Max is a member of Commissioner Hahn's team at the European Commission. He is looking after institutional IT issues and multilingualism, in particular, and digital policies. Max has a long passion for public sector digital modernisation and for innovative startups and communities.
1992 Various positions in the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
1997 Director, Projectbureau Energie 2050 (a sustainable energy project)
2000-2010 Various positions in the Netherlands and abroad with energy company Essent
2010 Member of Rotterdam municipal executive responsible for sustainability, city centre and outdoor spaces
2014 Managing director of Amsterdam's public transport company GVB
29 January 2020 - 10 January 2022 State Secretary for Benefits and Customs in the third Rutte government
10 January 2022 Appointed Minister for Digitalisation in the fourth Rutte government
State agent, I worked for 15 years in decentralized state services, then 20 years in central administration. I devote part of my energy to creating, leading and implementing administrative simplification solutions for the benefit of the public. With a legal background, but an intrapreneur and IT self-taught, in 1998 I created the first platform for dematerializing online grant applications operational from 2002 to 2014. I subsequently contributed to putting in place measures to support public transformation according to LEAN approaches. I co-led the "tell us one" program which aims to reduce requests for information relating to companies during administrative procedures. Piloting in agile mode, co-construction with all partners, I finally founded and piloted "demarches-simplifiees.fr", a public platform operated by the State which aims to democratize access for administrations to digitization of procedures, which in 5 years has become the first generic public platform for the dematerialization of administrative procedures.