top of page



My work is dedicated to shaping a vital knowledge infrastructure for Dutch area development. It is a privilege to do this as director of the Foundation for Area Development Knowledge (Stichting Kennis Gebiedsontwikkeling, in short: SKG), which is founded and continues to be supported by a broad network of public, private and third sector organizations. With the gracious help of its partners, the SKG is co-creating the institutional capacity needed to re/develop a sustainable built environment.  

Rice field in Mekong Delta, An Giang, Vietnam
SKG TU Delft logo.png 


Since the summer of 2018, the Dutch Foundation for Area Development Knowledge [Stichting Kennis Gebiedsontwikkeling] has entrusted me to co-develop and implement a knowledge program that includes research projects, professional education, science-practice exchange events and online media. The foundation has over 50 partners throughout the Netherlands. It's mission is to promote a professional, reflective area development practice aimed at re/developing a sustainable built environment.

Screen Shot 2023-12-30 at 12.04.03.png is the leading independent online platform for students and professionals in the field of area development.'s content (in Dutch) is free and unique, and cuts across major challenges in spatial planning, development and investment. It addresses and connects themes like climate adaptation, enery transition, mobility & infrastructure, financing & funding, social sustainability, and data & digitalization. It attracts more that 40 thousand unique visitors monthly, and has more than 15 thousand followers on LinkedIn. 

Screen Shot 2023-12-30 at 12.23.35.png aims to reinvent education, training and knowledge exchange for the Dutch spatial planning, development and investment domains. It will uniquely position itself as a portal for students and professionals who want to learn about the science and practice of area development, providing access to a wide range of academic and professional training content. The new platform already offers its first, state-of-the-art professional training course, and will soon start to evolve...

My SKG Activities

Tom zittend iphone.jpg
Memberships & Networks
Screen Shot 2019-12-29 at 09.25.35.png

Member of the ULI European Urban Regeneration Council and co-organiser of the Urban Infrastructures Forum and (potential) product council.​  ​


Expert in the network of the International Association of Cities and Ports


Member in the network of Holland Metropole, a collaboration between The Netherlands' five largest conurbations.


Member of the Advisory Board of Stadsmakersfonds, a fund for city/place making initiatives with social and fair economic return.

Screen Shot 2022-12-27 at 11.12.31.png

Since 2021, I am part of the FRESH Mentor Program, offering advise to students who are contemplating a career in real estate.

Conferences & Meetings


  • 2020: Moderator at the Diner Pensant Virtual Meeting of the Opdrachtgeversforum voor de Bouw, October 28

  • 2020: Co-Moderator of the sLIM Webinar 'Energie en GO', October 14

  • 2020: Moderator of the AIVP Webinar 'How to Plan Waterfronts after the COVID-19?', June 4

  • 2020: Moderator at the Provada LIVE Webinar on the Future of Urban Living, June 17, Amsterdam (RAI)

  • 2020: Co-Organiser and Speaker at the SKG Expert Meeting Real Estate & Infrastructure Climate Risk Management, March 12, Delft

  • 2020: Co-Organiser and Moderator of the ULI Infrastructure & Real Estate Forum, February 4, Amsterdam

  • 2020: Co-Organiser and Moderator of the sLIM Evening Debate 'The Common City', January 19, Amsterdam

  • 2019: Director of the Annual SKG Conference 'Gebiedsontwikkeling: meer waarde door samenwerking', November 7, The Hague (240 participants)

  • 2019: Speaker at the 'Programmabijeenkomst Stedelijke transformatie', October 8, Utrecht

  • 2019: Invited Expert and Panelist at the AIVP Days, June 6-8, Riga, Latvia

  • 2019: Organiser and Moderator of the SKG Expert Meeting 'Ontwerpend onderzoek en gebiedsontwikkeling', May 24, Delft

  • 2019: Speaker at the Conference '20 jaar PT', March 28, Tilburg, The Netherlands

  • 2019: Organiser and Moderator of the Seminar 'Bereikbare verdichting', February 13, Delft

  • 2019: Speaker at the Annual Conference 'Stedelijke transformatie', February 14, Eindhoven

  • 2019: Co-Organiser and Moderator of the Evening Debate 'The Post-Growth City', January 15, Amsterdam

  • 2018: Round Table Discussant on Linking Port and City Economies, Spaces and Cultures at the Port City Futures Conference, December 17-19, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2018: Invited Expert at a seminar for the H2020 project 'Docks of the Future', October 29-30, Porto, Portugal

  • 2018: Rapporteur at the 16th AIVP World Conference 'Next Generation', Jun 11-14, Quebec, Canada

  • 2018: Presenter and Discussant at the national conference Stedelijke Transformatie, February 22, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

  • 2017: Presenter at the EXPO Real 2017 Urban Innovation and Investment Seminars, October 4, Munich, Germany

  • 2017: Moderator and Presenter at the European Real Estate Society  (ERES) Annual Conference, June 27-July 1, Delft, The Netherlands

  • 2016: Invited Speaker at the European Week of Regions and Cities, October 12, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2016: Poster Presentation at the 15th World Conference Cities & Ports, October 5-7, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2015: Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) 2016, April 1, San Francisco, United States

  • 2015: Keynote Speech at ISOCARP2015 Rotterdam Workshop, October 19, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2014: Initiator, Co-organizer and Presenter: Spoorzone Delft Mobile Workshop, AESOP 28th Annual Congress, July 11, Delft, The Netherlands

  • 2014: Co-organizer and Presenter: Round Table 'Port CityScapes', AESOP 28th Annual Congress, July 9-12, Utrecht/Delft, The Netherlands

  • 2011: Co-organizer: Urban Area Development Track, MISBE2011 Conference (Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment), June 20-22, Amsterdam

  • 2011: Reviewer and Presenter: AESOP Young Academics Meeting, February 16-18, Delft, The Netherlands

  • 2007: Co-organizer and Presenter: ACTP – Seminar for Port Related PhD Research, Academic Centre for TransPort/Port of Rotterdam, April 27, Rotterdam.

