Hans de Raad (OpenNovations) is an independent ICT expert and practical, serial entrepreneur: “Figure out how it's going to earn money, then start the business.”
His main interest is in the many dynamic and diverse aspects of human-machine interaction processes like digital data preservation, archiving and open standards; social media and internet communication strategy; and font/back office systems-integration.
He offers consultancy and support for several open-source projects including Drupal, Piwik, Kolab, and openSUSE, and security consultancy for both physical and digital assets. His client list includes governmental organizations (like the Dutch Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice), pharmaceuticals and several SME's and startups. He frequently participates in international ICT fora like ENISA, CYSPA and the Forum Standaardisatie.
Besides consulting he's actively involved in the organization of ICT conferences with a focus on open source and security, most notably openSUSE Conference, Kolab Summit and hackerfestival Observe Hack Make (in 2013).
Hans combines his deep passion for music with his business streak and has managed the business side of the Netherland Bach Choir and several music festivals, including The Huygens Festival in Voorburg. His daily drivers are open source software, security, music, and a classic Mercedes called, “Bismarck.”