• Team

    We are passionate about innovation in media

    Rick van Dijk

    Founder and Program Manager

    Rick van Dijk graduated as an economist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After working at several hospitals, he started working at the Dutch Journalism Fund in 1999. He was responsible for the internal organization and the decision making process around grant applications. His main interests on a professional level are: technology & innovation, media & journalism and business & economics and the link between them. In 2016 Rick founded MediaMatters.


    Contact Rick via +31624632249 or [email protected].

    Bert Kok

    Co-founder and Business Manager

    Bert is a seasoned media professional who knows how to bring content, technology and business together in an effective way. He has a background in journalism and worked for newspapers, radio, magazines and the Dutch news agency ANP. Bert's passion has always been innovation in media. His ambition is to constantly push the digital transformation of the media industry and to help create a sustainable future for this business. Bert holds an Executive MBA in Crossmedia.


    Contact Bert via +31682775092 or [email protected].


    Esmee Haag

    Communications Manager

    Esmee is a student at the NHL in Leeuwarden where she studies Communication & Multimedia Design. She has a passion for Design Thinking, innovation and branding. Esmee will join the MediaMatters team for five months with these passions. She is most inspired to bring media companies and startups together and show them how they could work together and what they can do for each other.


    Contact Esmee via: +31637373654 or [email protected]

    Bernjan Aalberts

    Event Manager

    Bernjan is an enthusiastic Media and Entertainment (Leeuwarden) student with a passion for events, innovation, music and film. He will support the MediaMatters team for 10 months, taking care of matters concerning events and communication. Bernjan is interested in startups and how these companies can strengthen media companies with new, innovative solutions.


    Contact Bernjan via: +31647082711 or bernjan@mediamatters.vc

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