Nationality : Belgian
Twitter : http://twitter.com/ruudvs
Rudi started his professional career at the Ministry of Agriculture and quickly became involved in the digitisation process of government administration. In 1988 he developed the "pharmacy computer" solution, bringing communication facilities to pharmacy distribution centers and pharmacists (in collaboration with Labo Flandria, Gent). The innovative solution was also implemented in France, Luxembourg and Germany, with specific national regulations and laws incorporated for each country.
A few years later he designed and implemented a huge IT-architecture for logistics and communication purposes in Hungary for a food/non-food distribution corporation (TiszaCoop). During the period 2000-2002 he was involved in the ICT outsourcing contract of the Flemish government, more specifically as infrastructure project manager. An impressive experience was gathered while implementing corporate decisions on regional and local level such as the Flemish portal website and GIS applications [ESRI].
Specialized in no-nonsense, down to earth solutions. Based on best practices Rudi has (and is still) rolling out projects where complex data-structures are integrated in an on-line daily process.
Providing strategic thinking while deploying organisational changes in small and medium sized organisations and companies.
Rudi is managing partner in EUSIP bvba (hosting, housing company) and NWX Projex Ltd. (internet service provider). He developed the Cloud Management Center, an integrated servers and services management software which can be deployed on Linux based infrastructure.
Participation in EU projects
Expert evaluator and rapporteur for EU FP7 projects - support SMEs and for Horizon2020 projects.
Participant in EU project CleanIT : The Clean IT Project is an online project initiated by the European Union, aiming to reduce or discourage online terrorism and further illegal activities via the internet. (2011-2013)
Since 2000 he has been president of the Belgian chapter of the Internet Society, an organization focusing on the promotion of the internet for everyone. He participates in national debates with federal and regional governments on topics such as cyber criminality and security issues related to Belgian citizens. In November 2004 he became more and more involved in Internet issues and debates all around the world - in Bangladesh, Tunis, Hanover. 2006 saw him focusing on breaching the Digital Divide through projects in regional and European organisations. His goal: to capture the voices of the Internet user, individual as well as in an organisational environment, understanding the needs and burdens of each. He considers the most difficult hurdle to be the fact that while culture and technology are far away from each other, they should be mutually supportive.
His 30 years experience in ICT was a perfect basis for the study ISOC Belgium together with EROV performed on the usage of ICT in the Social Profit sector in East-Flanders. The result of this survey, which last till end of 2007, The ICT Whitebook for the Social Pofit is available in electronic format by simple email request. It contains an overview of the ICT infrastructure in the Social Profit in East-Flanders and several requirements and recommendations for the sector itself but also for government and the ICT sector.
Participant in panels in the first International Conference 2006 (Washington) focusing on the Rights and Protection of Children in the Web 2.0 World. An issue he was already involved in during the Round table in June 2006 in Brussels, in presence of Ms. Viviane Reding (EU commissioner Digital Agenda) and several important authorities. Following this congress, he participated in the workshop organised by ETSI in February, focusing on what should be done by the telco's for children up to 12 years of age.
Early 2005 he was part of the group founding the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) an user constituency in ICANN. Later in 2007 in the ICANN meeting in Lisbon he was also one of the founding members of EURALO (European Regional At Large Organisation). Involved in national matters in relation to domain names, he focus specifically on issues of cyber security in relation to registries and registrars. During the 33rd ICANN meetings in Cairo, he got elected ALAC liaison ccNSO for 2009, in 2010 his mandate was extended for another year.
World Summit Award choose among the 168 countries 34 grand jury members, Rudi was one of them. 2005 in Bahrain, 2009 in India - New Delhi and in 2011 again selected grand jury member in Hong Kong.
After 8 years activity in the ALAC community, he decided to move over to the GNSO world in 2012, where in 2013 he got elected chair of the Policy Committee of NPOC (Not-for-profit Operational Concerns) constituency in NCSG.
2014 seems to be the year where Rudi get's more recognition of his engagement, he got elected to the board of directors in Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation (Jan. 2014) and World Summit Award (April 2014).