John Poppelaars is Senior Manager and Practice leader of the Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence unit of BearingPoint in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In this role John acts as senior advisor, analytics expert, programme manager and project leader. John is a specialist in the field of Analytics and Operations Research and a passionate proponent of its use as a key business enabler. Throughout his career, he has applied the business maxim of 'improving decision-making quality' to numerous projects across a myriad of industries and supported his clients to optimise their businesses with the best suitable analytics techniques.

During his consulting career John has been taking on roles as advisor, analytics expert, programme manager, process improvement consultant and project manager.  John was awarded the 2012 Franz Edelman Award for this work on the development and enhancement of TNT Express' analytical capabilities which resulted in substantial savings.

John is an advisor to The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam Econometrics master programme, the Dutch Science Center Nemo and is regularly invited to guest lecture at various universities and conferences. Furthermore, he has created a blog titled, 'OR at Work', where he writes about the practical application of analytics in business.

John earned a Master's degree in Econometrics (1990) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and is INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional.


  • Jury member of the EURO Excellence in Practice Award

    2017 – Present
  • ORTEC Consulting Group

    2014 – 2015
    Director Business Analytics
  • Member of the INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model committee

    2014 – 2015
  • Advisor to the Operations Research and Quantitative Logistics master program of the Erasmus University

    2013 – Present
  • Advisor to the Dutch science centre Nemo in Amsterdam for the mathematics exposition World of Shapes

    2013 – 2014
  • Program Committee member for the OR2013 conference

    2012 – 2013
  • Member of the board of the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research

    2011 – 2015
  • ORTEC Consulting Group

    2011 – 2014
    Director Consulting
  • Founding member of the European Decisions Professionals Network

    2010 – Present
  • ORTEC bv

    2009 – 2011
    Principal Consultant Logistics, Supply Chain Optimization and Risk Analysis
  • Chairman of the Dutch Operations Research Society

    2007 – 2015
  • ORTEC bv

    2007 – 2009
    Business development manager Logistics and Supply Chain Optimization
  • ORTEC bv

    2004 – 2007
    Manager Business Healthcare business unit
  • ORTEC bv

    2002 – 2004
    Manager Business Human Resource Planning and Scheduling business unit
  • ORTEC Finance BV

    2000 – 2002
    Senior consultant Asset Liability Management for (health) insurers and pension funds

    1990 – 2000
    Various consulting roles
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The value of data is not a result from its size nor composition but from our ability to use it to change our decisions

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