Joost van den Akker

Vice-President

Joost van den Akker is Limburg Regional Minister for Economic Affairs and Knowledge Infrastructure (second deputy King’s Commissioner). Previously he served as a Member of the Limburg Provincial Executive and as a Lecturer in European Studies at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. He conducted a PhD in political science at the University of Twente and is a laureate of the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), Doctoral Grant for Teachers. The portfolio of Van den Akker includes a number of voluntary positions in advisory boards and committees, including the ETC consultation platform and the Brainport 2020 Network Board.


April 2018 - present

Limburg Regional Minister for Economic Affairs & Knowledge Infrastructure

The portfolio under his Ministry includes economic affairs, logistics and distribution, business parks, LIOF development and investment bank, SME fund, acquisition, brightlands campuses, knowledge axis, land development, and Maastricht Aachen Airport.
2012 – 2018

PhD researcher in political science

PhD researcher in political science at the University of Twente under the guidance of Prof. Dr. C.W.A.M. Aarts. Title of the thesis: Ruling the Referendum? European Integration Challenged by Direct Democracy; researcher at the research group Law in Europe (currently Preventive Law) at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (publications from 2015)
2011 – 2018

Member of the Limburg Provincial Executive

from June 2012 as VVD (liberal party) party chairman
2009 – 2018

Lecturer in European Studies at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Additional official positions (voluntary)

• Chair of the Chamber chosen from the Provincial Executive for hearing administrative disputes • Member of the Supervisory Committee of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) • Member of the Flanders-Netherlands border region (ETC) consultation platform • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Flanders-Netherlands border region (ETC) consultation platform • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Germany-Netherlands ETC • Member of the Steering Committee of the South Netherlands Operational Programme (OP) • Member of the Brainport 2020 Network Board • Member of the IPO advice committee for the Regional Economy • Member of the Steering Committee of the Campus Strategic Consultation Platform (Heerlen) • Board member of Keyport 2020 Foundation • Member of the Steering Committee of the Meuse-Rhine-North Euroregion ETC • Member of the Regional Steering Committee of the Rhine-Waal Euroregion ETC • Member of the Regional Platform for Crime Prevention Limburg (RPC Limburg) • Executive Board member and vice-president of the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN e.V.) • Political Representative on behalf of South Netherlands at the general meeting of Vanguard Initiative asbl (position shared with the provinces of Zeeland and Noord-Brabant) • Chair of the Chemelot 2025 Steering Committee • Member of the Steering Committee of Brightlands-Maastricht Health Campus area-specific development • Member of the Greenport Venlo development strategic consultation platform • Member of the Coordination Group for reinforcing the regional position of VDL Nedcar

Participating interests

• Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Chemelot Campus BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Chemelot Ventures BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Chemelot Participaties BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Chemelot Scientific Participations BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Chemelot Research Facilities BV • Member of the Meeting of Partners of Chemelot Campus Vastgoed CV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Brains Unlimited BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Enabling Technologies BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Maastricht Health Campus BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of BV Ontwikkelbedrijf Greenport Venlo • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of BV Campus Vastgoed Greenport Venlo • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of BV Brightlands Campus Vastgoed Greenport Venlo • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Campus Management & Development BV (Smart Services Campus) • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Campus Huisvesting BV (Smart Services Campus) • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of NV Industriebank LIOF • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of NV Holding Businesspark Luchthaven Maastricht • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Maastricht Aachen Airport Beheer & Infrastructuur BV • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of NV Aangewezen Luchthaventerrein Maastricht Aachen Airport • Member of the General Meeting of Shareholders of Land Development Aviation Valley Maastricht NV
2009 – 2010

Master European Law School at Maastricht University (LLM)

2007 – 2008

Master Analysing Europe at Maastricht University / Europastudien at RWTH Aachen University (MA)

2004 – 2007

Bachelor European Studies at Maastricht University (BA)

2006 – 2007

Exchange semester in political science/history at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

1998 – 2004

Gymnasium (grammar school) at Coornhert Gymnasium in Gouda

Laureates

• 2015 Laureate of the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Doctoral Grant for Teachers • 2006 Finalist at the Studium Generale debating competition, Maastricht University • 2004 Laureate at the Intergymnasial Debating Competition in Leiden • 2003 Leiden Advanced Pre-university Programme for Top Students, German Language and Culture (LAPP-Top): as part of the graduation paper about the history of the German national anthem • 2003 Sprachkursprogramm in Bavaria, organised by the European Platform for Dutch Education and the German Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)