About Jan Vaessen

About Jan Vaessen

Dr. G.E.J. (Jan) Vaessen is an IAF Certified® Professional Facilitator. Since 2010, he has had his own company: Jan Vaessen Facilitation. Jan Vaessen offers you the benefits of his sound university education, extensive international experience and an approach with a strong focus on achieving results. That means you are assured of quality.

Titles, certifications and licences

Facilitation courses

Employment history

  • Scientific researcher Food Technology – Unilever R&D (1996 – 2000)
  • Project officer and project leader in a range of innovation projects – Unilever (1996 – 2000)
  • Facilitator of innovation projects in 30 countries – Unilever (2000-2010)
  • Self-employed professional facilitator – Jan Vaessen Facilitation (2010 – present)


  • Facilitation of more than 400 meetings in 30 different countries throughout the world
  • Development of various instruments for project management and personal development, including:
    – Unilever innovation risk management tools
    – Project leader competency assessment
    – On-the-job project management learning tools
    – Project evaluation team game

Personal qualities

  • Pragmatic
  • Purposive
  • Analytical
  • Down to earth
  • Accessible
  • Intelligent
  • Result-minded
  • Concrete