Minds of Tomorrow (MoT) is het mentorprogramma van de DBRT Zürich waarbij young professionals gekoppeld worden aan executives die actief zijn in het Zwitserse bedrijfsleven met als doel de carrière en persoonlijke ontwikkeling te stimuleren.

Over een periode van 1 jaar wordt er op individuele basis gewerkt aan persoonlijke, professionele en leiderschapsdoelstellingen. De DBRT hanteert strikte selectiecriteria en ondersteunt mentoren als ook mentees gedurende het traject om het succes van het programma te waarborgen. Het programma sluit naadloos aan op de ambitie van de DBRT om meer te betekenen voor young professionals en de uitwisseling tussen junioren en senioren te stimuleren.

In 2018 zijn we gestart met 10 mentoren en 18 mentees. Elke maand stellen de mentoren tijd beschikbaar voor persoonlijk overleg en begeleiding met 1-3 mentees. Het aantal mentoren en mentees groeit ieder jaar! Wij danken de mentoren voor hun belangeloze inzet.

Voorwaarden voor deelname

Om voor 2022 in aanmerking te komen voor een positie als mentee, dien je te voldoen aan een aantal voorwaarden, waarvan je de belangrijkste hieronder vindt: 

Minds of Tomorrow 2022 is gesloten. In december 2022 start de aanmelding voor Minds of Tomorrow 2023. 

De mentoren van Minds of Tomorrow 2022

Hieronder vind je het voorlopige overzicht van onze mentoren die zich voor 2022 geheel belangeloos inzetten voor onze Young Professionals. 

Jelte Waardenburg

Head of Compliance International, platforms and distribution

Over the last 20 years, Jelte has worked in different markets in Europe, South Africa, Australia and Asia. Starting his professional career at PwC in the Netherlands, he went on a secondment to Cape town (South Africa) and subsequently on an assignment to Sydney in 2006. He was responsible for leading and managing strategic clients in addition to provision of non-audit related services relating to valuation of financial instruments, regulation, risk management, capital market transactions.

With his transfer in 2012 to Westpac Banking Corporation (SEC listed, 2nd largest Bank in Australia) he deepened his international banking experience. He had a variety of roles as Internal Audit, Head of Business Risk and Risk & Control management in Australia and for the past 6 years in Singapore. Outside of his role he is active as a non-executive advisor in the blockchain / digital asset and RegTech domain. He now works for Vontobel Bank AG as Head of Compliance International, platforms and distribution.

Jelte has a results-oriented business mindset, in addition to strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.

Jelte is an alumnus from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Master of Economics) and holds a Post Graduate Degree as a Chartered Accountant (CA) and AML Specialist (ACAMS).

Marianne Mulder


In haar huidige functie richt Marianne zich op strategische marketing projecten en business development projecten binnen de diagnostische product groep Point of Care, dit zijn diagnostische devices die aan het bed van de patient gebruikt worden en door Roche ontwikkeld en verkocht worden.

Voordat Marianne bij het hoofdkantoor van Roche Diagnostics aan de slag ging heeft zij voor het lokale kantoor van Roche in Nederland gewerkt als Product Manager. Daarvoor heeft Marianne meerdere jaren gewerkt in sales en marketing functies binnen de farmaceutische industrie.

Als International Marketing Manager is Marianne gespecialiseerd in alles wat met product/marketing management te maken heeft: van product ontwikkeling, business development, marketing en sales tot trainen en workshops ontwikkelen voor en met klanten. Het geven van presentaties op internationale bijeenkomsten, bezoeken van klanten om meer inzicht te krijgen in de wensen en benodigdheden om een toekomst visie en strategie te kunnen ontwikkelen voor het product portfolio. Marianne heeft haar drs titel behaald in de Sociale Psychologie en daarnaast diverse marketing en business cursussen gevolgd.

