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Erik is a Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Center in the Netherlands. He is also Head of Governance/Vice-President at Philips Lighting.

Erik is best-described as a “global futurist” and “cross-cultural strategic consultant”. He is constantly fascinated by technological revolutions and how the on-going digital revolution is changing the way we live, work and learn. He has a particular interest in how new technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics are affecting business, government, and education. 

He recently co-founded Governance Tomorrow, a platform to better understand the digital and decentralized world. The platform focuses, in particular, on how everyone is obliged to re-examine all aspects of what they are doing. The aim of the platform? To develop strategies that enable governments, large corporations, start-ups, and other organizations to make better choices in this new world. 

Erik’s thought-provoking and innovative views have attracted international attention. He regularly serves as an expert advisor to international organizations, such as the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, the World Bank, and national and local governments around the world.

He is also a board/advisory member of several companies/organizations, including of a healthcare provider in the Netherlands, several law firms and start-ups. 

He has appeared in numerous conferences as a featured or keynote speaker. Erik is a writer and has a blog at He shares insights and ideas about how the digital world is changing the way we live, work and play.

He is also a co-owner of a Michelin star restaurant.

Research Interests

(1) Understanding platform companies, (2) Rethinking corporate governance in a digital age, (3) Mapping the expectations of "millennial" workers & consumers, (4) Understanding how digital technologies (such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics) are affecting business, government and education, and (5) Identifying what policymakers must do to create a regulatory environment that facilitates innovation and entrepreneurship.

Working Papers


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