If there’s someone that knows all the ins- and outs of our organization, it must be Klaartje Rietkerken. Not only has she been working for ISPT for over 11 years, in her current function as Director of Operations, she is responsible for directing all business operations, processes and the people executing our programs. She makes sure that we have the right systems running, that we can work effectively and efficiently and that we have the right people working in the right places. A function close to her heart.
“Originally, I am a biologist. I studied experimental zoology and specialized in behavioral sciences. Following my studies, I worked as a freelancer for over 10 years as an educational coordinator and project manager in different sectors. After this I had the privilege of residing in Dubai for a considerable duration. This experience has instilled in me the principle of cherishing the uniqueness of every individual and culture and be open-minded, which I consider a crucial value that guides my work at ISPT.”
At ISPT, Klaartje is known as a mover and a shaker, someone who is determined to make big changes and to get things done: “I strongly belief that we can maintain our current way of life, but only if we do it responsibly and sustainably. That is where today’s challenges lie: everyone has different objectives and goals. Yet, we have to work together if we want to overcome the challenges in today’s transition. It requires that we all row in the same direction. Achieving that, is where my passion lies.”
There is a power in collaboration and collective action that drives my passionKlaartje Rietkerken
“Within my job, I make sure we are all headed in the same direction. We need the right people in the right places. Both externally and internally, I strive to be the link between the people and the cause. I oversee this between all involved; from our partners to the different departments within ISPT . Everyone here is unique, that is our value: when so much expertise’s come together it is of great importance that we manage this carefully. I want everyone to make the best use of their qualities and support them with their needs to excel. Ultimately, I think that is what drives our successes.”
“ISPT is a very dynamic organization. In my 11 years here, we have achieved several remarkable milestones. The organization’s forte lies in its adaptability to keep pace with ever-evolving world developments, occasionally even outstripping them. Today, we are seated in the front row of the transition. ISPT maintains an ability to see and recognize what is needed, transcending beyond technological advancements and innovations. We recognize the immense potential of networking and sharing knowledge. From industry, to academia, to society: everything comes together here, and we get to share this with all our enthusiasm to the world.”