International advocate for the position of women in the tech industry and women’s entrepreneurship. 1982-89, Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication of the Netherlands. 1991-2000, President, Nyenrode University. Formerly: 11 years as EU Commissioner, the first term as EU Commissioner for Competition Policy and the second term as Commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe; concurrently also Vice-President of the European Commission; Special Envoy for Start-ups, Netherlands; headed the StartupDelta initiative that boosts the Dutch start-up ecosystem and aims to place it among the top three ranked competitive ecosystems in Europe. Currently Member of the Board, Salesforce, Special Adviser, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Formerly, served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo and P&O Nedlloyd.