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Steven Van De Steene is an Enterprise Architect and Technology for Corrections Expert. He works as a consultant and researcher in the area of innovation and technology strategy for prisons and probation services and is the coordinator of the Technology Solutions Network for the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA).
Steven studied Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Ghent. After his graduation he started working as a probation officer. With the growth of the organisation came the need for a better national IT support. As a project manager, Steven took the opportunity to establish good working IT solutions by trying to understand real business needs and enlarging his knowledge in Information Technology. In 2009 he became a certified Enterprise IT Architect at the University of Antwerp Management School. Now he’s concentrating on implementing the principles of IT Governance and Enterprise Architecture within correctional organizations and promoting research in this field.
Until 2015 he was the IT Director of the Directorate General Penitentiary Institutions in Belgium where he managed an IT service with a strong focus on developing innovative solutions as an answer to the variety of business needs within the complex penitentiary context. Prior to this current position, he established a shared services direction at the central ICT department.
Since 2004 he has been actively involved in different European and international projects, promoting the opportunities to use technology in a way it improves security, efficiency and rehabilitation at the same time and enhances national and international collaboration.
Steven is actively promoting more research in this field and works closely together with Universities across the globe to enhance our knowledge on the opportunities as well as the risks related to the use of technology in corrections.