Dr. Nicky Hekster

Dr. Nicky Hekster

Expert areas: Health & Education, Information Technology


As an Executive Professor at TIAS Nicky is coordinating and teaching the track Business Analytics and Business Intelligence., MScMBA He is an expert in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence rooted in the business applications of IBM's technology.

After a period of more than 34 years with IBM, Nicky Hekster now works as an independent teacher, trainer and consultant for AI in Healthcare and Life Sciences. As such, he is also a sought-after speaker or chairman at conferences and master classes.

Nicky Hekster has worked for IBM as Technical Leader Healthcare & Life Sciences Benelux and as IBM Watson Ambassador. From 2016-2021 he occupied a cross-European role in IBM Watson Health. He concentrated on solution conception, architecture and design and validation, resolving different challenges with clients in the entire ecosystem of healthcare and life sciences by means of data, AI and cloud technology. 

From 2010 to 2014 he was chairman of IHE Nederland (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), in which capacity he contributed to the coordinated use of Healthcare ICT standards in the Netherlands for regional and national exchange of medical information. He is currently a member of the OIZ standardization working group, the interest group of Dutch ICT companies in healthcare.

Nicky is a member of the Advisory Board of Clinical Informatics (TU/e), and a member of the Advisory Board of Fruitpunch AI for Health (TU/e). In addition, he is member of the Jury of the Prix Galien – MedTech Awards.

He studied mathematics and physics at the University of Amsterdam, where he obtained his PhD in pure mathematics in 1986. He is inspired by the difference data technology can make to improve our lives.



  • Kunstmatige Intelligentie in de Zorg, three papers, February, March 2022, https://bit.ly/34OdI4s
  • Interoperability out of the Box? Assessing FHIR, COCIR, June 2021, https://bit.ly/3jS70zj
  • De Digitale Dokter – kunstmatige intelligentie in de Zorg, January 3rd 2021, https://bit.ly/3toWtPg
  • Een duurzame toekomst met Artificial Intelligence, De Cardioloog, 1 (2020), 12-14, https://bit.ly/3kXZdiM
  • Machine Learning geeft mensen met diabetes controle over hun leven terug, ICT&Health, June 24th, 2019, https://bit.ly/2lJMiG3
  • Digital Therapy and Personalized Care, May 29th 2019, https://bit.ly/2kcY3Va
  • Big Data en de Toekomst van Verzekeringsgeneeskunde, GAVscoop 23, May 1st 2019.
  • Het persepctief van IBM op AI in de radiologie (2017), https://bit.ly/2maLiLz 
  • Transforming Healthcare Through AI (2017), https://bit.ly/2maLiLz 
  • Healthcare rallies for blockchains - Keeping patients at the center, December 12th 2016 https://bit.ly/3DU5N2k