I am an author of fiction and non-fiction books, columns, and articles, born in Harlingen in the Netherlands in 1942. Writing, reading, and language are important elements of my life. Since 1981, I have lived in The Hague, where I feel more and more at home.
After studying chemical engineering in Groningen, the Netherlands, and control engineering in Manchester, UK, I obtained my PhD in Manchester on the mathematical modelling of the dynamics of multi-component fractionating columns. I then served as an officer at a Dutch military laboratory as part of my compulsory military service. This was followed by several functions in what is now AkzoNobel.
I then became a management consultant. This turned out to be my calling; I started a consultancy that grew to sixteen people after which I sold it in a buy-out. Most of our assignments came from companies that wanted to be optimised by the methods I had designed and presented in publications. Since the buy-out, I work freelance, with most of my assignments abroad.
Parallel to my consultancy work, for 25 years I had part-time chairs in Delft, Rotterdam, Nijenrode and again Delft. I particularly enjoyed the graduation and PhD projects.
Every person has talents that want to be developed. Encouraging that is part of both loving and leading.– Hans Wissema