Arjen is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo. He studied Science & Policy at Utrecht University and worked for IBM and Twynstra Gudde as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. Since late 2001 Arjen has been self-employed, advising clients on the strategic impact of new technological developments. He is a certified EDP auditor and information security specialist. As a much sought-after international speaker on technology policy issues he gives over 100 keynote talks every year.
Since 2002 he has been involved in formulating public IT policy in the areas of open standards and open source for the government and public sector. Arjen advises senior managers and administrators of companies and public institutions, members of parliament in several European countries and the Dutch Cabinet about the opportunities offered by open standards and open source software for the European knowledge economy and society as a whole.
In addition to information technology, Arjen also works on scenario planning and strategic assessments of emerging technologies such as bio- and nanotechnology. With clients he investigates the social, economic and geo-political impact of science and technology.