Hi, I'm Thijs

I'm a technical evangelist at Combell and Sentia, both leading webhosting companies in the Benelux area: the former in the SME market, the latter in enterprise market.

My mission is to bridge the gap between code and infrastructure.

I started out as a support engineer and web developer, and used these skill to eventually become an evangelist. I have 15 of experience in the hosting industry.  Solving problems with code when I can, and with infrastucture when I need to. Basically, figuring out the ideal way to keep "the stack" as stable as possible.

Although I'm tremendously passionate about technology, my most powerful tool is communication.

I love languages, and I love using these languages in conversations. I speak Dutch, English, French, and a bit of German. 

I convey my message through various media: I speak at conferences, I write blog posts, I record vlogs, I write books, and I love interacting with people.




  • Programming: PHP, VCL, Javascript, Python, Go
  • Containerzation: Docker, Kubernetes
  • Automation: Ansible, Packer, Terraform, Vagrant, Heat, Puppet, Chef, CloudFormation
  • Databases: MySQL, ElasticSearch, Redis
  • Cloud platforms: AWS, OpenStack
  • HTTP servers: Varnish, Nginx, HAProxy



  • Delivered 207 presentations
  • Spoke in 15 countries
  • I primarily speak at open source conferences
  • I also like speaking at small meetups
  • I occasionally speak at corporate events
  • Audiences range from 10 to 1.000 attendees
  • I can do in-depth technical talks, entertaining presentations of any kind, and inspiring keynotes

Event organizer

  • Co-founder and board member of the PHPBenelux User Group From 2009 till 2018.
  • Organizer of the PHPBenelux Conference from 2010 till 2018
  • Meetup organizer for PHPBenelux, and Combell
  • Organizer of DamnData
  • I specialize in sponsoring, partnerships, branding, and audience experience


I'm the author of "Getting Started with Varnish Cache", a technical book about Varnish. The book was published by O'Reilly, and officially endorsed by Varnish Software.




I blog about technology, and my experiences on the road a speaker. Most of my technical blog posts are about the technology I use on a day-to-day basis: Varnish, PHP, ElasticSearch, MySQL, Ansible, Packer, Terraform, Vagrant, Docker, Kubernetes.



I use the power of video to add a visual element to my blog posts, but also to share my experiences as a technical evangelist.

My vlogs contain tech tutorials, trip reports, interviews, and day-to-day experiences. I also vlog about football at FCB Support, a Club Brugge fan channel.

Speaker bio

If I'm speaking at your event, you probably need my speaker bio and a picture of me. Below, you'll find a Gist containing my bio both in English and Dutch.