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CENSIS Announces New International Addition to Board

Ross Kelly



van Dijk brings with her a wealth of experience having held several roles in the oil and gas industry.

CENSIS has announced the appointment of international executive Sophie van Dijk to its board.

Based in Amsterdam, van Dijk is the co-founder of GumCare companion, a tech startup focused on the dental care market.

Previously, van Dijk held roles in the oil and gas industry in Dubai with DNO ASA and in Iraq, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Japan with Royal Dutch Shell.

Her skills and experience were recently recognised by her peers when she was included in the NextWomen to Watch 2020, which highlights the 50 most promising female company founders.

CENSIS said van Dijk will bring a “broad set of experience and skills” to the CENSIS board, including in business development and innovation.

Commenting on the appointment, Jacqueline Redmond, chair of CENSIS, said: “Sophie is a great appointment for the CENSIS board, with her experience in de-risking and deploying innovation, appreciation of customer needs, and a sharp eye for the bottom line.

“On top of all this, she is a driven, dynamic, high-energy individual and has great connections with European innovation hubs, helping us to forge even stronger links with our peers on the continent.”

The latest appointment marks the fifth addition to the CENSIS board this year. Earlier in 2020, the innovation centre unveiled a raft of new appointments aimed at bolstering its steering group.

As part of the recruitment spree, Anne McLister, head of digital economy at Glasgow City Council joined CENSIS alongside Stuart Mitchell, global client partner and former head of IoT sales at Vodafone and Howard Perkins, tech entrepreneur and founder of Firestalk;

Andy Ward, CTO and founder of Ubisense also joined CENSIS in 2020.

Redmond added: “The addition of Sophie rounds off a year of change for the CENSIS board, following a handful of appointments earlier in the year.

“After a challenging 2020 for the vast majority of companies, our board will play an important role in helping the businesses we work with to embrace technologies; develop new products, services, and ways of working; and collaborate to help their respective sectors recover and return to growth.”

van Dijk said: “I am passionate about supporting the commercialisation of technology and innovation, and look forward to pushing this forward at CENSIS.

“With the support of our diverse group of stakeholders, I hope to drive the instigation and development of projects that will end up as successful innovations – or even start-up companies – with significant potential not only in Scotland and the UK, but across Europe as well.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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