Frits Bussemaker is Partner and Liaison European Relations at CIOnet, a community of CIOs and IT directors from across Europe. He is President of iPoort, part of the Nieuwspoort press centre, and he is also a member of the Global Industry Council of IP3. He is a member of various task forces in the field of eSkills and ‘IT image’ at the European Commission and the Dutch government. As Programme Manager, he was responsible for a number of conferences at the interface between IT and Innovation. His aim for the research group is to reinforce connections with relevant stakeholders and to act as a sounding board in the process of identifying the vision and direction of the research group and the associated degree programmes. He has 25 years of international experience in the IT sector and is a graduate of TU Delft.