Presenters DIS2015

Digital Innovation Summit Presenters

Dicitas Consulting proudly present it’s partner network and their keynote presenters:

  • Martin Hermsen

    Martin Hermsen is partner at Sia Partners Netherlands and will be your event host of the day.

    Martin Hermsen is partner at Sia Partners Netherlands and is responsible for the Marketing & Customer Experience practice. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in growth & competitive strategy, product innovation, marketing and customer management. Martin studied Information Engineering at the University of Amsterdam, and received his MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Graduate School of Business.

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  • Fred van Westerop

    Sales Director

    Passion for Marketing and how to help companies change themselves and adapt to the customer world they work in. Fred has helped design many innovative marketing technology solutions to solve the challenges businesses face building customer engagement. He has over 15 years experience in CRM, Enterprise Marketing, Customer Experience strategy and currently sits on the Customer Dialogue Council for the DDMA.

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  • Pieter Van den Broecke

    Managing Director Manhattan Associates BeNeLux and Germany

    Pieter holds this position at Manhattan Associates since 2008. Coming from a supply chain and logistics background he like no other understands the challenges retailers and wholesalers face in today’s dynamic omni-channel landscape.

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  • Nico Baken

    Prof. Dr. Ir.

    Professor Dr. ir. Nico Baken holds a part-time chair in the Telecommunications Department at Delft University of Technology alongside his primary position as Visionary and Senior Strategist within the department Corporate Strategy of the Royal KPN, the Dutch incumbent Telecom operator. He is the embodiment of what happens when theory merges with practice. Whereas his academic interests lie with holons and networks, he directly applies these thoughts into his work as a visionary. Nico has developed concepts such as trans-sector innovation and Smart Living to accelerate ICT applications in and across sectors such as healthcare, energy, transport and education.

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  • Paul Broersen

    SVP Managing Director Europe at Tahzoo

    Paul is passionate about marketing content management and optimizing multichannel marketing processes. He gained C-level experience at companies like Sara Lee|DE and Kruidvat Holding before co-founding Adnovate. Paul knows how to get better results from complex marketing operations. Paul is now the SVP and managing director of Tahzoo Europe.

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  • Zubin Chagpar

    Business Development Manager

    Zubin Chagpar, Venture Capital Business Development EMEA, Amazon Web Services
    He engages with the Venture Capital community on behalf of Amazon in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He also heads Amazon’s Lean Enterprise program in EMEA, a program that engages enterprises and startups. Chagpar has over 15 years of experience working in technology and management for companies including Google, VeriSign and Exodus (now CenturyLink). Based in London, he is a board member for ISACA, a 140,000-member organization that focuses on IT Governance including COBIT and Cybersecurity.

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  • Martin Hasselbalch

    Vice President Sales, Strategic Enterprise Accounts at Falcon Social

    Martin Hasselbach spent 15 years in the IT industry through the happy late 90’ties till today. He felt the pain of the “end” of the DOTCOM days and through the Financial crisis of the late years. Truly innovative companies have survived and thrives, many slow companies have died or are dying. The past 15 years of his career have truly been amazing where he has successfully held various Software Sales Leadership positions. Its been fun, hard work, and a very rich learning experience for him. Martin cant wait to see what the next 15 years will bring!

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  • Jurgen Ingels

    Jurgen Ingels is a serial entrepreneur and startup advisor at heart that loves doing crazy and cool stuff. Together with Michel Akkermans, Jurgen founded Clear2Pay, a company that sells globally applicable solutions for secure payments processing to financial institutions from all over the world. Recently, Clear2Pay has been sold to FIS, an American company that has become the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology solutions. Since then, Jurgen initated his Smartfin Capital fund to create an ecosystem of companies specialized in financal technology. In his previous life, Jurgen was a Senior Investment Manager at the venture capital division of Belgium’s largest commercial bank.

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  • Adri Kraa

    VP eCommerce

    Senior executive & consultant with 18 years experience in strategy development, new business creation & innovation, organisational transformation and business management across international industries & markets in change.

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  • Peter Redert

    Peter is a fully experienced professional in both marketing and sales.
    He has a passion for analyzing, optimizing and running marketing operational processes in function of a great brand experience.
    Being involved with many companies has given him significant insights in these processes, being able to consult and advice on optimizations.
    Marketing in all its aspects has been the constant element in his professional life.

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  • Matt Lenzi

    Strategist and Designer

    Matt Lenzi is a strategist and designer at Hanno. An 8-strong non-profit product design and User Experience firm that works with funded startups and progressive corporates in SF and Europe (including Uber) to help them build their products and scale their business. They do this as fully remote team, with the crew distributed throughout Europe and Asia.

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  • Glen Manchester

    Founder and CEO

    I founded Thunderhead on a single idea – to change customer engagement for the better.

    A recognized technology pioneer, innovator and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of global experience, Glen Manchester is the founder and CEO of Thunderhead a leader in cloud based customer engagement.

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  • Claudiu Pasa

    EMEA IoT Business Development Lead

    Senior professional with 15+ years of experience in strategic planning, business analytics and data-driven decision systems and large-scale technology transformations. Recent experience in big data analytics and Internet of Things/ machine to machine and digital transformation using could computing platform, from digital customer experience and digital processes to entire new lean enterprise business models.

    Finance and Banking degree, with a Master in Computer Science and Executive MBA with focus on data analytics, financial modelling and expert systems/ artificial intelligence.

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  • Michel Steenhuis

    Business Consultant

    Michel Steenhuis is thought leader on Digital Analytics and Business Consultant at Inergy.
    He has more than 20 years of experience on Business Intelligence, supporting companies to strive for fact-based and data-driven marketing and sales. Among many more, Michel has worked for organizations like KPN (telecom), Achmea (insurance), Toyota (automotive) and Obvion (finance).

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  • John Timmerman

    Global Industry Evangelist

    John’s 24-year career with Teradata has been exemplified by the innovative use of touch-point technologies to solve business problems.  Although he has current responsibility for the global marketing of Teradata’s suite of Integrated Marketing solutions, John’s insight has been years in the making and spans a broad range of industries and products. In fact, John has met with Teradata customers in 54 different countries in all regions of the global economy.
    Throughout his career, John has been an ardent supporter of the need for customer data management, customer analytics and coordinated customer communications which encourage an unobtrusive, yet value rich, exchange with the consumer.  In 1998, John began a period of strategic focus on the application and impact of integrated customer-facing technologies (such as mobile marketing, outbound/inbound call center, customer care, web technologies, customer self-service and email), resulting in his current position.
    John holds a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Georgia, USA), and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Newberry College (Newberry, South Carolina, USA).

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  • Geert Van Wonterghem


    Geert Van Wonterghem was the first full-time Innovation Manager, at Alcatel-Lucent in 2004 and a professor in Innovation Management at Antwerp Management School. He recently founded a company that aims to revolutionize the way we network. A.o., Geert is holder of 23 patents and was a key contributor to the launch of ADSL.

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  • Freek Bijl

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Freek Bijl (36) is Digital Strategist. He studied sociology and organization studies and is fascinated by the impact of digital technology at the economy, society and the individual. Freek is Chief Strategy Officer at Valtech Netherlands: a digital marketing firm, pioneer in technologies with a presence in thirteen countries and over 2000 employees.


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