Director European Cities Arcadis, former City Counsel Member and Vice Mayor of Amsterdam
Carolien Gehrels studied Dutch language and literature at the University of Groningen. She has notably held consultant positions at Berenschot, including as Marketing Director in the breakthrough “I Amsterdam” city marketing campaign. Between 2006 and 2014 Carolien was Alderman and Vice Mayor for the city of Amsterdam (on behalf of the social democrats: PvdA), responsible for Arts and Culture, Economic affairs, Public companies (waste energy plant, project management company, engineering company, operational company), Water management, Monuments, Local Media, Operational Affairs and Purchasing. Since 2014 she is Director European Cities at Arcadis and City Executive Amsterdam and Rotterdam.