E. (Ellen) Donkers, MSc

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E. Donkers msc (Ellen)

Position: PhD Candidate & Skills Lecturer
Building 10 Ravelijn
Room RA 2349
T: +31 (0)53 489 3797
F: +31 (0)53 489 2159
E: e.donkers@utwente.nl


  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Developing entrepreneurial attitude in students
  • Curriculum Development
  • Adult learning and education
  • (Teacher) Professional Development
  • Self-directed learning


2008: Msc Educational Science and Technology, track Curriculum and Instruction, Twente University, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences (Enschede, the Netherlands)

Graduation assignment: ‘Teaching teachers to coach: the design of a module on coaching as a part of the pedagogical training course for the teachers of Saxion Next’.

1996: Professional Bachelor in Commercial Science and Business Administration, track Business Interpreting (Du, Ger, En, Fr), KHLIM, Department of Commercial and Business Science (Genk, Belgium)


  • Skills lecturer at International Business Administration and Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Supervision of Master and Bachelor graduation assignments


2003-2010: Twente University

MB – NIKOS/VentureLab Twente

Programme developer at VentureLab Twente, a programme supporting entrepreneurs in starting high-tech business ventures. Design, development and implementation of the training programme and the tools and instruments to support it.

2003 – 2008: Twente University

Institute ELAN

Developing and designing modules for a pedagogical training course for teachers of higher vocational education (HBO); teaching support during classes of the course ‘Educational Science’ of the teacher training programme and giving feedback on reflection papers on learning theory; coaching one of the students in completing the course; project coordination for ‘Vavo-HO’ and ‘Toppers’; coordination of masterclasses for 5 VWO pupils, data collection and reporting for accreditation of the Msc in Social Science Education.

International Office

Analyzing and describing the registration process of international students; responsible for housing of international students and employees; registration of foreign exchange students and support in the visa application process of international students

Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Department Curriculum

Designing and developing cross-curricular, thematic classroom/teaching materials for UniC, a school in Utrecht introducing a new educational concept

1997 – 2002 : at Ford Motor Company / Ford Werke AG

IMSI Project Planners & Managers (Dunton, UK)

Change Management Coordinator, responsible for tracking concerns during the development process of prototypes; supporting the programme managers in gathering and following up on information, ISO-coordinator

PAC Project Advisors GmbH (Cologne, Germany)

Business Analyst, responsible for maintaining the planning for the introduction of new products, ISO-coordinator

RLE International (Cologne, Germany)

Ordering prototype parts and follow-up; tracking changes in parts, preparing and planning meetings

Ford Werke AG (Genk, Belgium)

Administrative support for a department of 70 employees; secretarial support for two managers


Book chapter

Ehrenhard, M.L., Frederiks, A.J., Donkers, E. (2012) “The Role of Behavioral Control, Imagination, and Mindfulness in Inclusive Innovation Behavior.” In P. de Weerd-Nederhof, K. Visscher, & J. Visser-Groeneveld (Eds.), Innovation, Social Responsibility, Creativity, Ethics, and Olaf Fisscher (pp. 165-180). Enschede, The Netherlands: University of Twente Press.

Conference Papers

Donkers, E. & Groen, A.J. (2013) “Exploring the Purpose of Entrepreneurship Education.” Presented at the 10th ESU European University Network Conference, August 19th-23rd, Lisbon, Portugal.

Kaffka, G., Kijl B. & Donkers E. (2012) “Value lies in the Eye of the Beholder – Investigating the Relationship between Entrepreneurial Characteristics and Business Model Generation”. Paper presented at the 20th Annual High Technology Small Firms (HTSF) Conference, May 24th-25th, Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

Donkers, E. (2011) “Who’s in Control? Self-Directed and Self-Regulated Learning in Entrepreneurship Training Programmes.” Presented at the 8th ESU European University Network Conference, September 12th-17th, Seville, Spain.

Donkers, E. (2011) “Who’s in Control? Self-Directed Learning in Entrepreneurship Education.” Research Proposal presented at the InScope Conference, October 11th, Enschede, the Netherlands.

Online Publication

Donkers, E. (2013) “Should our Children be starting Businesses at School?” In Caetano, A., Santos, S. & Costa, S. (Eds.), Entrepreneurship News 2013: bridging research and practice (p. 20). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10071/5668 (ISBN 978-989-732-210-5).