Stefan Hoevenaar Founder, CEO

Stefan Hoevenaar

Founder, CEO

Some years ago Stefan decided to research a random day in the future. He found a myriad of future news stories, events, facts and trivia, spread around the web and locked behind paywalls. Making that transparent would provide insights, make planning easier and broaden the scope of news, hence Zap-a-day. When not surveying the future, Stefan works on projects for participatory democracy, advises clients at ILUMY or lectures at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

Henk-Jan Castermans CTO

Henk-Jan Castermans

CTO

Henk-Jan Castermans is a software-engineer with 25 years of programming and 15 years of ICT Industry experience. Henk-Jan worked with Logica, Deloitte Consulting, Dutch public television and as a freelancer for several clients. In 2008 Henk-Jan joined Zapaday as a CTO. During coding breaks, Henk-Jan is either flying his Cesna 172 across Europe or strolling around his home city Eindhoven.

Jim Schalm CFO

Jim Schalm

CFO

Jim Schalm is an investment and financial management executive with a background in corporate development and investment management. After a start on the Dutch Options Exchange, Jim worked in London as an investment banker with UBS and Merrill Lynch. In the Netherlands, Jim was head of Capital Markets at F&C and head of product and corporate development at Aegon Asset Management. Jim is owner of the family office Kaya Capital Management and is a member of the board of Investment Managers and Brokers Association (VVBA).

Willem Zandbergen Corporate Business Development

Willem Zandbergen

Corporate Business Development

Willem Zandbergen is an entrepreneur and manager, building up and improving businesses in the service industry. He has worked as a management consultant focused on financing innovative projects and companies. From 2002 until 2010 he was the CEO of PNO Group, a company with over 400 employees and business in 13 countries. Willem is responsible for Zapaday’s corporate business development, the sales team and overall recruiting.

Bas Nieuwenhuizen Sourcing Manager

Bas Nieuwenhuizen

Sourcing Manager

Sebastiaan Nieuwenhuizen earned his degrees in Engineering and Political Science. He combines the understanding of an engineer with the breadth of knowledge that characterizes Zapaday. Having worked for a broad spectrum of Dutch companies in consulting (Berenschot) and deploying software (Pecoma) Bas has a nose for sourcing even the most remote corners of Zapaday.

Maja Micudova Editor

Maja Micudova

Managing Editor

Maja has made it a sport to confound any assumptions about her. As an only child, she should have been spoiled and dependent. And growing up in a small Slovak village close to the famous Polana mountain, she should have settled close to home. Instead, she moved away from her village at the mere age of 14 to England and then went on exchange to Alicante. A chance encounter resulted in her latest move to The Netherlands. With a background in history and international relations, Maja has a unique talent for placing future events in a historical context.

Bart Kaandorp - Developer

Bart Kaandorp

Developer

Developer Bart is the type of tech-savvy developer who delivers elegant solutions before most get their heads around the problem. In 2006, Bart graduated as a Civil Engineer from the School of Technology in Alkmaar and founded his own successful company in web-design and programming. At Zapaday, Bart combines creativity with efficiency in designing text mining systems and finding the simplest algorithms.

Alejandro Garza - IT Professional

Alejandro Garza Vivas

IT Professional

Alejandro joins the team from Monterrey, Mexico where he completed his Bachelor in Computer Science and Technology. Interested in applying his knowledge internationally, Alejandro took a year off from study to complete an internship for an IT company in Lisbon, developing several travel agency websites. From there he learnt his passion lay in innovation and travel. After finishing his degree, and intrigued by the possibilities of contributing to the future of news, Alejandro manages, develops and maintains the Zapaday website.

Doron Hirsch - Interaction Designer

Doron Hirsch

Interaction Designer

From Jerusalem, Doron came to Amsterdam to complete his Masters in New Media and Choreography. Drawn to working for a start-up company with such an experimental idea, Doron applies his creative mind to the Zapaday interaction design to make its platforms user friendly. When he’s not at Zapaday, you can catch him creating installations and performance art works displayed at various galleries and festivals around Europe.

Marcel Overtoom - Sales

Marcel Overtoom

Sales

Marcel handles Zapaday’s sales and clients. Having extensive experience in business administration and sales, Marcel worked in China and came back with a thirst to contribute to the development and growth of a new company in a very challenging and evolving media industry. You can catch him on the football field on weekends.

Jobien Groen - Account Manager

Jobien Groen

Account Manager

Jobien was raised all around the world but she always calls Amsterdam home. She studied cultural anthropology and intercultural communication, and has worked as a webeditor, journalist and translator. Enticed by working in a news environment with a twist, Jobien manages Zapaday’s projects, pushing the boundaries to offer new solutions to clients. And if you’re looking for new recipes, keep an eye out for Jobien’s new cook book ‘Lekker Lokaal’.

Jobien Groen - Account Manager

Rob Jacobs

Chief Commercial Officer

You’ll never see Rob reading on old magazine. He is future orientated and brings a plethora of media experience to Zapaday. In 1994, Rob started his own company, Krantenjongens.nl distributing online content, which he sold to the Dutch news agency ANP. He later went to work as their Business Director for seven years. Rob knows the publishing industry better than the back of his hand, and is dedicated to working with clients to develop innovative approaches and solutions to their businesses.

Carst Vrakking - Editor

Carst Vrakking

Editor

Despite being one of the youngest editors, Carst is well versed in Dutch media. Before joining Zapaday, he worked as a freelancer for a range of communication agencies and a features writer for Playboy magazine. As a journalist himself, Carst knows the importance of being one step ahead and was drawn to the concept of Zapaday. His talents were quickly applied to both editing and translating events for Zapaday Dutch press agencies.

Tom Toepel - Product Management

Tom Toepel

Product Management and Interaction Designer

A born and raised Amsterdammer, Tom is an interaction design wizard with a background in photography and entertainment management. On the football field he plays striker, but on the Zapaday team Tom manages the company’s product and interaction design, as well as technical communication between the company and press agencies.

And:

 

Chanel Bearder

Editor and Communications

 

Gerard Berndsen

Accounts and Product Management

 

Jeroen Janus

Editor

 

Stephan Mursch

Community Manager

 

Tomas Riemens

Editor

 

Bart van Lidth de Jeude

Editor