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. Formerly he has been 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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Project Manager: Nout Ramaekers BSc

Project Manager: 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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Project Coordinator: Margot Daris MSc

Project Coordinator: Margot Daris MSc

While conducting research about the contribution of cycling to enhance sustainable development, Margot became increasingly interested in the bicycle as a mode of transportation. With a master in Political Science and Human Geography, she combines her knowledge to make people aware of the benefits of cycling. Margot focuses on worldwide cycling-related developments and how this contributes to the livability in cities.

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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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Intern: Daniela García-Rojas MSc

Intern: Daniela García-Rojas MSc

Coming from a region with a great tradition in bicycle racing (the Altiplano Cundiboyacense in Colombia), cycling has always been part of Daniela’s personal journey. While studying Architecture in Bogotá, she became increasingly interested in how people move within dense built environments. Recently graduated from a master in Urbanism, Landscape and Planning, she has been involved with water-urbanism and active-mobility research and academic projects. Daniela strongly believes that cycling is the key factor needed to transform mobility practices and infrastructure towards sustainable development.

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Intern: Alexander Karczewski MSc

Intern: Alexander Karczewski MSc

Fascinated with how citizens move within urban regions, he examines how a shift towards more bicycles can alleviate traffic congestion and create numerous benefits for society. In addition, he is interested in how bicycle infrastructure and its design can be constructed for citizens to give their dependence on the automobile. Over the past five years, Alexander has been part of many projects which has connected people with the bicycle gaining experience in project management, strategy, communication, education and planning that focus on urban problems.

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