Wendy de Jong is the new General Manager of the development agency of Oost NL. On the 23rd of April De Jong was officially appointed by the General Assembly of Oost NL and on the 1st of July she will take over the position of Marius Prins.
Wendy de Jong will start as General Manager of Oost NL on 1st July. Wendy de Jong (born 1966) has previously been an advisor at GovernanceQ, an independent consulting firm focused on governance and supervision of public institutions and governmental service providers. Wendy de Jong is trained as a business economist and lawyer and has extensive experience in the financial sector (ABN AMRO/Alpinvest Private Equity) in addition to her experience as an advisor and commissioner.
By accepting her role at Oost NL, Wendy resigned after seven years as commissioner of Topfonds Gelderland, of which Oost NL is fund manager. She remains a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and a member of the Supervisory Board of Ambulance Amsterdam.
Wendy de Jong takes over the duties of Marius Prins, who has been General Manager at Oost NL since the end of 2016. Under his administration, he built a further professionalization of Oost NL, in which sustainable growth and social impact are a driving force. After more than 20 years of working for the economy in the Eastern Netherlands, he indicated at the end of last year that it was time for a successor.
Oost NL has been recognised in the EURADA awards twice. It was the first agency to win them thanks to its Food Valley Ambassador Programme, which in 2014 was one of the first specific actions of Oost NL related to human resources. As part of this, it was able to combine internationalisation, innovation support to local companies, talent attraction, and cooperation with universities and research organisations.
In the latest edition of EURADA Awards, Oost NL was given a special mention for their ROCKET project, launched under the Dutch-German Interreg 5a program. This tool supports consortia of SMEs from the Netherlands and Germany to jointly develop new products using Key Enabling Technologies. The ROCKET-project produced 6 feasibility studies, 11 cross-border innovation projects, more than € 10 million in investments, over 40 prototypes of products engineered, and a stronger Dutch-German ecosystem with regards to developments in Key Enabling Technologies.