Maarten Koopmans, MA, is a consultant at Technopolis Group, based in Amsterdam. He focuses on policy and programme evaluations related to emerging markets and international development. Thematic areas that he has worked on include private sector development, (higher) education, science, research and innovation, and intellectual property and standards. He has gained experience with a range of methods such as literature research, interviews, surveys, and case studies.
In the past years, Maarten has evaluated amongst others the Middle East North Africa scholarship programme, the Private Sector Development Apps programme and the SRHR research programme for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also participated in a RCT study on social and financial education in Cameroon for Aflatoun International. On the EU-level context, he worked DG RTD on projects promoting EU-Africa cooperation in research (EU-AU High Level Policy Dialogue) and innovation (implementation of the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership), as well as on the implementation of an SDG localizing tool for ESPON.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Maarten gained experience in various intergovernmental organisations. He worked at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. He has also did a traineeship at the Union for the Mediterranean, supporting management of regional labour market projects for women and youth in the Middle East and North Africa. Following, he worked at DG NEAR, the European Commission, where he focused on inter-institutional relations regarding the European Parliament and donor organisations and communications on neighbourhood policy towards the Western Balkans and Turkey.
He graduated with a Master’s in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he researched the effectiveness of EU partnerships in various areas with the Middle East and North Africa region.