Step into the Light

Step into the Light

Aartie is known for building diverse yet strong teams and is well aware that women and people of colour are a vast minority in her industry; especially at the very top. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Aartie’s Indian-Surinamese parents instilled hard work and discipline in her. She learned at a young age that life […]

The Journey Never Ends

Born to Surinamese parents, Julien had quite the culturally diverse upbringing in the city of Amsterdam. His friends came from different walks of life, which impacted him in ways that serve him to this day. He found himself absorbing and unpacking different behavioural traits from a very young age. This is where the foundation for […]

The Price of Success

Born and raised on Curaçao, Ference moved to the Netherlands at the age of 18 to pursue a degree in Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He started out his career in investment banking working for MeesPierson before doing an eight-year stint that ended with his promotion to Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in […]

Owning Your Narrative

A very open and honest conversation with Curaçao born, Netherlands raised – global citizen Sue Stephens, who currently resides in Singapore. As Facebook’s Country Lead for Business Growth in Malaysia, Sue helps her team scale their impact through digital adoption. She has spent the last fifteen years building her industry experience, spanning across various job […]

The Line is Never Straight

Born in Hong Kong, Robert moved to England when he was only 4 years old. He had a challenging childhood growing up in a small English town as an ethnic minority where cultural and language barriers were prominent. Those formative years taught him to navigate between cultures, which has served him well in his career. […]

Forging your own Path

Known for being empathic, versatile and a problem solver, Dessi wears several hats at IHS Markit across the Legal function and serves as the Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) for the organisation globally. She is never one to shy away from a new set of challenges. From her perspective, each responsibility undertaken […]

Leading with Compassion

Gyzlene moved to the Netherlands from Morocco at the age of nine to live with her mother who had immigrated a few years prior. Up until then, she lived with her grandmother – her biggest role model who instilled lifelong values in her. The lessons continued when she moved to Holland; an entirely new environment […]

Everything you need is already inside you

It is our pleasure to introduce Willem Pennings, a highly energetic and positive go-getter who believes in the power of people and teams. He hails from the Netherlands, but has been working at BTS Europe in London for the last 13 years. Willem is grateful for the opportunities and tough lessons he received throughout his […]