Meet our experts

Bankers, lawyers and IT professionals usually don’t talk to each other. Let alone start a business together. So, as an asset manager, you had to consult several companies to have your company automatized and aligned with legislation.

Not anymore. blanco is all the above. Our team of e-brokerage and banking experts on the one hand and technology experts on the other hand, joined their knowledge to make things better, faster and cheaper. Our team provides products and services that enable asset managers to run their business considerably more efficient. The result: better margins and a lot more time for your clients.

Our team

 

Board

Joost Walgemoed

CEO

Joost gathered more than 15 years of experience with fast growing FinTech companies (among others with BinckBank and Alex) in the area of (digital) services to professional investors. As Director of Professional Services of BinckBank Joost established the building blocks of BinckBank’s Professional Services between 2003 and 2015. Partly under his watch BinckBank Professional Services grew from a start-up to the largest custodian in The Netherlands. It is time for a new adventure though and this time Joost chose the side of asset managers. It is his mission to help asset managers grow with blanco’s knowledge, innovation and new technology. Joost is blanco’s founder and he is responsible for all clients!

Bernadette Wijnings

CFO

In addition to a Master in Finance (University of Tilburg) Bernadette majored at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. Bernadette has more than 10 years of experience in the area of strategic consultancy. Besides being blanco’s CFO, Bernadette is also Associate Partner and (joint) founder of the Het Strategiekantoor (The Strategy Office). Bernadette has vast experience in consulting and developing new business strategies, challenging existing strategies, organizational changes and establishing corporate financial procedures. At blanco Bernadette is responsible for finance and Human Resources.

Dennis Overbeeke

CTO

Dennis lives and breathes IT. He sometimes refers to himself a true ’nerd in disguise’. When engaging a conversation with him about the possibilities of cloud computing and agile software development, you will learn about his drive. Dennis is a seasoned consultant, former head of a support department, quality & IT management delivery manager and (IT) project manager. In these various roles, he gained experience in the many aspects of software development and subsequently he knows what works and what not. In addition Dennis is a true ‘Rotterdammer’ which means he is not into pretence and he’s focused on results. At blanco Dennis is responsible for technology.

Team

Manouk Fles

Legal & Compliance

Manouk Fles

Legal & Compliance

Manouk majored in financial- and business law at the University of Amsterdam. She started her career in the financial sector in Business Control en subsequently moved to Legal & Compliance. Manouk is widely interested and although she prefers to consult in many aspects, she specifically focuses on asset management, investment funds, IT en BPO-services. At blanco Manouk is responsible for Legal & Compliance.

Rob Verheul

COO

Rob Verheul

COO

Rob Verheul is a business economist and has built an impressive career with his knowledge. With the valuable experience he gained through his work for impressive names like ACTIAM N.V. and SNS Bank, he now helps to manage blanco's great potential into better results as our COO.

Koen Vanderhoydonk

CEO Belux

Koen Vanderhoydonk

CEO Belux

Koen has over 15 years of experience of successfully growing and managing B2B businesses in the global financial landscape, among others as Director of Customer Experience and Global Marketing at Euroclear and General Manager at BinckBank Professional Services Belgium. Koen has a passion for innovation in the banking industry and he is a #FinTech and #RegTech influencer with a large international follower’s base. Let’s connect and collaborate!

Arie Pronk

Risk Management & Internal Control

Arie Pronk

Risk Management & Internal Control

Arie is a Registered Accountant (RA), Registered Controller (RC), Registered EDP-Auditor (RE) and deeply experienced in Auditing (Operational, IT and Compliance), Consultancy/Interim Management and Operational Risk Management. Arie has implemented and managed internal audit and risk management positions and teams for financial institutions. He frequently assesses the quality of internal audit positions and tests these positions on compliance with generally accepted values and standards. Arie enjoys sharing his knowledge and coaching colleagues and co-workers. As a result, Arie is popular as a guest speaker at international congresses.

Kai Weerdmeester

Product Management & Operations

Kai Weerdmeester

Product Management & Operations

Kai is deeply experienced in the financial industry. With Able (a daughter to BinckBank) he developed investment software and subsequently directed the support desk. Eventually he held responsibility for operations within the company. His versatile knowledge and interest make him widely employable. At blanco, Kai is responsible for product management & operations.

