Award committee

Leo van Koppen

Leo van Koppen is an edupreneur in heart and soul. The self-invented term edupreneur perfectly expresses what he has done in his career and still does today. With his entrepreneurial spirit he has created new education in secondary, higher and scientific education. In the 1980s he was successively at the basis of the Computer Science, Technical Computer Science and Technical Informatics courses at the MBO. After a short trip to business areas (ACAL and Dirksen Opleidingen) in 1998, he returned to Higher Education.

At The Hague university of applied science (THUAS) he developed within the field of Informatics, together with colleagues, dual forms of education for companies like NN, ING, CMG and Yacht. During that period, it became clear to him, during the supervision of dual students at companies such as ING, that information security would become an important topic in the coming years. After completing the part-time Master’s in IT (MSIT) in 2006 at the TUE / TiasNimbas, he was convinced that such a program should be applicable at bachelor level. In 2008 the Information Security Management program started at the THUAS.

When the Hague Security Delta (HSD) was established in The Hague in 2012, new initiatives for cyber security training also emerged. Together with TUDelft, University of Leiden and THUAS, an executive master cyber security program has been developed, which started at the Cyber ​​Security Academy in 2015. For two years Leo also taught in cyber risk management in this program. In 2016, he was the team lead in the development of a second master program at the CSA called cyber security engineering. In February 2019 this master program will start at the CSA.

Achieving a retirement age is no reason for Leo to stop educational entrepreneurship. As an independent entrepreneur, he now provides services to other educational institutions such as ROCMondriaan in the role of Practor Cybersecurity.

Finally, he is active with some regularity at the University Budi Luhur in Jakarta and advises this University and the polytechnics institutes in Indonesia on the development and implementation of cybersecurity education. Educating young people in the field of cybersecurity still remains his mission. He contributes to this by actively involving the security professionals in the cyber security education area within organizations such as PVIB, ISACA, ISC2, IDnext and HSD and by motivating them to make substantive contributions to education. Only in such a way the level of the security programs can contribute to a digitally safe society.

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Mieke van Heeswijk

Mieke is program manager at SIDN Fund, an independent foundation that provides financial support for projects aimed at innovation for the Internet. Since her time at the first Internet Provider in the Netherlands XS4ALL, Mieke has been active as policy adviser for Internet Participation at the Ministry of the Interior, program developer at Waag Society, and co-director of the Network Democracy Foundation. Mieke is a committee member at the Internet Society Netherlands and founder and chair of the board of whistleblowing platform Publeaks.nl, chair of the board of festival WeMaketeCity and a member of the supervisory board of WPG publishers.

Mieke van Heeswijk

Mike Jones

Michael B. Jones is Director of Identity Partnerships at Microsoft.  He is working with a broad coalition of people across multiple industries to build the Internet’s missing Identity layer.  He represents Microsoft on the Information Card Foundation and OpenID Foundation boards of directors.  He just completed terms as president of the USENIX Association board of directors and board member of the Computing Research Association (CRA).  He was a member of the Systems and Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research from 1992 to 2005.  His research covered diverse topics in operating systems and distributed systems, including scalable peer-to-peer based event notification, real-time scheduling for open systems, and designing an early distributed fault-tolerant video server.  He has organized and chaired numerous computer science research conferences, has a large set of publications, and has authored patents covering a diverse set of inventions.  He is an active director of Asia Images, a specialty stock photography company.

Michael earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, where he was a member of the Mach project.  He was a technical reviewer for the POSIX threads standards.  His interests include digital identity, privacy-protecting systems, distributed systems, networking, operating systems, adaptive real-time systems, musical performance, outdoor activities, and his fellow human beings.

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Phoebe Tickell

Phoebe is a member and co-owner of Enspiral, a decentralised start-up incubator, network and 8 year experiment in organisational design. Her skills are in business development, research, programme design, communications, community building and facilitation. At Enspiral she works a lot with creating hacks in organisational structure and culture and increasing community engagement and facilitation of participatory processes and systems, resulting in social infrastructure that lasts. She started life as a genetic engineer working in biotechnology research at Imperial College London, has started two start-ups focussing on education and technology, and now works with organisations in establishing innovation programmes and collaborative internal innovation ecosystems, developing future resilience, understanding of technology, and shifting to more decentralised, non-hierarchical and participatory cultures. She is an experienced facilitator and design thinker who can support groups in thinking together in innovative ways leading to collective intelligence.

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Liesbet Zoonen

Liesbet is the scientific director of the Center for Big Open and Linked Data (BOLD) Cities, a collaboration between the Erasmus University and the universities of Leiden and Delft. Her work focuses primarily on the significance of smart technologies for citizens and administrators in the city.

Liesbet Zoonen