Pierre Girardin


Curiosity and contribution to sustainable development have guided Pierre’s career across very different roles and geographies. After a study of mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich, worked in Africa, did an MBA at INSEAD and joined McKinsey & Co in Amsterdam where he became a partner. Later he joined TNT Logistics, which later became CEVA Logistics. After 18 years at CEVA Logistics, Pierre decided to free up time to research supply chain sustainability and advise selected clients. In 2021 he joined Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates, a globally renowned Advisory Boutique that exclusively focusses on top Executive and Non-Executive searches.

People are at the core of every success. It’s not only about picking the right person for the right job, but also about supporting and coaching talented individuals to grow. The ultimate legacy of a leader is the strength of the team who takes over.

Born and raised in Switzerland, Pierre spent 32 years abroad, of which 28 in The Netherlands, before returning to his native country in 2017.

Gijs Hilgers

CFO, Banking & Fintech

Gijs Hilgers has almost 20 years of experience in Financial Services. He spent most of his career at ABNAMRO in a broad variety of roles, covering Sales, Strategy and Finance. Most recently Gijs was the CFO of ABNAMRO`s Commercial Bank, the business lines that serves SME and Corporate Clients. Next to his CFO role, he was a non-executive Board Member at New10, ABNAMRO`s digital SME Bank.

Early 2019 Gijs moved to Zürich with his wife and 3 children. Currently, he works as an independent consultant and a Sr. Advisor to zeb Consulting. His clients are mainly Global Financial Institutions which he supports addressing Finance related issues and digital and agile transformation challenges. Gijs is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Zürich International School.

Reinier Labadie


Executive with more than 25 years of successful international management and consulting experience. Proven track record in the development and management of international markets and global accounts in a complex and multidisciplinary service environment. Passionate about true client service and about leadership development.

Strategic thinker and networker with strong interpersonal/intercultural and communication skills. Transformational leadership coach and Managing Partner of TPC Leadership Switzerland.

Functional expertise includes strategic planning, organizational transformation, process optimization, internal audit and risk management as well as compliance. Deep understanding of the fast-moving consumer goods and the high-tech sectors.

René Koets

Partner, Head of Management Consulting

René is a Partner in Enterprise Applications and responsible for the Data & Analytics services in KPMG Switzerland. René has extensive experience in large technology enabled transformation projects that are ERP or Infrastructure related. Within these projects, René played various roles, such as program and project manager, subject matter expert and Quality Assurance lead. He has significant experience in successfully turning around struggling projects.

René was guest lecturer ‘IT Project Management & Project Quality assurance’ at the executive master program of the University of Amsterdam. He is specialized in large size ERP implementation program assurance, ERP/SAP control design & implementation, master data management and data analytics.

Martin de Groot


Martin’s 25-year experience in finance spans over corporate M&A, IR and Capital Market Transactions in executive and non-executive board roles, in sectors such as healthcare, software, telecom.
Prior to Xeltis AG, he co-founded, is Chairman of the Board and CFO at Avalia Systems. Previously, Martin was CFO at P&I AG and deputy CFO at Temenos. Earlier on, he spent 10 years at Nokia and started his career in the Dairy Industry at Campina Melkunie.
Martin is an alumnus from IMD Lausanne and holds an Executive Master of Finance and Control from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Ruud Rikhof


Broad, experienced HR executive: 25 year track record in blue-chip companies with progressive HR practices, like IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, UBS. Held global roles and supported client populations of up to 20.000 employees. Deep subject matter expertise in HR Transformations and career consulting. Lived and worked from Netherlands, Austria, UK, Germany and Switzerland.

Entrepreneur: Commercialized with KennedyFitch 25 years corporate HR experience into a recognized brand in search and (career) consulting in the HR domain.

Community builder and networker in HR, amongst others as founder of the BeyondHRForum.

Marco Hoogendijk


Marco is director at Deloitte AG leading the Small Medium sized Entity practise for Central and  Eastern Switzerland. His team consists of students up to experienced senior managers. He is working for over 15 years for Deloitte in Switzerland and used to work before at PwC in the Netherlands.

He has a broad experience in all types of clients (except FINMA regulated banking) and supports his clients in all different aspects which are relevant to SME companies. He is specialized in consumer businesses and manufacturing and is a licensed auditor (register accountant) for Switzerland as well as for the Netherlands and also a member of the Art & Finance Group within Deloitte.

