25-27 Jun 2017
GALLAGHER CONVENTION CENTRE, MIDRAND,
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
 
 
 
 
 
speaker
 
 
 
 

Leen Zevenbergen

Solarus CEO

After his high school in The Netherlands and in Texas, Leen Zevenbergen was trained as an economist and accountant. He holds a masters degree in Business Accounting from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.After his graduation he quickly discovered that being employed was not the way forward for him. At age 24 he started his first company, called Bolesian. He sold this company, which still exists, to Cap Gemini after seven years.

Being the master of his own destiny he started another 20 companies after this first one, among them companies in areas like Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics, but also trading companies and golf companies. His passion lies in starting something that doesn’t exist, preferably in a sustainable fashion. He is a serial entrepreneur and not a manager. In between creating and starting companies, Leen Zevenbergen managed several large multinationals, like Pink Roccade, Origin and Qurius/Prodware.

Having the experience of running these large multinational companies, combined with his large entrepreneurial experience, was the input for the several management books that he wrote. His first book “En nu laat ik mijn baard staan”, translated in English “Rip off your necktie and dance”, became Management Book of the Year 2007 and sold over 100,000 copies. The book was translated in English and French and currently into Chinese.

Following his first book, Leen Zevenbergen wrote two other books about both entrepreneurship (“T’is Groen en groener wordt het niet”) and sustainability “Sustainability @ the Speed of Passion!” Leen Zevenbergen ran all of his companies always with a very long term oriented and sustainable view over the past 30 years. Having been Chairman of Social Venture Network Europe and being Co-Founder of B Corp Europe makes him to one of the European leaders in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship