Nicolaas has been doing international development work since 1985. He started out working with Andean farmers in Peru to improve their agricultural tools and equipment so they could increase the productivity and marketability of their crops. From there he has held a wide array of jobs at local, country (program & donor), regional, and headquarters levels in the Americas, Africa and Europe. With his engineering background Nicolaas excels at linking programs and technology, linking process with content, or theory with practice. Nicolaas has worked with large international development organizations such as Plan and Heifer International, humanitarian organizations, as well as with universities and research organizations. Nicolaas joined ASR Global Consulting in 2013.
Nicolass has outstanding listening and analytical skills, and hence moves rapidly from idea to product. He rarely works alone. His excellent communication and organization skills enable him to proactively engage with his stakeholders in each step of the process. When all is said and done, Nicolaas with his exceptional presentation and writing qualities makes sure the end product gets seen, heard, read, and, ultimately, adopted. Among others, Nicolaas has authored successful multimillion dollar proposals, conducted baseline surveys, peer-reviews and evaluations at country and regional levels, wrote and stewarded adoption of complex policy initiatives, set-up new field operations from scratch, and developed and rolled out global ERP and CRM information systems.
Nicolaas is a Mechanical Engineer with training certificates in the areas of project and program management, crisis management, ICT and database administration, planning monitoring and evaluation, proposal writing, training of trainers, knowledge management and so on.
Nicolaas and his wife have four daughters, three of whom are in university or have already started their professional careers, making their parents happy and proud. His family is truly international and multicultural with English, Dutch, Spanish, and Swahili spoken at home. Nicolaas loves traveling, the outdoors, built his own house, and is a do-it-yourself person at heart and hands.