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Biographical sketch

Drs. Anne Heleen Bijl took a master in French mastered at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). For 25 years she works as consultant, facilitator and trainer in the field of creative thinking and communication, in business as well as in non-profit organisations.
The nature of her work varies: facilitating creative sessions, individual management coaching, leading conferences, interactive lectures, workshops in creative techniques, etc.

As a chairperson or facilitator in international conferences she helps participants (from cardiologists to ICT specialists to politicians, etc) coming from different cultures, to gain a better understanding of each other with an open mind and to develop new views and perspectives.

In addition to facilitating organisational breakthroughs in different fields, she guides many (international) companies to introduce an innovative, inspiring climate. With the aid of ‘creative communication’ she connects all parties and organisations involved, as well as managers and their teams, people from research, sales, marketing or production.

Using creative methods, she stimulates new ideas as well as a shared vision and partnership. These methods are a perfect instrument to build adequate, joyful teams in a constructive atmosphere, teams that are energetic, dedicated and motivated to realise their chosen goals.

Anne Heleen Bijl is a member of several creative network organisations (Cocon, Kreanet). She published books and articles about the subject of creative thinking. She won three times the first prize in the European Congress for Creativity and Innovation for her presentations and concept for creating motivated, inspired teams and synergy.
She has her own company called Anne Heleen Bijl, Creatieve Consultancy in Noordlaren, the Netherlands.

Some examples of international working experience in the past few years:

European Union: Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Knowledge: Leonardo Next Anne Heleen Bijl trains in Italy participants from 5 countries to become innovation expert in industry. She also gives workshops about innovation and creativity to entrepreneurs in Italy,(in Venice, Milan, Palermo) Hongary, Roumania and Switzerland.

European Union: “Clear Creativity”: in 6 European countries best practices are located in education, a.o. over 100 universities and other training institutions participate in the project with Confindustria Veneto. 'Creative Communication 'in the Next 4PA , Public Administration project,wtih participants coming from Italy, Slovenia and Austria.

Philips DAP: development and facilitation of many international sessions; Philipshave DDS “Breakthrough project”: creating breakthroughs in the shaving domain (technical as well as psychological) Philips Advanced Technology Center: leading workshops as chairman and facilitator for creating new Mother and Child Care products; Facilitating sessions for new functions and design of shavers; creating totally new products for Philips.

Philips Design: facilitator in international session for inventing new possibilities for television and programming.

Vitatron: chairperson of international congress for cardiologists about a.o. digital pacemakers, facilitating a creative climate and openmindness

Syngenta Seeds: facilitator of conference to improve quality and growth of vegetables

ABNAmro: facilitating workshop for all worldwide controllers on innovations in banking

PUM, (financed by 4 Ministries , the European Union and the Dutch Employers’ Organisation VNO/NCW) consultant in Benin for CEC, Worldcontact and about 30 different small companies, among them the newspaper management team L ‘Afrique Tambour Working with managers from Benin, Senegal and Togo to improve the innovative climate and promote West African products in Europe

Ghana: working for PUM :with Other Stakeholders to help SME’s and NGO’s to develop sustainable projects and CSR in a creative and innovative way.Create a platform for NGO's to work together

Zambia: working for the Naleli women Initiative in Livingstone and Mwandi, training 200 women in entrepreneurship and creative thinking, to gain prosperity and empowerment

Rezonance, Switzerland, Geneve, Keynote speaker about innovation for 300 Swiss entrepreneurs

Danish Center for Architecture, Kopenhagen: facilitating workshop with participants of 10 countries for creating new opportunities to attract people from all over the world to the centre in its new location

ECCI Congresses in a.o.: Poland, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, facilitating workshops and giving lectures about cross-cultural innovation and how to create a shared vision in a multicultural environment; how to create synergy and co-operation in teams and organisations

Pikler Foundation: In Budapest, Anne Heleen facilitates the symposium with participants from 11 countries( in French language) to create the shared vision and plans for the future.

Accenture: facilitating workshop about creative thinking and innovation for a large group of consultants coming from about 14 countries

NOM and AMA: member of the delegation of northern Holland with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the IST congress in Helsinki (Finland), facilitating contacts with participants of many countries.

Mindmeeting: presentation about creative thinking and synergy in symposium in Naples (Italy)

South Africa: training in the townships , near Capetown for Learn to Earn and Bloemfontein and in Qwaqwa, together with the Universities of Free State and Qwaqwa, empowerment of pastors and communityleaders in the townships to improve the situation of the community and of students entrepreneurship.

Anne Heleen Bijl
Creatieve Consultancy

Beslotenveenseweg 12
9479 TL Noordlaren
The Netherlands

tel. 0031 504061645
mob. 0031 650281760
e-mail ah.bijl@planet.nl