Hans Vriens, a member of the IGP global team, 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 Southeast Asia.
Prior to establishing V&P, Hans was vice chairman, Asia, at APCO Worldwide in Southeast Asia, and earlier still, he served as managing director of APCO’s Indonesia practice. He has also worked as a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong, practiced law at Clifford Chance, and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily.
Hans is a member of the Secretariat of the Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA). He was chairman of the Foundation of Dutch Education at UWC (United World Colleges) in Singapore. Earlier, he served on the board of EuroCham, and was the founding chairman of DutchCham in Singapore
He holds a law degree from the University of Groningen. He also studied for a year at the Bologna Center of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.
Hans’s 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, and the couple have two sons.