Arco Sierts


Arco Sierts has worked as ‘project manager Network Management Systems’ at Alcatel Telecom (Rijswijk-NL) and ‘System Design Engineer’ at Alstom Transport Information Solutions (Utrecht-NL). He started in railways in 1995 via voluntary work for Dutch passengers’ organisation ROVER. In 2007 he reached the final of the ‘ProRail Innovation Contest’ and won the Railforum ‘Young Professionals Innovation Award’. Since 2009 Sierts is working as an independent railway consultant. He unveiled the complex underlying causes of the Dutch 2000’ SPAD-issue and successfully lobbied in Dutch parliament for a Parliamentary Investigation on railway maintenance and innovation, which led to a drastic policy change in favour of ERTMS. Currently he is working on a PhD-proposal concerning governance of technology, focussing on railways. This paper already reflects some elements of this.