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Janneke Niessen

Co-Initiator of Inspiring Fifty & CIO and Co-Founder of Improve Digital

Janneke is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, innovator, and creative thinker. Most recently, she co-founded Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm, and currently serves as the company’s Chief Innovation Officer. She also invests considerable time serving as a member of company (advisory) boards, she is mentor for start-ups, and she is active as an angel investor. In her industry, Janneke is a sought-after speaker and thought leader, regularly appearing at events to discuss entrepreneurship and digital marketing.
Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year. One of many in a long list of honours for Janneke in her time with Improve Digital, with past recognition including Deloitte Fast 50, Deloitte Rising Star, Emerce European Startup Top 10, and European Digital Women of the Year, The Next Women Top 100 Most Influential Businesswomen, Online Media Women of the Year, Red Herring 100. 

Janneke is also co-initiator of Inspiring Fifty, a pan-European programme that identifies, encourages, develops, and showcases women in leadership positions within the technology sector. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published a novel for young girls in conjunction with an award winning child book’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke recently joined the supervisory board of UNICEF and writes a column about entrepreneurship for Sprout and about technology for LINDA. At a personal level, she is a strong and vocal advocate for greater computer science and entrepreneurship education, beginning as early as the elementary school years. More broadly, she is an active voice in the Netherlands and across the EU, helping to highlight national and regional market strengths and reinforce their importance within the global technology landscape.

Joelle Frijters

Co-founder InspiringFifty, Tech-Entrepeneur, Investor

Joelle Frijters co-initiated Inspiring Fifty and is also the co-founder of advertising technology company Improve Digital. Since its founding in 2008, Improve Digital grew to a €125 mln revenues and over 200 employees. Frijters is an active person in the technology sector as a speaker, commentator and advisor on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, digital media to innovation.

Joelle is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the tech university of Delft. As an investor she helps tech companies to scale faster and better. In the different supervisory board roles she holds, she has a strong focus on fostering innovation and diversity. Joelle feels it is incredibly important to inspire different generations of women to become female leaders and entrepreneurs in tech.


Nathalie La Verge

TMT (Technology, Media & Telecommunications) at Deloitte & Board Member of InspiringFifty

Nathalie has more than 12 years of experience working for TMT clients within Deloitte. As segment lead Digital Clients, she is a member of the Core TMT industry team within Deloitte Netherlands.

Nathalie has worked mainly in the area of strategic risk management and Governance Risk & Compliance for broadcasters, publishers, production companies, telecom providers en technology companies. Nathalie is an active committee participant with the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau), the industry trade organization for digital marketing, where she fulfilled the role of MD Netherlands (a.i) last year.

Next to serving clients in the TMT industry, Nathalie is a board member of the Inspiring Fifty foundation. Strong believer of creating role models as a positive and inspiring means of reaching more diversity and changing the perception of women in technology.