Policy Officer

Dr. Tom Bakker


At the Netherlands eScience Center, Tom helps to develop and monitor the organizational strategy, external assessment, annual plans and other relevant strategies. He advises the Directors’ Team and connects the organization’s strategy to relevant external policy developments.

Tom (PhD, University of Amsterdam) studied Communication Science (MSc) and Journalism (MA) at the University of Amsterdam. The emergence and impact of ICT and media technologies has always been a key theme in his work. After working as a television and newspaper journalist, he started working as a researcher and lecturer at the Political Communication & Journalism group of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). Between 2012 and 2016, Tom worked as a researcher and consultant at the Strategy & Policy (for ICT) department TNO. He has been involved in national and international projects related to startups & scale-ups, smart industry, big data, privacy and digital health technology. Tom is the co-author of the Handboek Nieuwe Media (Handbook New Media) and has been a mentor for the tech accelerator Startupbootcamp Amsterdam.

Key skills

  • Policy
  • Strategy
  • Open science