Sander Tideman

Sander is an international economic lawyer and a professional in sustainable finance and business, with a focus on and governance, leadership and innovation. He is currently Program Director at Nyenrode Business University, Co-Director of SEAL Institute, and Managing Director of the Global Leaders Academy. He also pursues PhD research on Sustainable Finance Leadership.

He started his career as a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Amsterdam and Taiwan (1987-1989), before turning to international banking.  He worked as Chief Representative China for ABN AMRO Bank, based in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai (1990-1995), Vice President Structured Trade Finance ABN AMRO (1995-1998), VP Risk Management Asia (1998-1999), and International Fund Manager Triodos Bank (1999-2001). Subsequently, he served as consultant on sustainability and leadership to companies such as Deloitte, HSBC, AXA, Unicredit Bank, Rolls Royce, ING Group and Unilever. He has also worked in advisory roles for INGOs, governments, and multilateral agencies such as The World Bank, UNDP and the Asian Development bank.

Sander has always combined his professional work with active roles in civil society and academia. Before joining Nyenrode Business University, he was a Senior Fellow of the Garrison Institute in New York and a Member of the Netherlands Council for Sustainable Development. He also co-founded and serves on the board of the Bridge Fund for Tibet. In addition, he organized the visits of HH the Dalai Lama to the Netherlands and supported related projects in support of Buddhism, amongst others in Bhutan – where he worked on creating economic models for Gross National Happiness – and Mongolia. Sander also (co-) authored many articles and books, including ‘Doing Business in China’, ‘Sustainable Development in Central Asia’, ‘Compassion or Competition’ and ‘Mind over Matter; Towards a New Paradigm in Leadership of Business and Economics’.

His vision is to help leaders, organizations and society to effectively respond to the new challenges of sustainability through inspired and collaborative leadership. Through a range of services, projects and partnership, Sander’s aim is to contribute to a more sustainable and positive business and finance culture, one that operates within the principles of nature and contributes to human flourishing.

Sander received education in international business law (LL.M, Utrecht), economics (London School of Economics), Asian Affairs (LL.M, SOAS London), Chinese language and culture (Taiwan University) and psychology (Teleos Leadership Institute, Philadelphia). He lives with his wife Sandra and three children in the Netherlands. He loves outdoor trekking, skiing, skating, yoga and soccer.


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