Lucien Burm
Lucien BurmChair
Lucien was CEO and cofounder of Nine Connections , a Dutch Artificial Intelligence company. As a board member of the DSA, he hopes to help improve the Dutch startup ecosystem and make the Netherlands the #1 startup state of Europe.

“Leave it to the entrepreneurs!”

Roland Sars
Roland Sars
Roland Sars is CEO of Media Distillery. He is a genuine entrepreneur: born with a truly commercial instinct and vision on business growth.

“I cofounded the DSA because of a personal frustration: there was no central body representing startups in the public debate!”

Rinske Brand
Rinske Brand
Rinske Brand founded BRAND The Urban Agency, a boutique agency that focuses on making cities greener, smarter, more innovative and dynamic. She’s not only a marketing strategist and a ‘brand urbanism’ advocate, but also a startup coach.

“The new generation of growth entrepreneurs leads the way in innovation and social impact. The DSA is THE organisation that represents these companies to the fullest!”

Samir Saberi
Samir Saberi
Samir Saberi is a startup ecosystem and innovation expert. He cofounded the startup blog StartupJuncture and was an advisor to former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes and StartupDelta director Sigrid Johannisse.

“I am honoured to contribute as a board member of the DSA to a more fertile breeding ground for startups and scale-ups. Let them thrive and grow into global technology companies!”

Ruben Brave
Ruben BraveTreasurer
Ruben Brave is an internet pioneer, board member of Internet Society Netherlands, media professional and technology, media telecommunications (TMT) entrepreneur. Since 2004 founder of academic business incubator Entelligence b.v. for pre-seed financing, (valorisation) mentoring and coaching at start-ups in the field of Online Media, ICT & automation, Health & Life-Long Learning.

“Start-ups are society’s portal to a brighter future”


Thomas Vles
Thomas VlesDirector
Thomas is in charge of the daily operations as director and responsible for partnerships. With a track record as serial entrepreneur, startup investor and advisor, he knows how to run a successful business.

“I want to contribute to a self reliant ecosystem for entrepreneurs by creating a sharing community between startups, promoting a less risk aversive investment culture and by removing governmental barriers. Startups are essential for business innovation and the necessary shift to a more resilient and sustainable economy. “

Sabine de Witte
Sabine de WitteCommunity, Communications & Events Manager
Sabine is the go to person for the DSA member community, organises the DSA events and is in charge of all things communications. She has a background in PR, content and events, is a freelance journalist and always on top of the most promising startups.
After successfully failing her own startup, she started mentoring her experiences at Rockstart and joined The Family in Paris as a pitch expert, worked for various (angel) investors and is a frequent moderator/host/mentor at startup conferences.

Pieter Veldhuizen
Pieter VeldhuizenPublic Affairs
Pieter is owner of VPPA,
an independent PA-consultancy
based in Amsterdam.

“Startups and scale-ups deserve a seat at the table
when it comes to policy making. Their voice
is needed when it comes to shaping tomorrow’s economy.”

Leoni Janssen
Leoni JanssenCommunications Lead a.i.
Leoni is a branding and communications strategist with 20+ years of experience in the technology world under her belt, having worked with many companies in enterprise software to e-commerce ranging from startups, to grownups to big tech companies.
She is the founder of Leoni Janssen Consultancy a networked branding agency that offers BaaS (Branding as a Service) to progressive (inter)national organizations.

“An objective i would set is to make 2020 the year in which it became clear to economical influencers and policy makers what is so important about the place of startups in society and the economy. Everyone is suffering in the COVID-19 crisis. Some can lead a way out and others can’t”

Daria Malareva
Daria MalarevaProject Manager
Daria Malareva is project manager, working on broadening DSA’s network by connecting DSA partners and startups through projects such as ReStartup. Next to this, Daria conducts data analysis based on DSA’s network.
“After having done a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Master in Public Administration, I wanted to gain more hands-on experience by combining both my fields of knowledge, while still keep on learning in the work environment. DSA and the startup world is the perfect place to do so!”.

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