PBLCO helps clients identify and achieve their goals in the public domain through political advocacy, lobbying, public affairs, strategic communications and stakeholder management. Our consultants help our clients raise issues, find support among stakeholders and work with opinion leaders, government officials and political representatives. We have expertise in the fields of international development cooperation, international relations, human rights, academia, healthcare, nutrition, energy, tax & financial services, climate and sustainability.
Jurgen de Vries
Jurgen is partner at PBLCO. In recent years he has represented the political interests for several (non-) governmental organizations and industries (chemicals, energy, finance, food, government and commodities). He works and has worked for international clients, such as AON (pensions), U.S. Industrial Pellets Association (energy), InterGen (energy), PepsiCo (food) and Dow Chemical (energy). Prior to setting up his own firm, Jurgen was the Dutch office director of the U.S. based communications and public affairs consultancy, Weber Shandwick.
Since 1998, Jurgen has been a public affairs consultant for several utility companies (energy, gas, and housing), finance and industry associations. He is an alumnus from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and he also holds a degree from Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
PG Kroeger is a strategic consultant for PBLCO. PG has extensive experience within governments in the Netherlands and Brussels, and as a writer and editor. He focuses mainly on education, academia,
science, and innovation. The career of ‘PG’ Kroeger took place in an international context, and often connected to topics relating to the exchange and sharing of knowledge. He often began without a predecessor, and has become used to pioneering.
Thinking ahead and thinking along with decision makers was central for PG’s career, from ministers and parliament party leaders in The Hague to key European figures, and from chairpersons at university boards and colleges to think tanks and events on a global scale. For and with such people, PG wrote and continues to write.
For PG, the writing of several new books will take up the foreseeable future. PG will continue to use his imagination and connections throughout the world in useful ways for PBLCO.
Jasper Benus is consultant at PBLCO. He works for Dietz Communicatie, a bureau in Utrecht connected to PBLCO. He is the pivot between national, regional and local issues with regard to politics, society and corporate life. His work activities include strategy development, stakeholder management, strategic communication and public affairs. Jasper advises a broad scale of organizations, including NGOs, investors, multinationals, education institutions, trade associations project developers and local governments.
Jasper is proactive, engaged and thinks in interests. He is analytically strong and knows which connections will serve the interests of his clients. Besides his work, Jasper is secretary of the political network Mobiliteit & Leefomgeving (VVD) and works for Stichting Stadsontspanning in Utrecht, where he is partially responsible for various events in the city.
Oliver van Loo
Oliver is partner at PBLCO and specializes in public affairs, political lobbying and strategic communications. He works, among others, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, and the VU University Amsterdam.
Previously, Oliver worked with different government affairs firms, such as The Issuemakers, Pilgrims Consult and Lindblom. He mainly worked for clients in the energy sector (on carbon capture and storage), transportation, and for various universities on human rights issues. Oliver is also the vice president of the Netherlands Martin Luther King Lecture Foundation, member of the board at Week of Respect. Together with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, he launched a fund for students expelled from university by dictatorial regimes in 2006 and 2009.
Katrien is as a consultant at PBLCO. Her field of work is mainly aimed at stakeholder management and guiding international clients to Dutch politics and the private sector. Among others, Katrien works for Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Malaysian Timber Council. Katrien has expertise in the areas of public-private partnerships, resource mobilization, agriculture, and certification.
Katrien studied Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Oslo. During her studies, she obtained experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she learned about the ins and outs of international organizations such as the UN. She applied this knowledge in her capstone research, in which she focused on stakeholder management and the creating of and assisting in cooperation connections between the Ministry and other public and private actors. Katrien has also participated in the course Foreign Affairs at Institute Clingendael.
Lobke van Meijel
Lobke is a public affairs intern at PBLCO and mainly focuses on public affairs, stakeholder management and political monitoring. She supports PBLCO advisors and partners with projects from various clients such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Aon Hewitt.
Before Lobke joined PBLCO she completed her BA in American Studies at the University of Groningen with a minor in journalism. She also studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a semester, where she completed a minor in political science and conflict. Besides her work at PBLCO, Lobke volunteers for COC Midden-Gelderland, the Dutch Association for Veganism and the American Studies Herald.
Taco Juriaanse is partner at PBLCO. He specializes in public affairs, stakeholder management and (corporate) reputation management. With a focus on CSR and sustainability, he works and has worked for corporate and public clients such as Spa Netherlands, FrieslandCampina, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
As Sustainability Manager for the Dutch Soft Drinks and Beer Industry, he worked closely with multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Heineken and AB InBev. He represented the association’s (political) interests with regard to the Dutch market and on a European level in Brussels.
Pirmin Olde Weghuis
As consultant at PBLCO, Pirmin represents various international corporations, organisations, and institutions such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, IFAD and USIPA. He mainly serves clients who are active in the fields of development cooperation (for instance in global health and agriculture) and clients who focus on sustainable energy issues such as biomass. In addition, Pirmin has been working as Liaison Officer Europe for the American public affairs firm VH Strategies since 2015. For VH Strategies, Pirmin works on business development and gives interpretation to the strategic cooperation between PBLCO and VH Strategies.
Before he joined the PBLCO-team in 2016, Pirmin worked on Capitol Hill in the American House of Congress as a Lantos-Humanity in Action Legislative Fellow for Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA32). He was also active during the presidential primary elections in New Hampshire as a participant of the BKB Academy 2016. He completed his BA and MA in American Studies at the University of Groningen, studied in Michigan for a semester and also finished his Master’s Honour’s College successfully. His capstone thesis described the consolidation process of the concepts freedom and equality in the constitution of the American republic.
We do not have any vacancies at the moment, but are always open to a good conversation and a cup of coffee!
Agnieta van der Plaat
Agnieta van der Plaat is consultant at PBLCO. She assists clients in the (semi) public and private sector with their public affairs and stakeholder management. She currently focuses on higher education and pensions. She connects political and civil service stakeholders and gives organizations insight into political processes that affect them. Earlier, Agnieta also conducted public affairs-work in the housing, energy and finance sectors.
Agnieta has studied International Relations at the University of Utrecht, where she specialized in the history of European cooperation. During her studies, Agnieta was politically active as a board member of the local youth CDA organization. After her studies, Agnieta completed the course Public Affairs at the University Leiden and worked for the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
Rob is strategic consultant at PBLCO. Through various functions and positions, he has obtained great experience with the complex political and administrative processes. As manager, Rob was active in numerous corporations and organizations. In the last ten years before his retirement in 2012, he was director of RNG, a nuclear knowledge centre and a world player on the field of medical radio-isotopes.
Before that, he worked for Wolters Kluwer, Oostergo, the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden (Northern College Leeuwarden), the Ministry of Education, Philips and the University of Utrecht. In addition, he was part of various advisory and monitoring bodies in national and international settings. It is his passion to contribute to fundamental changes in science, organization and government. Searching for new ways together with stakeholders and removing obstacles gives space for a positive dynamic in organizations.
Rob has obtained his doctorate in physical chemistry.