Laurens Speelman

As one of the select few to be able to list ‘Complexity’ as one of his degrees, Laurens quickly grasps complex issues, is an expert in big data analytics, and has a knack for designing and programming computer simulations.

Laurens has developed highly data-driven solutions with local relevance. He does this by working together with stakeholders who have diverse cultural and academic backgrounds, ranging from local fishermen and farmers to professors, ministers, and managers. He has broad as well as in-depth methodological knowledge and can quickly identify and implement appropriate analytical methods to develop high-quality and innovative solutions to complex sustainability challenges.

Using this affinity for complexity and an analytical mindset, Laurens is in the core of NewForesight’s analytical and modelling work, spending most days on the Service Delivery Model that we do in support of our partner IDH.

Laurens holds a PhD degree in Engineering and the Environment from the University of Southampton, and MSc degrees in Complexity Science (University of Southampton) and Environmental Science (Wageningen University). At Wageningen University and Research, he worked with a model for dynamic water resources and crop production, which culminated in a journal publication on the effects of adaptation options on crop production and water resources in river basins in India. Before coming to NewForesight, Laurens worked as a strategy consultant at Spring Associates in Amsterdam and worked in international development in Tanzania and in The Netherlands.