Coaches

Martin van Onna, CCO and Deputy CEO at Strohm
Martin van Onna holds a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from TU Delft and is member of the Advisory Board of the MCE Deepwater Development conference. Martin started Strohm, formerly Airborne Oil & Gas, in 2007. He developed the company from a business unit to independent and relocated firm, during which he moved to his current role of Chief Commercial Officer and, recently, Deputy CEO. During this time Martin developed and pioneered the disruptive Thermoplastic Composite Pipe technology, product development and introduction to the Oil & Gas and Renewables markets. Martin leads the sales, business development and marketing activities and is responsible for the growth of the company in the conventional business and market entry in the Renewables business. Prior to joining, Martin spent 8 years in the upstream business.

“During my time at Strohm I lived the life of pioneering new, disruptive technology and driving its adoption in a conservative market. Through this work I experienced the importance of a good market entry strategy, a client driven product development approach, a strong network and a relentless drive, for a startup company to succeed and grow. In addition, I am passionate about the Energy Transition and Renewables in general and am keen to share my experience with startups in this space. I therefore enjoy sharing my experience with start-ups at Buccaneer, helping new companies to succeed in this space.”





Leon Harland, Oceans of Energy / Okeanos / Orbis
Leon Harland brings more than 25 years of diverse risk management and leadership experience in the offshore energy industry in FPSO, FLNG, Pipelay / SURF and T&I segment. He started his career in 1994 as a research engineer at Shell. Few years later he joined SBM Offshore where he held various positions in engineering, project management and business development of turret mooring systems and FPSOs. Later on, he joined the Board of Heerema Marine Contractors as an Executive Director responsible for all commercial, engineering and R&D activities. Until recently, Leon was the Executive Director and CEO of Bumi Armada Berhad. Today, Leon is involved in Okeanos, an independent technical advisor to large financial institutions on sophisticated offshore assets. Furthermore, he is owner/director of a private investment vehicle that has the general aim to mobilise and leverage private capital, business experience and enthusiasm by investing into small to medium-size enterprises (SME) and to guide and support them on an engaged basis with a specific interest in energy transition.

"The offshore energy industry has taught and brought me a lot on many fronts and for which I am very grateful, particularly to the various great mentors that I had the privilege of working with. Helping scale-ups via the Buccaneer is a great way to pass on my "business lessons learned" to the younger talents. After all, passionate entrepreneurs that start a new business are essential to our industry and they deserve all the mentorship they can get."





Herard Buis, Sparring partner at Buccaneer Delft
Herard Buis studied at TU Delft at the Faculty of Electronics. With two fellow student assistants he started HedoN electronic developments in 1978 and received his master’s degree in 1980. As CEO he was involved in the start-up, scale-up and grow up phase of the company until it was sold in 2016. HedoN electronic developments specializes in development and production of electronic products for business to business and is mainly active in the field of measurements and control technology.
Always interested and passionate in technique and collaboration he has been co-founder of Technet Delft and as participant in “Kennisstad Delft” involved in the birth of YES-Delft. From 2015 he is active in de set-up and development of the location “Buccaneer Delft” and its activities.






Dolf Elsevier van Griethuysen, owner at E4energy.Solutions / De Rijke Noordzee / PUM
Dolf Elsevier van Griethuysen graduated as a Civil Engineer from TU Delft and as MBA from TU Twente. Dolf spent almost all his career in the construction industry, and is since the beginning of this century full time involved in offshore wind where he acquired a leading role in many Dutch and European groups to promote and propel the offshore wind sector and industry. After a long career in leading construction and contracting companies Dolf presently works as independent expert and is
happy to make his knowledge and experience available to next generations.