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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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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Iris van Zanten BSc

Iris van Zanten BSc

Since 2019, Iris has served as Office Manager for the Fietsersbond, and now also for the Dutch Cycling Embassy. With experience in customer service, hospitality, and a great passion for cycling, she effectively balances the needs of this demanding office environment. Iris also likes to think along with internal and external projects, such as mapping the needs and accessibility of young people, how Dutch cycling can be translated abroad, and how to improve the relationship between customer and organization.

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Intern: Marc-Antoine Larivée

Intern: Marc-Antoine Larivée

During his urban planning and design studies at the University of Montreal, Marc-Antoine focused his interest on alternative and active mobility. This led him to the Planning the Cycling City 2018 summer course at Universiteit van Amsterdam, where he further developed his interest in cyclability as a mean to alternative mobility. Eager to learn more about the Dutch history and culture that allows for such cyclable and liveable environments, he moved to the Netherlands to help the Dutch Cycling Embassy in their mission to share this knowledge with others who are looking to learn more about the Dutch and their bicycles.

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Intern: Esraa Elesawy

Intern: Esraa Elesawy

With experience in the international cooperation sector and passion for cycling urban planning and infrastructure, Esraa made the decision to move to France to pursue her masters degree in urban planning and international cooperation in the Institute of Urban Planning and Alpine Geography of Grenoble. She is strongly motivated to study the intersection between urban planning and human behaviour and is keen to examine how this intersection manifests for women biking in order to achieve the gender inclusive city. She joined the DCE squad to work on women biking issues and to delve deeper into the cycling planning and practices in the Netherlands in hopes of enhancing women biking user experience and bring more females into the cycling lanes.

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