Purpose of the Advisory Board
The Advisory Board is an essential link to the broader business community and provides strategic direction for the organisation. The experience and invaluable expertise they bring has already infused the WBII with new energy and direction and we are grateful for their support.
WBII Advisory Board Members
Suzy Ogé – Founder of The Women’s Business Initiative International
Suzy Ogé is the Founder of The Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII). In 2007, she subsequently launched Your Future Today, a Career Empowerment Program for young women entering the workforce.
Suzy has extensive business operations experience in the U.S., Europe, and now Asia. She initially came to Europe in 1998 for the start up of Ben Nederland B.V. (now T-Mobile) and then became Director of European Operations for SBC Communications (now AT&T) based in Brussels.
Suzy is Founder and Managing Partner at The Dendrite Group; a dynamic, multi-disciplined and globally experienced consultancy. Suzy works with entrepreneurs, corporate teams and individuals to infuse the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation into their work. Now based in Indonesia, Suzy Leads the Business Development and Program Management activities in Asia, with a special interest in the sectors driving development and growth in the region. The Dendrite Group is currently working with clients on the acceleration of renewable energy and sustainable development.
Suzy has taught Entrepreneurship, Business and Communication courses at several Universities in the Netherlands, mentored student run start-ups, and is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker at other universities, organizations and corporations on the topics of Entrepreneurship, Success, Women in Business, Cross-cultural Management, and Communication.
Charlene Lambert – Webster University
Charlene Lambert is an Adjunct Professor in International Business and Marketing at Webster University in The Netherlands.
Charlene was instrumental in setting up the Women’s Business Initiative International.
Toon Buddingh – Renowned Cluster Innovation Guru
Toon Buddingh is a renowned Innovation Guru.
After his study Technische geophisica at the University of Delft and a traineeship of three years at Stork NV Toon fully committed himself to entrepreneurship.
With his company BVIT innovatienetwerk he has established five clusters for starting entrepreneurs. Now, 5 years later, he has managed through these clusters to coach nearly 75 starters into a successful business.
Part of the BVIT is an investment company, a placement agency for students and a consultancy company.
Godelijn Boonman – Partner of GMW Advocaten
Godelijn is partner of GMW Advocaten. She was born and raised in Kenya and is a native English speaker. Godelijn studied in Utrecht for five years and then started working when she was 22 at a big firm Wladimiroff & Spong. Her next career move was becoming a partner at GMW Advocaten. GMW Advocaten now exists 20 years and has 25 lawyers.
GMW is what you call a full-service office. Companies can usually find the legal speciality within our walls. In general the expertise of GMW is: Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, ICT, Real Estate Law, Employment Law (expertise Godelijn), Family and Inheritance Law, Criminal Law and Administrative Law.
GMW’s national and international clients are mainly companies, with the exception of employees in the employment section and private people in the family section (especially divorce). The company range is from middle big to big.
GMW advocaten is very much internationally orientated and they like to work for international companies and expats/foreigners.
Inge Zweerts de Jong – ZJHT Risk and Insurance Specialists BV
Inge Zweerts de Jong is an insurance consultant whose specialties include liability insurances for Foundations, Clubs and Companies as well as professional indemnity and director and officers liability. ZJHT Risk and Insurance Specialists also specialise in all kind of Art and personal insurance and can organise pensions too.
Sinéad Hewson – TpEBO
TpEBO facilitates sessions so individuals, teams and organisations address problems, solve them and ultimately perform at a higher level. The company, owned by Sinead Hewson, works internationally with entrepreneurs and multi-nationals.
Success: When a client recognises progress; is ready to move on; is happy with their business and / or personal life. We then go our separate ways knowing that the door is open when it’s time to refocus in the future.