Profile

I’m a product management consultant based in Utrecht (Netherlands). I support organizations to build the right things, in the right way, whilst building them fast.

In today’s volatile, complex, and uncertain world, the ability of organizations to learn and adapt is of vital importance.

Through coaching, mentoring, training and facilitating, I help people and organizations to become adaptive, whilst supporting them to deliver products of the highest possible value that have maximum impact.

More concretely, this involves building bridges between high-level strategies and the day to day challenges of software development, involving end users in product development, helping leadership teams to grant more autonomy to development teams, and prioritizing capacity to build technically robust software.

From research to software engineering

After writing my PhD thesis on modeling risks, I worked on risk management (water, climate, civil engineering, and critical infrastructures) and smart cities. Publications I (co-)authored during this time can be found here.

My research taught me how the making and using of technologies interact with organizational and social contexts. Without such an understanding, the benefits of technologies are compromised and technologies may end up having a negative impact.

Informed by these insights, I decided I wanted to help organizations build technologies in a less wasteful manner while having more benefit for the end user.

Employment history

2019/05 – present: Business Consultant, Xebia ProducX, Hilversum (Netherlands).
2018/05 – 2019/04: Business Consultant, Expleo Group, Utrecht (Netherlands).
2017/05 – 2018/04: Product Owner, Sim-CI, The Hague (Netherlands).
2016/03 – 2017/04: Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, The Hague (Netherlands)
2013/10 – 2016/02: Postdoctoral Researcher, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague (Netherlands)
2013/02 – 2013/09: Java Software Engineer, Sogyo, De Bilt (Netherlands)
2012/09 – 2013/01: Lecturer in Philosophy of Science, VU University, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2008/01 – 2012/07: PhD Candidate & Lecturer, Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht (Netherlands)

Education

2012 PhD Science and Technology Studies, Maastricht University
2006 MSc Science and Technology Studies (cum laude), University of Amsterdam
2005 MA Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

Languages

Dutch: native proficiency
English: full professional proficiency
German: professional working proficiency

Personal interests

Producing electronic music (see www.clinamen.nl), hiking, crossfit, and the Chinese martial arts known as ‘bagua zhang’ and ‘xing yi quan’.