the most relevant for Europe.