Albert van der Kooij

Position and Company: Program Director | Frisian Design Factory
Country: Netherlands

Since june 2016 Albert is program director of the Frisian Design Factory, an initiative and part of the NHL University of Applied Sciences.  Their motto: “We design the future, together”.

The FDF is situated in an old monumental jail in Leeuwarden. It is a key partner in the Design Factory Global Network. Their activities focus on Design Thinking & Open Innovation as means for solving multidisciplinary, complex matters and nowadays questions in co-creation with companies, governments, students, citizens and activists. Their starting points are the Unesco Global Goals.

What Albert loves is design and to develop new environments in which people learn and develop themselves to create a new valuable future. He has initiated a project called IslandCQ, a project in cooperation with the local governments in finding new ways of sustainable tourism for the isles in the Wadden region (2010). It evolved to an international exchange project with partners from Finland, Belgium, Latvia and Hungary as a platform for the debate about matters like Europe, Privacy and sustainability.

Albert developed several new bachelors: Communication Multimedia Design and the Academy of Pop Culture.  Both situated in Leeuwarden, both belonging to the avant-garde regarding their educational concepts.

Besides that he is Chairman of the board of Media Art Friesland and Chairman of the  Board of Production House for Pop Culture Friesland.

His specialties: innovation, sustainability, pop culture, media, education, networking

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