Egbert has been active in the field of international development for nearly twenty years. Specialising in project management, training design and facilitation, community empowerment, and strengthening the capacities of local organisations. He is currently managing a range of research efforts at EngageMedia that investigate how digital rights and AI are affecting human rights and environmental justice issues in the Asia-Pacific. His own PhD candidature research at the University of Newcastle, Australia, focuses on the significant roles of traditional arts practices in rural communities of Central Java today.