Partners & Founders Giel Verbeeck

Giel Verbeeck

foto-gielLinkedInGiel Verbeeck, (Dutch) provides management and consultancy services to (water) utility companies and authorities in emerging Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Utility companies, consulting firms and donor agencies like to work with Giel because of his open mind, analytical skills and direct approach.

Over the last 13 years he has worked on water sector reform, company and sector restructuring, tariff studies, development and implementation of Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programmes, performance monitoring systems, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), strategic, business and investment planning, staff optimisation, finance, accounting, billing, collection and Management Information Systems.

While on mission he seeks to develop adequate systems and tools in dynamic environments (post conflict, transition, under restructuring, newly erected). “The challenge is to get it moving, to create ownership along the way, show possibilities and increase appetite for further development.”

Giel’s long experience in working with companies on site on practical challenges such as revenue collection and efficiency increases has provided him with vital input for more policy oriented work such as the development of a new tariff methodology and an economic instrument for national authorities.

At home in the Netherlands Giel raises four young daughters together with his partner Christy. They jointly established TreeVelop Projects & Processes in 2004 and more recently in 2009 the TreeVelop People & Planet foundation, of which Giel is the Treasurer. During 2008 and 2009 Giel has chaired the Board of Trustees of the local Waldorf School for primary education in Bussum. At home Giel keeps his knowledge up to date through studies, writing papers on utility finance and providing lectures on water sector reform and benchmarking. Giel holds Master degrees in Economics from the University of Amsterdam as well as the Central European University in Hungary.

Before moving into consulting he has worked as a portfolio manager investing in the capital markets of Central and Eastern Europe for three years. Macro-economic reform in transition economies remains one of his interests ever since his university days.

Giel is the ultimate team player who thrives on the joint development of products. “It’s mostly through meetings of mind and through open dialogue that new ideas can take root.” As long as there is room for innovation Giel works on subjects ranging from company restructuring to policy making and from human resources to financial modelling. As a team leader he has been successful due to his management style and approach, ability to recruit, train and motivate (local) staff and a hands-on, yet informal, working style, combined with high professional standards and an ability to delegate responsibility to the optimal level.

Giel is fluent in English, German and Dutch, and has a fair command of Hungarian and French.