Anke Berends

Executive Leadership Program - Amsterdam Class 17

Anke Berends
Chief People & Culture
My pronouns are: she/her/hers
My experience and deep interests:

If anything, I am serious about People. I love everything about this fundamental topic, and I especially enjoy disruptive thinking to build new standards and extraordinary organisations. I am convinced that people and culture cannot (and should never) stand alone in an organisation. There needs to be a holistic approach to truly embed a healthy culture and create an environment where everyone can be engaged and committed.

I am a strong advocate of freedom and responsibility based on aligned autonomy. Based on the basic human needs of autonomy, growth and belonging. I am passionate about topics such as inclusion, social impact, growth mindset and leadership. And I don't just mean talking about it, but translating impactful people vision into strategy and tangible change, to experience the positive impact.

Walk the talk.

I believe in bold and humble leadership through authenticity, vulnerability and curiosity. I live near Amsterdam with Arjan and our two boys, Sven & Jens. I am an oat milk-latte-coffee-lover, eat vegan, will turn up the music volume every chance I get, baking gets me all relaxed, am a proper book nerd and love a good laugh.