Freeke Heijman

Co-Founder and Director, Ecosystem Development, Quantum Delta Netherlands

Freeke Heijman is co-founder of Quantum Delta NL, the foundation that runs the Dutch national Quantum Initiative. She serves in the executive board as director of ecosystem development that is responsible for the 615 ME government funding for programs of R&D, education, and research facilities. Within the board she is responsibe for the startup ecosystem, public-private partnerships and the development of a new house of quantum. She has been active in the field of Quantum since 2013 as a special advisor to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy when QuTech in Delft was launched. In this context she is responsible for the Dutch national policy and investments in Quantum Technology, international partnerships such as the NL participation in the EU flagship and development of the Delft Quantum Campus ecosystem. She has extensive experience in European and national space, industrial and innovation policies including in the role of head of unit. She graduated at the TU Delft Policy Analysis and Systems Engineering department in 1999 and started her career at KPN Research. Her passion is to drive innovation at the crossroad of academia, business and government.

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