Wouter is an internet pioneer with 20+ years of industry experience. Wouter co-founded in 1997 the first carrier neutral data centre in Amsterdam – SpeedPort, modelled after AboveNet and the Palo Alto Internet Exchange in California. In 1999, he was part of the founding team of Interxion, which became Europe’s leading data centre operator 20 years later. In July 2016, whilst at Interxion, he founded PAIX Data Centres to focus 100% on the data centre opportunity on the African continent. A first investment was completed in 2018. He co-founded and became a board member of the Africa Data Centres Association in 2018. Wouter grew up in Mali and Burkina Faso and graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Software Engineering, and received his MBA from INSEAD.