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Vanessa Proudman

SPARC Europe
Director
Tilburg Area, Netherlands
Vanessa Proudman is Director of SPARC Europe where she is working to make Open the default in Europe. Vanessa has 20 years’ international experience working with many leading university libraries worldwide as well as research institutions, foundations, international policymakers, information- communication- and IT professionals and designers from over 20 countries. She has focused on supporting research, on open access, open science, open culture and open education and above all on facilitating improved access to Europe’s decentralised research results. She has done this through international and national policy-making, advocacy and knowledge exchange. At the beginning of her career, she spent a decade heading information and IT at a UN-affiliated international research institution in Vienna.