EGI appoints new Council Chair

We are happy to announce that Arjen van Rijn, the Institute Manager of Nikhef and a long-time member of the EGI community, was elected to be the next EGI Council Chair.

Arjen was involved in preparing the Amsterdam bid to host the headquarters of the EGI Foundation. He was also a key member of the team that defined the statutes of the foundation and supported its legal establishment. Arjen has since represented the Netherlands in the EGI Council and has served two terms as a member of the EGI Executive Board (2010-2014).

Our new Council Chair is also an active member of the e-IRG community (since July 2012) where he focuses on the development of national e-infrastructure organisations as strong building blocks of an European backbone of digital capacities.

We believe that Arjen’s lifelong commitment to the mission of the EGI Federation and his vision for the role of the EGI Foundation make him the ideal person to lead the EGI community through the challenges ahead.

“EGI federates hundreds of data centers, operating as a remarkably smooth whole, to serve pan-European research,” says Arjen. “The future of this federation is our collective responsibility as EGI Council. We all have a role to play here: in our local context, in our national context and in the future European Open Science Cloud. For my part, I will do everything I can to contribute to the best possible future for EGI.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matthew Dovey, head of e-infrastructure at Jisc, for his leadership and contributions as EGI Council Chair for the last four years. “I have been honoured to serve as EGI chair over the last four years where we have built strong collaborations including DI4R and EOSC-hub,”says Matthew. “I wish Arjen success in leading the community through the new opportunities opened by EOSC”.