Hugo Kerschot is founder and managing director of IS-practice. His years of experience in both the private and the public sector will be valuable for companies and organizations that wish to realise projects in a multidisciplinary setting within the framework of the European Information Society.
Hugo Kerschot has more than 20 years of experience in communication, IT, consultancy and project management and with IS-practice an international network of expertise in eGovernment, eParticipation, eHealth, eInclusion… .
Hugo Kerschot is Master in Communication Sciences (University of Leuven, Faculty of Social Sciences). After a career in the financial sector (internal and external communication), he launched in 1995 the first Belgium public service website in his function as Director of Information of the Services of the Belgian Prime Minister. After passing through a number of internet start-up companies he developed for the European Commission as a Cap Gemini consultant, the web-based survey on Electronic Public Services, the European reference on eGovernment status measuring. In 2004 he became managing partner in Indigov, a spin-off of the University of Leuven and research and consulting bureau specialized in eGovernment, adoption of new media and evaluation of interactive communication. Hugo is a regularly demanded speaker on international conferences concerning the Information Society, member of the DEMO-net Industry Advisory Panel and member of the Steering Committee of the GLOBAL FORUM Conference.
Jiri is an experienced manager of ICT innovation projects and a senior business analyst. He has an extensive experience as eGovernment, Smart city, Smart mobility & IoT consultant with a successful track record in H2020 research & innovation funding. Jiri obtained MA diplomas in Law and in European Studies.
Jiri’s main fields of expertise include business development, business analysis, innovation management, (geo)data analytics and visualizations, functional analysis and UI design, smart city policies, eGovernment services, and smart mobility. Jiri has been responsible for coordination of multiple innovation (CIP, FP7 and H2020) projects, including OpenTransportNet geo-data hub, ECIM smart mobility platform, bIoTope Internet-of-things project, Citadel smart city project, SSEDIC eID Thematic Network, MAGHRENOV renewable energy and energy efficiency project.
Jiri previously worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic dealing with the EU internal market and competitiveness agenda. He was responsible for the implementation of the Services Directive (2006/123/EC) in the Czech Republic and is a co-author of the Czech Republic’s Competitiveness Strategy for 2020, which formulated crosscutting national policy reforms in the field of R&D, innovation and trade promotion.