Founder of NEMO
Joost Douma was taught classic Latin and Greek at a gymnasium and studied history and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Served as chairman of urban renewal programs for the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and led the research and planning effort for business development in telecommunication and information technology. Founded the first Dutch national science center, NEMO, known for its interactive exhibitry and architectural design by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. NEMO was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix in 1997 and ranks among the best visited museums in the Netherlands with more than half a million visitors each year. Won, together with Papalote, Museo del Nino in Mexico City, the tender of the Presidential Fideicommissum to develop the national pavilion for Mexico for the World Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany.