Derek Jan Fikkers is deputy director with Technopolis Group in Amsterdam. He has been working in the field of higher education policies, regional innovation policy, and science & technology policies since 2004. On these topics Derek Jan published several articles and book chapters, and successfully finished a large number of projects. He has worked for industry, universities, the OECD, the European Commission, national governments and regions in several countries.
Before joining Technopolis, Derek Jan worked for PwC Consultancy, where he coordinated the Dutch Strategy and Policy Group.
He received his PhD in regional economics for a study on the effectiveness of higher education and human capital policies in West-Europe.