Ellis is the current COO of Xebia Netherlands. Before this, she worked at ABN AMRO as head of IT Value Chain Tooling. Besides her role as COO, Ellis combines her academic research with practical experience in agile transformations. She gives masterclasses on how middle managers motivate employees to transform towards agile, and what leadership behavior is perceived as supportive in such a transformation. Ellis holds an MBA degree from the Business University of Nyenrode. In her spare time, you will find her in a CrossFit box where she is working on her deadlift capabilities.