Lars van de Kamp

Software Development

Lars van de Kamp

Software Development

Lars is currently majoring in Data Science and Technology at the Technical University of Delft, and holds a bachelor in International Business Administration from the 'Rotterdam School of Management’. In addition to his extensive interest in business and finance, he also is passionate about technology. His analytical brain helps solving complex problems with creative solutions. Lars is socially apt and not afraid to take the lead in projects. At blanco, Lars supports the development of the blanco platform and strategic projects that blanco executes for its clients.

Willem Vogel

Business Control

Willem Vogel

Business Control

Willem has been working in the securities industry for 40 years and enjoys an excellent record. Asking him what he has not done during his career, will provide a quick of his career (or visit his LinkedIn page). Willem is an expert in the area of security processing, back office/operations and business risk control. Based on these areas of interest, Willem worked at the interface between back office/operations and IT. Working for a BPO start-up he feels is the best thing around. Willem works at his leisure only and loves to share his knowledge and experience.

Peter Krijnen

Regulatory Affairs & Compliance

Peter Krijnen

Regulatory Affairs & Compliance

Many investment companies and managers of investment institutions will find their permits and licenses signed for approval by Peter Krijnen. That authority he gained through more than 30 years of experience with employers like The Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), of which he worked in supervising positions for 21 years. Peter knows the Dutch Act on Supervision (Wft) like the back of his hand and as such adds valuable knowledge – that he likes to share – to blanco’s team.

Jonneke van Staveren

Public Relations & Communications

Jonneke van Staveren

Public Relations & Communications

Many reporters will recognize her name as well as the companies that she worked for. As Public Relations and communications manager she was able to put both public companies as financial service providers on the map. Now she will apply her more than 20 years of experience to blanco in order to increase awareness for both the company and its products.

Baraa Katbeh

Software Development

Baraa Katbeh

Software Development

Baraa is a true software architect & start up-addict. He has more than 14 years of demonstrated hands-on experience, working with the latest industry technology and services companies. From intranet to the internet, desktop to mobile, local to the cloud, server to serverless, he’s been there, done it. He joined blanco because he likes the vision, the sharply skilled people and teamwork; all essentials for a promising startup. Baraa made Rotterdam his home and thinks it’s a great place to live and work.

Patrick Lageweg

Compliance

Patrick Lageweg

Compliance

Talking about deep knowledge: Patrick has more degrees than a normal human being can handle AND he has a wealth of experience as a trader and asset manager. Just to mention some of it: financial law and business and employers like DSI, KiFiD, Westvijzel advocatenpraktijk (one of the Dutch leading lawfirms) and Van Lanschot (one of the largest Dutch Private Banks). With all that knowledge and experience Patrick supports our clients that don't have it as easy these days with all that legislation. Moreover, our products get better from Patrick, because he knows what our clients need to stay compliant.

Denis Rusakovich

Software Development

Denis Rusakovich

Software Development

Den’s passion is mobile development and it is fully based on excellent programming skills. Every day he pushes himself beyond the limits of his programming skills to find something new. He is also dedicated to understanding each part of the app development enabling him to come up with new ideas, which makes his knowledge of code deeper and more professional. As if that isn’t enough, Den also has wide experience in iOS development while working with various organizations.

Guilherme Ferreira

Software Development

Guilherme Ferreira

Software Development

Guilherme, or Gui for his team mates, is a real Full Stack Developer. For the out-crowd: that means he has wide knowledge of programming. Although he is young, Gui already has more than 16 years of experience in software development and team management under his belt. When he first started working he felt like he was among IT’s dinosaurs. Nowadays he is surfing on the new wave of web development. Gui made a bold move in 2017 by moving from Brazil to The Netherlands to start working for the most promising Fintech in Europe, blanco. And those are his own words.

Michel Vlak

Risk Management & Internal Control

Michel Vlak

Risk Management & Internal Control

For the past 5 years Michel has been working in the area of internal audit, risk management, compliance, internal control, risk-control frameworks, ISO certification and ISAE 3402 procedures. Not only did he do so for employers like ABN AMRO, Robeco, Staal Bankiers/Achmea en Propertize, but nowadays for the clients of his own business as well. Michel makes sure that blanco customers are well prepared for their meetings with their authorities when it comes to integrity and controls within their companies and he supports them with ISAE 3402 and SOC2 procedures.