Marco is an alumnus from Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a master in business economics.

Arnoud Douw


Arnoud is a well connected entrepreneur, networker, coach and executive with more then 25 years of executive, management and entrepreneurial experience.

He is an inspiring, creative and strategic thinker, and excellent networker with strong interpersonal/intercultural and communication skills.

Long career at Swiss Re, Jet Aviation, Finance Industry and Consulting, including COO Africa, multinational Head of HR, Head Mgt Development as Global Talent Mangeer – and Chief of Staff in various firms.

He founded and built numerous companies and firms, set up academies around the world and built own consultancy boutique. Next to that he is active in various roles in Sports Management and Functions.

With his extensive experience in Leadership, Culture and Organisational Developement, he also gives lectures at universities. 

In his free time he is co-founder of the Zurich Marathon, “Zukunftsbüro”, President of the most beautiful Tennisclub in the Zurich area and big fan of anything regarding flying or paragliding. Dutch/Swiss double citizen and young at heart 😉

Arnout Ploos van Amstel


Arnout Ploos van Amstel has over 25 years of business experience in the bio-pharmaceutical business in a wide variety of leadership positions. Until recently, Arnout was Head (Senior Vice President) of the Global Business Franchise Immunology Hepatology & Dermatology (IHD, ~$4.5Bn) at Novartis Pharma. The IHD portfolio of products includes the game changing biologic Cosentyx –the best Novartis launch ever- in the diseases Psoriasis and Spondyloarthritis. IHD further includes Orphan Diseases, Transplant, and Liver Diseases. In all disease areas, assets are managed from early clinical development to late stage commercialization. Regular portfolio enrichments are added through in-licensing and acquisition deals. Arnout joined Novartis in July 2010 as President Novartis Greece and navigated the affiliate through the challenges of the economic crisis. Before joining Novartis, he headed for ~2 years a Global/US operational Business Unit (~$2bn revenue) of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the US and was President Wyeth Canada for ~3 years. Prior he had this role at Wyeth the Netherlands after having exercised a career in various marketing and sales roles with increasing responsibility.

Arnout excels in building high performing teams. He develops solid strategic roadmaps with clear goals to deliver results that exceed expectations. He is passionate about converting science and products into sustainable value for customers and patients, through the initiation and implementation of fully integrated Development-Medical-Commercial strategies.

He was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he earned a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen.

Robert Oudmayer


Robert Oudmayer is CEO of Cembra Money Bank AG in Switzerland, a financial services provider and a leading consumer finance business in Switzerland.
Prior to this role he worked 15 years for General Electric. He joined GE Capital in 1999 as Managing Director Benelux at GE TIP Trailer Services (Rotterdam, Netherlands). He then joined GE TIP Trailer Services European Headquarters in 2000 as Chief Operating Officer TIP Europe. In 2001 he was promoted to Managing Director TIP Europe and Rail Car Europe. In 2003, Robert started a new role as Managing Director auto and sales finance at GE Capital Bank in Switzerland (Brugg AG). In 2005, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer for GE Money in Portugal. Four years later, in 2009, he transferred back to Switzerland and took over the role as Chief Executive Officer for GE Money Bank AG.
He led the Initial Public Offering of GE Money Bank in 2013. Since then the company is listed at the Swiss Exchange as Cembra Money Bank AG.

Robert Oudmayer holds a B.A. at Hotelschool Den Haag, International Hogeschool voor Hotel Management.

Prior to joining GE, he worked four years as consultant and subsequently over 10 years for the PSA Peugeot Citroën Automotive Group in both Netherlands and France.

Mark Ypinga


Over the past 20+ years Mark has worked in different markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the US. For 15 years he worked for a top 5 Multinational Pharmaceutical company in a broad range of roles and the remainder of the years he worked for start-up/smaller to mid-sized companies.  He gained experience in a broad range of roles including general management, global and regional leadership roles. Passionate about creating high performing teams with a strong focus on engaging, achieving the same overarching goal, independent of their background or direct responsibilities and making them successful.

