Sander Klous is a professor in Big Data Ecosystems for Business and Society at the University of Amsterdam, where he is researching how business and society can maximize the benefits of insights gained through big data analysis. Furthermore, he is responsible for new product development and global rollout of Big Data services at KPMG.
He is the founder of the Big Data team at KPMG and lead it during it’s incubation. He built a team of former CERN PhD graduates to deliver Big Data services to major players in Telecom, Finance, Health, Retail and other sectors. He has over a decade of experience in large scale distributed computing, real-time systems and data processing technologies. During those years he has been responsible for designing, implementing and managing a range of distributed computing services, including systems involving Big Data processing and cloud computing technology.
Sander obtained a PhD in High Energy Physics (HEP) and worked on a number of projects for CERN, world’s largest physics institute in Geneva. He received several grants and awards related to high performance distributed computing in physics and has numerous publications in this area. After his transition to industry, Sander worked mostly on technical and organizational analytics challenges for middle size and large (international) organizations with complex computing infrastructures.