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Members of the board


Kobi Kurtz, BSc, MBA – Chairman

Kobi Kurtz is the founder and CEO of the business development consultant group Kurtz Marketing & Management in Rotterdam. He has a background as a manager in the high tech industry in Israel, but decided to start his own company after having earned his MBA from RSM Erasmus University. With his roots in Israel, Mr. Kurtz has been particularly successful in developing partnerships between the high tech industry and academia in Israel and the Netherlands.


Wim van Sluis, RA – Treasurer

Wim van Sluis is a cofounder and partner of the accounting firm Daamen & Van Sluis. He is also the chairman of Rotterdam Port Promotion Council and furthermore serves as a board member of, among others, the Rotterdam Climate Initiative and the Dutch National Port Council. He previously served as the deputy mayor of Rotterdam, covering areas such as the port, economics, environment and unemployment.



Henk van Esch, MBA – Secretary

Henk van Esch is a biomedical/electrical engineer and holds an MBA from Nyenrode University/Northwestern University. He had his first experience with the new biomedical area in the Technion in the 70's. After a career in different companies as R&D-, Corporate Strategy-, Business- and Research manager (Océ; ICT Automatisering; SKF), he is now interim manager and innovation management consultant in his own company.


Thomas M._Cohn

Thomas M. Cohn

Thomas Cohn was active for 40 years in several economic and financial functions at Siemens in different countries, the last 10 years as the CEO and Chairman of Siemens in The Netherlands. He earned for his economic contribution 3 important distinctions from 3 countries: Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. He lives now in Israel, where he is advising start-up companies in the High-tech sector. He is also member of the Supervisory Board of Dutch companies among them TATASTEEL NL and PBQL.

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Eran de Vries, LLB

Eran de Vries is a business and results-oriented lawyer with extensive legal experience in Israeli law, as well as broader solutions and administrative services relating to the State of Israel specializing in financial aspects, corporations and NGOs. From the starting point of his career, he worked in various positions within Israeli Ministry of Justice and the Israeli Parliament. Currently, he is heading the Israeli Desk of the independent firm of lawyers, Vink & Partners and he is the representative of Pomerantz Haudek Block Grossman & Gross LLP, which is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation.


Prof. Gabriel Krestin, MD, PhD  

Prof. Krestin is the head of the Radiology department within the Erasmus MC and he is involved in various international radiology associations. Professor Krestin is the President of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) and founder and Past President of the Association of University Radiologists Europe (AURE), chair of the Research Committee of EAR, and serves on the editorial board of several international journals (Radiology, European Radiology, Abdominal Imaging, Investigative Radiology, MagMa, Der Radiologe).