In 2013 I met my Swedish wife Diana in Portugal. Since then we have spent our life in both Haarlem with my daughters Liza and Robin and on Styrsö with my bonus daughter Sonja. We spent a considerable amount of time on airports and planes and a bit ahead of schedule we stopped the flying and I have moved to Sweden in March of this year. As Styrsö felt like home already the transition was quite smooth, outside the fact that I still have my clients in The Netherlands and a large part of my days are spent in a Dutch online environment.
What is your professional background?
In the past 25 years I have primarily worked in consultancy and project and interim management. For 15 years I worked with Accenture, 6 years as a free lancer and 4 years with the Dutch grid company Alliander. At Alliander I got introduced to hydrogen and its potential role in the transition to a green energy system. I have been fortunate to meet the right people under the right circumstances in both The Netherlands and Sweden. I have started as a free lancer again in a role as project manager for a project on urban heating with hydrogen in the town of Stad aan ’t Haringvliet on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee. Next to this I am writing a book on hydrogen for urban heating with the Technical University of Delft and supporting the European ambitions for the hydrogen program my project is a part of.
Could you tell a bit more about your ambitions in Sweden?
First and foremost it is time to learn the language. As we have lived in Sweden and The Netherlands and are spending a significant of time in Portugal, English has been the main language in our mixed family. Now is the time to start with my Swedish lessons at home and get professional lessons after summer. While I will keep on supporting the project in The Netherlands part-time and my focus will be on starting a hydrogen project in Sweden.
In what way can the Dutch Chamber help you to achieve your ambitions?
In general I would like to get in touch with members to collaborate on hydrogen developments in Sweden. More specifically I am organising a hydrogen event together with Vätgas Sverige and the Dutch embassy in Stockholm in October. During this day, leaders in the industry will share information with the participants and networking is intertwined with a series of interactive workshops. The goals find common ground between Swedish and Dutch companies and organisations to build bilateral (trade) relations.
E.B. & M.N.