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Ambassadors

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The Data Autonomy project has the honor to count on a team of ambassadors that help with project awareness and with community growth. Our ambassadors usually contribute to the project by:

  • Representing the perspectives, interests, and concerns of the faculty or UG organism represented.
  • Creating awareness of the topic and the project by spreading the word and talking about the topic with colleagues, partners, collaborators, etc. Anyone related to the UG, and therefore affected by the university dependencies.
  • Building and fostering a strong community by motivating and inviting others to join us on this journey.
  • Contributing to the blog on our website dedicated to data autonomy by writing a column on the topic and/or creating a network of fellow writers who also have something to say on this blog
  • Supporting and contributing to the events in whatever form suits our ambassadors.


Would you also like to become an ambassador for the Data Autonomy project? Everybody who is interested in contributing is welcome!

Arjen Deenen
Arjen Deenen

Arjen Deenen

Arjen is the Data Protection Officer at the University of Groningen. His duties include acting as an independent supervisor and advising on data protection within the University of Groningen

Brian Setz
Brian Setz

Brian Setz

Brian Setz is the lead software developer for education at the Digital Lab of the University of Groningen. The Digital Lab designs, develops, and supports a suite of tools to assist teachers with their computer lab teaching and to promote the use of blended learning and e-learning throughout the curriculum. Open source software development and data autonomy are essential aspects in the creation of our tool suite.

Christian van der Kooi
Christian van der Kooi

Christian van der Kooi

Christian has successfully completed a wide range of IT projects for different organizations, where data usage, storage, and sharing played a central role. It is essential to carefully and consciously consider the utilization of Cloud services. By thoroughly understanding the potential implications beforehand, one can make informed decisions and ensure a sustainable approach.

Daniël Vos
Daniël Vos

Daniël Vos

As a Data Trainee on the Data Autonomy and OSPO project, I am assisting the Project Lead in organising the Data Autonomy Event. This chance enables me to combine my passion for data with my aspiration to generate positive change. I am honoured to be a part of a project devoted to promoting data autonomy principles at the UG and am eager to contribute to its success.

Ferry Helweg
Ferry Helweg

Ferry Helweg

Ferry is a junior coordinator of educational applications at the team ICT for Education. He is responsible for educational systems that are used at the UG (such as Brightspace and Kaltura). These systems process data of both students and lecturers. There are often no good open-source alternatives to these solutions. This makes data autonomy even more important.

Floris Krabbe
Floris Krabbe

Floris Krabbe

As Teamlead of Team BI, Floris is involved in university-wide management information facilities. Floris is also involved in the DIDM (Data Informed Decision Making) initiative. This initiative focuses on the question "How do we as RUG become a more data-informed organisation". In these examples, it is important to pay attention to the data being used. Dependence on Big-Tech is also a topic that is increasingly being discussed.

Jan-Willem Brijan
Dr. Jan-Willem Brijan

Dr. Jan-Willem Brijan

Jan-Willem has worked on learning analytics for the past few years, first at Faculty Science Engineering, and he is currently working on a project plan to develop and implement learning analytics with a collaboration of several (6-7) faculties. Next to that, he is also teaching at Faculty Science Engineering and coordinates the DATE (Data, Analytics and Tools for Education) team of the faculty.

Jaap-Henk Hoepman
Dr. Jaap-Henk Hoepman

Dr. Jaap-Henk Hoepman

Jaap-Henk studied computer science at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands, and obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam based on work done at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI). His research interests focus on privacy by design, and privacy friendly protocols for identity management and the IoT.

Jelte Nimoth
Dr. Jelte Nimoth

Dr. Jelte Nimoth

Jelte originally obtained a PhD in Chemistry, but then diverged and instead became a Data Steward for the FSE, experiencing research from the support perspective. In his position, he has a lot of contact with research groups and assists researchers with their research data management tasks. Accordingly. data is his 'bread & butter' and Jelte is a firm proponent of a data autonomous university, always with a critical eye on Big Tech and its ready-made solutions.

Jeroen van Engen

Jeroen van Engen is currently head of the department of foreign languages and senior lecturer of Dutch at the University of Groningen Language Centre. He is involved in various projects about technology-mediated language learning and teaching.

