Benelux CIO Executive Summit

4 October 2022 | Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

4 October 2022
Hotel Okura, Amsterdam


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Benelux's top CIOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Looking to the future and collaboration of the CIO & CISO roles

Adapting to ever-changing digital business strategies, with security at the forefront

Accelerating high growth & a data first mindset, while empowering talent & protecting the enterprise

Benelux CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.


Allan Cockriel

CIO - Global Functions / IRM, and CISO

Ing Yan Ong

Global CIO

Eelko van Leeuwen

ABN AMRO Clearing Bank NV
Global CIO

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Benelux CIO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


3 October 2022

18:00 - 21:00  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

4 October 2022 - morning

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

The Role of the CIO and CISO in Becoming the Best Connected Brewer

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Ing Yan Ong

Global CIO


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Jan Joost Bierhoff

Global Director Information Security (CISO)


Recent times of crisis have demonstrated how swiftly disruptions can arise and push organisations to address them. The CIO and CISO play a crucial part in accelerating and securing digital business, especially in times of uncertainty. This requires strong partnership and communication between CIO and CISO. Join Ing Yan and Jan Joost as they share their combined journey of responding to times of crisis whilst ensuring the security and continued progress of digital business within HEINEKEN. Specifically you will hear:

  • How HEINEKEN is becoming the Best Connected Brewer
  • Implications for cyber security approach and culture across the organisation
  • Challenges and learnings and how Ing Yan and Jan Joost collaborate to overcome them

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

The New Leadership Principles for Digital Business Acceleration

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VC Gopalratnam

EVP & Global CIO


The pace at which digital business has progressed has meant that IT leaders must evolve their strategies quickly. This doesn’t mean only focussing on the ever changing technical capabilities of digital technologies, but rather how to conduct themselves in these leadership roles, both in their own teams and across the business. IT and Technology leaders must broaden their skillsets beyond technical expertise in order to become true leaders and pioneers of change. Join this session for thoughts and insights into:

  • How to build trust and transparency between IT and business partners
  • Building diverse teams and building a culture of ‘giving back’
  • How IT Leaders can leverage influence and leadership with key business units to strengthen their digital transformation vision

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

The Modern CISO’s API Security Strategy – What’s Next?

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Marcel van Leent

Global IT Security & Compliance Manager, CISO


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Dimitri Van Zantvliet Rozemeijer


Nederlandse Spoorwegen

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Filip Verloy

Technical Evangelist EMEA

Noname Security

In today’s climate, having a holistic view on API security is key to protecting organisations from the ever-expanding API attack surface. Proactively securing your environment from API security vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and design flaws are among the biggest challenges that security leaders face. But how can CISOs identify and eliminate attack surfaces before an attack, and actively test APIs for vulnerabilities throughout the lifecycle, in addition to preventing real-time attacks? Join this session to discuss:

• Remediating management and configuration issues before they become a problem

• Security testing for DevOps that integrates into the tools your team is already using

• How to build a framework and network architecture to support the rise in remote employees

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

The Changing Face of the Digital CIO

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Wim Vanderpoorten

Global IT Director


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Jens Löhmar



The focus of the CIO role is now on broader strategic projects and aligning an organisations IT infrastructure with its business goals. Liberated of some “lights on” concerns, today’s CIOs can directly influence product and service development by interacting with internal business partners and customers to better understand their needs. Some IT Leaders have the full backing of the board, and some are still leveraging newly found influence to find their seat at the table. But what are the key skill sets CIOs need to foster to ensure success and adapt at a time where business needs are quickly changing. Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • The need for CIOs to shift their mindset to focus on driving true business change and the vital role culture plays in this shift
  • The importance for CIOs to forge stronger relationships across the business
  • Practical steps CIOs can take to make digital journeys take hold, with a focus on harnessing data effectively, and gaining buy-in from other business leaders

10:45 - 11:30  Networking Break

10:55 - 11:20  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

4 October 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity and Digital Risk Management – Communicating the Risk with the Business

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Allan Cockriel

CIO - Global Functions / IRM, and CISO


For enterprise priorities, reducing risk maintains its spot as a top priority for IT and Security Leaders. This has never been more apparent in a year faced with uncertainty and global crisis. From the management board and audit and risk committee to external regulators, today’s technology leaders must navigate different tools and methodologies, yet remain confident they’re quantifying risk effectively. Join Allan Cockriel, CIO – Global Functions/IRM and CISO, Shell as he shared his insights and thoughts into communicating risk, as well as managing multiple risks on a global scale. Specifically, Allan will share:

  • The metrics CIOs and CISOs should be quantifying risk to the business
  • Stepping up to meet digital business needs in a time where uncertainty has never been more certain
  • Which methodologies and approaches can help transform the security relationship with the business

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

Hybrid Work – Winning the War of Talent

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Sasa Petrovic

Digital Strategy Director

Citrix Systems, Inc.

