During my initial professional years I worked as a teacher and assistant (high school level, university level) and researcher at the University of Gent, Belgium. After my Ph.D. I worked 3 ½ years as a development collaborator at Assumption University (ABAC) in Bangkok putting in place a new Master Degree in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunication) and a collaboration with the University of Gent.
When I returned to Belgium, I joined R&D of Alcatel Antwerp. After some years of research in Access Networks, I could join the research department of Smals, a “not for profit” organization offering ICT services and secondment of agents for the Social Security Institutions in Belgium, and later on for Federal and Regional Governments.
After some IT consultancy missions with some of the Institutions (including NIHDI, the organization I work for at this moment), I carried out an urgent interim mission as CIO of the Ministry of Public Health after the CIO left the organization. Afterwards I had the opportunity to become CIO of the National Institute of Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI), responsible for financing, organization and control of health and disability insurance of all citizens in Belgium and the financing and control the health care (insurance) providers. During this time IT worked on modernization an securing IT systems and services and is currently the driving force behind full digitization of the organization in view of a planned move in 2020.
After a couple of attempts, I was successful in bringing together different colleague CIO’s and jumpstarting the Government Cloud at federal level in Belgium, a community initiative still thriving at this moment and offering IT services to all 60 plus federal institutions (and some regional institutions).