About Alette Vonk

Alette Vonk is facilitating change processes for over 30 years and she has a vast international experience. She is a person with a drive; she excels and enjoys working in complex situations and has the perseverance to attain optimal results for her clients. Knowledgeable and witty, she will always keep an eye on the long term, yet build upon the capacities and realities of today.

Alette holds an MSc. in Development Sociology, with Practitioner’s certificates in Organisational Culture (OC); Intercultural Management (ICM); Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Organisation Development (OD).

From 2010 onwards she is an independent consultant under the name De Vonk Advies en Diversiteit (Vonk meaning spark) and in 2013 she became an Associate Partner of the Hofstede Insights Network. She’s a lecturer in Intercultural Management at the University of Leiden; she’s the co-developer and trainer for the Moroccan-Dutch NGO Oumnia Works concerning anti-radicalisation and she’s one of the founders and volunteers for Connect2Us.

Alette: “As long as I can remember I’ve been excited about the fact that people are similar on the one hand and yet very different on the other. Coming from the Netherlands, my curiosity for different forms of logic has led me from being an exchange student in the US for a year, to the study of (then called) Non-Western Sociology at the University of Leiden. It has taken me to Greece, Spain, Cameroon and Botswana for many months each and after my studies I was captivated by an old fishing community and so-called deprived neighbourhood in the Netherlands (Duindorp, the Hague). The road meandered on to being an organizational advisor in the development industry in West Africa: Benin and Ghana, where I spent a total of ten years. Returning to the Netherlands I became a social entrepreneur in one of the largest migrant communities in the Netherlands (Schilderswijk, The Hague). Finally the intercultural management assignments of recent years have taken me to various countries (and back to Africa) on many occasions.

In the course of this journey I have seen how culture can be taken along into strategic thinking and decision making, how to relate and to communicate in various ways, and it has made my performance far more effective. Therefore, I would like to invite everybody to expand their competence and repertoire in this field. Truth is, it’s a prerequisite for success.

The fact that we, as humans, ‘download’ fundamentally different cultural systems from a very young age makes that we’re hardly conscious of their content. This is also true for the fundamental similarities, where we would be able to find each other and collaborate. It is my ambition to surface the unconscious and make it work.”

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