General Information Name: Geilenkotten First Name: Benjamin Date of Birth: 09-August-1975 Place of Birth: Borgerhout (Belgium) Nationality: Belgian Mother Tongue: Dutch Mobile Number: 0032 479 59.36.68 e-mail address: Benjamin@geilenkotten.com ________________________________________________________________________ Education: 2001 – 2002: University of Wales, Swansea, Centre for Development Studies PG Diploma in Social Development Management and Planning 1996 – 1999: Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen, HAM BA in communication, option Press. 1995 – 1996: University of Leuven, Modern History. 1988 – 1994: Secondary School: Don Bosco Haacht Graduated in Human Science. ________________________________________________________________________ Courses and Workshops: January 2004: Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTCCTB); Infocyclus October 2002: Médecins Sans Frontières: Primary Pre-departure Course (PPD) August 1999: APPE (La Academia de Profesores Privados de Epañol) 80 hours Spanish course ________________________________________________________________________ Professional Experience:
August 2004 - …………: Transwide (A Wolters Kluwer Company): European Project Manager Responsibilities: • The first objective of my current job is to achieve a high level of satisfaction from the clients to arrive at commitment for rollout after the pilot. The second objective is to be the key contact person for all technical and operational issue from the clients during the pilot and after rollout. • Planning and implementation of the Transwide IT solutions for clients such as DSM, Lhoist, Masterfoods, INEOS, Airproducts, M-real, Avebe, ACR, Federal Mogul, DHL, VOS Logistics, Imerys, Invista, Bekaert, Procter & Gamble, Sara Lee, Celanese … • Translate the requirements of the client into a realistic project, with a clear project scope. • Following-up the European roll-outs for various clients and piloting Transwide for P&G in Africa (Morocco) • Following-up the technical and operational aspects of the electronic connectivity between the clients’ ERP system and Transwide. • Motivating and guiding the Transwide operational and IT project assistants. • Providing on a regular basis project risk analyses. • Organising trainings for clients and carriers • Coaching junior project manager
September 2003 – July 2004 • Temporary labour via Manpower Leuven (Belgium) mainly order management for Mobistar (A Belgian network provider for mobile phones). I’ve chosen for interim work to have the freedom to travel a lot.
December 2002 – August 2003: Médecins sans Frontières Holland Logistician - administrator: Gamboma sleeping sickness project, Republic of Congo: closing down the project Project-coordinator: Mossaka sleeping sickness project, Republic of Congo: starting up the project Responsibilities: • HRM: Contracts, recruitment, pay-rolls, coaching & training, evaluations (51 employees) • Financial: follow up budgets, accountancy, monthly cash projection • Logistics: Stock management, constructions, rehabilitation of some local hospitals and laboratories, water and sanitation, power supply, IT, maintenance car park and boats, supply management, set-up of field laboratories, cold chain management, communications (Satellite, VHF, HF), national transport planning, planning of mobile teams, security officer, area mapping of the Nkeni and Congo with GPS. • Management: People’s management, supervising, coaching, following up legal aspects, project planning and implementation, data analysis’s, project cycle management, report writing, contributing in the design of the budgets and the project proposal for the Mossaka project. • Public Relations: Contacts with locale and national authorities, health institutions, locale population February 2001 – July 2001 Médecins du Monde, Afghanistan, Herat Financial - logistical coordinator Primary Health care in Herat and Maslakh Responsibilities: • HRM: Contracts, recruitment, pay roll, coaching & training, evaluations (176 employees). • Administrations: audit en reorganisation, creation of new systems and improvement of existing systems. • Financial: Writing and follow up of budgets for various donors, accountancy, monthly cash projections. • Logistics: Stock management, maintenance car park, construction of a field hospital and laboratory, local, national and international purchases and transport planning, supply management, cold chain management, IT, security officer. • PR: Contacts with Taliban, donors, international NGO’s and UN. • Management: project planning and implementation, project cycle management, writing of project proposals, report writing, data analyses, and legal aspects.
May 2000 – December 2000: Caritas Secours International-International Hulpbetoon Belgium Kosovo Leposavic. Field Officer: Responsible for a relief project funded by ECHO, European Community Humanitarian Office. Essential shelter and non-food assistance through mobile teams. Responsibilities: • HRM: Contracts, recruitment, pay roll, coaching & training, evaluations (28 employees). • Logistics: Maintenance vehicles, locale en regional purchases, supply management, stock management, distribution, rehabilitation of destroyed houses, planning of the mobile teams, and national and international transport. • Financial: budget control, accountancy • Management: Project planning and implementation, project cycle management, writing project proposal and reports. • PR: Contacts with local authorities, UNMIK, national and international NGO’s, local population
February - May 2000: Antal International, Brussels (http://www.antal.com/).An international executive recruitment office. Trainee consultant Reasons for leaving: Caritas proposed the position in Kosovo, which interested me more.
August 1999- January 2000: Volunteering in Guatemala I stayed 6 months in Guatemala. I left Belgium without any projects foreseen in Guatemala. I worked as a volunteer for several projects: in Guatemala City with street children, in Rio Dulce in an orphanage, Casa Guatemala, and in Chajul with the Maya population. Besides the voluntary work, I followed a language course in San Juan Del Obispo, a little village near Antigua.
1990-1999: During this period I worked during my studies in several enterprises as a factory worker, bartender, driver, warehouse manager, order picker, order organiser, administrator… ________________________________________________________________________
Language Skills: Dutch: Mother Tongue French: Fluent English: Fluent Spanish: Good Notions of German, Serbian and Lingala ________________________________________________________________________ Computer Skills: MS-Office package and Windows Integration Software Various programs such as Adobe PageMaker, Photoshop, Frontpage … Good ability to learn fast new software packages