We unlock talent in sports and in organisations by matching the cognitive fingerprints of job applicants with the needs of employers using machine learning. We help our (inter)national clients in aviation, consulting, finance, and professional sports. BrainsFirst is an organisation that values creativity, independence and personal growth.
In our company you will get the chance to have true impact. BrainsFirst lives and breathes HR. We truly believe that you can only prosper in an environment that embraces what you value in life. As part of this, we value an open and horizontal business culture that leaves room for fun.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Entrepreneur by default. Sold his 1st venture in 2000 and experienced all stages of success and failure in other companies, since then. Realizes very well that inventions are only the beginning of true innovation.
Bridging theory and practice, zooming in and out continuously. Not satisfied until real value can be added.
A football geek, too. Published 2 books about talent identification & talent development in elite sports. Always looking on the bright side.
CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR
Motto? Getting Things Done. Oh, and getting things profitable, too. Likes innovation, loves business acceleration. Her background in consultancy helps to understand client needs and transforming nerdy ideas into valuable deliverables. Speaks the language of corporates and walks the start-up rhythm.
Field hockey-babe. Aims to combine a good result with an even better atmosphere.
MICHEL BRENDER À BRANDIS
‘Michel is best characterised by his curiosity and eagerness to never stop learning. Main driver for Michel is to validate propositions, challenge assumptions and realize that it’s all about people. Motto: enjoying live as it is and knowing that change is a certainty.
ANDRIES VAN DER LEIJ
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
A nerd who strives to find technological solutions for hard problems. Coding since the late nineties of the previous century when Flash was King. Trained in cognitive neuroscience and machine learning. Fascinated by what technological advancements have to offer HR. Techie with attitude, able to understand needs and to develop solutions. Feels comfortable in various technological contexts, ranging from MRI to EEG.
A happy camper on a (brain) mission. After graduating Brain and Cognitive sciences, she took a small detour in diehard IT, but now she is back at her roots and ready for some action. She loves to be challenged with analytical puzzles and complex questions. Data rocks! Talking about rocks…In her spare time she likes to solve physical puzzles with rock climbing.
KAS VAN 'T VEER
FRONT END DEVELOPER
I’m a tech lover who is always on the lookout for ways to improve stuff. Few things bring me more joy than coming up with neat and creative solutions to optimize things further. I graduated in both Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, because I’ve found that improving technology is just as interesting as improving our understanding of the human mind.
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
A die-hard scientist who wants to convert modern insights in brain & cognition into usable advice for education, professional sports, and business. Assistant Professor on a mission. Specialist in Working Memory and executive functions. Combines machine learning and common sense to transform raw data into valuable insights. Does not sleep before BrainsFirst has changed human assessment for the better of us all.
Eager to learn and wants to make a difference. Not afraid to improve processes, regardless of how long they’ve been in place. Uses his analytical mind to find patterns in data, but realizes that only insights are not enough. Therefore, his mission is not only to analyze but to share the complete picture in an understandable way and to create value by connecting actions to observations.
CATHELIJN TE KOPPELE
Curious about people’s talents and ways to improve research. Masterstudent Neuroscience. Eager to translate research into common understanding to have an impact on people’s daily life. Is a generalist and does not want to limit herself. A real team player when it comes to work.