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.
Consultant & Project Manager
Jiri is an experienced eGovernment policy consultant focused on the European eIdentity, eSignature, and Smart Cities policies.
His main responsibilities include project management and coordination of the multiple CIP and FP7 information society projects (OTN, ECIM, Citadel … on the Move, SSEDIC, EPIC, MAGHRENOV), drafting EU projects proposals, progress and financial reports, and strategic notes. In addition, Jiri is involved in consultancy activities and workshops on eGovernment and electronic identity for both public and private entities.
Before coming to IS-practice, he worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic dealing with the EU internal market and competitiveness agenda. As a legal expert on the free movement of services and goods in the EU, he was responsible for the implementation of the Services Directive (2006/123/EC) in the Czech Republic, and establishment and operation of the Points of Single Contact, including the design and implementation of their back-office IT solution. As a co-author of the Czech Republic`s Competitiveness Strategy for 2020, he formulated cross-cutting national policy reforms in the field of R&D, innovation and trade promotion.