Rik Thijssen

Development Lead, Vitens

Rik Thijssen has over 25 years of experience in innovation and business development in several sectors including 12 years in the water utility sector. He is leading the Business Development department at Vitens and member of the management team. Innovation, sustainability, circular economy, customer technology and smart grids are the main topics.

Rik holds a BSc in microbiology, a Business Administration & Business Strategy degree from the AOG School of Management and finished the Leading Digital Transformation & Innovation program at INSEAD.

He is member of the Innovation & Technology Commission of the Dutch Employers Organization, Council Member of SWAN Forum and Member of the IWA Steering Committee on the Digital Water.

Vitens is the largest water utility in The Netherlands and serving 5.6 million customers by 2.5 million connections. Using groundwater as source we are managing an 49.000 km infrastructure and 100 production sites.
Rik Thijssen is a member of Emerald’s Global Water Impact Fund Advisory Council.


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