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Dr. Léonie de Jonge

Dr. Léonie de Jonge

is an Assistant Professor in European Politics & Society at the Faculty of Arts. She is also a member of the Young Academy Groningen (YAG) and De Jonge Akademie (DJA) at The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Within these academies, she actively contributes to various working groups focused on topics such as the political economy of academic publishing and the issue of data autonomy in higher education.

Dr. Lukas Wolf
Dr. Lukas Wolf

Dr. Lukas Wolf

Dr. Lukas Wolf is a policy advisor at the UG. He provides the university with data-informed policy analyses and policy recommendations, and combines his knowledge of data analytics and policy work. For him, data autonomy is about being able to choose freely which tools to employ, thereby preventing vendor lock-in or commercial-by-default by promoting open standards and open tooling. He is enthusiastic about open data initiatives and about incorporating open science practices into all aspects of our university’s functioning.

Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn
Dr. Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn

Dr. Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn

Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn is senior lecturer in International Political Economy at the Department of International Relations and International Organization, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, as well as Associate Research.

Marit de Jong
Marit de Jong

Marit de Jong

Marit is a Philosophy Master student at the University of Groningen. She specializes in critical philosophy of technology, writing on subjects such as deepfakes, learning analytics in higher education and digital labor. Last year, she co-authored a book chapter on the bias of online.

Muhamed Amin
Dr. Muhamed Amin

Dr. Muhamed Amin

Dr. Muhamed Amin got his Ph.D in Computational Physics from City University of New York. Then, he joined UC Berkeley as a computer science postdoc. There he worked in Stanford National Accelerator on data analysis of scientific experiments. In 2017, he moved to Germany to work in the German Electron Synchrotron to work as a scientist. There, he wrote molecular modeling software. Finally, he moved to University College Groningen as an assistant professor

Noha El-Baz
Dr. Noha El-Baz

Dr. Noha El-Baz

Dr. Noha El-Baz, holds a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and possesses an extensive 25-year background in education, with experience both within and outside the Netherlands. She has earned the Senior Teaching Qualification (STQ) from the University of Groningen and is dedicated to education innovation and research. Currently, she serves as a lecturer, epidemiologist, and education coordinator at the Department of Epidemiology at the UMCG.

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Rick Roodbergen

Rick Roodbergen

Rick Roodbergen is a Junior GIS Specialist in the Support Department of the Center for Information Technology's Geodienst. The Geodienst supports researchers and students with all questions and projects related to geographic data and processing in GIS. The Geodienst advises and supports projects and research of almost all faculties of the RUG. Rick is in the first line of support and contributes to all kinds of projects related to geographic data.

Stef de Gunst
Stef de Gunst

Stef de Gunst

As a license and contract administrator we guide employees of the University of Groningen to acquire the software needed for research, education and operations. As knowledge and awareness about handling data grows so does the need for support. We screen, together with other stakeholders, all the software and give a clear insight in the risks regarding data privacy and security. Also some subject regard data autonomy are being investigated.

Yori Ong
Dr. Yori Ong

Dr. Yori Ong

Yori studied physics and dental medicine at the University of Groningen obtained his PhD at the bioengineering department of UMCG. He is currently researching and developing new digital communication networks that support self-organization and collective action. In his work, he closely collaborates with Public-Ops, a national collective of entrepreneurs

Prof. dr. Marianne Franklin
Prof. dr. Marianne Franklin

Prof. dr. Marianne Franklin

Marianne is Chair of Media, Cultural Industries and Society at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen, former Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition of the UN Internet Governance Forum,  and founding member of the Digital Constitutionalism Network. Marianne has been active in negotiating digital human rights standards for sustainable technology design and use in internet policy-making spaces across the EU, Council of Europe, and the UN.  A recipient of research funding from the US Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Ford Foundation, and Australian Research Council, Marianne was honoured as the 2022 Distinguished Scholar in Science, Technology, Art and International Relations at the International Studies Association.

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Richard Rijnks

Dr.Richard Rijnks

Richard Rijnks is an Assistant Professor in Spatial Analysis, GIS, and Planning Methods at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences University of Groningen. He is the Secretary of the Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section and a fellow of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health and the Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development. His main interests involve the use of geographic data to analyse questions around wellbeing, spatial quality, and economic development.

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