Since July 2017 Erik Huizer is the CEO for GÉANT, Europe's leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education. Before that he was CTO at SURFnet, the Dutch national academic and research network.

From 2008 - 2012 Erik Huizer was Managing Director (Algemeen Directeur) for the Information Sciences and Space technology division at TNO (The Netherlands organization for applied scientific research).

From 1988 - 2000 Erik also worked at SURFnet and he chaired various RARE (later Terena) WGs. He was a member of the Terena technical committee. From 2000 - 2015 he was a part time Professor Internet Applications. Most recently at Utrecht University and before that at the faculty of computer science of the University Twente. He remains a research associate at Utrecht University.

For over 30 years he has been involved in education and research networking, Internet standardization and Internet governance. In the nineties he was Area Director for Applications of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and a member of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). From 1995 till 1999 member of the Internet Architecture Board. Responsible for restructuring of the Internet standards process (IETF). From 1999 till 2001. Chair of the Internet Research task force. From 2001 onwards he had various roles in ICANN and IGF.

For his contributions to the Internet he has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015 he was honored with the title of Dutch ICT personality of the year. He has been teaching at various developing countries workshops on Internet policy and technology. He is a TEDx speaker.


GÉANT is the organization that serves the European NRENs and, through them, their constituencies: institutions for Research and Education. GÉANT with its community develops, innovates and operates a pan-European network for scientific excellence, research and education. Through its integrated catalogue of connectivity, collaboration and identity services, GÉANT provides users with highly reliable, unconstrained access to computing, analysis, storage, applications and other resources, to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of research.

Through interconnections with its 38 National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners, the GÉANT network is the largest and most advanced R&E network in the world, connecting over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe and supporting all scientific disciplines. The backbone network operates at speeds of up to 1 Tbps and reaches over 100 national networks worldwide.

Since its establishment over 20 years ago, the GÉANT network has developed progressively to ensure that European researchers lead international and global collaboration. Over 5 petabytes of data is transferred via the GÉANT IP backbone every day. More than just an infrastructure for e-science, it stands as a positive example of European integration and collaboration.

GÉANT develops, delivers and promotes advanced networks and associated e-infrastructure services. GEANT supports open innovation, collaboration and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community.