The Koentact team

Our team is composed of four young professionals who love languages, cultures and making new international friends. We put every effort into making foreigners feel welcome in the Netherlands.



My name is Timo Bruinsma and I’m responsible for the financial, legal and strategy aspects at Koentact. I studied Business Studies and Psychology in Amsterdam, but I was born in Limburg, which is the most southern province of the Netherlands.
Taking pride in my southern background, I’m quite a ‘bon-vivant’ and I love a good glass of Scotch. Besides my own culture, I love the American culture, especially American sports and late night shows. So yes, I did follow the Super Bowl in the middle of the night!

I enjoy working in a small team and Koentact’s international environment suits me perfectly. For me it’s very inspiring to meet all those internationals who have their personal stories and reasons why they have moved to the Netherlands.

If you have any questions for example about getting an invoice for your company, you can always send me an email.

Work hard, play hard!



My name is Koen Gijzel and I am the founder of Koentact. I studied French and Dutch linguistics in Amsterdam and Paris, and started Koentact in 2009. I was born in Utrecht and I have been living in Amsterdam since 2003, still passionately support my home football team FC Utrecht though!

One of my favorite places in Amsterdam is the market, from Dappermarkt to Noordermarkt, on account of the enormous variety of different cultures and great foods that you find here side by side.
I love listening to French rap music, studying Arabic, making my own ravioli, going to classical concerts and cycling on my racer in the great nature around the city.

I am fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful and interesting people and I love connecting those people to each other. In my opinion learning Dutch is actually the perfect excuse for internationals to simply enjoy themselves, network and meet new people in Amsterdam.

See you soon!


TeachersOur teaching team is composed of young and enthusiastic language and culture specialists. Our teachers are carefully selected and will make sure you are fully engaged at all times. At Koentact, new students are always encouraged to tell their teachers why they wish to learn a new language (and to tell them their hobbies, interests and how they would like to apply their newly-gained knowledge) and bring any questions they might have to the lessons. Our teachers are always happy to teach their students exactly what they wish to learn.