Simon Sijbrands (1961) brings more than 35 years of experience in business, science, sports, consulting and coaching to his clients.
He has worked as an equity partner at KPMG (Netherlands), adjunct professor of strategy & organisation at the Vrije Universiteit(Amsterdam) and a professional football player at AZ Alkmaar; in his younger years he played at Ajax Amsterdam. Today he enjoys being associated to KDVI and running his own coaching & consultancy business.
Simon holds an Msc Economics & Business Administration (Vrije Universiteit), a diploma in Clinical Organisational Psychology (cum laude, INSEAD) and an executive master’s degree in coaching & consulting for change (INSEAD). He is also a certified ACT-therapist.
His professional focus areas are ‘leadership, complexity & change’, ‘psychological flexibility, resilience, mental health & well being”, values based, purpose driven organisations, ‘strategy design and – realisation’ and ‘board dynamics and C-level executives advice & coaching’.
He has worked with top – and senior executives, their teams, high potentials and organisations such as (listed with permission) Bayer, Gazprom, BASF, Abudawood/Procter & Gamble, Deutsche Bank, OLVG, UMCU Utrecht, Cuatrecasas, Prudential, ABNAmro, Aegon, Air France, KLM, Vandemoortele and many other clients operating in many industries across the globe.
In his previous professional roles Simon acted as the managing partner of a large business unit at KPMG Netherlands, was a member of the executive board of KPMG Advisory and the global executive board of KPMG Financial Services. In these roles he worked in, aside from the Netherlands, London and New York.
Simon enjoys working at the cross road of business and psychology, connecting the realities of the outer world and the inner world and is fascinated by the human psyche, leadership, complexity and systemic change. He understands through personal experience, reflection and study, the relationship between ambition, achievement, anxiety and trust. It brought him the inner calmness to act as a secure base for his clients.
Simon has written numerous articles and books. While being an adjunct professor at the Vrije Universiteit he wrote several articles on internationalization, globalization, network organizations and management development. In 2013 he wrote ‘De Trigger Zone”, a deep dive into the human brain in relation to change.
In his adolescent and young adult years, he grasped the essence of high performance teams through sports and later while working in professional services. He learned the importance of living and working for a purpose, higher unifying goals, while understanding the inner motivations of your self, your team mates and key stakeholders to become aware of what’s real and unreal in a broader systemic context and how complexity can work for you in stead of against you.
Simon was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, speaks Dutch, French, German and some Spanish. He now lives in Broek in Waterland close to Amsterdam with his wife and three children who light up his life even more.