Nienke Bosschaart

Dr. Nienke Bosschaart - University of Twente

Nienke Bosschaart (1984) studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente (2002-2007). This is where she became passionate about biomedical optics and its use for noninvasive diagnostics in medicine. Nienke has worked with a variety of optical techniques: optical coherence tomography, photoacoustics, Raman/near infrared/spatially resolved/diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and adaptive optics.
From 2007-2011, Nienke did her PhD at the department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics of the AMC in Amsterdam (Prof. Ton van Leeuwen). There, she developed a new optical modality: Low Coherence Spectroscopy (LCS). LCS allows for highly localized measurements of optical properties in turbid media like tissue. For her work on LCS, Nienke received several scientific awards, including the Simon Stevin Gezel award from STW, and the PhD Thesis Award from the Dutch Association for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering.
After a postdoc in Amsterdam, Nienke returned to the University of Twente in 2015 for a Tenure Track position at the Biomedical Photonic Imaging Group. In the coming years, she will be working on her Veni grant for the optimization of LCS for noninvasive blood analysis in (preterm) babies.
Nienke and her partner Ronald are the happy parents of their one-year-old son Thijs.

Website: BMPI Nienke Bosschaart

Dr. Ronald Dekker, CTO of Xio Photonics

Ronald Dekker (1974) has been active in the field of material engineering, micro-fabrication, integrated optics and packaging and assembly for almost 20 years. After receiving his B.Sc. degree in the field of Applied Physics he worked several years at the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands as a process engineer on the development of novel clean room processing steps for the IC-industry to improve the quality of flat panel displays. Hereafter, he was employed at JDS Uniphase, both in the Netherlands and Canada where he worked on the development of MEMS based Variable Optical Attenuators (VOAs) a new fabrication platform for low cost Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexers (DWDM) systems. Later, as a Quality Engineer, he was also responsible for all reliability and quality issues related to the DWDM systems at JDS Uniphase. After receiving his PhD degree in the field of integrated optics at the University of Twente, he became senior researcher at the research chair Integrated Optical Micro Systems (University of Twente) working on femtosecond waveguide writing in rare-earth doped optical materials. After that, he joined LioniX BV where he led multidisciplinary projects in the field of integrated optics and microfluidics for both telecommunication and biomedical applications. He was strongly involved in founding XiO Photonics, which is a provider of integrated optical solutions for applications where either visible and/or infrared wavelengths are required. Since 2010 he is CTO of XiO Photonics. He is married and has two daughters, age 5 and 8.


Jennifer Herek

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Herek, University of Twente

Title of the talk:
Coherence in life and laser spectroscopy

Jennifer L. Herek studied liberal arts & science at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin, USA), followed by graduate studies in physical chemistry at Caltech (Pasadena, California, USA). She obtained her PhD in 1996 in the emerging field of femtosecond spectroscopy, and then took her expertise to the University of Lund (Sweden) where she held postdoctoral and assistant professor appointments. In 2002 she was awarded FOM Springplank and NWO VIDI grants, which allowed her to set up her own research group at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (Amsterdam). In 2006 she was appointed professor and chair of the Optical Sciences group of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, and in 2010 she received an NWO VICI grant. Her current research interests include spectroscopy and microscopy with tailored laser pulses for controlling photophysical processes in molecules and nanostructures. Since 2012, Jennifer is also Dean of the University College Twente, an innovative bachelors programme combining technology and liberal arts & science.
Jennifer and her partner Maurice are parents to two boys, ages 8 and 11.

Website: Optical Sciences Jennifer Herek University College Atlas

Merel Leistikow

Dr. ir. Merel Leistikow – Philips Research

Title of the talk:
Image guided interventions using optical shape sensing

Merel Leistikow received her Master’s degree in Applied Physics from Twente, graduating in the group Laser Physics and nonlinear optics in 2006. She then moved to Amsterdam to do PhD research at the center for Nanophotonics of the FOM institute AMOLF and the group Complex Photonic Systems of the University of Twente. She received her PhD in 2011 under supervision of prof. dr. Vos on controlling spontaneous light emission in nanostructures like photonic crystals. In 2012 she started at Philips Research in Eindhoven and is now a senior scientist in the group In-Body systems. Current research revolves around fiber optics: to determine the shape of an optical fiber embedded inside an interventional device to help a physician in the hospital to place e.g. stents inside arteries. She is married and has two kids.