In his current role he is partnering with executives, teams and organisations who want to make a difference – for themselves and for others. With a strong belief that, while keeping the end goal in mind, change should start with the smallest of steps leading to a major and lasting impact. The main challenge however is to define together the right initial, critical steps.

Minds of Tomorrow Mentor Coen van Rosmalen

Coen van Rosmalen


Coen’s is an independent senior executive with more than 20 years international management experience in industrial companies such as Bucher Industries AG (stock-listed), SR Technics AG and Hilti Corporation. Coen has extensive international general management experience and has developed expertise in various areas such as strategic management, internationalisation, sales & marketing, operations, emerging markets and M&A incl. post merger integration.

Currently, Coen has  his own Management & Strategy consultancy firm and is non-excecutive Chairman of the Board of Schaeff Holding AG, an international group of medium sized industrial companies.

He is an alumnus from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Master of Science in Business Administration) and holds in addition 2 Bachelor Degrees in Mechanical Engeering and Industrial Sales.

Nicole Pieterse

Nicole Pieterse van der Velde

Head of HR EMEA

Nicole has been Head HR EMEA since 1 January 2021. Before that she was the Global Head of HR Corporate Solutions since 1 January 2017, during which time she has supported a significant transformation of the business.

Under her leadership, the CorSo HR function has partnered with the business to redesign and prepare the organisation for the future, to build stronger leadership and connect people with our purpose. Prior to that, Nicole was HR Partner for Asset Management and Group Underwriting having joined Swiss Re in March 2015. Before joining Swiss Re, Nicole worked for Credit Suisse for four years as an HR Cluster Head covering nine locations in the EMEA region for the Investment and Private Bank. Prior to that she worked at Fortis (later ABN Amro).

Nicole has lived and worked in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium as well as Switzerland. Nicole is a member of the HR Executive Team and the EMEA Reinsurance Management Team.

Matthieu Bijnagte


Matthieu has over 25 years of IT experience in the FMCG and Telecommunication industry.

In his current role Matthieu is responsible for the digital agenda within HEINEKEN Switzerland. His focus is on creating value with Data & Analytics, ERP business transformation and resolving technology debts.

Prior to his move to Switzerland, he has worked in various senior management positions in the Netherlands at HEINEKEN, TNO and KPN.

Matthieu has a proven track record in delivering business-driven IT transformations, simplifying IT and turnaround problematic projects.

Brings strategy into action with attention to detail while never losing sight of the big picture. Always has the end-to-end process in mind, connecting the dots, to ensure adding value through IT.

Enthusiastic, results-driven people manager with a strong drive to improve. Quick and independent thinker with good understanding of IT concepts and business processes. Translating complex problems into an actionable strategy using a structured approach and having the right balance between pragmatism and vision.

Matthieu is an alumnus from University of Twente and holds a master in applied physics. In his free time, he loves to visit music concerts and to hike in the beautiful Swiss mountains.

Marjan Kraak

Head of the Spin-off Group at ETH Zurich

As of Nov. 2014 Marjan is heading the spin-off group at ETH transfer. Each year between 25 and 30 spin-offs are incorporated in different areas ranging from Biotech, Medtech, Robotics up to Cleantech and ICT. Since 2014 more than 150 ETH Spin-offs have been supported by the team and many of them are very successful. The spin-off group supports entrepreneurs from the first steps of building up a company up to license agreement negotiations for patent applications and software. A very important factor in the success of ETH Spin-offs is the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem which connects founders, serial entrepreneurs, investors and support organizations such as ETH transfer, Innosuisse, Venture.ch or Venture Kick. The technology driven ventures, the dynamics of supporting founder teams in their individual journeys and the challenges with each novel business model makes this a highly dynamic and interesting job.

Marjan is an Alumna from the University of Groningen with a degree in microbiology and she has a PhD in Biotechnology from ETH Zurich. She has 10 years of industry experience in product development (Morwell Diagnostics (CH)), project management in a CMO (DSM Biologics (NL)) and global marketing (Tecan and Qiagen (CH)) in the fields of biotechnology and medical- and molecular diagnostics.