Imke Carsouw has been heading Brainport Development as Managing Director since 2012.
After obtaining her MSc degree in Public Administration, she held various positions in the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In 1997 she moved to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, where she has especially been active in the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Since 2005 Imke has been actively engaged in South East Netherlands for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. She took on responsibility for the development of an economic vision and a plan of action for the region. The ‘Peaks in the Delta’ approach resulted in intensive cooperation between the national and regional governments, generating concrete results.
From 2010 until 2012 Imke was responsible for policy development and execution of the generic entrepreneurship policy for SMEs at the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Innovation of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Brainport Development is a new-style development agency that works with representatives from industry, economic clusters, knowledge institutions and government to strengthen Brainport as a top region for technology. Brainport is an important cornerstone of the Dutch economy and part of the technological backbone of Europe. Brainport Development encourages and develops regional and (inter)national projects and programmes, promotes Brainport at home and abroad, and facilitates regional industry through business advice and funding, incubation facilities, business premises and business centres.