Hans van de Velde
Current Role: Board Member
In 2018, Hans was elected in the Board of ADHD Europe. Before he has been president of the Dutch dyslexia association and board member of Impuls & Woortblind, the association for people with ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia etc. From 2009 on he is the chair of the Science Committee of this association.
His current job is being a coach, amongst others for employees with ‘special brains’ like ADHD, autism, dyslexia and giftedness. He founded his company – Equisto – in Rotterdam in 1998 from the vision that brain properties like ADHD don’t just disappear in adulthood. Hans‘ company specialises in ‘people-at-work’ and offers professional guidance to employers and their employees, with a multidisciplinary approach and a focus on the talents of workers with these brain properties.
Hans’ interest in special brains stems from his own experience. After the usual hard years in primary and secondary school without being recognised as having dyslexia, he started working next to school at an early age. He cleaned offices, and at sixteen became assistant of the owner of the cleaning company. His second job was clerk to the court of justice. Later on in this court he became one of the first experts in legal text-processing and software in law. Next to his job, he studied law and got his masters in 1989.
In this period he got a burnout with anxiety problems. After a long period of therapy he did a three year education as trainer/therapist. And some years later, at last he got his diagnosis dyslexia and ADHD.
In 1990 he started a IT-business in legal expert systems (with a colleague that matched him in a yin-yang-way). In 1998 he sold his company, and he started Equisto. He works together with a psychiatrist and a psychologist, and a broad range of other specialists.
– President of Woortblind, Dutch Dyslexia Association (2002-2008)
– Founder of the company MRE Legal Expertsystems (1989-1997)
– Lecturer and researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1986-1988)
– Clerk to the Court of Justice Rotterdam (1973-1985)
– Assistant-manager cleaning company (1968-1972)
– Trainer-therapist, Communication, Conflict handling, Meditation and Therapy (1984-1987)
– Masters in Law LL.M. (1981-1986)