Broad lines and values
In my work and personal development, I try to discover the driving forces, which often remain below the surface. What drives the strong growth of our mobility? Why is GDP still the indicator of social progress? How can teams and organizations perform better with greater work satisfaction? What drives each of us? In this quest I make use of the rich store of knowledge, insights and experiences gained by others. So I nosed around in areas such as behavioral psychology, communication, management, team building, economy, political sciences and of course the rich lessons of history.
Understanding the forces and interests behind the developments and changes, I see as a basis to redirect developments effectively. If we do not know how the system works, we do not know how to intervene. Policy will then rather be PR than really change the course of developments. And reorganizations will follow each other without improving the organization substantially.
I work as independent strategic advisor on the crossroads of economy and sustainability. Topics include innovation, tax reform, urbanization, mobility, infrastructure and energy. Facts, figures and system analysis lay the foundation for my work. Koios means ‘question’. Asking questions about rooted opinions, can prepare us for the future.
|2020 – 2021||
TNO, Principal Business Developper
Part-time supporting the units Buildings, Infrastructure & Maritime and Circular Economy & Environment.
|2011 – 2020||
TNO, Business Director Infrastructure
Responsible for strategy, marketing, customer relations and product development in civil infrastructures, including roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, locks and sewers. Annual turnover of EUR 7 million. TNO account manager in the relations with Rijkswaterstaat and ProRail. Member of the pool of TNO coaches en of the committee for the TNO potential program.
|2005 – 2010||
TNO, Manager Business Unit Mobility and logistics
Responsible for a department of 55 employees and a turnover of EUR 7 million. Responsible for financial results, sales, staffing, strategy and quality. The department is working on research, development and advice on mobility and logistics. Important results obtained are a substantial change of culture, strong renewal of the staff, a good financial return, a sharper positioning and profiling and building of strategic parntership with Rijkswaterstaat.
|1999 – 2005||
Ministry of Transport, Head of Strategy and Research Policy
Responsible for strategy within the Ministry and in relation to the other parties. The work included strategic studies, research programs, cooperation with research institutes and promotion of evidence based policy.
Project manager ‘Assessment of knowledge and advisory councils’
This project was part of the program ‘Reinventing Government’ and evaluated the knowledge institutes and advisory councils of the central government and recommended changes to processes and organization.
|1991 – 1999||
Deputy Director at CE Delft
CE Delft is a medium sized research and consulting firm. The mission is to promote sustainable development and their activities are financed by companies, governments and NGO’s ranging from Shell and the European Commission to the Council of Churches and Greenpeace. Many projects were working performed in cooperation with the stakeholders. Responsible for strategy, finance, budget, management information and support services.
|1981 – 1991||
Researcher, consultant and manager CE Delft
Founder and head of the department of sustainable mobility, head of environmental economics unit, research and consultancy in the fields of sustainable energy, mobility, spatial planning, economics, energy and climate.
National and international positions
|From 2023||Board member International Zen Institute the Netherlands|
|From 2018||Board of the European Federation for Transport and Environment, vice-chairman since 2018 and chairman from 2020|
|2016 – 2017||Board member Action for Happiness the Netherlands|
|2014 – 2016||Member Supervisory Board Dutch Green Party|
|2008 – 2014||Member Program Committee of the Academic Research Program Sustainable Accessibility or the Randstad|
|2011 – 2013||Chairman of the European Task Force on Transportation and Climate Change of the European Centre for Policy Studies|
|2011 – 2012||Member of Task Force on Asset Management Dutch Infrastructrures|
|2011||Member of Review Team R&D Program Sustainable Mobility|
|2001 – 2011||Member of the Board of Connekt, network organization for Smart Mobility|
|2009||Member of Government Think Tank Innovation Strategy Mobility|
|2007 – 2008||Chairman Expert Team ‘Air quality along highways’|
|1993 – 2006||Senior Advisor Transport Economy at the OECD|
|2000 – 2001||Member Government Advisory Group on Green Tax Reform|
|1998 – 2000||Chairman Task Force ‘Climate Change: Solution Insight’|
|1997 – 1998||Chairman Government Working Group Sustainable Mobility|
|1988 – 1995||Co-founder, President and Vice President of the European Federation for Transport and Environment|
|2007 – 2008||Comenius Executive Course in Leadership, University of Groningen, Netherlands|
|2006||Management Program Business School IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland|
|1988 – 1989||Courses in Macroeconomics, Open University, Netherlands|
|1972 – 1980||University of Technology Delft, Netherlands, Civil Engineering, Infrastructure Planning|
|1971 – 1972||High School, Bakersfield, USA|
|1966 – 1971||Secondary School, Dr. De Bruyne Lyceum, Utrecht, Netherlands|