Scouting plays an important role in my life: it helped building my character and gave me the foundations for my current life. I was only 10 years old when my father sent me to the Sea Scouts to become a Cub Scout. I wasn’t really eager to go, but, fortunately, it only took me a few weeks to become enthusiastic. From that moment I have been an active Sea Scout.
I followed my sea legs by joining the Royal Dutch Navy as an Officer cadet. Ten years I have worked there. On my departure I joined the Royal Dutch Navy Officers Reserve Corps, which I am still part of, and started my job at the Dutch ING Bank & Insurances. After several years of banking I drastically changed my career and chose to become first Deputy Director and later Director of the Kandersteg International Scout Centre. I had a great time in Kandersteg and got the opportunity to develop the Centre in several ways. One of the highlights is the birth of the Kander-Lodge and the constant increase of numbers of Scouts from all over the world visiting the Centre.
Having finished those jobs I felt the need for a new challenge: the World Scout Foundation in Geneva, where I started as Deputy Director at the end of 2010. A challenging job in which I meet a lot of interesting people and travel around the world in order to reach the WSF goals of indirectly contributing to more and better Scouting for more young people worldwide.
Next to this role I am still a Scouting volunteer, because I think it is important to guide youngsters on their path discovering the world of Scouting. And why not using my lifetime Scouting experience to contribute in that area, too?