Willem-Jan van Elk

Willem-Jan van Elk (1961) is convinced that information projects can only be successful if realised in close interplay with business. Therefore his consultancy practice is on the strategic interface between organisation and IT function. Willem-Jan built a flourishing consultancy practice at Verdonck, Klooster and Associates, where he was partner from 1996 till 2010 and managing director from 1998 till 2005. Beginning 2010, Willem-Jan is a partner at hgrv.

Recurring themes in his assignments are IT policy and IT strategy, and the durable implementation thereof. Willem-Jan likes out-of-the-box thinking and often participates in innovative projects. He understands the language of managers and specialists, acts as a broker between parties and initiates projects. With his enthusiasm, curiosity and humor, he binds and connects people.

As a consultant Willem-Jan worked for TNT Post, the international law firm Allen & Overy, the Association of Dutch Municipalities and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He was deeply involved in the creation and use of the GBA (municipal registration of inhabitants in the Netherlands) and is therefore familiar with information chains and information architecture in the public sector.

From 2005 on Willem-Jan is active in the field of education. His motivation is to improve quality of education by using the possibilities of IT in the educational process. He carried out assignments for the Ministry of Education, the VO-raad (secondary education council), the Kennisnet and SURFnet foundation, the Platform beta and technology, the Innovation platform and various educational institutions (secondary and higher education, vocational education).

Willem-Jan publishes and presents on a regularly bases on topics and experiences in his consulting practice.


2010 - present hgrv partner
1994 - 2010
Verdonck, Klooster & Associates: (principal) consultant, managing director and partner
1986 - 1994 TNO: researcher, project consultant and manager
1986 - 1987 Dutch Royal Army: software engineer (military service)


2008 - 2009 Academia Vitae in Deventer, Bridge between East and West
1992 - 1993
Universiteit of the city of Amsterdam, Post-doctoral course on Information Management
1979 - 1986
Delft University of Technology, MSc in Mathematics/Computer Science

Willem-Jan took many courses in the field of business, management, information science and philosophy.

Other activities

2004 - present Editor of the Dutch "Journal for Information Management" (TIEM)
2001 - present
Membor of the Advisory Board of the executive programma "Master of IT Management", Delft TopTech Studies (Delft University of Technology)
1993 - present Member of the Amsterdam Society of Information Management (AGIM)


cell phone:  06 22 51 47 45
email:  vanelk@hgrv.nl