In 1974 I graduated in Zwolle, the Netherlands at the Higher Technical College (HTS) in Civil Engineering. If I had stayed, after my studies in the Netherlands , I had to serve in the army. That's why I went back to the consulting engineers firm Ninham Shand (now Aurecon) in Cape Town, South Africa, where I had worked before on an internship. In 1980 I went back to the Netherlands, where I got a job at DHV Consulting Engineers (now Royal HaskoningDHV). In 1984 I joined the Institute for Land and Water Management Research (ICW) in Wageningen, which later merged into the Winand Staring Centre and then into Alterra. In 1993 I received a PhD degree from the University of Wageningen, on the subject: Aquatic Weed Control within an Integrated Water Management Framework.
My passion is to analyse or explain hydrological - and hydraulic processes. With my 35 years of experience in consulting engineering firms and the research institution Alterra, I have a lot of knowledge and experience to provide advice on simple and/or complex cases. Over the years I have worked on many research topics in the Netherlands and abroad. During that period I have supervised numerous students and young researchers.
Since I passed the age of sixty years, I would like to make my own choices about work. In addition, I still would like to contribute and solve problems in the current or future water management, in which the expected climate change plays an important role. Key words that describe me are: find simple solutions, result-oriented, knowledge on processes and knowledge transfer.