Erik Koornneef

Watson Health Business Development Executive, Cognit, UAE

Erik Koornneef - Watson Health Business Development Executive, Cognit, UAE

Prior to joining Cognit, Erik held several senior roles in Abu Dhabi, including senior management roles with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi and the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. In his last role as the Senior Director – International Consulting and Research for Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company, Erik was responsible for overseeing the international government and policy work with a particular focus on the Middle East region. Before moving to the UAE, Erik served in a variety of senior positions in the public service in Ireland where he lead the development of a set of overarching national standards in health and social care and the implemented a number of systems to monitor the quality of health care in Ireland.

Erik has served numerous national and international committees, he writes and speaks regularly on the challenges of health systems reform and he has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. Erik holds a M.Sc. in Health Services Management from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a M.Sc. in Educational Sciences from the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He hopes to defend his PhD thesis on the effects of healthcare regulation at the Erasmus School for Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands