Team

The team of the Dutch Cycling Embassy consists of:

Director: Lucas Harms PhD

Director: Lucas Harms PhD

As the Director of the Dutch Cycling Embassy Lucas is responsible for the strategic development of the public private partnership, as well as the operational and financial activities of the organization. Under delegation of the board, he manages the daily office and the team and coordinates, together with the project coordinators, the Embassy’s various projects that result from incoming requests from all over the world. Lucas has a background in urban geography and more than 15 years of research in various roles, focusing on urban planning and sustainable urban transportation. He is affiliated to the Urban Cycling Institute (UCI) of the University of Amsterdam and has worked at the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. With his experience and extensive network Lucas and his team supports public and private organizations in creating the best conditions and solutions for cycling to flourish in countries and cities around the world.

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Project Manager: Edward Douma MSc

Project Manager: Edward Douma MSc

With a background in International Management and experience in a number of countries, Edward keeps a close eye on (cycling-related) developments worldwide. He helps people and organisations from around the world with their cycling related questions, assists Dutch organisations with their international ambitions and manages both national and international projects. Edward strongly believes that cycling is essential for creating cities where people happily live, and that the Dutch can help achieving this.

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Marketing & Communication Manager: Chris Bruntlett BSc

Marketing & Communication Manager: Chris Bruntlett BSc

As a long-time cycling campaigner and promoter in Vancouver, Chris Bruntlett brings a diverse set of communication skills to his role at the Dutch Cycling Embassy, including writing, photography, filmmaking, podcasting, public speaking, and digital media management. He first visited the Netherlands in the summer of 2016, and quickly fell in love with its seemingly effortless bicycle culture, and unique approach to transport planning. This cross-country tour inspired him to co-author the book, “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality”, which shines a spotlight on the incredible (and often underappreciated) achievements of the Netherlands as the world’s foremost cycling nation. Chris uses his knowledge and passion to share practical lessons for global cities wishing to follow in their tracks, and become better places to live, work, play, and—of course—cycle.

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Program Coordinator: Nout Ramaekers BSc

Program Coordinator: Nout Ramaekers BSc

During his study in International Management, Nout combined his passion for bikes and international trade by exporting vintage road bikes within Europe. Internationally oriented, Nout has an eye for cross-cultural trends and strives for global cooperation to encourage and improve our most healthy, most sustainable and simply most fun way of transportation: by bike!

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Communication coordinator: Willemijn de Koning BSc

Communication coordinator: Willemijn de Koning BSc

After years of experience in journalism across the Netherlands and later Morocco, Willemijn developed diverse communication skills such as radio, presenting, writing, filming and social media, all with an international perspective. She loves cycling on a daily basis, even in Morocco, where she was the only women in Rabat on a bicycle. That is why she is happy to use her skills to improve communication towards the members and others interested in the Dutch Cycling Embassy.

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Project coordinator: Arjen Klinkenberg MSc

Project coordinator: Arjen Klinkenberg MSc

During his final year of studying human geography and spatial planning at the University of Amsterdam, Arjen developed an acute interest in the bicycle, and how cycling can act as a way to improve the city. This led to a follow-up study of urban geography at Utrecht University, writing his master’s thesis on the route choice behavior of cyclists in the City of Utrecht, focusing on some of the busiest cycle paths in the world. Since the beginning of 2017, Arjen has been a project officer at the Fietsersbond, where he works on spreading the motivation of cycling to people of all ages, and tries to give the organization some fresh impulses to better meet the needs of a younger demographic. At the Dutch Cycling Embassy, Arjen will use his knowledge about Dutch cycling to help make cities all over the world more livable.

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