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Ray Mennink

IT Director

Plukon Food Group

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Belinda Thompson

Global Head of IT


In fast changing business environments, you need to be agile, be more resilient and become a magnet for top talent. For CIOs, it’s more important than ever to understand your digital capabilities and use them to create a winning culture. But what else can CIOs do, apart from higher salaries to attract top talent into their organisation? Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Rethinking technology and culture in a hybrid work world
  • Providing workspaces that help attract and retail top talent
  • Collaborative strategies to drive meaningful ways of working

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

The Importance of Streamlining Security Operations

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Justin Broeders



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Sean McLeod

CISO Retail


Demand for security roles is constantly increasing and organisations everywhere are facing the same issues time and again – from difficulties hiring and retaining staff to keeping up with security operational challenges. So how can CISOs make their SOCs run more effectively to enhance their security posture and ultimately evolve their security strategy around their workforce?

Join this boardroom to hear more on:

  • Improving data retention through automation and efficient processes
  • Amplifying and correlating the right signals while filtering out the noise
  • Dealing with complex supply chain attacks, insider threats and vulnerabilities

12:15 - 13:15  Lunch Service

13:15 - 13:50  Keynote

Third-Party Cyber Risk — Zero-Day Findings and Mitigation Managing

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Dan Vasile

Vice President, Cyber Strategy


 Mitigation of zero-day vulnerabilities is critical as adversaries exploit supply chain entities. This session explores how to identify all third parties impacted by zero-day vulnerabilities and guide their mitigation efforts. Your vendor, supplier and partner ecosystem is now your enterprise attack surface.

Join this session to learn:

  • How to manage distributed risk associated with hundreds and even thousands of vendors, suppliers and partners
  • Approaches to identify, prioritise and mitigate active threats and critical/zero-day vulnerabilities
  • Strategies to reduce supply chain/external ecosystem risk associated with zero-day

13:50 - 14:00  Break

4 October 2022 - afternoon

14:00 - 14:45  Breakout Session

How Technology and Data are Both Key Enablers of Digital Business Acceleration

Organisations are continuing their journeys into digital business, and IT needs to transform the way service and operations are delivered by building new digital capabilities, driving continuous innovation and leveraging a data driven approach. For such an ambitious journey, it’s important for IT leaders to identify how data and analytics programs can support expanding their digital business and increase their D&A maturity. Join this session for thoughts and learnings on:

  • Approaches to leveraging technology and resources to support D&A program and improve business outcomes
  • Best Practices for building out new business process and executing change management across the enterprise
  • Management of cultural shifts in the organization

14:00 - 14:45  Breakout Session

Enterprise Security and Digital Risk – Can You Prepare for Evolving Threat Landscapes?

As digital business continues to accelerate and cloud work continues to grow, many enterprise assets live outside the old “walls'' of the organisation. The role of the browser is changing rapidly. It’s now a critical endpoint; a strategic productivity and security layer in the enterprise tech stack. CIOs and CISOs alike must now ensure they have enterprise-grade security, speed and stability to empower the workforce and mitigate the risk of harmful web-based threats. Join this session to hear more on:

  • Thinking differently about architecting your environment through business transformation
  • How changing employee behaviours and the rise in flexible working is driving the need for new technology
  • Reconceptualising traditional ideas of how to approach security within the enterprise

14:00 - 14:45  Executive Boardroom

Overcoming Hurdles to Cloud Migration

One critical hurdle security teams face when overseeing a cloud migration is managing the plethora of technological benefits offered by cloud providers and the often limited and inadequate data protection. For cloud migration to be a secure success, CISOs must carefully consider how to securely piece together different cloud-security policies in conjunction with the business motivations for migrating their company's digital assets to the cloud.

During this peer-discussion you will explore:

  • Justifying the business case for cloud migration and aligning it with wider business objectives
  • Discussing the increased risk of cloud migration due to the current geopolitical cyber landscape
  • Sharing strategies to overcome blockers on your cloud migration journey

14:00 - 14:45  Executive Boardroom

Accounting for Third-Party Risk in Strategic Planning

Third parties expose businesses to strategic, operational, financial, and compliance risks. Moreover, leaders have less visibility into third parties than into their own businesses. For many organizations, the pandemic exposed the fragility of the organisation’s third-party network and impressed the need to flex quickly to new third and fourth parties in the extended enterprise to meet demand without increasing risk exposure. Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Standardising third-party risk management assessments to be used by business units
  • Maintaining visibility of all ongoing third-party relationships
  • Identifying and mitigating the risks of the third-party network

14:45 - 15:30  Networking Break

14:55 - 15:20  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

16:15 - 16:25  Break

17:00 - 18:00  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Evanta programmes are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programmes are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organisation’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.


Venue & Accommodation

Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

Your Community Partners

CIO and CISO Thought Leader
Key Partner
Program Partners

Benelux CIO Community Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Sanil Asokakumar

Community Manager

+44 (0) 7566763538