Areas of expertise
Security and Private Security Organisations
Small Business Organisations (family firms, ethnic entrepreneurship, leadership)
Religion and Business in Southeast Asia
Identity Work and Organisations
Ethnographic and qualitative Research
Membership of professional bodies
I am Co-Convenor of an EGOS (European Group for Organisational Studies) Standing Working Group on Organizational Ethnography in cooperation with VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands/Griffith Business School, Australia; Catholic University Milan, Italy; University of Essex, UK; Universite Paris Quest Nanterre, France; HEC Montreal, Canada; Oxford Brookes University. 2013-2017.
Examples of my engagement in professional advisory roles and knowledge exchange meetings (stakeholder dialogues, public debates and expert knowledge sharing) include:
Law enforcement and scenario-planning in the UK and Netherlands
Stakeholder workshops on imaginative scenario-planning in UK and Netherlands that address future security threats 
Maritime Law Enforcement Engagement Indonesia
Workshop to identify maritime security problems and practices. Focus group with representatives of Law enforcement agencies in Jakarta 
Coastal Community Leadership Engagement Indonesia
Workshop to identify transnational crime and problems with coastal community leaders from across Indonesia 
Agenda-setting Economic Development of Women in Southeast Asia
Invited Rapporteur for the Southeast Asia Strategic Forum 2016: “Women, Business, and Economic Growth in Southeast Asia. Oxford, 13 – 15 April 2016. University of Oxford in conjunction with the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2016 and Din Consultants. 
Academic-practitioner debate UK
Participation in International Workshop on Intersectionality and Migrant Entrepreneurship; University of Birmingham; ‘Intersectionality: What does it mean for practice’. 
Business Community Dissemination Workshop in Indonesia
Discussion of findings & exploring new research directions with representatives of the Indonesian Chinese Business community in Indonesia, i.e. business owners and managers. Based on a research project with NIOD research centre Amsterdam, and National University of Singapore Business School. Co-Funded by participating organisations as well as the publisher. 
Stakeholder and Practitioner Workshops in Cambodia
Part of integrated research programme: ‘Competing Hegemonies. Foreign-dominated processes of development in Cambodia’ funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Stakeholders taking part in the project range from civil society representatives (Youth Council of Cambodia, National Democratic Institute, Committee to Promote Women in Politics), International NGOs (Asia Development Bank, Friends International, Plan-International Cambodia) to the private sector such as Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA). Aim: building a sustainable network within the research programme to make the research practitioner informed, and capacity building. [2009 and 2010].
Practitioner Expert Meetings
Regional Expert Meeting Organiser for the Development Policy Review Network; Regional Expert Meeting on Southeast Asia & Oceania. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands. Participating experts: NGO’s (practitioners), ministries of Foreign Affairs and Development Aid (policy makers) and academics. Aim: building bridges for cooperation and knowledge sharing among experts to tackle urgent problems that hamper development in Southeast Asia. [2005 and 2007].
Local dialogues on Sustainable Development
Interaction with local government (Tilburg Province) on dissemination of research results: public debates & stakeholder dialogues on sustainable development, including an UNESCO (Management of Social Transformation Programme) expert meeting. Aim: make sustainable development and integral part of all stakeholders in the local community and inspire research from bottom-up. [2000 and 2001]
Conference Convening and International Conference/Panel Organisation (selection)
• Panel Organizer (Convenors: Frans Kamsteeg & Harry Wels, Sierk Ybema (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam); Steven Robbins (Stellenbosch University); Juliette Koning (Oxford Brookes University): ‘Critical Investigative Ethnography in Organizations’. 12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium: Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty. The University of Manchester, 29th August - 1st September 2017.
• Panel organizer (with S. Ybema & M. van Hulst) Copenhagen Business School. Organizational Ethnography Long Shots and Close Ups. EGOS 2017.
• Co-convenor of the 11th Organization Studies Summer Workshop, organized by Organization Studies theme: In search of new meanings in times of crisis: Re-imagining the spiritual and symbolic dimension of organizations and organizing. Mykonos. 2016
• Co-Convenor EGOS Standing Working Group on Organizational Ethnography in cooperation with VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands/Griffith Business School, Australia; Catholic University Milan, Italy; University of Essex, UK; Universite Paris Quest Nanterre, France; HEC Montreal, Canada; Oxford Brookes University. 2013-2016.
• Panel organizer with Professor Jana Costas (Germany) at EGOS 2016 Naples, Italy: The Power of Organizational Ethnography. 2016.
• Stream organiser. APROS/EGOS Conference: Organizational Ethnography and the Challenges of Social Space. CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies) UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia. 9-11 December 2015.
• Invited workshop leader and organiser for the Organizational Learning and Knowledge Conference in Milan, March 2015.
• Panel Organiser. Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2014 (University of Oxford, UK) Small and Medium Enterprises and Value Creation in Southeast Asia, March 2014.
• Panel Organiser. Panel EGOS Colloquium (Helsinki, Finland): Organizational Anthropology and Ethnography: Culture, Context, and Camera. 2012.
• Conference Organiser. Organiser International Conference Chinese Indonesian Businesses in the 21st Century: Historical and Contemporary Dynamics at Atma Jaya University Yogyakarta, Indonesia (with NIOD Amsterdam, NUS Business School Singapore). 2011.
