Leadership Change Made at Brussels Office of RAND Europe

For Release

February 9, 2010

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, head of the Brussels office of RAND Europe, will step down at the end of February to assume the post of senior policy adviser in the cabinet of European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, where he will be responsible for Europe's "Digital Agenda." He will be succeeded by current deputy director Stijn Hoorens.

Van Oranje-Nassau has been head of the Information, Policy and Economics team at RAND Europe and directed the Brussels office since it was established in 2008. In these roles he was responsible for significant growth in RAND Europe's research activity for the European Commission (EC) and helped build RAND Europe's reputation in the field of policy research in applied information and communications technologies (ICTs).

"We congratulate Constantijn on his appointment to the cabinet of Commissioner Kroes," said Jonathan Grant, president of RAND Europe. "Constantijn's policy research expertise in the fields of economic, security and societal impacts of information and communication technology will be an asset to his new role – just as they have helped RAND Europe grow and succeed in Brussels."

Hoorens will take over as head of the Brussels office on 1 March. Hoorens has been with RAND Europe since 2002 and is currently a research leader with experience designing, conducting and managing policy analysis studies. Hoorens holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in systems engineering, policy analysis and management from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

In his role as head of the Information, Policy and Economics team at RAND Europe, Van Oranje-Nassau worked on research topics that fall within the mandate of the EC's Directorate-General for Information Society and Media.

The Information, Policy and Economics team and its research portfolio has merged with RAND Europe's Innovation Policy team, to form a new Innovation and Technology Policy team led by Professor Joanna Chataway.

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