Menno van Dijk
Professional Title: Co-founder and Partner
Industry: Higher Education
Currently with: THNK School of Creative Leadership
Previously with: McKinsey & Company
THNK Connection: Co-founder and Partner
I was born in the Netherlands to a father who worked at Philips in innovation (he still has patents on the CD player!) and a mother who taught me the value of education. I studied Physics in State University Leiden and later got my MBA at INSEAD.
From there I went to McKinsey & Company, where I spent more than 20 years—most recently as a tenured Director. I lived abroad in Australia and then in South Africa, when McKinsey opened an office after the end of apartheid. I worked with clients in sectors ranging from mining to technology to media, and in countries such as India, China, Australia, South Africa, and throughout Europe and the United States. My area of expertise was business strategy, innovation and growth. I had the opportunity to launch McKinsey’s first business in a joint venture with Nielsen. And I was a board member of New Venture, NEMO, and other organizations in the space of social impact, entrepreneurship, innovation, and learning.
For me, at THNK, the opportunity to interact with a high-caliber of creative thinkers and support their entrepreneurial adventures makes every day an inspiration. The quality, diversity and dedication of the THNK team is a real privilege. Together, we will grow THNK to a global community of creative leaders that collaborate to solve large social challenges, and partner with organizations across many sectors to turn those solutions into sustainable and high-impact enterprises.