About us

“Almende” is an old Dutch word that can be translated in English as ‘commons’, which is a term used in pre-industrial times to designate those parts of the environment for which customary law exacted specific forms of community respect. People called commons that part of the environment which lay beyond their own thresholds and outside of their own possessions, to which, however, they had recognized claims of usage, not to produce commodities but to provide for the substinence of their households.

Mission and Vision

Our vision is that the ‘commons’ offered by modern technology will be better used when individuals participate to the ‘global brain’ by applying the principles of self-organization. Our mission is then to create innovative ICT solutions to empower human beings to better organize their lives in an increasingly complex world.


Founded in 2000, we are a Dutch SME based in Rotterdam, working on R&D solutions applying on several domains of ICT. Our staff is very diverse in skills, level of education, and country of origin: this original mix allows us to propose innovative solutions to challenging problems, delivering cutting-edge solutions commercialized via our spin-off companies, all belonging to the ‘Almende Investments’-group.

Meet the team

We are a diverse team of researchers, developers, and consultants; driven people that want to make self-organization happen. Click on team member to go to their LinkedIn page. 

Andries Stam


Kostas van Goor


Zahra Sedghi Gamechi

Research Developer

Fabiana Laufer

Senior Software Engineer

Dewi Schippers

Marketing and Communication

Hans Abbink


Mariët Lakens

Financial Controller

Carolyn Langen

Research Engineer

Rachida Azagagh

Assistant Marketing Research

Ole Luhmann

Robotics Engineer

Peet van Tooren


Jan Kraaijeveld

Senior Consultant

Luís Manteigas da Cunha

Research Engineer

Gijs Tempelman

Junior Innovation Manager

Vibhav Inna Kedege

Robotics Engineer

Jan Peter Larsen


Ludo Stellingwerff

Senior Software Engineer

Merijn van Tooren


Réka Bérci-Hajnovics

Robotics Engineer

Aad Nales


Kevin Keijzer

Senior Systems Engineer

Carlos Hermans


Bart Bootsma

Robotics Engineer


Almende has numerous spin-off companies that formed as a result of innovative projects or ideas. These companies are independent but fall under the umbrella of Almende Investments.


Tailor-made software and secondment


Digital mental healthcare


Localisation and energy management

StandBy Solutions

Location-based accessibility


Palliative and chronic healthcare


Communication for care teams


Robotics and automation


Location based communication


Lost and found solution

Sol psychotherapie

Innovative Psychotherapy

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Contact or visit us

Stationsplein 45 – Unit D1.116,  3013AK  Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 404 9444