Dr. Ben Kokkeler is a principal consultant with extensive experience on IT and digitisation, including ethical, legal, social and economic impact analysis of digitisation (incl. Open Data, AI, cybersafety) with a focus on education and culture, health, public safety and smart cities.
Ben has a background in science and technology studies, higher education management, governance and management in the public sector, focusing on emergent innovation structures and distributed leadership in alliances, open and social innovation and new technologies (smart cities). He studied at the University of Twente, the University of Amsterdam and the Radboud University (Nijmegen). His PhD thesis was granted by the University of Twente (Science, Technology and Policy Studies).
Besides working with Technopolis as a principal consultant, at the Avans University of Applied Sciences he is professor of Social Resilience in Digital Society. His research group focuses on ex ante ethical, legal and social impact assessments. As a visiting researcher Ben is also affiliated to University of Twente’s Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS). Ben is a senior board member of the Dutch Association of Institutional Research (DAIR), the professional and academic forum for HE systems research.
Prior to working with the Technopolis Group, Ben worked for more than 30 years at Dutch Ministries, national research institutes and at Dutch and German universities, developing and governing international (joint degree) programmes, technology transfer projects and international alliances and consortia.
For Technopolis, he recently conducted evaluations of the Dutch National Materials Science Programme, the Dutch government’s policy on IT innovation and eGovernment, of the impact of TA on Dutch national policy formation in the agri-food sector, and of the Dutch Research Council for Health’s start up programme, a study for the Dutch Province of Brabant on opportunities for digitalisation, a study for the Belgium Government on data driven Evidence Based Practices in first line health care, and advised the EU EIT Digital programme ‘Thought Leadership’ on smart health & wellbeing. Since January 2018, he is programme leader of a Dutch open innovation consortium on Smart Medical Technologies (www.TopFit.life). The TopFit consortium comprises universities, regional authorities, health centres and companies and organises a large scale RWD citizen science project and mission driven innovation programmes that focus at accelerating valorisation.