Stephan van Dijk (PhD)
Stephan is Head of Research and Valorization at the AMS Institute. The AMS Institute is the leading collaboration platform for research and innovation that makes our cities better. It brings together the brightest minds and resources from its founding partners MIT, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen UR, the city of Amsterdam and its business partners. Stephan is responsible for all AMS innovation programs across themes and the AMS innovation and valorization strategy and he is member of AMS Institute’s management team.
Stephan has dedicated his full time to developing smart urban mobility and urban data and intelligence projects for the institute and the city of Amsterdam. Currently, Stephan is primarily involved in the MIT Roboat project and the Noord/Zuid metro monitoring project. Besides this, Stephan initiated the AMS-UNStudio CoLab innovation program which focuses on fast design and urban prototyping and the partnership between AMS Institute and CleverFranke in urban data visualization. In addition, Stephan chairs the Ovale Tafel on Urban Mobility. The Ovale Tafel consists of all knowledge institute in the city of Amsterdam and regional governmental organizations. He is a member of the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Smart Mobility OGO Committee and the AMS Institute representative in the Pan-European KIC Urban Mobility Consortium together with the city of Amsterdam.
With his strong track record in innovation strategy development, design thinking and technology trends, Stephan applies these capabilities to foster urban innovation for creating better cities. He is frequently asked to give lectures, presentations and consult on urban innovation challenges. In the past, he obtained his PhD in Innovation Management from Eindhoven University of Technology, and his MSc in Systems Engineering at Wageningen UR.
Working on innovation and new technologies that really have an impact on improving our daily lives in cities is what drives Stephan. He is a strategic thinker and doer that loves to work across disciplines and borders and always looks ahead to shape the future.
“If we are not making things, we are not changing things.”
Head of Research & Valorization