Klaus Niederländer is currently the Director of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Association, an international public-public partnership of national and regional Health, Innovation & Research Ministries/Funding Agencies from 19 countries (mainly in Europe plus North America and Asia). This support programme focuses on active & healthy ageing with support of digital-based solutions.
Mr. Niederländer has 25 years of work experience in dealing with socio-economic transformation issues, such as SME development in Sub-Saharan Africa or the spreading of cooperative enterprise models in various sectors in Europe, such as for locally owned renewable energy production, healthcare and education. Since 2016 his work focuses on demographic change challenges and opportunities through ageing well based on autonomy, self-help and solidarity.
With a double bachelor’s degree in European Business in Germany and the UK and a master’s degree in European Economics from the College of Europe in Belgium, Mr. Niederländer started his professional career in 1995 in investment banking and in management consulting for the pharmaceutical/chemical/logistics industry as well as for city development. When moving to Brussels in 2002, he joined an EU-ACP agency for private sector development as programme manager before becoming Director of Cooperatives Europe, the pan-European cooperative enterprise association. He eventually was appointed Director of the AAL Association in 2017.