Erik Huizer

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Chief Technology Officer, SURFnet

Erik Huizer is CTO at SURFnet, the Dutch national academic and research network. He is also a member of the board for GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education.

For over 30 years he has been involved in education and research networking, Internet standardization and Internet governance. For his contributions to the Internet he has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015 he was honored with the title of Dutch ICT personality of the year.


Until 2015 he served as part-time professor Internet Applications at University of Utrecht. He remains a research associate at this university. His main interests are:

  • Internet Governance
  • Open, accessible and trustworthy Internet
  • e-infrastructure
  • Internet and research/education

Before SURFnet he served as Managing Director Information Society and scientific director for ICT and Media at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

Erik currently serves as chairman of the permanent stakeholders group of the Dutch National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). He is chair of the board of Enset (the non-profit registrar for NGO’s), chair of the Dutch national IPv6 Task Force and a member of the Advisory Board of the Internet Society ( He is co-founder of the Dutch chapter of ISOC.

He has been teaching at various developing countries workshops on Internet policy and technology. He is a TEDx speaker.