Hugo van der Zee


Anzère, Switzerland (Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Prague, Czech Republic)

Both as an adviser to small and mid-size companies and as an entrepreneur, I have became aware of the value that an adviser “sitting next to the entrepreneur” can bring. Transferring my experience and knowledge to active entrepreneurs and make them feel a partner is a role that I find highly gratifying.

Hugo J.A. van der Zee studied civil and corporate law at the University of Nijmegen and tax law at the University of Leiden. He attended various curriculum, a.o. at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland), one of the leading European business schools. Hugo started his professional career as Inspector of Internal Revenue (corporate taxation) in Arnhem. In January 1985, he joined Deloitte as tax adviser. Amongst his clientele were medium and large national enterprises, mostly family held.

In 1994, Hugo was assigned by Deloitte’s global head office to Deloitte & Touche Central and Eastern Europe, and he became chairman of Deloitte & Touche tax and legal affairs for this region (15 countries). From mid 1997, Hugo was chairman of Deloitte & Touche Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

In 1999, the Global Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu assigned Hugo to the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos, where he held the position of director of the Emerging Market Leaders Programme and founder and director of the Technology Pioneers Programme. Hugo contributed actively to the WEF statement “Improving the State of the World”.

After Davos, Hugo was active in a number of initiatives around both technology and governance. As such he was the co-founder of initiatives as Corgwell (“for public and corporate wellness”) and the Global Leaders Academy (sustainable leadership).

As a European Sage Partner, Hugo focusses on both good governance for organizations and (family owned; often in intra-generational affairs) businesses, as well as venture development.

Hugo has been part of boards such as the Dutch Red Cross; Round Table; the Dutch-Czech Chamber of Commerce and many more.

In 2014, Hugo was a candidate for the European Parliament on behalf of a cross-political initiative focusing on a strong Europe taking social responsibility for all.

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