The Smart-Ship Team
Smart-Ship is originally a family company founded by the brothers Roy (CEO) and Brent Kok (CFO), who combined their knowledge on tech, business and entrepreneurship. Later Smart-Ship's management team expanded with the addition of Jelle Tiemensma as CTO.
Roy Kok - Founder - CEO
As the founder of Smart-Ship Roy has a passion for technology and innovation. He received his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in July 2015 from Delft University of Technology, after which he continued with a double degree master program consisting of Offshore and Dredging Engineering, combined with the master program Biomechanical Design (focused on human machine interaction). After receiving his master’s degree with a mark of excellence, Roy founded Smart-Ship in September 2018. Entrepreneurship has always played a part of Roy’s life since his parents had a restaurant for over 20 years where Roy always worked in the weekends and during the holidays. Next to his professional ambitions Roy also likes to stay in shape by cycling, bootcamp, tennis and kitesurfing.
Brent Kok - Co-founder - CFO
Brent is the financial guy within Smart-Ship. In 2019 he concluded his master's degree in Economics of Taxation at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. After several student jobs in the financial sector he found his calling in Smart-Ship. At Smart-Ship he is responsible for Business Development, Raising Capital and Financial Compliance. Like Roy, Brent’s parents have been entrepreneurs for almost their entire lives and apparently they passed these genes onto their children. Next to his professional ambitions Brent is passionate about Dutch folk music and can be found in the Kuip on a regular basis.
Jelle Tiemensma - Co-founder - CTO
Jelle recently graduated at the Delft University of Technology in the field of Mechanical Engineering, with a background in Energy & Process technology. Within Smart-Ship, he will be focussing on the tech side of the enterprise. With his recent experience on gas turbines, data science and other engineering disciplines, Jelle is eager to learn from any field of work. Therefore, Smart-Ship is a logical first step in his career although the the maritime industry is new to him. He does not avoid challenges, both in a professional and personal capacity, as he can often be found on the bike, slopes or in the football stadium of his beloved RKC Waalwijk.