Nick Ottens



Columnist and Reporter, Wynia’s Week

Jul 2021 – Present

Write about Dutch energy, housing, labor and migration policy as well as the politics of Spain and the United States.

Founder, Atlantic Sentinel

Nov 2009 – Present

Blog and newsletter about American, Dutch, French and Spanish politics.

Prize Competition Designer (Health), XPRIZE

Mar 2021 – Jan 2022

Designed four $30M to $65M prize competitions to incentivize breakthrough innovation in home care, medical imaging and mental health.

Project Manager, XPRIZE

Jun 2018 – Jan 2022

Opinion Journalist (Spain), NRC

Mar 2017 – Jun 2021

Wrote columns from Barcelona about the politics and attempted breakaway of Catalonia.

Political Risk Analyst (Europe), GeoQuant

Oct 2017 – May 2018

Project Manager, School of International Futures

Apr – Sep 2017

Project Manager, Wikistrat

Jan 2014 – Feb 2017

Contributing Analyst, Wikistrat

Apr 2011 – Jan 2014

Europe Correspondent, The Prague Post

Jan – Jul 2013

Foreign Desk Intern, EW Magazine

Mar – Jun 2012


MPhil History of European Expansion and Globalization, Leiden University

2009 – 2011

Thesis: Britain’s Nineteenth-Century War on Terror

BA History, Leiden University

2006 – 2009

Thesis: Causes of the First Anglo-Afghan War


Nick’s outstanding analytical abilities and commitment have enabled him to take on increasingly difficult challenges with significant success. His strategic mindset enables him to always see a situation from a bird’s-eye view and map out situations in ways that help the project’s execution process.
Shay Hershkovitz

Dr. Shay Hershkovitz

Head of Research, XPRIZE

Nick’s capabilities go well beyond the organization skills and competencies required of a program manager — he is also a thoughtful political analyst in his own right, consistently adding insight and vision to all the projects we have worked on together. He’s a rare talent and I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Douglas Olin

Douglas Olin

Former Director, Eurasia Group

Nick is always on-time, responding immediately to every issue, and taking care of things politely and with great tact.
Roey Tzezana

Dr. Roey Tzezana

Senior Researcher, XPRIZE

Nick is an excellent communicator over a wide variety of media and his meticulous attention to detail created a productive and efficient work environment.
Randy Cheek

Randy Cheek

Africa-Global Health Analyst

Nick is an exceptional analyst and writer with keen geopolitical insights.
Carl Forkner

Dr. Carl Forkner

Lead Analyst, Wikistrat

Nick always communicated objectives clearly and helped everyone on the team realize those objectives. He proved adept at navigating challenges in a way that kept everyone engaged and productive.
Sean Goforth

Sean Goforth

Business Journalist