Joost van der Vleuten worked as a communication trainer and speech writer before joining the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs as a strategy advisor for internet, ICT and digitalization. He worked amongst others on de Netherlands Cybersecurity Agenda, the Dutch Digitalization Strategy and the Strategic Action Plan on AI, and left The Hague temporarily for secondments at the OECD (digital media distribution) and the European Commission (ICT and Active and Healthy Ageing).