I am a 2nd generation Dutch-Indo born in Amsterdam and raised in Amersfoort which is where my parents settled shortly after repatriating to the Netherlands from Indonesia. My mother was born in Bandjarmasin, Borneo (Indonesia) to a Dutch-Indo mother of Portuguese Dutch and Jewish ancestry.

My father was born in Meester Cornelius, Indonesia to an Indo-Dutch mother who was born in Poerworedjo, Indonesia. He was KNIL and a POW who spent time at Hitachi in Ibaraki, 100 miles East from Tokyo. My paternal grandfather was born in Amersfoort, Netherlands and moved to Indonesia when he was a toddler.

My past career includes technology system software training, troubleshooting, program and document development and a good number of years as a travel and meeting planner for large corporations. From the Middle East to Asia, I handled complex global accounts as well as training and coaching of personnel.  I developed the ability to create above and beyond relationships with clients as well as having travelled all over the world.

I have been on TIP’s email list since 2011 and the wealth of information, support and subsequent resources and knowledge gained has been invaluable to me. Memories of my early childhood are flooding back in droves and Indonesian (Malay) words that were spoken by my parents are returning to my memory bank.

I now have a deep desire to return the energy to TIP and hopefully help it to reach its potential and beyond.