Deploying Data for Better Policy: The Digital Transformation of the Province of North Brabant | Strategies for Optimal Results in the Future

March 7, 2024

At a unique Vision Dinner for IT, Data, and Digitization leaders within the government, Marcel Thaens, CIO at the Province of North Brabant, will share insights from his own experience on how data can be optimally utilized for these challenges. He will discuss aspects such as how he ensures the quality of data within the organization and addresses ethical and legal considerations, especially in light of the upcoming mandatory algorithm registry. If you are interested in these topics, you are warmly invited to be inspired by Marcel's story and engage in discussions with him and other participants.

  • Small-scale peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule

Marcel Thaens, Province of North-Brabant

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Marcel Thaens


Marcel Thaens has been the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Province of North Brabant since 2018, also serving as a member of the executive board. In this role, he focuses on the digital transformation of both the provincial organization and the region of North Brabant. Previously, he worked as a Principal Consultant at various consulting firms, where he provided advice to numerous public organizations, including ministries, provinces, municipalities, and water boards, on the use of data and digitization. Additionally, Marcel held the position of Professor of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam from 2006 to 2018.

Province of North-Brabant


The Province of North Brabant aims to be a frontrunner in the field of data and digitization. Therefore, the province is already taking steps to address policy issues in areas such as mobility, environment, climate, and energy using data. While the potential of data is evident, the transition from data to insights and then to more effective policies poses many challenges. How can the often still separate worlds of data experts and policymakers be brought together?


Location: Huize Molenaar, Korte Nieuwstraat 6-8, 3512 NM Utrecht

17:30 | Start program (including presentation, discussion and a 3-course dinner)
20:30 | End of formal program, opportunity for informal networking


Directors of IT, Data, and Digitization within the government

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