BiD Network Foundation | Director | Amsterdam Netherlands
I am the founder and director of BiD Network, the world's largest online community for emerging market SMEs, coaches and investors. BiD Network has helped start over 300 SMEs and has advised 9000+ entrepreneurs on their businesses. The community has over 35,000 members.
I am founder of Dutch Design in Development - a foundation that helps producers in developing countries redesign their products for western markets.
I am the author and publisher of the world's first guide for venture capital for developing countries.
I am founder of Unseenproducts.com a fair trade retailer in top end design products for European consumers.
I developed the MDG Scan www.mdgscan.com to measure the
I have helped set up one of Japan's leading ERP software firms, and have been general manager of EcoSecurities: the world's largest originator in Carbon Credits (CDM).
My home in the forests of Holland, skimming with a kite over the surface of ocean waves and the mountains of Ladakh, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina.
1. That we stop funneling money from North to South, and start cultivating a generation of informal investors that love to finance SMEs in their own countries;
2. That all the energy that goes into microfinance is invested into SME finance.
3. To solve the straightjacket that banks are in, so that they will finance SMEs on a massive scale.
4. To grow the middle classes in developing countries.
Director www.bidnetwork.org 2004-present
Founder www.Unseenproducts.com 2007
Founder www.ddid.nl 2005
Founder www.mdgscan.com 2005
Programme manager NCDO 2003-2007
General Manager www.ecosecurities.com 1999-2002
Founder www.fairVentures.nl 1997-2000
Consultant at Atos Origin - Japan & Asia 1995-1998
ICT Consultant www.fairtradeoriginal.nl 1992-1995
Researcher www.ids.ac.uk 1992