• Panel Organiser. Identity and Mobility in Southeast Asia; 5th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS5); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2007.
• International Panel Organiser. “Diaspora Entrepreneurs: Religion, Ethnicity and Business Networks in Southeast Asia”; ICAS4; Shanghai, China. 2005
• Co-organiser of the Interdisciplinary International Conference on “Human Security@20: Past Experiences and Future Prospects”; Oxford Brookes University (HSS and Business School). 2014
• Convenor PDW. Paper Development Workshop for early career scholars on ‘New ways of writing organizational ethnography’, EGOS 2013 and EGOS 2014.
• International Conference Chair. The 6th International Conference on Services Management: Managing Services across Continents. Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility; Cyprus. 2013
• Invited convenor: Two-day workshop for staff on local entrepreneurship in Indonesia; Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Economics; Atma Jaya University Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 2007.
International Conference Presentations (selection)
• Constructing a Spiritual Research Method in Management and Organisation Research: the case of the Quakers. Leadership, Spirituality & Education 18-20 May 2017, University of Arkansas. The 2017 Conference for the International Association of Management, Spirituality and Religion (paper presented by Nicolas Burton, Northumbria University).
• No Time for Silence; Narratives of Sustainability. 12th International Conference on Organizational Discourse; VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July
• Lost in Space while Locating the Field. Organisational Ethnography in and for Entrepreneurship Research. APROS/EGOS 2015: Organizational Ethnography and the Challenges of Social Space. UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. December
• Moral Economy? Identity-work in Pentecostal-charismatic organizations in Indonesia. International book seminar on Emerging Moral Economies in Southeast Asia, IISMM, Institute for the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies, part of the EHESS Paris, June
• Sustainism: Sustainable Experiences as Faith? (with Can Seng Ooi) International Research Collaboration Conference, Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Business, Oxford. June
• Ethnography and Embodiment. Sub-theme 15 (SWG) Organizational Ethnography. 29th EGOS Colloquium. HEC, Universite de Montreal, Canada. July
• Charismatic Christianity and Identity Formation in Southeast Asia. Panel Religious Revivals in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia Studies Symposium, University of Oxford, UK. March
• Awkward Moments and Ethnography. Paper Symposium: Reflexivity and Crafting Research Narratives. Academy of Management, Boston, USA. August
• Beyond the Boundaries of Business? Social Anthropology and the Study of Small Businesses; Sub-theme 32: Organizational Anthropology: Culture and Context. 28th EGOS Colloquium, Aalto University & Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland. July
• Closeness and Distance, Body and Emotions: Participating, Observing Organisational Life in Pentecostal-charismatic Communities. Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference on Embodiment, Imagination, and Meaning, University of New Mexico, USA. April
• Ethnic Chinese Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia: Questions of Generations, Ethnic Identity and the Rise of China. Joint Burgundy Business School & Oxford Brookes Business School Conference, Dijon, France. May
• Business and Religious Networks: The Pentecostal-charismatic Experience among Chinese Indonesians. Conference on Religion and Economy in a Global World, 31st International Society for the Study of Religion, Aix-en-Provence, France. June
• Awkward Ethnographic Encounters: Reflexivity and its Discomforts. 26th EGOS Colloquium; Sub-theme 11: Organizational Ethnography: Assessing its Impact. Lisbon, Portugal. July
• Inclusion and Exclusion: Religious Experiences of ‘Born Again’ Chinese Indonesian Entrepreneurs. 6th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS6), Daejeon, Korea.
• Awkward Ethnographic Encounters: Reflexivity and its Discomforts. 4th Annual Ethnography Symposium, University of Liverpool, UK.
• Ethnic Chinese Entrepreneurship; Stakeholder Involvement in Processes of Local Development. International seminar on Changing Approaches to Development in Cambodia. Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Phnom Penh.
• Gifts of the Spirit? Chinese Indonesians, the State, and Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity. International conference on Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict. Asia Research Institute, National University Singapore, Singapore.
• Proud to be Chinese? A Transforming China and Chinese Indonesians. International conference on Implications of a Transforming China: Domestic, Regional and Global Impacts. Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
• After the Narrative. Conversion, Entrepreneurship, and Ethnic Chinese Businessmen in Indonesia. 22nd EGOS Colloquium. Sub-theme: Doing Organizational Ethnographies and other Interpretive Methods: Issues and Concerns. University of Bergen, Norway.
I have been active as:
* Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Culture, Organization and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
* Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
* Affiliated Academic Coordinator Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Research Project on Social Security, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
* Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Social Sciences, Law and Governance Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
I have held visiting roles at:
* Business School, National University Singapore.
* Singapore Management University.
* Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
* Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Atma Jaya University Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
* Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, New Haven, USA.
• Guest editor special issue Organization Studies (with M. Fotaki and Y. Altman) Spirituality, Symbolism and Storytelling (2017/2018)
• Guest-editor special issue East Asia: An International Quarterly (with Can Seng Ooi) The Business of Identity (2007)
• Open Access Journal Editor: Asia Matters; Business, Culture and Theory (2012-2015)
• Editorial Board: The Service Industries Journal (since 2017)
• Editorial Board: Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (since 2015)
• Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Routledge Series on Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance (since 2014)