Bas van Santen

Bas van Santen, Jr. Researcher at Wittenborg University, joined the research team in November 2014 to strengthen the GREAT project team. His major goal is to support two senior researchers to investigate the energy demand, supply etc. from SME’s & Collectives, as well as the development and testing of the set of tools for SME’s and for Collectives from different regions. Bas finished his Bachelor in Chemistry in October 2011 at the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with specialisation in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. In 2011 he started his Master International Business & Economics at the University of Utrecht and gained his Master of Science in October 2012. With his knowledge on business and economics, Bas will also provide further support to project manager to streamline the flow of the project.


Dr. Jacques Kaat is Academic Dean at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn. He obtained his MA in English literature and linguistics at the Free University in Amsterdam, and then moved to study in the UK. He completed his PhD at the University of Hull in translation studies and reception aesthetics. After some time as Research Associate at the Psychology department of the University of Manchester, Jacques worked as Head of a translation agency in Surrey before moving back to the Netherlands in 1990 where he moved into Dutch higher education: initially as Director MBA and Postgraduate Programmes at NHTV in collaboration with other Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences and the University of Humberside, and later as Academic Director for a multi-campus American University in Leiden, Webster University.  Jacques is also involved in international quality assurance in higher education and works in various European countries as international expert on accreditation panels.

Maggie Feng

Wittenborg University
Laan van de Mensenrechten 500
7331 VZ Apeldoorn
The Netherlands
+31 886672688

Maggie Feng, Director of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn. Wittenborg although is small, with 400 students from more than 60 countries in 2014, growth is around 25% per year, and it is one of the most international privately funded institutes in the Netherlands, aiming to become a top ranking institute in the field of international management and sustainable business development. Wittenborg University is developing 5 schools, one of which is the School of Arts & Technology, where this research project falls under.
Originally from Beijing, Maggie grew up in the heart of the Chinese capitol, coming to the Netherlands as an exchange student from the Beijing University of Technology. .
After completion of Bachelor programme in Information Services Management and Engineering Management; In 2001, Maggie gained a Master of Science in Facility Management from the University of Greenwich (UK), and in 2002 she joined the management team of Wittenborg.

Karen Penninga

Karen Penninga is currently working for Wittenborg University as HR Manager & Policy Advisor, in this position she is responsible for managing staff and personnel issues, advising Board of Directors on legal, financial and HR issues, and she is contact person for all dealings with local and national governments, Immigration Services and Accreditation organizations. She started her career at Wittenborg University in 2004 in the position of director’s assistant, and later on she fulfilled several positions within the Administration department and Management of Wittenborg University, like Head of the International Office and General Manager.

Prior to joining Wittenborg Karen started her working career at an international company mainly selling and exporting Farmers machinery and equipment in Russia. Here she was working as an Office Manager and responsible for the administration and support office and dealing with several projects. At this English speaking working environment she gained a lot of knowledge and skills that are useful at Wittenborg.
She is involved in the GREAT project as Senior Administrator.

Saski Harkema

During her formative years Saskia lived in South America in Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. This has influenced her life greatly. Functioning in an international environment is where she feels most at home. After having worked for 10 years in a commercial environment amongst others for Philips Lighting Europe – which was a very enriching period that has also had great influence on her personal development – in the late 90’s she made a switch to academia, education and research. Her PhD dissertation is framed within the theory of complex adaptive systems theory. This line of thought influences her work as a consultant, lecturer and researcher and approach of problems. It places people, interaction and learning at the heart of change processes, instead of structures, processes and procedures. She was Associate Professor Innovation & Entrepreneurship for 8 years at the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague. She combined this with an affiliation with one of the leading consultancy firms in the Netherlands BMC. Her expertise lies in the field of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Leadership.

Mirjam Leloux

In 2005, Mirjam Leloux started Leloux Science & Business (, a consultancy firm specialized in technology transfer. In this capacity, she is now working as a technology transfer consultant for universities, research institutes, SME’s and single inventors. In addition, she develops workshops and trainings in Intellectual Property, Negotiation and Technology Transfer. Mirjam Leloux is also involved in research on technology transfer and entrepreneurship and publishes regularly. Her current interests are on technology valuation, and criteria for successful technology transfer. In addition, she started teaching at Wittenborg University.

Dr. Mirjam Leloux started her career after a Ph.D in Pharmacy at Akzo Nobel Central Research. After a short period as a section head in analytical chemistry, she worked as a project leader in New Business Development, and Technical Marketing. After about 6 years at AKZO, she became Research Director at the State Institute for Food Safety (RIKILT) for four years. Subsequently, she worked as a business development manager in a Contract Research Organisation in Food Research for four years.