An engineer by training and a self-taught behavioral psychologist, Paul is the founder and CEO of van Essche & Associates, an independent management consulting firm based in New York, with presence in several other major cities worldwide. He is an expert in managing change, and helps companies and organizations adapt to and get the best out of new ideas, technologies and practices, in an ethically and environmentally responsible manner.
Paul has thirty years management experience in the public and private sectors, and has realized quantum improvements in multiple industries in over twenty countries, including with blue-chips such as Société Générale de Surveillance, Nestlé, Swiss Re, Citibank, Japan Tobacco, Philip Morris, DuPont, Alstom, and E.ON.
In the non-profit area, Paul has applied his skills to help several international organizations such as The International Air Transport Association (IATA), The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), The International Labour Organization, (ILO), The World Health Organization (WHO), The International Organization for Migration (IOM), The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the United Nations.
Paul is an advocate for sustainable development and responsible corporate practices. He is trained in industrial health and safety, and has helped several clients implement environmentally respectful practices. He is also a guest contributor to The Constellation Research Group.
At the moment, Paul's consulting activities are focussed on a number of start-up companies in the finance, bio-tech, agri-tech and food-and-beverage sectors, two of which he is incubating and leading as acting CEO. More details here. In the background he manages the legacy and estate of his grandfather, the painter Maurice van Essche, and also devotes time to the non-profit development organization Sikhule.
In addition, Paul combines his concern for humanity and the environment with his passion for cooking and baking. He is well-versed in organic agriculture and the farm-to-table movement, and is a member of the Stone Barns Centre for Food and Agriculture.