Hans was born in 1960 in Roermond, The Netherlands. Fascinated about the world around him he went to study Mechanical Engineering. He started working in different companies and positions, also gaining degrees in technical computer science and marketing. Working for an amusement ride manufacturer and got first introduced to the power of storytelling and sensory experiences. Next he started his own business developing concepts for the theme park industry, world exhibitions and visitor attractions. After 10 years at age of 40 he sold his business, after which he landed in Kerkrade to lead an existing technology museum. In the last 10 year he has dedicated his time and energy to grow this museum to a world unique ensemble of an experience, museum and discovery center covering the topics of earth, design and science and technology. These institutions, Columbus, Cube and Continium are designed as open institutions for storytelling, engagement, debate and co-creation between visitors and knowledge about the world around us and the earth on which we live. The mission is empowerment of citizens, offering a platform for finding a sustainable future together. Through meetings with astronauts and his background in experience concepts he came up with the idea of realizing a world unique theater attempting to bring the overview effect to large crowds, the Columbus earth theater. Hans is an empathic, creative, and international orientated entrepreneur and eloquent speaker.