OUR TEAM

Tim van Dam, co-founder
Tim van Dam is a Senior Business Developer in the Telecom Market and an expert on LoRa-technology and sensor networks. Amongst others he worked with KPN to roll out the IoT-network in the Netherlands. He co-founded Smart Parks to turn the latest innovative technologies into solutions for the protection of wildlife.

Laurens de Groot, co-founder
Prior to Smart Parks, Laurens was involved in conservation projects with Sea Shepherd in Africa, Europe and Antarctica. Before Laurens became an environmental campaigner he worked for the Dutch police as an investigator, specialised in organised environmental crime. He is also the co-founder of Skeye, a drone service provider for which he won the Dutch Next Entrepreneur Award.

Jeroen de Looze, co-founder
Jeroen has a proven track record of software- and web development for many large Dutch multinational enterprises.

Steve Roest, co-founder
Steve has worked on environmental and anti-poaching projects across five continents, and has run projects for the provision of, and access to quality education in Northern Uganda and South Sudan.

Helena Kondziela
Helena is the administrator for Smart Parks in the UK. She has several years of experience in administration and research within the charity sector. She has worked for many different non-profit organisations including Oxfam and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).

Marjolijn Veenstra
With a passion for wildlife and a determination to make a change, she has taken on the role of social media manager. Marjolijn has many years of work experience in the non-profit animal welfare section and is a city council member of the Party of the Animals in The Netherlands. She also has a video production company and is a passionate photographer.

Board of Directors Netherlands

Steven Schuurman
Steven is a Dutch (tech-) entrepreneur and the founder of Elastic, Atlantis Entertainment and SpringSource. Steven is also founder and Chairman of Stichting FutureNL, a non-profit that brings digital skill development into the Dutch primary and secondary school system.

Kees Aarts
Kees Aarts is an aerospace engineer, former consultant of McKinsey and co-founder/CEO of Protix. He also serves as an active member of the Food Security and Agriculture at the World Economic Forum.

Richard van Deventer
Richard is a senior business developer with a solid track record in supporting social technology startups with their mission to create impact on a environmental or humanitarian level.

Laurens de Groot
Mentioned above.

Board of Directors United Kingdom

Paul Green
Paul Green is a commercially focussed CFO who has worked with some of the highest profile companies within the media, marketing and not for profit sectors. Currently CFO for Artefact UK and Group CFO for its marketing services division globally, he is also the founder of the growth factory, a consultancy specialising in helping entrepreneurs realise their vision. Paul has been with Smart Parks for 3 years as its treasurer and is committed to the vision and mission of the organisation. Paul is currently Treasurer of Malaria no more, an advocacy charity fighting Malaria and has previously been treasurer of World Child Cancer.

Harriet Mallinson
Harriet is a global communications and marketing expert including six years at the Financial Times delivering projects and strategic campaigns. She is passionate about conservation and an advocate for search and rescue. Harriet joined Smart Parks as a UK Director at the start.

Steve Roest
Mentioned above.

Board of Advisors

Rob Thielen
Rob Thielen is a Dutch entrepreneur and investor. He is the chairman and founder of Waterland Private Equity. Rob has been a keen supporter and advisor of Smart Parks since the early start.

Pim Volkers
An entrepreneur with a passion for Criminalistics, Forensics and Intelligence. He is founder of the Independent Forensic team, co-founder of an accredited independent crime investigations laboratory and investor in technology to enhance the analysis of intelligence. In his spare time he is a keen wildlife photographer and conservationist.

Miriam Rapon
Creative Director and Owner of Dare Creative, a company that produces branded content, on-air and online campaigns, events, TV programs and high-end TV commercials. Miriam has worked for mayor clients such as Disney, KPN, Discovery and Philips.

Dirk Gorissen
Dirk Gorissen has a background in Computer Science & AI and has worked in academic and commercial research labs across Europe and the U.S. As a consultant, he has regularly provided his services to the World Bank in Tanzania. He was also closely involved with a number of drone related start-ups. Apart from this, he is an active STEM Ambassador and organiser of the London Big-O Algorithms & Machine Learning MeetUps.