Kees Koolen joined EQT Partners in February 2015 as a Partner and Co-Head of EQT Ventures, Amsterdam. Prior to joining EQT Partners, from 1997 until 2014 Mr. Koolen was an angel investor, COO, CEO and COB at Booking.com. Mr. Koolen was instrumental in transforming Booking.com from a small Dutch start-up to the biggest hotel booking site in the world.
Mr. Koolen is an early stage investor and advisor to Uber International. Previously Mr. Koolen has been an active investor in a large number of internet start-ups and served as an independent management consultant from 1988 until 1998. Mr. Koolen holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Fontys Hogescholen and studied a Technical MBA at the University of Twente in Enschede.