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Michiel Leenaars

Michiel Leenaars (1972, Netherlands) is Director of Strategy at NLnet. He is responsible for defining and initating short term and long term policies and managing strategic activities within the NLnet foundation, and acts as its spokesperson to the press and society. He joined the management team of NLnet in 2007. He has a background in Physics at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and Theory and history of literature/Visual and verbal communication at Tilburg University.

Michiel Leenaars combines his job at NLnet with a job as director of Internet Society Netherlands, one of the more sizable Internet Society chapters in the world.

He is active in a number of national and international organisations, such as OpenDoc Society (vice-chair), Accessibility.nl, NEN-normcommissie (NC) 381034 'Behandeling en uitwisseling van tekst' (former chair), ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 wg6 'Document description languages and processing languages', and Petities.nl foundation (treasurer). He regularly publishes articles and columns in a number of publications.

Past experience

From 2002-2012 he worked parttime for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) within its subsidiary Netherlands National Computing Facilities Foundation (NCF) as an advisor on e-Infrastructure and e-Science and as coordinator of the Software Engineering programme. For a number of years he was very active in the European policy body e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG) and has been the lead editor of the e-Infrastructures Roadmap, a long term strategic pan-European vision document maintained by the e-IRG. From 2006 to 2010 he was member of the strategic committee of the European domain name registry EURId. He was a founding board member of Gridforum Nederland.

Contact details

Michiel Leenaars
Science Park 400
1098 XH Amsterdam
Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)20 8884252
Cell phone: +31 (0)6 27050947
m.leenaars [at] nlnet.nl

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