About us

At Math4NL we believe mathematics can help solving several technical, societal, economic and social problems. And we have experienced that connecting mathematicians to industrial and societal organisations is not always straight-forward. 

Math4NL aims to strengthen the interaction between mathematicians and society. We facilitate collaboration between talented mathematicians and organisations. We look for the mathematics behind larger and smaller real-life problems and find the right mathematician to work on this.

In this way talented mathematicians utilise their knowledge for societal problems, broaden their expertise and further develop novel mathematics.

Coaching for Champions!

Let’s focus on revenues, more profits, productive teams, improved cash flows and simply just more peace of mind.

With 10 years of experience in helping businesses grow, we’ve mastered the skills of understanding business requirements irrespective of the industry they serve. Our clients vary from tiny start-ups to larger corporations who wish to take their business higher.

We’ve helped entrepreneurs set up a business, build productive teams and make the most of the available resources.


Bring clarity to the priorities, strategies and opportunities within businesses or roles to help them achieve the exceptional results they desire.


We strive to enable our clients to have clear direction, focus and achieve success in all the areas of their business.

Board of Math4NL

Vivi Rottschäfer - chair

Vivi Rottschäfer is Associate Professor in the Analysis and Dynamical Systems group of the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University and she is Professor by special appointment ”Industrial Mathematics” at the Korteweg-de Vries Instituut of the University of Amsterdam.

She is a specialist in dynamical systems theory and partial differential equations with a focus on applications. She has joint projects with researchers in pharmacology on drug distribution, delivery and effect, and environmental scientists at NIOZ and the RIVM.

Before joining the Math4NL board Vivi wase chair of the Committee on Innovation of Platform Wiskunde Nederland. She is chair of  the National Committee SWI, which coordinates the organisation of the Dutch Studygroup Mathematics with Industry. She has organised two of these studygroups herself.

Alessandro Di Bucchianico

Alessandro Di Bucchianico is head of an industrial statistics group at Eindhoven University of Technology within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. His research focuses on statistical process control and reliability, with an emphasis on the challenges and opportunities that arise in the context of Industry 4.0 and data science.

He actively stimulates the collaboration between universities and society through his activities in national and international bodies such as the Innovation Committee of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics, the Big Data working group of 4TUAMI , and the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS). He is one of the national organizers of the Dutch Studygroup Mathematics with Industry (SWI).

Alessandro actively participates in several national and European industrial projects.

John Poppelaars

John Poppelaars founded his company Doing The Math to realise his ambition to support organisations in becoming more sustainable. John is a passionate proponent of the use of data and mathematics as a key business enabler. Throughout his career, he has applied the business maxim of ‘fact-based improvement of decision making’ to numerous projects across many industries.

John was awarded the Franz Edelman Award for this work at TNT Express, which resulted in substantial financial savings and CO2 emission reduction. Next to his work for Doing The Math, he is an advisor to the The Hague University of Applied Sciences and blogs about the practical application of mathematics.

John has a Master’s degree in Econometrics & Operations Research and is INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional.

Sanjay Ramawadh

Sanjay Ramawadh is senior lecturer Applied Mathematics at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He is head of the learning line stochastics & statistics of the BSc programme Applied Mathematics and teaches several courses with a focus on stochastics, statistics and research methodology.

He is interested in real-life applications of mathematics and actively encourages students to explore these applications as well. Not only through internships, but also by participating in local hackthons or national activities such as the Dutch Studygroup Mathematics with Industry (SWI). Next to his work as a senior lecturer, Sanjay has recently joined a project on student analytics of The Hague University of Applied Sciences as a statistician.

Sanjay holds a PhD in Mathematics from Utrecht University.

Hildegard Montsma – Contactpersoon Wiskunde en Industrie

Hildegard holds a Master in Mathematics and works as an independent trainer/instructor and project manager. She has twenty years of experience in the financial world both in Amsterdam and London. She worked at a commercial bank and two supervisory authorities – in policy, management, advisory and pioneering roles. 

For Math4NL Hildegard is leading the establishing program and acts as the interface between mathematics and society.

Michelle Jacobs –  Assistant (Contactpersoon Wiskunde en Industrie)

Michelle is currently busy with her Master’s in Mathematics. She is the assistant for Math4NL’s communications

Math4NL is initiated by the Innovation Committee of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics and is supported by 4TU.AMI and NWO. In 2022 this initiative started with founding board consisting of Vivi Rottschäfer, Alessandro Di Bucchianico, Johann Hurink and Wil Schilders.