Katja Pahnke

Katja Pahnke


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Personal profile


I strongly believe that break-through innovations are initiated in a multidisciplinary, multicultural and entrepreneurial environment. Our way of working connects the academic world with the industrial High Tech ecosystem.

Research profile

Katja Pahnke is managing director of Eindhoven Engine B.V., shareholders are TU/e, TNO and Fontys. Eindhoven Engine accelerates innovation in the Brainport Region through challenge-based research in its public-private research facility on co-location at the TU/e Campus. Teams of the region’s most talented researchers from industry, knowledge institutes and students cooperates in Eindhoven Engine research programs to deliver breakthrough technological solutions. Till the end of 2020 she was managing director of the High Tech Systems Center (HTSC) and the AMSYSTEMS Center at the University of Eindhoven of Technology (TU/e). TU/e HTSC drives multidisciplinary fundamental research programs focusing on complex equipment with the emphasis on systems engineering as is now part of the TU/e Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI).


Katja graduated in Chemical Engineering in Oldenburg, Germany and started her career in Germany as head of microbiological, physical and chemical research at Umweltschutz Nord GmbH. Katja started working in the Netherlands in 1999 at TNO, in several positions. From 2007 till 2012 she was managing director and chairman of the board at TÜV Rheinland TNO Automotive International BV (now Siemens), full vehicle passive safety testing in the automotive industry. From 2012 till 2019 she was director of TMC Technology Executives, operating as operational and strategic partner on management level for leadership questions in the High Tech industry and set up the business cells TMC Chemical, Mechanical, Automotive before.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

External positions

Chair of Investment Committee Limburg Startup Capital Fund LSCF, LIOF

1 Apr 2022 → …

Member of supervisory board, Teslin Capital Management/Gerlin

1 Mar 2022 → …

Member of non-executive board Prodrive Technologies Group B.V.

1 Jul 2018 → …

Director TMC Technology Executives B.V.

1 Sep 201228 Feb 2019