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, chair of the board of festival WeMaketeCity and a member of the supervisory board of WPG publishers.

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Mike Jones

Dr. Michael B. Jones is a Standards Architect at Microsoft. He is an editor of the OpenID Connect specifications, several IETF OAuth specifications, including JSON Web Token (JWT), the IETF JOSE (JSON cryptography) specifications, the FIDO 2.0 specifications, and W3C Web Authentication.  He was a creator of the OpenID Certification program.  He is board secretary of the OpenID Foundation. He has been working to advance the cause of simple, secure, ubiquitous, interoperable digital identity since 2005.  Michael earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. His interests include digital identity, computer security, privacy, distributed systems, networking, operating systems, musical performance, outdoor activities, and his fellow human beings. He blogs at and tweets at @selfissued.

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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 van 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.

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Bharadwaj Pulugundla

Bharadwaj is a manager for IoT Strategy and Innovation at Verizon Enterprise solutions. He is currently leading the Global IoT Security practice for professional services.

He has been providing thought leadership to various organizations, industry and government bodies around the world. He is specialised in the areas of Digital Innovation, IoT Security & Privacy, Identity Management, Block Chain, Customer Experience and Contextual Learning.

Bharadwaj has been working on various research projects within OIX (Open Identity Exchange), Trust in Digital Life, GSMA mobile connect and EU funded research programmes such as FP7 and Horizon 2020. These projects are aimed at building solutions to improve online trust, by addressing key topics in digital identity management for people and devices eg, security, user data privacy and consent management.

Bharadwaj is an active speaker at various conferences. Bharadwaj holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Rotterdam School of Management.

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