Maarten has a Bachelor degree in water management from the HZ University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands and a cum laude Master degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries from the University of the Algarve, Portugal. After his study, Maarten continued working in ecological water management at one of the regional water authorities in The Netherlands and then he decided to have a break and started travelling around Asia for half a year.
Back in the Netherlands, he started a new job at one of the world’s largest wholesale companies as a specialist in the seafood supply chain management. After some time in this role, Maarten felt a growing awareness and need, for delivering more sustainability and impact in his job. For this reason, he has left the seafood industry and started as a consultant in water management.
As a consultant and team player, Maarten worked on plenty of projects and gained knowledge on different areas, such as river basin management, climate mitigation in water-related industries and circular economy, always fulfilling a role on his specialism in water quality and aquatic ecology. Within this role, his skills and social behaviour were soon recognized and nowadays Maarten is active as consulting policymaker for water quality and the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the Netherlands.
With his understanding of water quality and aquatic ecosystems and vision on sustainable and innovative solutions, Maarten now fulfils a key role in the implementation and development of the WFD. As he grew in this role, Maarten learned to use his skills for the evaluation and further development of the WFD and to collaborate with influencers, stakeholders, and within the political environment. Managing ‘power & interest’ in policy and implementation.
With his strong business and professional network and strong competences in water quality, aquatic ecology, aquaculture and seafood, Maarten is always looking for successful and effective connectivity between subject and projects to create synergy and new opportunities. This process is strengthened by his involvement in the innovative and sustainable activities of MatureDevelopment.
MatureDevelopment is the best place for Maarten to share, discuss and further develop new business ideas and to contribute to the MatureDevelopment activities.