Dr. Nicky Hekster

Dr. Nicky Hekster

Technical Lead EMEA
Expert areas: Health & Education, Information Technology


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

After a decade as Technical Leader Healthcare & Life Sciences at IBM Benelux and as IBM Watson Ambassador, Nicky Hekster now works pan-European for IBM Watson Health. He concentrates on solution conception, design and validation resolving different challenges with clients in the entire ecosystem of healthcare and life sciences. He is inspired by the difference technology can make to improve our lives.


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 sought-after speaker or chairman at conferences and masterclasses. He studied mathematics and physics at the University of Amsterdam, where he obtained his PhD in pure mathematics in 1986.