Katinka Huijberts

Katinka Huijberts
Board Member IT & Innovation
My experience and deep interests:
I am based in: Utrecht
THNK connection: THNKer , AMS Class 15

I was born as the only girl and third child in a family of 4 children. My father was an entrepreneur, running an SME- business in the contracting business. We were praised for results; in the process of growing up as an adult I learned that love and friendship come as a result of who I am and not as a result of what I achieve.

When I finished University with a degree in Business Economics I started working in a traineeship at Postbank (later ING). To be honest: I never wanted to work at a bank, but had a career of over 20 years at ING. After a sabbatical I worked on interim assignments as an independent professional.  After a period of 3 years I decided to look again for a longer term commitment. Since a year I am responsible for IT and Innovation at an insurance company.

Central theme throughout my entire career is the achievement of exceptional results with a team of highly committed people. I love solving complicated problems together. In this process, by nature, I often have/take the leading role, but I have no problem to take a different role (as long as I feel the person taking the lead is capable to do so. The world we live in nowadays dazzles me: there is this amazing window of (technological) opportunities and at the same time the amount and size of the challenges we face is unprecedented. What’s my role in this setting?

I live with Paul in Utrecht. I love to read, I fitness 2 times a week with our personal trainer, I run 1-2 times a week and of course, watch a series on Netflix every now and then. I practice yoga and do some meditation: but not very disciplined. Dinner and drinks with friends and family: I love it! Traveling is also something I like.