As Waag Futurelab’s Research Director, Sander van der Waal is responsible for its research agenda, working in close collaboration with the research groups Make, Learn, Code, and Life, as well as the managers of the 10 constituent research labs. He focuses on ensuring that Waag’s work contributes to the research, design and development of a sustainable, just society. Not just locally in Amsterdam, but also nationally in the Netherlands, and on the European level, he has been putting Waag’s principles of openness, fairness and inclusivity into practice. Sander maintains and develops a strong network of research partners and represents Waag on stage in debates, events and webinars. Sander has an educational background in computer science and philosophy and has solid expertise and experience in open-source software development, open data and knowledge, and data infrastructures.