Dean Elphi Nelissen appointed chair of SER Brabant

The Noord-Brabant Provincial Executive has appointed dean Elphi Nelissen of the Built Environment department as chair of the Brabant Socio-Economic Council (SER) and member of the BrabantAdvies Consultative Council.

On 1 January 2016 she takes over the responsibilities of Jan van Vroenhoven, who has held the position of chair temporarily since the death of the chairman Gerrit Jan Swinkels. Nelissen, who is enthusiastic about her new role, believes her chairmanship will enhance the ties between the university, the province and industry. She has been a professor and the first female dean of the Built Environment department at TU/e since 2011.

Provincial Executive member Christophe van der Maat: "With her wide knowledge and experience in business along with her excellent Brabant network, Ms Nelissen is the perfect candidate to chair the Brabant Socio-Economic Council and make a good contribution to the new BrabantAdvies advisory system. Ms Nelissen is intrinsically very well informed of the latest developments in the new economy having been active for some years in the field of innovative building and technology. Especially in terms of the developments occurring in technology, education and employment in the near future, Ms Nelissen, as chair of SERBrabant, can be hugely significant for Brabant."

Brabant Socio-Economic Council (SER) advises the provincial council on the main thrust of the socio-economic policy that has to be implemented. In BrabantAdvies the Provincial Health Council (PRG), Brabant Socio-Economic Council (SER) and the Provincial Environment Committee (POC) collaborate to help improve policy and the political debate around it. Recommendations concern topics that are directly or consequentially important for the key tasks of the province: economy & innovation, education & employment, space & environment, mobility & infrastructure.

Edited by: Hanny van Belkom

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