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.


Marga de Jager

Managing board, ANWB

“Innovations come with opportunities. They keep you sharp and make sure things pick up speed. The ANWB recognizes the importance of innovation and is pleased to offer a platform for creative thinkers with promising innovations.”

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.”

Berno Kleinherenbrink

Senior Vice President, LeasePlan Corporation N.V.

“Mobility has to become smarter, cleaner and more efficient. We need to embrace and encourage the innovative capacity of the sector, and bring market players, private and public, together.”

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 May 31, 2021.

Jurre Nitert

Senior Consultant,
Roland Berger

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