Carolien GEHRELS

Deputy Mayor

Town council of Amsterdam

Carolien Gehrels was sworn in a second term as Deputy Mayor of the city of Amsterdam on May 27th 2010. After serving a first term (April 2006 – March 2010), Gehrels took the lead in forming a new Amsterdam administration after the 2010 municipal elections. She led the negotiations on behalf of the Social Democratic Party. As Deputy Mayor she is responsible for economic affairs, art & culture, water management, monuments, local media and public companies.

Carolien Gehrels has launched a scheme to attract big, international businesses to the Amsterdam and to improve the city’s business and economicclimate. By attracting more than a hundred international businesses every year, Carolien Gehrels has secured more than 1,000 private-sector jobsyearly. The City has weathered the international recession in good shape, far outpacing the nation in job growth in 2010.

Carolien Gehrels is deeply rooted in the cultural life of the city. In her first term as deputy Mayor, she announced a new way of funding art and cultural institutions. In 2013 the deputy mayor will host Amsterdam’s celebrations of 400 year canals, the re-opening of the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum and the international Waterweek in November.

Prior to working for the Amsterdam administration, Deputy Mayor Carolien Gehrels was managing director at Berenschot Citymarketing & Communications – an independent organizational consulting firm with 500 employees in the Benelux.

La Fabrique de la Cité

La Fabrique de la Cité is a think tank dedicated to urban foresight, created by the VINCI group, its sponsor, in 2010. La Fabrique de la Cité acts as a forum where urban stakeholders, whether French or international, collaborate to bring forth new ways of building and rebuilding cities.