Wouter HaakVice President, Research Data Management Solutions
Wouter Haak heads research data solutions at Elsevier. Formerly, he was responsible for Scopus, ScienceDirect and Mendeley product strategy. Both roles share the core focus on delivering tools that improve research outcomes. In the area of data, use and re-use is increasingly important. This goes beyond the availability of data — it is about data normalization, discoverability, trust, credit and overall integration. The future of research is about the ability to better share data where all stakeholders benefit.
Prior to joining Elsevier, Wouter had an extensive background in product and strategy roles. He had online experience working for more than five years at eBay Classifieds (Marktplaats.nl, Kijiji.it) in roles varying from business development to overall responsibility for the classifieds businesses in Italy, France, Belgium and Turkey. He developed strategy experience from his seven-year tenure at the Boston Consulting Group for seven years. Finally, Wouter has also worked for two start-up/early-stage tech companies. His role has always been to bridge the understanding between the customer, end user and technical opportunities.
Wouter’s academic experience and interest was mostly in a “consuming” mode: obtaining degrees in classical music composition, computer science and business economics. His contributions to the world of publications are rather modest: one publication and one patent.