A personal note from our Founders Joep & Grace


Grace & Joep

Founders of Expat Academy

Grace came to the Netherlands more than 10 years ago as an Expat. She experienced how difficult it can be to start all over in a new country. She later married Joep, who helped her start a business and connect with expats from all over the world through creating a new Facebook group. Together, they launched Expat Academy to connect expats further and offer knowledge of the Netherlands, guidance and a sense of community.

Our Backgrounds

Business Coach

Joep van Deutekom

Joep van Deutekom is a lifelong entrepreneur with an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management. He is the founder of the 'Expat Opportunities' Facebook group and helps expats get clarity & drives revenue as their business coach.

Career Coach

Grace Ge

Grace came to the Netherlands as an expat more than a decade ago, and has worked in many senior HR roles. She uses this knowledge to help young professional expats find their dream job in the Netherlands.

We don't do this alone ...

Expat Academy thrives because it works with dozens of partners. Subject matter experts who want to help the expat community, such as coaches, teachers, trainers, and so on. Often with an expat background themselves. Check out our courses in the course section to learn more about them.