Conferences & Meetings

  • 2023: Organizer and Moderator for the Anniversary Symposium of the Master City Developer (MCD) program, December 12, Rotterdam 

  • 2023: Speaker at the VINU Event 'Integraal Denken, Regionaal Handelen' for the G5 network, November 30, Utrecht

  • 2023: Co-Speaker at an Event for the Project Management Network of the Drechtsteden, November 27, Dordrecht

  • 2023: Organizer and Moderator of the 2nd Dag van de Gebiedsontwikkeling at Delft University of Technology, November 8, Delft

  • 2023: Speaker in a Session on Klimaatadaptatie en Gebiedsontwikkeling at the Nationaal Deltacongres, November 9, Groningen

  • 2023: Co-Organizer and Co-Moderator of the 2nd Red&Blue Annual Symposium, September 8, Amsterdam

  • 2023: Panelist of Werner's Klimaattafel: Crisisberaad voor 1,5e graad at the Provada Real Estate Fair, June 13, Amsterdam

  • 2023: Participant at the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Annual Conference, June 14-16, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • 2023: Participant at the ULI Europe Annual Conference and Urban Regeneration Council Meeting, June 6-7, Madrid, Spain

  • 2023: Speaker at the Event Inclusieve Gebiedsontwikkeling organized by Procap at Gemeente Zwolle, May 12, Zwolle

  • 2023: Co-Organizer and Moderator of the Expert Meeting Grond & Bekostiging, May 9, De Bilt

  • 2023: Organizer and Moderator at the SKG Jaarcongres Gebiedsontwikkeling 'Uitvoeringskracht 2.0', March 30, Amersfoort

  • 2023: Co-Organizer and Moderator at the Expert Meeting Campus & Gebiedsontwikkeling, February 22, Purmerend

  • 2023: Speaker and Moderator at the Jaarcongres Stedelijke Transformatie, February 16, Nijmegen

  • 2023: Panelist at the Expert Meeting Action Framework NOVEX Housing Development Locations, February 9, Rotterdam

  • 2023: Co-Organizer and Moderator at the Circular Area Development Symposium, February 7, Delft

  • 2023: Panelist at the Haag Wonen Collaboration Event on Social and Affordable Housing Provision, January 26, The Hague

  • 2022: Speaker at the G10 Municipal Controllers Meeting on Governance Capacity in Urban Development, November 30, Utrecht

  • 2022: Panelist at the Expert Meeting Watertorenberaad on Eindhoven's Regional Development, November 22, Eindhoven

  • 2022: Panelist at Resilient Delta (EUR-TUD) Expert Meeting 'Insuring the Dutch Delta' at The Loft, November 14, Rotterdam

  • 2022: Moderator at the first Dag van de Gebiedsontwikkeling at Delft University of Technology, November 9, Delft

  • 2022: Speaker and Moderator at the Real Estate Development & Building in Low Urban Environments (Red&Blue) Kick-Off Symposium and Field Trip, September 12-13, Valkenburg

  • 2022: Organizer and Co-Moderator at the SKG Jaarcongres Gebiedsontwikkeling 'Uitvoeringskracht', March 31, The Hague

  • ​2022: Speaker at Pizzasessie Alternatieve Bekostiging, Metropoolregio Rotterdam-Den Haag, March 29, Rotterdam

  • 2022: Speaker at the Symposium Kansen boven het Spoor at NS Stations, March 18, Utrecht

  • 2022: Speaker at an online Rabobank Expert Meeting on speeding up Housing Construction in The Netherlands, January 13

  • 2021: Organizer and Speaker of the sLIM Webinar on Healthy Area Development, December 1

  • 2021: Organizer and Moderator of the SKG 15-year Anniversary Meeting at Delft Faculty of Architecture, November 5

  • 2021: Speaker at a workshop for the Nationaal Vervoerscongres (NVC), October 27, Utrecht 

  • 2021: Speaker at the CROW Inspiratiemiddag HOV at Muntgebouw, October 14, Utrecht

  • 2021: Organizer and Co-Moderator of the sLIM Masterclass on Healthy Area Development, 23 September, Utrecht

  • 2021: Organizer and Speaker of the livestream SKG Studio, broadcasted from Leiden, March 31 (online, 80+ audience)

  • 2021: Plenary Speaker at the Jaarcongres Stedelijke Transformaties, February 11, Woerden (online, 400+ audience)

  • 2021: Moderator of the ULI Europe Urban Infrastructure Forum, February 4 (online, 40+ audience)

  • 2021: Panelist at the ULI Netherlands Annual Meeting, January 7.


2019-present: Co-Organiser and Moderator of Vastgoedcafé Network Meetings hosted by City of Delft and members of Delft's construction, property development, investment, and social/affordable housing industry: 09May19, 18Sep19, 5Feb20, 1Jul20, 13Apr21, 18Jan22, 31Jan23, 21Sep23

bottom of page