‘The most important contribution to society one can have is by becoming who one truly is’

Our talent is a gift to be cherished. It is easily overseen, not recognized in it’s true value. It is in the best interest of all of us, to create equal opportunities and access to institutions and facilities of learning. Not only do we need each other to become oneself, we can only prosper in a sustainable way by creating a fair society in which no one is left behind.

Harry Starren (1955) currently is Managing Director of Ithaca International, his own firm. He studied History at the University of Utrecht and Poltical Science and Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. He took postdoctoral classes at Harvard (leading the professional service firm), the University of Maryland (master public administration), and at the Instituto de Empresa (negotiation skils).

He worked as a teacher at the university of Amsterdam and at a high school in Rotterdam. He was managing director of the postgraduate school of public administration (PAO bedrijfs-en bestuurswetenschappen), and for a long time CEO of the Baak, the leadership Institute of the Dutch employers’ asscociation. After leaving the Baak in 2012 he became chairman of the dutch federation of creative industries (FDCI) and dean of ‘de Nederlandse School’.

Harry Starren wrote several books. The latest is ‘Think Like a Manager, Don’t Act Like One’ (2016, BIS Publishers Amsterdam), Starren is a columnist for the Dutch Financial times (het Financieel Dagblad), The Optimist and Magazine Communication. He was during his career on the boards of several companies and public organizations.

Currently he is a member of the board of the international school of Philosophy (ISVW) an chairman of the board of VERA health and education.

Harry Starren lives in Amsterdam and Nice and is a father of two children.


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