Hans is Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners, a firm specializing in government affairs, public policy and political risk analysis headquartered in Singapore with more than 55 staff and 30 senior counselors around South East 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 regular commentator on regional issues.
Prior to establishing V&P, Hans was Vice chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide in South East 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 world.
Hans is a member of the Secretariat of the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA). He was Chairman of the Foundation Dutch Education at UWC in SG. Earlier he served on the board of the Eurocham, and was the founding chairman of DutchCham in SG.
Hans graduated from law school in civil and public law of 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 the Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the John 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 off Papua 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.