In 2021 Hanneke started the process to create a foundation to fund international, cross-cultural academic or professional development opportunities for deserving adolescents and young adults who, without financial support, may not be able to benefit from such personal growth experiences. The Options for Growth foundation was founded in 2022.
Hanneke gained extensive strategic and operational human resources experience at business and corporate level at Citibank. She started her career in Amsterdam, became VP Human Resources for the front office of the Investment Bank in London and later moved to Zurich as Head of Human Resources (EMEA) for Citibank’s Private Bank. She was then assigned to Citibank’s Head Office in New York as Manager, Human Resources Strategy Development, after which she held positions as Global Head Expatriate Staffing and Leadership & Development Manager for Global Operations and Technology.
Hanneke joined Zurich Financial Services in 1999 as Chief Human Resources Officer of ZurichRe and was appointed Head Group Capabilities for Zurich Financial Services and Member of the Group Management Board in November 2000.
In 2005 Hanneke became an independent executive coach to senior executives in global organizations in a variety of industries and not for profit organizations with a worldwide reach. Hanneke regularly works as an executive coach on programs offered by INSEAD Executive Coaching (Fontainebleau and Singapore campus), the Kets De Vries Institute and KornFerry.
Hanneke supports global organizations with strategic human resources projects and is active in the field of think tanks focusing on trends that shape the future of work. She has been a guest lecturer at executive master programs (Bocconi – Milan, University of Geneva) on topics relating to enhancing leadership capabilities. She was active as advisory board member in the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), Esade Business School (Barcelona, Spain) and SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy).
Hanneke is a member of the Awarding Body of EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) which supports and advises EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) on the development, implementation and operation of the system which accredits international business schools. She regularly acts as a Corporate Peer Reviewer for EQUIS accreditations and over the years has participated in some 25 peer accreditation visits all over the world.
Hanneke studied languages at the State University of Antwerp, Belgium and obtained a degree in Human Resources Management at the Foundation for Training and Social Welfare Work in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is a graduate of the International Teaching Program (IMD, 2007), obtained a diploma in Clinical Organizational Psychology (INSEAD, 2009-2010), was awarded certification in the Immunity-to-Change Coaching Certification Program (Harvard, 2010-2011) and obtained an Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change (Insead, 2011-2012). Hanneke has attended various courses on the Theory of Adult Development and is accredited to administer the psychological personality inventory NEO PI-R™ (2012), the Hermann Brain Dominance Indicator (HBDI) (2013), the Leadership Circle Profile (2019) and Saville’s Assessment WAVE (2020).
Hanneke is a Dutch national living in Zürich (Switzerland). She has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Switzerland and the USA and is fluent in English, Dutch and German. She generously supports the Dutch National Ballet and enjoys performances by this outstanding dance company.