Benelux CISO Executive Summit

19 September 2018 | Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

19 September 2018
Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Benelux CISO Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Benelux CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Bouke Hoving

Executive Vice President Networks & IT (CIO)

Florence Mottay

Ahold Delhaize
VP Information Security & CISO Europe

Robbert Van Rutten

Royal Dutch Shell
VP Information Risk Management & CISO


18 September 2018

19 September 2018

18:30 - 21:30  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Networking Dinner

Benelux Executive Summit Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking. 

08:00 - 08:45  Registration & Breakfast

08:45 - 09:45  Keynote

Dare to Do

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Joost Rigter

Inspirational Speaker

Living in the technological age means everything is changing all the time — companies, industries, even society. As a leader, how do you deal with change? How do you find light in the dark? How do guts, humor, acceptance and self-confidence ensure that obstacles are actually much smaller than they seem? Joost Rigter opens the Benelux Executive Summit by inspiring you to see possibilities instead of limitations and embrace the power of change.  

09:45 - 10:00  Networking Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Retraining the Next Generation of IT

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Giel Groot

Graduate, Make IT Work

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

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Marianne Hoornenborg

Graduate, Make IT Work

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

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Ronald Kleijn

Project Manager, Make IT Work & Sr. Lecturer

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

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Wijnand de Kruijff

CIO Customer & Commerce


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Esmeralda Waterreus-Krooswijk

CIO Europe

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Addressing the widening skills gap in IT and security is one of the most pressing, yet nebulous, challenges facing organizations today. Meeting this critical need requires new and innovative partnerships. One such program addressing the skills gap is Make IT Work, which recruits highly-educated workers who don’t have IT backgrounds and retrains them for a career in IT by collaborating with major employers across the Netherlands. Join your peers and recent graduates from Make IT Work for an honest discussion on coming together to create a workforce with the right skillsets to meet the demands of the future and the realities of today.

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Driving Business with APIs in the Digital Ecosystem

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Kevin Bouwmeester

Google Cloud Platform Sales Engineer

Google Cloud

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Anuschka Diderich

Thought Leader API

KPN New Business

Telcos face a challenging environment with the entrance of more and more new players and rapidly changing customer demands. Traditionally telcos are seen as beacons of trust, focused on continuity and built upon solid infrastructure. On the flip side, new players in the space are known for flexibility and their ability to innovate quickly. API thought leader Anuschka Diderich will share a case study on how KPN combines the best of both worlds in the New Business division. Explore the API ecosystem and learn how KPN is accelerating the development of new products and services through a commitment to collaboration and digital innovation.  

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Avoiding Risk in Business-Critical Applications During Digital Transformation

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Lies Alderlieste-de Wit


Nederlandse Spoorwegen

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Sean McLeod

Group Information Security & Risk Officer

SHV Energy

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Jan Hubicka

Senior Security Expert

Onapsis, Inc.

Digital transformation is not just a buzzword, but an outline of business and operational plans to integrate and prioritize the latest digital technologies available. Unfortunately, security is often second priority or not even in the scope of the transformation project. Worse, many organizations have not identified a plan for how they will migrate their most critical applications, like SAP and Oracle in a secure way, putting assets at risk. Join this session to discuss how to make security an enabler instead of a roadblock. Discover action items you can implement immediately to ensure security and compliance of your organization’s critical applications.

10:45 - 11:30  Networking Break

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

Finding a Balance – Pause, Reflect and Resolve

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Mark van den Brink



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Patrick Putman

Chief Information & Innovation Officer

DP World Antwerp

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Robbert Van Rutten

VP Information Risk Management & CISO

Royal Dutch Shell

The life of the executive is complex, challenging and often exhausting. If you’re not dealing with vulnerabilities or implementing and managing a suite of solutions, you’re navigating data governance and company-wide risk perspectives. When do CIOs and CISOs get a chance to breathe and beat the fatigue? Led by a group of future-focused practitioners, this session serves to ignite commitment from you, your teams and other business leaders to shape the future of your role and industry as a whole. Join this dynamic, interactive discussion to find well-deserved solace and explore solutions.

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

Identity – The Foundation for Customer Loyalty

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Gerald Horst

Partner Digital Identity

PwC Europe

Today’s digital businesses need deep customer insights to successfully deliver new products and services that can increase customer engagement and brand loyalty while maintaining their security and privacy. At the same time legislation and regulations like GDPR are putting more parameters around protecting consumer privacy. Customer identity & access management, if done well, can help businesses to overcome the challenges of agility and regulation, and lay the foundation for transforming digital business successfully. In this presentation, Gerald Horst explores the business relevance of consumer identity & access management, based on tangible and first-hand experience.

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

Improving IT Clock Speed and Shortening Time-to-Value

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Eelko van Leeuwen

Chief Information Officer

ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V.

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Jörg Müller



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Hans de Visser

VP, Strategic Alliances

Mendix Inc.

Today’s digitization wave puts IT under pressure. While the demand for apps is exploding, many organizations struggle to fulfill business needs and shorten time-to-value. Executing a digital transformation strategy is more than just buying new technology. This roundtable discussion, led by Hans de Visser of Mendix, will explore best practices within the four pillars of portfolio, people, process and platform. Join with your peers to address the challenge of business and IT alignment, talent scarcity and rapid application delivery.

