Dr.ir. Elke den Ouden is appointed by the board as TU/e Fellow at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) per 1 april 2014 to further develop strategic collaborations of the university with public and private organisations. She is member of the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing group of the department of Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, where she conducts research and teaches about new business development in public-private value networks. Her focus area is smart cities and smart lighting. She is manager of the Living Light Labs of the Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI), the Smart Cities research program the Data Science Centre Eindhoven (DSC/e) and strategic advisor in the Smart Cities Center (SCC/e). She is also founder and strategic director of LightHouse, which holds office at the TU/e Innovation Lab, where she combines her academic and industrial background in making the knowledge of the TU/e on smart cities and smart lighting accessible for society. Next to her activities at the university she founded Elke den Ouden BV in 2012 to provide expert advice on the creation of meaningful innovations and innovation ecosystems.
She got her masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in 1990. After her graduation she worked for over 20 years with Philips, where she has held a number of positions as advisor and manager in the field of product innovation. Her academic activities started in 2001 with a role as senior researcher in Technology Management. From 2008 tot 2013 she was part time professor Business Process Design at the Industrial Design faculty of TU/e. Since 2013 she works in the Innovation Management domain, with a special focus on new business development, technology entrepreneurship and service development in the area of smart lighting and smart cities.