Kees Neggers is one of the key figures in the development of international research and education networking and the internet. He co-founded and developed organisations such as RARE-TERENA-GÉANT, CCIRN, Ebone, AMS-IX, RIPE NCC, the Internet Society and GLIF. He served as Managing Director of SURFnet from its start in 1988 until his retirement mid-2012, and was CEO of SURF from July 2014 until May 2015. In 2002, he became ‘ICT Personality of the Year’ in the Netherlands. In 2012 he was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau and in 2013 he was inducted as a Pioneer in the Internet Hall of Fame.