Automotive Innovation Award Foundation

The Netherlands is a world player in innovation in the automotive sector. But its innovations are rarely, if ever, visible. How do we put them in the spotlight? And how can we further reinforce this innovative capacity? The ANWB, AutomotiveNL, BOVAG, LeasePlan, RAI Vereniging and Roland Berger are taking this challenge on. These six organizations have joined forces in the Automotive Innovation Award Foundation to present prestigious awards to promising innovations, offering Dutch companies a platform to meet each other, exchange knowledge, and start new partnerships.


Erna Kuiper

Tribe Lead Customer Journey, ANWB

“The ANWB has been committed to affordable and sustainable forms of mobility for years. Providing a platform for new (technological) innovations and creative solutions can lead to acceleration. ANWB supports this importance.”

Albie van Buel

Managing Director RAI Automotive Industry NL

“Innovation plays a major role in the automotive industry. The Automotive Innovation Award is an exciting way to bring attention to the many innovations that come out of the Netherlands, and it is a way for us to further strengthen this fantastic, growing sector.”

Hans Bresser

Director Strategy & Innovation, BOVAG

“Mensen moeten in vrijheid kunnen reizen. Onze sector staat voor de uitdaging om dat op een verantwoorde en moderne manier te realiseren. Daarom is een podium voor de idee├źn en de inbreng van innovatieve ondernemers zo belangrijk.”

Olaf de Bruijn

Director, RAI Association

“To future-proof mobility, we need innovative solutions. This is one of the strengths of the Dutch automotive supplier industry. We are pleased to offer these innovations a platform.”

Sander Pleij

Country Managing Director ALD Automotive | LeasePlan Nederland

“To keep smarter, cleaner, and safer travel accessible to everyone, innovation is incredibly important. With the Automotive Innovation Award, we bring together various initiatives and parties to accelerate the necessary progress.”

Casper Veenman

Partner Roland Berger

“Mobiliteit verandert en Nederlandse innovaties kunnen hier een grote rol spelen. Roland Berger zet zich graag in om partijen te verbinden en innovaties te stimuleren”

Klaas-Willem van Ommen

Director, Automotive Innovation Award Foundation

“The Automotive Innovation Award Foundation aims to offer a platform for the sector’s countless innovations, to strengthen the sector’s innovative capacity, and to promote public-private cooperation between governments, research institutes and the automotive sector.”


Klaas-Willem van Ommen

Director, Automotive Innovation Award Foundation

As director of the foundation, responsible for spreading the award’s message and for recruiting partners and other parties to enter their innovations.

Christel Janssen

Director, Communicatiebron

An enthusiastic project leader responsible for all communications and the organization of the event, culminating in the awards ceremony on February 5th, 2024.

Robert Janssen

Senior Consultant,
Roland Berger

A driven project leader responsible for the entire jury process, ensuring that the independent jury can do its job effectively.