Pragmatic. Analytic. Inventive.

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.” Georg C. Lichtenber

Untangling complex networks and repackaging them in a simple structure: that is how I would describe my favourite challenges. It allows me to help others navigate change processes. Building these structures requires insights in what was, what is, and – to the extent possible – what will be. It raises questions such as “where are we?”, “what is coming at us?”, and “where do we want to be?”.

At ACE I contribute to the preparation of the financial sector for incoming sustainability obligations. Since ‘Paris 2015’, the EU has made tremendous progress; the coming years will witness a flood of climate-related regulations coming out of the regulatory pipeline. On top of that, the sector itself has not been lax either! All these efforts, however, lead to an overwhelming number of laws, rules, commitments, methods, and the likes. During my internship sustainable finance I will translate this web of initiatives into practical inputs, to ensure that we are up-to-date and always provide relevant answers.

After a day’s work I enjoy cycling, photography, making and listening to music, or starting a new project. In doing so I always try to do these things better or in a different way: that’s how I re-energise!

Steven in short:

  • Previous: Data Analyst at Wageningen University & Research
  • Expertise: Qualitative and quantitative impact assessments of regulations, primarily in relation to energy and climate
  • Education: Economics & Governance (BSc) at Wageningen University & Research; Management, Economics and Consumer Studies (MSc) specialised in Environmental Economics & Governance at Wageningen University & Research