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Peter Hinssen      

Cloud Computing & Technology Expert, Thought Leader & IT Strategist

Peter Hinssen is one of Europe's top thought leaders on the impact of technology on our society.

His focus is on the consumer adoption of technology, the impact of the networked digital society, and the alignment between business and IT.

He collaborates frequently with organizations in the areas of IT Strategy, Transformation, Fusion and Coaching, in both Europe and North America.

Peter Hinssen is also an entrepreneur, speaker, writer and co-founder and CEO of his own technology firm, the former chairman of Porthus, and has been an Entrepreneur in Residence with McKinsey & Company.

In addition to being a popular speaker, Peter Hinssen is a prolific columnist in trade and business publications, both on-line and in print.

Peters first major book was Business/IT-Fusion, which is now available in a second, revised version. His second book The New Normal was published both in English and Dutch.

Peter Hinssen is currently involved as a coach to executives, helping to develop future innovation perspectives, and is a board advisor on subjects related to innovation and IT.

He also develops executive education workshops and awareness sessions to bridge business challenges with IT solutions, and to leverage the innovation potential of IT.

Peter Hinssen is a passionate keynote speaker, frequently welcomed at Global CIO forums and conferences around the world.

He lectures on IT Strategy and Technology & Organizational future challenges, at various business schools in Europe such as London Business School (UK) and TiasNimbas Business School (Netherlands), and is a visiting faculty at Antwerp Management School (Belgium).

In the Nineties, Peter Hinssen was founder and CEO at e-COM Interactive, a leading Internet consultancy firm, where he implemented some of the first large-scale Internet and e-commerce projects in Europe.

He was responsible for projects and information systems for companies such as Alcatel, DHL Worldwide Express, ING, SONY Europe, S.W.I.F.T. and Volvo.

In 1999, Peter Hinssen co- founded Porthus, on the belief that applications would not reside on in-house servers at companies, but at external, specialized data centers. Porthus thus pioneered Software-as-a-Service and Cloud computing.

Porthus delivered its Business-to-Business solutions to over 1,000 companies, covering customer locations throughout Europe and beyond.

Known for his enthusiasm, Peter Hinssen captivates his audiences with highly impactful speeches concerning the most important evolutions in the world of IT and business.

More generally, Peter reflects on technology as a major driver of change, particularly in business innovation but also in society at large.

Peter Hinssen has a Master's degree in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium.

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