DutchSA is honoured and proud to announce that Professor Anton Middelberg, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide, has joined the advisory board of DutchSA. See Our Board for a complete overview of our (advisory) board members. We look forward to Anton's guidance for our contributions to the South Australian innovation and commercialisation agenda and our relationship with the Dutch consulate and embassy.
Prior to becoming the Engineering lead of the University of Adelaide, Anton was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and International) and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at The University of Queensland. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, taught at the University of Cambridge and was appointed as a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, focused on research and its commercialisation.
Professor Middelberg is an internationally-recognised research and thought leader in chemical and biomolecular engineering. His research is fundamental but directed toward significant problems including in the health and advanced bio-manufacturing sectors.
In 2003 he returned to Australia as an ARC Federation Fellow and then as the Queensland Premier’s Fellow. During these Fellowships he researched, patented and ultimately licensed new technologies in the vaccine and bio-nanotechnology sectors.
The impact of Professor Middelberg’s research has been recognised by Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and through award of the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde Medals of IEAust. In 2006, he won the TechConnect Prize in Boston for new technology having the highest potential, in the category of Physical Sciences, for market impact.
Jan Bijlsma retiring from the DutchSA Board
Jan Bijlsma will ‘retire' as Treasurer from the Board after 8 years active and successful involvement in DutchSA Events, taking care of IT and Finance and many other social events and board activities. Jan, we thank you and will seriously miss your energy, wisdom & expertise, stakeholder management, and of course your Friese ‘nuchterheid'!
New DutchSA Board members Nancy Spork and Anton Scholte
We welcome Nancy Spork and Anton Scholte as our new Board members. Anton will take over the position of Treasurer from Jan Bijlsma.
DutchSA Advisory Board
The DutchSA Advisory Board with DutchSA founders Willem Ouwens and Roland Lever will be extended with Jan Bijlsma. We plan to extend the Advisory Board with more expertise and access to various industries.
New DutchSA Committees for Business and Member Engagement
We have set up two new Committees Business Engagement and Member Engagement, to involve more of our members in organising business events & trade missions, and effectively manage member related activities. We are welcoming expressions of interest to grow the team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or talk to us at the First Thursday networking drinks to let us know you are interested.
Today Willem Ouwens retires from his position as The Netherlands Honorary Consul to South Australia. DutchSA joins the Dutch Embassy in Australia in thanking Willem for his long time service and dedication to the Dutch community in South Australia!
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