Chairperson of the ECSEL Public Authorities’ Board
With a background in business economics Ben Ruck has worked in various ICT related areas as a policy adviser in the Ministry of Economic Affairs for 36 years. Since 1997 he has been active in the field of micro- and nanoelectronics. As Dutch public official he is involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of European and intergovernmental industrial research programs. This concerns in particular the EUREKA nanoelectronics cluster project PENTA and the Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) ECSEL, focusing on electronic components and systems. Since 2014 Ben Ruck has held the position of Chairperson of the ECSEL Public Authorities’ Board, the group of more than 25 participating countries and the European Commission who jointly decide on the funding of ECSEL projects.