Michiel van der Veen is Chief Executive Officer of priv-ID where his role is to lead the company’s worldwide operation and strategy. Michiel is the founder of priv-ID after a successful spin-out from Royal Philips Electronics. He joined Philips in 2000, where he led several successful R&D projects. From 2002 onwards, under his distinct leadership, his team developed the world standard for fully anonymous and private biometric identification. In 2007 he received the Philips distinguished employee award. Since October 2008, Michiel is the CEO of priv-ID leading the company to the successful introduction of priv-ID solutions in the early and mainstream markets. Michiel is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and team manager with the skills, drive an passion to productize and commercialize high-tech solutions in B2B markets. Michiel holds a M.Sc. degree (Hons.) from the University of Utrecht, and a Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, in Switzerland.