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nextAuth’s mission is to protect users in their online interactions by making complex authentication technology easy. Users can easily and quickly log in, approve transactions, put digital signatures and benefit from secure communication, without compromising security.

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Jens Hermans

Co-founder & CEO

Jens Hermans is managing the sales and business operations of nextAuth. Jens has a PhD in applied cryptography and is an expert in cryptographic protocols, provable security and authentication. Jens is also the editor of several ISO standards on authentication.

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Roel Peeters

Co-founder & CTO

Roel Peeters is responsible for the long term vision at nextAuth and sets out the achitecture. Roel has a PhD in applied cryptography and is an expert in cryptographic protocols, key management, authentication and blockchain. His knowledge was applied in projects around identity, payments, automotive, and even security for outer space.

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Pieter Maene

Senior R&D Engineer

Pieter Maene is nextAuth’s lead R&D engineer and works on securely implementing our technology. Pieter has a PhD in systems security and is an expert in trusted computing architectures and hardware-software co-design.


nextAuth is a KU Leuven/imec spin-off, coming from the world-renowned COmputer Security & Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) research group. nextAuth is backed by InvestLink, an independent investment firm from the three founders of SecureLink.

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Board members

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Prof. Bart Preneel

Co-founder & Board member

Bart Preneel is full professor in cryptography at KU Leuven. At the IACR – International Association for Cryptologic Research, Bart was president from 2008 to 2013, currently he is one of the directors. Bart is also co-founder and chairman of LSEC – Leaders in Security.

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Frank Staut

Chairman of the board

Frank Staut is co-founder and managing partner of InvestLink, an independent investment company by the former founders of SecureLink. At SecureLink, Frank was co-founder and CTO from 2003 to 2017.

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Michael De Blauwe

Board member

Michael De Blauwe is an independent advisor on business strategy and organisation, working as business development manager for the techtransfer office at KU Leuven. Next to this, Michael is the general manager of Bio-Incubator and chairman of Innovation & Incubation Center.


nextAuth an active member of the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition, which is a unique partnership between players from the academic world, the public authorities and the private sector to join forces in the fight against cybercrime.

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nextAuth is part of the Fintech Belgium community, bringing together financial professionals, startup entrepreneurs and investors, who are interested in discovering and discussing disruptive business models and new technology for the financial services industry.
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