“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate
and improvise most effectively have prevailed” –
Charles Darwin

Our Team

A common mistake is that survival of the fittest is explained as survival of the strongest. Fittest does not necessarily mean strongest. For specifically this reason our ancestors did not appoint and follow just one leader, but depending on the circumstances they would choose their leader. In times of war they followed the best fighter, in search for food they followed the best hunter, in times of dispute they followed the best negotiator.

Our team consists of people with different backgrounds and diverse experience. Jointly we possess the quality, knowledge, experience and ambition that is required to provide a successful leadership safari. Each team member is valued for his or her specific qualities and skills. All act as leaders when it comes to their field of expertise and know how to follow when it is for others to lead. In this way all contribute to the common goal of providing an unforgettable experience that enables you to get more out of yourself and others while making a meaningful and positive impact on the world.

Erik Jan Dirks
Erik Jan is the founder and driving force of Lead by Nature. After finishing his studies of Dutch Business Law, he started his career at an international law firm in Amsterdam. As corporate and M&A lawyer Erik Jan gained a wide experience in balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders and negotiating deals between conflicting parties. His understanding that …more

Boudewijn Bertsch
Boudewijn is Lead by Nature’s lead program faculty and designer. Educated in the Netherlands and Japan as a business economist he works around the globe. He has over 25 years experience in leadership development and leading sustainable performance improvement. The focus of Boudewijn’s work is to support people in bringing out the best in themselves and others and …more

Kim van der Leeuw
Kim is a sustainable serial entrepreneur. Within Lead by Nature, he is our sustainable impact advisor. With a background in earth science and resource management, he brings a wealth of sustainability and developing country experience to the table. He coordinated a large (4 years and 15 countries) programme on poverty reduction and environmental management in Asia and Africa for…more


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