Deprecated: Methods with the same name as their class will not be constructors in a future version of PHP; StringReader has a deprecated constructor in /home2/johnsard/public_html/sdn.pt/proj/hoinnovation/atom/libraries/gettext/gettext/streams.php on line 58

Deprecated: Methods with the same name as their class will not be constructors in a future version of PHP; FileReader has a deprecated constructor in /home2/johnsard/public_html/sdn.pt/proj/hoinnovation/atom/libraries/gettext/gettext/streams.php on line 105

Deprecated: Methods with the same name as their class will not be constructors in a future version of PHP; CachedFileReader has a deprecated constructor in /home2/johnsard/public_html/sdn.pt/proj/hoinnovation/atom/libraries/gettext/gettext/streams.php on line 179

Deprecated: Methods with the same name as their class will not be constructors in a future version of PHP; gettext_reader has a deprecated constructor in /home2/johnsard/public_html/sdn.pt/proj/hoinnovation/atom/libraries/gettext/gettext/gettext.php on line 36
Who we are | House of OI

Cracking the codes in the challenging Open Innovation world has only contributed to our enthousiasm and passion despite some bruises. Our team is made up of technology-, communications-, human resource-, project management- and innovation experts. 

Our senior staff have worked in Open Innovation for well over 15 years. Together with you and your team we work, shoulder to shoulder on implementing Open Innovation. We love a good challenge, a good laugh and working towards proven results.

Scroll down

Our Team

Rick Wielens

Managing Director

For 20 years Rick has been deeply ingrained in the world of innovation. As CEO for Ninesigma Europe he developed a growing and profitable operation with major brand recognition in the Open Innovation industry, creating a steady string of successes with over 100 large clients like Siemens, Philips, ASML, Clariant, AkzoNobel and AstraZeneca. Rick has a real founder's mentality, very client focused, creative and fun to work with. His first venture after his various roles at Philips and SAP was an Open Innovation expert sourcing company, HIP Europe, that leveraged knowledge from high level retired professionals to address a broad range of innovation needs. Rick has a true passion for learning, teaching and implementing innovation practices. He loves working with client teams to help them put innovation into action.

Margot Nijkamp-Diesfeldt

Program Director

If anyone knows a lot about Open Innovation (OI): it’s Margot Nijkamp! As one of the pioneers she started Packard Bell (Europe), Intermec, E-ONE and Holst Centre, the first Open Innovation Institute in the Netherlands. The contents of her contribution lies mostly in Human Resources, Communications and Operations. As a pioneer, it is important to offer a generalist view. At the start-up of the Holst Centre in 2005, Margot developed a specific HR-strategy to let talent flourish in OI. After 5 years Holst Centre had been built up to 240 international talents, she set up the OpenSme program for niche markets by SME-companies. In 2012 Margot created Holst Centre’s first spinoff: Red Bluejay, and now heads her second: The Open Innovation Academy. She is also creator of The Open Innovation Game, a game to learn the working of OI by experiencing it.

Evie van Maanen

Communications Manager

Evie van Maanen graduated as a Communications professional and joined the Open Innovation Academy in the position of Communications Manager. Evie is a real team player with a heart for people. This was reflected among others in voluntary work at the local food-aid program and language counseling for refugees. She also did several international trips where she helped NGO’s with their communications strategy and fundraising. Besides that, she has a passion for photography, playing games, painting, listening and making music. She believes that Open Innovation and Co-Creation can truly be keys to a better world.

Scroll down

Some of our clients