Eric Balster has been working as the head of the IT department at CentERdata since May 2009. Before joining CentERdata, he worked as a service manager and project manager at Statistics Netherlands. There he gained experience with the technology for different forms of data collection.
Before that, he worked for ten years (from 1996 to 2006) in various positions at the IT division of the Ministry of Defense. During that time he gained a lot of experience in IT, especially in the area of Service Management and managing complex projects and departments. Eric studied Business Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, specializing in Management of Change.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities with regard to the department and projects for clients, Eric is also coordinator of the CentERdata contribution to the European SHARE project (Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe). As an official in charge of Information Security & Privacy, he is responsible for the administration and maintenance of IT infrastructures and for the collection, processing, dissemination and archiving of research data within CentERdata.