After studying Human Geography in Amsterdam and Economic Geography in Utrecht, I launched an online platform for Dutch geographers called DEGEOGRAAF.com. This was followed by my first full time job as a real estate journalist at Vastgoedjournaal. After two years I started working as a Community Manager at Hello Zuidas, the area management organisation of Amsterdam business disctrict 'Zuidas'. In this role I was responsible for marketing and communication as well as the organisation of events. In the beginning of 2020 I moved to Colliers for a position as Content Specialist in the marketing team. I am responsible for our blogs and research publications, press relations and the organization of events.
In 2020-2021 I was a participant of the Colliers Competence Program.
- MSc Economic Geography - Utrecht University
- BSc Human Geography & Urban Planning - University of Amsterdam
Memberships & Involvements
Since 2020 I am a member of the Young Sounding Board. We give strategic advice to the Dutch Management Board.
Chief Growth Officer
I joined Colliers in October 2016 as Marketing Manager. Today I'm the Chief Growth Officer and responsible for the sustainable growth of the company. A cross-functional job including marketing, sales, research & data, products and finance.
The teams marketing & business development, research & data and property marketing are responsible for strengthening the Colliers brand through integrated content marketing, programs focussing on high client satisfaction, and client centered product development. We also advice shopping mall owners on positioning, branding and marketing activities.
After studying Business Economics at the University of Tilburg I started my career at DLL Financial Services as marketer (4.5 years), followed by a senior marketer role at Achmea (4 years). Before I joined Colliers I worked at ABN AMRO as Senior Marketer International Clients (5 years) where I was among others responsible for the marketing activities of ABN AMRO Real Estate.
In short i am a creative problem solver with a soft spot for data visualisation. In 2017 I started at Colliers as graphic designer with a main focus on bids and pitches. Adjecent to my role of designing compelling pitch documentsas my other major tasks include: maintaining and extending the visual identity of the Netherlands and ensuring unity across all corporate communications, designing excellent marketing materials for all types of real estate as well as conceptualising and rolling out of various types of content such as publications and infographics. In addition to my three major tasks i recently started focusing my efforts on external clients in the field of property marketing. This includes creative branding and website creation for real estate. My goal as a designer is to translate complex ideas into easy-to-digest, creative visual stories. As graphic designer I've had extensive work experience within various B2B and B2C sectors. This has given me a diverse skillset and a broad knowledge of different deliverables for both print and digital platforms.
My programme skills include :
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe After Effects
I am an all-round graphic designer with over six years experience. I have previously worked at a design studio and as a freelance designer. As a designer I have worked on a variety of design projects for a range of different clients.
• Company (re)branding
• Magazine layout & design
• Book illustration & design
• Other print & online media design (e.g. brochures, flyers, posters, stationery, banners)
With over 10 years of industry experience across different sectors, Arjan leads the ongoing development and implementation of the Colliers sustainability strategy in the Netherlands, which focusses on improving ESG performance and managing associated risk for a range of occupier and investor clients. He is passionate about driving sustainability in all aspects of the business to preferably exceed stakeholder expectations. Arjan is also part of the ESG Subject Matter Experts Group for the Colliers property management teams across EMEA providing strategic advice on technology deployment, net zero strategies, EU carbon compliance, workplace wellbeing, and the impact that these trends have on service delivery.
Arjan is a regular presenter on sustainability topics and represents Colliers on various industry groups.
Contact Arjan if you'd like to discuss:
• Development and implementation of ESG & Net Zero strategies
• ESG data management & reporting
• Community engagement and health & wellbeing
• Renewable energy in commercial property