Eric Balster has worked as the head of the ICT department at CentERdata since May 2009. Before joining CentERdata, Eric worked as a services manager and project manager at Statistics Netherlands. It was here that he gained experience in the technology related to the various forms of data collection. Previously, he worked for ten years (from 1996 until 2006) in various positions at the IT division of the Ministry of Defence. Here he learned a great deal about ICT; always concerning the interface between organizations and ICT, and especially in the area of Service Management and managing complex projects and departments. Eric studied Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam where he specialized in Change Management.
In addition to his immediate responsibilities related to the department and projects for clients, Eric is also coordinator of the CentERdata contribution to the European SHARE project (SHARE). As official in charge of Information Security & Privacy, he is responsible for the administration and maintenance of ICT infrastructures and for the gathering, processing, disseminating and archiving of research data within CentERdata.