Berendina van Straalen is a certified mediator a.o. in copyright issues and has a longstanding working experience as a researcher, translator, editor and manager of subsidiary rights within the publishing industry. She has built up strong relationships with authors, R&D, publishers, the corporate industry, academics and the big players in the information industry. Thanks to her experience she understands that each department and part of the business looks at copyright from a different perspective, and as a result she designs and presents many in-house copyright trainings for staff members at different levels within companies; from publishing (editorial, publishing, marketing, finance such as royalties and product development) to corporate (communication, marketing and product development departments} and recently start ups. As a service to authors she has set up a copyright helpdesk and co-developed software to manage questions about copyright more smoothly. She has proved invaluable for answering queries with enduring and competitive effects. She is fluent in English, Italian and Dutch and has business level fluency in German. She also has a good understanding of written and spoken French.
Chris Kluiters is a seasoned publishing professional with many years of commercial, contracting and licensing experience with major STM publishers with a special attention to Abstracting & Indexing Databases (Embase, Geobase, Scopus), Raw Data inbound and outbound licensing, and corporate licensing. He has given many public presentations at conferences and customer panels. For more than ten years he was a trainer/study mentor on e-publishing for the (former) Dutch Book Trade organization VOB. Earlier in his career he started and co-organised the first Summer Schools on Digital Libraries with Tilburg University in The Netherlands. He participated in the PDR (Pharmaceutical Documentation Ring) and in TDM projects. Throughout his career he has built up a unique perspective on rights issues both in global as well as local/regional markets in SE Asia and Central Asia (India). More recently he completed the University of Liverpool’s Masters degree in Intellectual Property & Technology Law (LLM) with a specialization on Text and Data mining (TDM) (fair use restrictions) and contract law. As a current Board member of the Dutch Open access Platform for legal commentaries and as former VP of the Dutch Legal Search Engine Rechtsorde, he also possesses specific legal publishing and software expertise.
He is fluent in English and Dutch and has business level fluency in German.
Both of us have strong cross-cultural practical and educational backgrounds having worked and lived abroad in Asia, USA, Southern Europe, The Middle East, and in International organisations with many different nationalities.