Tjapko Poppens

T.R. "Tjapko" Poppens (born 31 July 1970) is a Dutch politician serving as mayor of Amstelveen since 2019. A member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), he previously served as mayor of Wijk bij Duurstede from 2012 until 2019.[1]

Poppens in 2019


Poppens was born and grew up in the province of Groningen. He graduated in Economics of Agriculture and Environment at Wageningen University with a major in business and administration. He worked at KLM and became subsequently a corporate staff director of the municipality of Enschede.

From 2005 until 2012 he was a VVD councillor in Deventer, leading the VVD group since 2007.

In 2015 he also became chairman of the Dutch brewers, as successor of Hans Wiegel.[2]

Tjapko Poppens is married and father of three children.