Meet the team

Egbert Ottevanger
Co-founder and director

Egbert Ottevanger studied medicine in Leiden (the Netherlands) and is a specialist in the field of innovation, implementation of new technologies, and management issues. He has more than 25 years of (international) experience in these fields. As an independent consultant, he is associated with various companies and is also a co-founder of WorldStartUp.

His specialisms are intellectual property, new business development, start-ups, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, management, business strategy, subsidy processes, venture capital, strategic advice, and management consultancy.

Diederik de Stoppelaar
Co-founder and managing director

Diederik de Stoppelaar's international career spans more than 35 years in various management positions focused on the international lighting industry, where he started at Philips Lighting. Afterward, he joined Thorn Lighting/ Zumtobel group/, Lutron, and GE lighting where he worked as Global General Manager.

Finally, he spent 3,5 years as Secretary-General of LightingEurope, the official European lighting industry in Brussels and served as a member of the Executive Board of Eucolight.

 

Since April 2017 Diederik divides his time between different consulting roles ranging from being a member of the Advisory Board of Global Factories to helping scale-ups to overcome the difficult first hurdles with his company Frank & the Backs.

Fokko Kool
Legal and Compliance Officer

Fokko Kool has over 35 years of legal experience in various roles from advisor to director Governance, Risk & Compliance.

He started his career at Price Waterhouse as a tax advisor. Thereafter Fokko worked 6 years as a company lawyer at Sara Lee/Douwe Egberts. Subsequently, Fokko worked 12 years as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Unigro/Super de Boer/Laurus and, eventually more towards the technological industry, for Océ, part of the Canon Inc group.

 

He further broadened his expertise at Royal Imtech NV, where he worked as Director Governance, Risk and Compliance. Finally, he worked almost 2,5 years for the Dutch Railways (NS) as Company Secretary before joining
frank & the backs as their legal and compliance officer.

Berend Maten is an entrepreneur and sales director with a focus on business development and business value propositions. 

Berend has over 20 years of experience in various companies in the ICT Sector and more recently started his own Start-up Shareaty to reduce food waist.

 

Because Berend is the owner of his own start-up, he knows exactly what challenges young companies face in day to day business.

Sales Leason Officer 
      Berend Maten
      Martin Koestal 
       Operational Support
Jordie van Hagen
       Operational Support

Martin is a fourth-year student at the Hague University. Studying for a Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) in International Business.

 

Started as an intern at Frank & the Backs supplying hands-on support for the Frank & the Backs team and his customers.

 

Martin is currently writing his thesis at Frank and the Backs and into the growth of scale-ups to graduate this year.     

Jordie is fourth-year student at the Hague university of applied sciences. Studying for a Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) in International Business.

 

Currently doing his internship as office manager at Frank & the Backs and is responsible for providing operational support for the Frank & the Backs team and customers.

Meet the team

Egbert Ottevanger
Co-founder and director

Egbert Ottevanger studied medicine in Leiden (the Netherlands) and is a specialist in the field of innovation, implementation of new technologies, and management issues. He has more than 25 years of (international) experience in these fields. As an independent consultant, he is associated with various companies and is also a co-founder of WorldStartUp.

His specialisms are intellectual property, new business development, start-ups, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, management, business strategy, subsidy processes, venture capital, strategic advice, and management consultancy.

Diederik de Stoppelaar
Co-founder and managing director

Diederik de Stoppelaar's international career spans more than 35 years in various management positions focused on the international lighting industry, where he started at Philips Lighting. Afterward, he joined Thorn Lighting/ Zumtobel group/, Lutron, and GE lighting where he worked as Global General Manager.

Finally, he spent 3,5 years as Secretary-General of LightingEurope, the official European lighting industry in Brussels and served as a member of the Executive Board of Eucolight.

 

Since April 2017 Diederik divides his time between different consulting roles ranging from being a member of the Advisory Board of Global Factories to helping scale-ups to overcome the difficult first hurdles with his company Frank & the Backs.

Fokko Kool
Legal and Compliance Officer

Fokko Kool has over 35 years of legal experience in various roles from advisor to director Governance, Risk & Compliance.

He started his career at Price Waterhouse as a tax advisor. Thereafter Fokko worked 6 years as a company lawyer at Sara Lee/Douwe Egberts. Subsequently, Fokko worked 12 years as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Unigro/Super de Boer/Laurus and, eventually more towards the technological industry, for Océ, part of the Canon Inc group.

 

He further broadened his expertise at Royal Imtech NV, where he worked as Director Governance, Risk and Compliance. Finally, he worked almost 2,5 years for the Dutch Railways (NS) as Company Secretary before joining
frank & the backs as their legal and compliance officer.

Berend Maten is an entrepreneur and sales director with a focus on business development and business value propositions. 

Berend has over 20 years of experience in various companies in the ICT Sector and more recently started his own Start-up Shareaty to reduce food waist.

 

Because Berend is the owner of his own start-up, he knows exactly what challenges young companies face in day to day business.

Sales Leason Officer 
      Berend Maten
      Martin Koestal 
       Operational Support

Martin is a fourth-year student at the Hague University. Studying for a Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) in International Business.

 

Started as an intern at Frank & the Backs supplying hands-on support for the Frank & the Backs team and his customers.

 

Martin is currently writing his thesis at Frank and the Backs and into the growth of scale-ups to graduate this year.     

Jordie is fourth-year student at the Hague university of applied sciences. Studying for a Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) in International Business.

 

Currently doing his internship as office manager at Frank & the Backs and is responsible for providing operational support for the Frank & the Backs team and customers.

Jordie Van Hagen
       Operational Support

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