12:15 - 13:20  Executive Networking Reception

13:20 - 14:00  Keynote

The Future Belongs to the Intelligent Enterprise

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Steve Holdridge

Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Services

MicroStrategy, Inc.

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow.

In this keynote, you’ll hear:

  • How to map out your organization into an intelligent enterprise
  • Best practices to build data analytics throughout the organization
  • Ecosystem solutions to help manage data securely but remain agile

14:00 - 14:15  Networking Break

14:15 - 15:00  Breakout Session

Information Security’s Foundation — Governance, Expertise and Executive Buy-In

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Emanuel Tanase

Global Chief Information Security Officer

Lombard International Assurance

Creating, maturing and maintaining sound information security program management is a critical concern for many CISOs. Unfortunately, this is a complex task for those who lack the C-level support, internal governance and technical expertise needed to drive such a program forward.

In this session, learn how one organization successfully: 

  • Earned management support of its program
  • Created effective organizational governance that supported its program
  • Retained a team of expert staff to drive its program forward

14:15 - 15:00  Executive Boardroom

Gaining Advantages with an Emerging Software Market

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Hans Spieker

Contract and Supplier Manager


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Thomas Bauer


Relicense Group

In a market changing as rapidly as IT, it can be difficult to plan how to get the most value out of your company’s investments. How do you remain flexible and adapt to constant changes, while at the same time remaining cost effective and avoiding huge disinvestments? The rapidly emerging market of pre-used licensing enables companies to establish cost optimization and reduction strategies. Join this open conversation with Relicense and FrieslandCampina on how you can embed the opportunities of this emerging market into your IT strategy.

14:15 - 15:00  Executive Boardroom

Making the Most of Your Board Pitch

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Johan Kestens

Managing Director and CIO

ING Belgium

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Tijs Zijderveld

Vice President & Global CIO


Choosing the right words when you go before your board — plus the right metrics, financials, data and visuals — can make or break whether you get the resources you need or walk away empty handed. When you just have a few minutes, you’ve got to sell your successes and highlight your challenges in a way that provides value without drowning the board in facts and figures. In this interactive show-and-tell, you’ll be encouraged to workshop best practices with your peers by bringing examples of real-life wins, stumbling blocks and questions you’ve asked when preparing for your pitch.

15:00 - 15:30  Networking Break

15:30 - 16:15  Breakout Session

The Evolution and Impact of Artificial Intelligence

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Johan Kestens

Managing Director and CIO

ING Belgium

Digital innovation comes fast and furious these days — and with today’s speed of change, there is no room for falling behind the curve. Nowhere is this truer than the field of artificial intelligence, and depending on who you ask, AI is either the future or it will help to hasten the end. Join Johan Kestens for a fascinating look into the two extremes of the AI spectrum. Kestens will explore the benefits and drawbacks of recent innovations in AI and what you can do to harness AI’s power to protect and advance your organization. 

15:30 - 16:15  Executive Boardroom

Transforming Third Party Cyber Risk Monitoring – The New Goals

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Florence Mottay

VP Information Security & CISO Europe

Ahold Delhaize

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Lennart Pikaart

Benelux & Nordics Director

BitSight Technologies

As hacks via third parties continue to threaten data and business continuity, the old school of thought around securing the enterprise is no longer relevant. Business leaders remain responsible critical information assets, yet are quickly losing control as the walls of the enterprise expand to include third and fourth parties and traditional tools get mixed with new strategies. Layering old and new methods allows for a big shift in how goals are defined and how resources get deployed. It is much easier now to determine what’s important, dangerous and real in your third party ecosystem. The big question is, what does this mean for your organization?

15:30 - 16:15  Executive Boardroom

Cultivating the Right Skills in Your Digital Workforce

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Luisella ten Pierik



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Koen Vandaele

ICT Director (CIO)


Talent priorities keep shifting but there’s no question that securing workers with evolving skills has become critical to successful workforce planning. For executives tasked with accelerating innovation, it can be difficult to find and keep skilled professionals, and at the same time to make sure that the existing workforce attains digital literacy, business acumen, and the skills it will take to keep up. This peer discussion will cover tactics for life cycle career management and strategies for hiring, retaining and reskilling your workforce. 

16:15 - 16:30  Networking Break

16:30 - 17:00  Keynote

Journey to Customer-Centric Innovation

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Bouke Hoving

Executive Vice President Networks & IT (CIO)


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Michel van Hout


Dutch Flower Group

Ask a group of CIOs what digitisation means, and you’ll get dozens of different answers. For Bouke Hoving, digital transformation revolves around one very simple idea: focus on the customer and the rest will follow. By erasing internal siloes and integrating discrete product components into a single unified vision, KPN has rebuilt the customer experience from scratch. Join Hoving for a fireside conversation with Michel van Hout on the importance of defining your digital mandate, aligning purposefully with the business, and balancing short and long term elements of your transformation roadmap.

17:00 - 18:00  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

18 September 2018

19 September 2018


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Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

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