Experience & Career

I am a Master in Bio-engineering (KULeuven, 2003) but my professional career went beyond that: I was a public servant in land management, agricultural economist in development cooperation, project coordinator in spatial planning, web editor and web manager at a monthly magazine and data journalist at a national news paper. However, two things are shared between all my jobs: communication and working with numbers, data and maps.

Freelance Data Designer

2017 - present

From January 2017 on I am a freelance data journalist, visualizer and consultant.

Data journalist at Mediafin (De Tijd & L'Echo)

2014 - 2016

I looked for stories hidden in data and told them with charts and maps. I produced static and interactive graphics and assisted the print papers graphics desk with data driven visualizations. I designed and developed news apps for readers and tools for editors in the newsroom. I gave trainings on data journalims, data visualization and mapping.

Webmaster at

2010 - 2014

I managed the content and technology of, the website of the (then) monthly magazine MO* on international politics. I experimented with new forms of digital storytelling, data journalism and data visualization. I managed the transformation of the website (design, architecture and functionality) when the magazine pivoted to digital first and became a quarterly.

Project coordinator

2008 - 2010

I coordinated a spatial planning programme on forest extension and water management, spanning the surface area of 3 Flemish municipalities. I coordinated different planning processes and tried to implement them on the ground, working with local officials, civil servants, forest owners, nature conservationists and land owners.

Agricultural economist

2006 - 2008

I evaluated agricultural development projects with small scale farmers and indigenous people, working in one of the bigger development ngo's in Bolivia. I collected and reported income data based on interviews and supported the ngo's activities by making maps.

Public servant

2004 - 2006

Initially, I supported land management projects by providing GIS support. Later on, I assessed the impact of those projects on farmers by conducting desktop analysis and collecting field data, mostly interviews with farmers.

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Maarten Lambrechts

+32 488 242 996

Koningin Astridlaan 65
3290 Diest