After finishing his studies of Engineering Management at the Enschede University of Professional Education (Saxion) in 2001, Niels got a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Griffith University in Queensland Australia. Since 2003, he has worked for Vivochem B.V. (part of Büfa Group in Oldenburg Germany) and has held several functions within this company. Currently, he is the head of the EHSQ department. Niels is an active member in several committees of different associations, such as being Chairman of the Responsible Care Committee of the Dutch Association of Chemical Distributors.