Roland began his professional career with Royal Dutch Shell where he participated in their international internship program in the Ivory Coast. Later he held commercial and senior management positions at Chevron Corporation in the United Kingdom and West Africa over a period of 14 years. While in the Ivory Coast for Chevron Roland was temporarily seconded to ExxonMobil. After gaining Blue-chip exposure, Roland returned to the Netherlands joining Rabobank International to bring Oil Major experience to their Renewable Energy & Infrastructure Finance team. This team provided project finance aimed at high profile global projects such as large offshore wind farms and infrastructural projects. Following 7 years in Finance, he rejoined the oil sector working for the world’s 4th largest Energy trading house, Gunvor, prior to joining Amrop.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics & Business Administration from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is a native Dutch speaker, who is fluent in English and possessing good working knowledge of French and German.
He has a broad international experience and extensively worked in West Africa, the post-Soviet states, the EU and the US. He has an in-depth knowledge of the strategic and operational landscape of the Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics and Chemicals Industry next to the Renewable Energy sector. He is a trusted advisor to energy and industrial companies and focuses on executive, senior management and professional expert positions.