Daan Kolkman is a senior researcher at the Jheronimus Academy of Data science and a freelance data scientist. Daan holds a masters degree in Economic Geography from Utrecht University and was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Surrey for his work on computational models that inform government decision making.

Previously, he worked at the Center for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) in the UK and was a fellow in the London-based Science to Data Science (S2DS) programme. Daan was awarded first place in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce “KvK-Beta” startup competition.

Daan’s data science work revolves around economic geography and includes topics such as location strategy support, retail and SME risk modeling, sales-recommendation engines, and social sensoring. He has worked on data science projects with McDonalds, Mark & Spencers, Insights4Action, Local Data Company, Locatus, and Sowifi.