Her career began as a researcher at the Institute for Dutch History and as a product manager at Sdu Publiskers. From 2001 onwards, Astrid worked at the National Library of the Netherlands. She was involved in projects and programs concerning mass digitisation, digital preservation and digital libraries. She headed the Digitisation Department (2009-2010) and the IT Department (2012-2014). Until May 2017 she was head of the Innovative Projects Department. A highlight of her career was the implementation of mass digitization at the KB: 100 million pages of books, newspapers and magazines digitized between 2001-2011.
She has extensive experience in the information and library sector and is driven by complex policy issues. She is always eager to make programs and projects successful in a constantly changing environment. She was a participant in the first cohort of the LIBER leadership program (2011-2012).
Vanessa has over 20 years’ international experience working with many leading university libraries worldwide. She also headed information and IT at a UN-affiliated international research institution in Vienna for 10 years.
She has also been programme and project manager to Europeana.eu
As Director to SPARC Europe, Vanessa is responsible for developing and implementing SPARC Europe’s Strategic Plan. She is working to make Open the default with Europe’s other Open Science organisations.
Leading policy and advocacy work at IFLA, with particular focus on copyright, access to information, freedom of expression and digital issues. I have strong experience and understanding of working with governments and international institutions, enjoy the fast pace of an international NGO, and have a passion for finding the key insight or solution to a problem.