Esther Mollema

Esther Mollema, MBA - HPO Center, Direction, Briefings for Business Leaders Europe BV, Professional Boards Forum

Moderator of the panel discussion

After her studies at Nyenrode University (The Netherlands) and Thunderbird in Phoenix, Arizona, Esther (1965) worked as a managing director for professional training organizations in the Netherlands, Japan, Germany and the United States.

In 1999 Esther founded Direction, a specialized and professional training organization for personal development, leadership development, team counseling and decision-making.

Esther is specialized in diversity, gender awareness and High Performance Organizations.


American Graduatie School of International Management, Thunderbird Phoenix, USA, Master of Business Administration, cum laude   1991 - 1992
Nyenrode Business University, BBA, Breukelen, The Netherlands   1984 - 1987

Work experience

Direction Europe BV. Founder and CEO   since 1999
Institute for International Research (ICBI). International producer and managing director of several international subsidiaries/training units. Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany) and New York   1989 - 1999
Nyenrode Business University. Executive education teaching assistant   1987 - 1988
Nippon Telephone and Telegraph. Business analyst, (Tokyo, Japan)   1986

HPO center Esther Mollema

Floor van de Pavert

Floor van de Pavert, M.Sc. - High Tech Entrepreneur

Title of the talk:
Starting a photonics company: lessons learned

Floor van de Pavert is a high-tech entrepreneur. Currently she works as an independent consultant in the field of science policy, quantum technologies and innovation management. Her customers include the Dutch government, knowledge institutes, startups and established companies. Until April 2013, Floor was CEO of Single Quantum BV and in this role responsible for general and strategic management, as well as for sales and marketing. The company, which was co-founded by Floor in 2011, develops superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. Between 2008 and 2012, she worked as a programme officer at FOM. There she was responsible for policy development in the fields of nanotechnology, international research affairs and tech transfer, including start-up companies and IP management. Before that, she worked two years as a strategy consultant at Andersson Elffers Felix. Floor studied Experimental Physics at Utrecht University.

Floor lives together with her boyfriend, is a happy workaholic and a great believer in outsourcing as much as possible, both in her professional as in her personal life.


Silvania Pereira

Dr. Silvania Pereira - TU Delft

Title of the talk:
Enabling photonics: Optical metrology of structures and surfaces

Silvania F. Pereira got her Ph.D. in the USA in the field of experimental quantum optics. She gained her post-doctoral experience at the University of Constance in Germany after receiving the Humboldt fellowship. In addition, she worked as a post-doc for 3 years at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands with a grant from the FOM foundation. Since 2000 she holds a permanent position at the Delft University of Technology and currently she is Associate Professor (UHD) at this university. Her research is in several areas related to classical optics, namely optical data storage, high numerical aperture imaging systems, optical lithography and metrology
She is married and has 2 children. Her hobbies are music (She plays piano and harpsicord) and cooking. Her husband and she both have positions at the university and live in the same city which makes the combination life-work balance easier.

TuDelft Silvania Pereira

Patty Stabile

Dr. Patty Stabile - TU Eindhoven

Title of the talk:
Integrated photonic circuits for packet-switched interconnections

Ripalta (Patty) Stabile received the Master’s degree cum laude in electrical engineering from the Politecnico of Bari, Bari, Italy, in 2004. In 2005, she joined the Soft Matter Nanotechnology Group at National Nanotechnology Laboratory, Lecce, Italy, where she received the Ph.D. degree in nanoscience in 2008. In 2009, she moved to COBRA Research Institute, Technical University of Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where she was appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher. In 2014 she has been appointed Assistant Professor at the same institute. She is currently with COBRA Research Institute, Technical University of Eindhoven. Her research interests include design, simulation, nanofabrication, and characterization of organic and inorganic photonic devices as well as large-scale photonic integrated circuits, mainly high-connectivity optical switches and high-capacity cross-connects. She is expert of high-speed electronic control of on-chip integrated systems. She is also wife and mother of two sweet little kids.

Website: Dr. Patty Stabile