Gert Jan Hofstede
Gert Jan Hofstede was born in 1956, in optimistic times. Europe was rebuilding itself after the Second World War. New housing appeared everywhere. There were children everywhere you looked. Working hard towards a better world was the name of the game.
Gert Jan is an active researcher, a committed teacher, and - at least that is what people tell him - an inspiring teacher. He is the founder of Silico Centre Wageningen ('Let's meet in Silico!), and an advocate of agent-based modelling as a means of clarifying the complexity and dynamics of socio-ecological and socio-technical systems.
Pronouncing Gert Jan’s name
Pronouncing Gert Jan's name can be challenging for people who are used to English. The more so because the vowel differs from Geert's.
- The Dutch 'G' sounds like the Scottish 'loch', in between 'g' and 'h'.
- 'Gert' is pronounced 'Chaert', with the same vowel sound as 'red'. It is NOT pronounced like 'burp'.
- 'Jan' sounds like 'hard', not like 'man'. The 'J' is pronounced like a Y.
- 'Hofstede', written phonetically, would look like 'Hofstayder'.
So we get 'Chaert Yan Hofstayder'.