Ruben Nieuwenhuis



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Speaker Bio

Ruben Nieuwenhuis is a co-founder of several impactful initiatives, including TechGrounds, CupolaXS, BoerenVoorBuren, TechMeUp Fund, FutureNL, and Dutch EdTech. His previous roles include serving as the Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region Economic Board, Entrepreneur in Residence and Managing Director of TechConnect (an Amsterdam Economic Board program), and Non-Executive Board member at Growth Tribe.

Nieuwenhuis has been instrumental in connecting and strengthening tech ecosystems globally, from Ukraine to Cologne, Montreal, and Albania. He co-authored the book “StartupCity,” which provides guidance for public-private initiatives to foster innovation and job growth. In recent years, his focus shifted towards promoting equality and inclusiveness through talent development and education. His involvement in various startups and innovation projects underscores his commitment to driving positive change.

A Fun Fact: Ruben is a huge Bee gees Fan!

Speaker Sessions


Rethinking Talent in Times of Shortages: 7 Observations to Onboard Hidden IT-Talent

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR
  • Premium Ticket Holders Only
  • Workforce
  • Ruben Nieuwenhuis



Discover seven key insights on rethinking talent acquisition in our workshop for hiring IT managers and IT recruiters. Based on five years of learnings from Techgrounds, where we’ve activated 20,000 hidden talents in IT, helped over 1,500 individuals find the right IT role, and reskilled 450+ people into cloud, CRM, and tech support jobs. We’ve collaborated with 120 IT employers and tech companies to refine our strategies for scouting, selecting, matching, and onboarding hidden talents, focusing on women and talent from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Join speakers Ruben Nieuwenhuis, co-founder of Techgrounds, and Ulviye Yildiz, talent manager at Techgrounds, to learn innovative approaches to talent acquisition in the IT sector.

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