Hans is Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners, the leading firm around Southeast Asia specializing in government affairs, public policy and political risk analysis. The firm is headquartered in Singapore with more than 70 staff and 30 senior counselors around Southeast Asia.
The firm has fully staffed offices in Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and The Philippines, and advisors in Hong Kong, Laos, and Brunei.
Hans has lived and worked in Asia since 1990. He is a regular commentator on regional issues.
Prior to establishing Vriens & Partners, Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide in Southeast Asia. Before this, he established and served as MD of the Indonesia practice for six years. Prior to this, he worked as a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong. Earlier, he practiced law at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily. In 1995, he was elected President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, then the largest in the world.
Hans is a Board Member of the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA). He was Chairman of the Foundation Dutch Education at UWC in Singapore. Earlier, he served on the board of Eurocham, and was the founding chairman of DutchCham in Singapore.
Hans graduated from law school in civil and public law at Groningen University in the Netherlands. During his studies, he was a research assistant in European parliamentary history. In 1982, he took a year off from his studies when he was elected Senatus Rector of the Student Union on the Grote Markt (VAP).
After law school Hans studied at the Bologna Center of the Paul Nitze School of the Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. He also did stints at the Universities of Grenoble in France, and Krakow in Poland.
His family lived in Batavia, Semarang, and on Biak off Papua in the Netherlands Dutch Indies for several generations until the handover of Papua in 1962. He is married to Katy le Blanc. They have two sons.
Specialties: Government Affairs, Political and Economic Analysis around Asia Pacific.