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.