Jurjen Hartveld

Business Development

Jurjen Hartveld

Business Development

Jurjen holds a bachelor in International Business Administration and is currently finishing his Master of Science in Innovation in European Business at the University College Cork in Ireland. As part of his education he is currently supporting blanco - with characterizing energy and creativity - with developing innovative solutions and to move quickly when opportunities arise. His affinity with startups, business, technology, innovation and his wide array of knowledge are a true match with the blanco team.

Marcel van Assen

TS Social and Behavioral Sciences

Marcel van Assen

TS Social and Behavioral Sciences

Prof. dr. Marcel van Assen is one of those smart people that enables us to create what our clients need. And also, he is specialized in subjects that are such a great match with our services: statistics and psychology.  Marcel has a long track record as a scientist and one does not have to search long to find the many contributions he wrote for scientific magazines and studies. At blanco he supports the development of products and services that map risks. And that - we mention MiFID, Wft etc. - is a necessity nowadays.

Pradeep Mani

Software Development

Pradeep Mani

Software Development

Pradeep is a seasoned software developer with more than 11 years of experience. He is a cloud technology enthusiast moreover. Before he joined blanco, Pradeep worked with many international organizations in many different countries, making him a world citizen like may blanco team members. He is passionate to learn and work on new emerging technologies, which is why he joined blanco.

Ahmad Hafeez

Software Development

Ahmad Hafeez

Software Development

Ahmad is a software engineer and very OCD about his work. He just wants to get things done perfectly and in time. He is also very resourceful and therefore designed and delivered large scale web applications with a wide variety of technologies for international companies all over the world, from New York to Singapore. For blanco, Ahmad’s uses his experience among others to build serverless apps.

Anna Belikova

Finance

Anna Belikova

Finance

It was Anna’s dream to move to the Netherlands that brought her to Rotterdam, where she majored in Supply Chain and Finance. Her interest for technology led her to write a blockchain-related thesis and her desire to pursue a career with a tech company. She also became an ambassador of Venture Café, the largest innovation community in Rotterdam, where she developed a passion for start-ups. This led to her to join blanco to help manage their financial organization, after 6 years of working for large multinationals such as Deloitte and Unilever.

Saïd Najahi

Software Development

Saïd Najahi

Software Development

Said studied ‘til he dropped. In the last 11 years he made sure he stayed up to speed with the newest technology and kept his skills up to date. That, and the fact that he is multilingual, made him a wanted team player with many international employers. At blanco, Said started working as a front-end developer, but later got involved with developing the back-end as well.

Nick de Jonghe

Product Manager

Nick de Jonghe

Product Manager

Elena Tsalidou

Creative Digital Artist

Elena Tsalidou

Creative Digital Artist

Elena is a creative design spirit and she is a global citizen like many of the blanco team members. She studied and lived all over Europe and has working experience with different kinds of industries. It is her goal to design and create thoughtful and impactful branding tools to help others grow their business. She is everything about art & design, wireframe and storyboard creation. Her soft skills and design skills make her a valuable asset to the blanco team.

Alexey Ryabinin

Software Development

Alexey Ryabinin

Software Development

Alex has heaps of experience with both back-end and front-end development. He feels an ever-changing world of front-end is the good kind of challenge and he continuously keeps improvement his skills in that area. It helps him to visualize the results of his work, so he can always be on his A-game. Alex is a big Agile enthusiast and a certified Agile professional. Previously he worked for big sluggish companies with no agility. So he dove into blanco’s startup atmosphere which he feels is like a breath of fresh air.

Merijn Hudig

Product Owner

Merijn Hudig

Product Owner

Merijn has a long history within the financial industry and a wealth of knowledge of specific ways of investments. Prior to blanco he worked for Robeco, ABN AMRO, ING Investment Management and BKR where he advised private and corporate clients with regard to their investments. When working for ABN AMRO, Merijn was responsible for the development of their online trading and investment tool TradeBox. Merijn loves good customer journeys and optimizing process flows. Making his customers happy is his main goal. At blanco, Merijn is responsible for Product Management & Operations.

Christian Ross

Manager Business Development

Christian Ross

Manager Business Development

Chris started his career 19 years ago with SNS Bank where he was responsible for the equity trades of retail clients and later High Net Worth Individuals and wealth/asset managers. He continued his career as an equity trader for SNS Securities (now NIBC) and later took responsibility for services to independent asset managers and expanding The Fund Desk as a Senior Relationship Manager. Nowadays he uses his extensive and deep knowledge of the asset and wealth management industry to help blanco grow.