Hans will also be speaking about:-
- How and what should the foreign business community prepare for in anticipation of an integrated ASEAN?
- Where is ASEAN heading with the AEC?
- What is driving regional integration in ASEAN?
Managing Partner at Vriens & Partners
Hans is Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners (V&P) Pte Ltd, a firm specializing in government affairs, public policy and political risks analysis headquartered in Singapore with more than 50 staff and 25 senior counselors around Southeast Asia. The firm has 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 V&P, 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
Hans was Chairman of the Foundation Dutch Education at United World College of Southeast Asia
(UWCSEA). Earlier he served on the board of the Eurocham Singapore, and was the founding chairman
of DutchCham in Singapore.
Hans graduated from law school in civil and public law at Groningen University. During his studies, he
was a research assistant in parliamentary history and public law. 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).
Hans studied for a year at the Bologna Center of the Paul Nitze School of 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 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 Relations, Political and Economic Analysis, Political and Regulatory Issues around Asia Pacific.