Who am I?

I love the built environment and especially the living environment. Why do people live where they live? What are push and pull factors? What is the build up of a population in a certain area and what are their needs? How can we improve the living environment by using holistic planning approaches, better design and community building?

I am at my best when I’m challenged to find solutions to the questions above and when I am able to make a positive impact on the livelihood of people. I believe in doing, not only talking and writing policy notes. I believe it is important to experiment. Try it at a small scale, monitor it and evaluate it. If it works, great! If it doesn’t, then we have learned a lot and we know we need to improve our solutions so that they will work.

I am open-minded, receptive person with an enquiring mind. I can be bold (a Dutch heritage) and very out of the box. I love adventure, that is one of the reasons I moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in  2013.

I have a Permanent Residency permit.

Please contact me if you are interested in working with me and I will get back to you!