Meet our new members

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André Sylvestre – Member since April 2022
“André Sylvestre has been in the financial and investment industry for more than 20 years with experience in trading various financial instruments, portfolio management, investment banking, private equity, venture capital, merger & acquisition as well as the current position in corporate finance. André has a broad network in South East Asia finance, banking and investment community while focusing his competence on consumer goods and FMCG. With both capital market/investment banking and private equity background, André understands both the operational side as well as the creation of market value of an asset.

Specialties: financial model, corporate finance, merger and acquisition, corporate structure, due diligence, strategic planning, portfolio building, risk assessment, derivative market, commodity futures.”

Anita van der Laan – Member since January 2022
“Hello, my name is Anita van der Laan. I am Dutch, but was born and have lived abroad for most of my life. This is the third time I live in Indonesia, based in Muaradua, South Sumatra.
I have 20+ years work experience in capacity development in international development cooperation (agriculture, water, gender and social inclusion, labour migration), in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. I am a senior associate at, where I design and facilitate participatory processes for organisations’ strategy development (theories of change, or impact pathways), monitoring and evaluation, and learning.

Looking forward to (virtually) connecting with the other members of DBN!”

Anita van der Laan – New Member since February 2022
“Hello everyone, my name is Anita van der Laan. I am Dutch, but was born and have lived abroad for most of my life. I have worked in capacity development in international development cooperation, for over 20 years, in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

This is the third time I live in Indonesia, but the first time outside Jakarta. Since November 2021, we are based in the small town of Muaradua, in South Sumatra.

My work therefore continues to be largely remote. I design and facilitate participatory processes for organisations’ strategy development (theories of change, or impact pathways), monitoring and evaluation, and learning. Because of Covid 19, I have become very experienced in doing this through interactive on-line workshops.

Half of my time I work for Akvo, as senior Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning advisor. At Akvo we support NGOs and governments to be more data-driven, with advice and ICT tools, so they become more effective and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive impact.
The other half of my time I hope to be doing consultancies. I have experience in a range of sectors: agriculture, WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene), gender and social inclusion, and (irregular) labour migration.

I am looking forward to (virtually) connecting with the other members of the DBN!”

Carrina Lim – Member since January 2022
“Greetings everyone! My name is Carrina Lim, and I work with The Water Agency as manager of the Indonesia Water Hub, based in Jakarta.

The Water Agency is a social enterprise that runs the largest network of Water Hubs in Asia. Through our Water Hubs, we connect local and international water experts to collaborate for clean, safe, and sustainable water across Asia by creating partnerships around critical global water challenges and opportunities.

With that spirit, I am looking forward to meeting DBN members and building meaningful connections in Indonesia and abroad.”


Johan van Leersum – Member since January 2022
“I’m working as Business Director for Gunnebo Safe Storage, a multinational that provides products and solutions for the protection of valuables and confidential data. In Indonesia we are headquartered in Jakarta and have a factory in Cibitung, Bekasi.

Originally from Zaltbommel, the Netherlands but have been living and working in Southeast Asia since 2012. Before moving to Jakarta in April 2021, I was based in Bangkok for 8 years.

Excited to make new connections here.”

Egon van der Hoeven – Member since December 2021
“Hi, my name is Egon and arrived in Jakarta from Houston October 2021.  In Indonesia I work for ExxonMobil Cepu Limited and I am responsible for the long term strategy and all business development activities in the upstream for ExxonMobil (Esso)’s affiliate in country. Cepu is the largest producing oil field in Indonesia located onshore in Bojonegoro East Java and employs around 500 people. One area I will be focusing on is the energy transition related activities in support of the Paris accord.
Originally from Den Haag but have been living abroad for the last 20+ years, including 4 years in Singapore. I am active in the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Indonesian Petroleum Association and the American Chamber of Commerce.
We are settling down in south Jakarta and look forward making many new and exciting connections.”

Matthys van der Lely – Member since November 2021
“Matthys sees Indonesia as his “motherland”. His mother was born in Surabaya and several generations before her lived here as well.

He has a background in retail and in the meat/protein sector in South East Asia.  From 1990 he worked for Makro in Thailand, in 1994 he and his family moved to Indonesia where he became President Director of Makro. After 7 great years they moved back to the Netherlands where he managed and, after a management buy-out, owned bookstore group Selexyz.

Returning to South East Asia in 2013, he worked in a large poultry company in the Philippines as SVP retail, M&A and business development. He set up Bounty Segar Indonesia and led the acquisition process of poultry market leader in New Zealand.  After moving to Vietnam in 2018, he became CEO of KKR’s investment Masan MeatLife,

Last year, Matthys founded consultancy AsiAspire pte ltd in Singapore with the intention to use his knowledge of the ASEAN markets, the culture, the languages and his network to make companies successful in this exciting market. He is presently engaged in an assignment In Indonesia and travels to Indonesia regularly.”

Joey Parengkuan – Member since November 2021
“Hi everyone, my name is Joey Parengkuan. I’ve been living in Jakarta since January 2008. I am Director/Owner of PT. Interasia Rental Heavy Equipment (IRHE) and PT. Interasia Logistik Service (ILS).At PT. IRHE we specialize in providing heavy lift equipment and solutions to the construction and oil & gas industries. The majority of our equipment has been utilized for the Light Rail Transit and High Speed Railway Jakarta to Bandung project. PT. ILS provides international forwarding services to assist businesses with all freight forwarding requirements. We have a solid network overseas which has proven successful in offering service excellence to our clients.I look forward to meeting you guys during any upcoming DBN events.”

Maarten Vrouenraets – Member since September 2021
“My name is Maarten Vrouenraets. A 29-year-old Dutch first time entrepreneur that arrived in Indonesia 5 years ago. I am fanatic about triathlon, and love to participate in local swimming, running and biking events across Indonesia. The appetite for adventure manifests itself in travel and the joy of operating in cross cultural settings.

My latest (ad)venture brought me to my current journey at YOU. Since 2016 I am operating as Co-Founder & COO with the mission to unlock the potential of Indonesia’s 85 million millennials through quality nutrition. The engagement with serial entrepreneurs and a talented Indonesian team has unlocked a new level of ownership that has been greatly rewarding from both a personal and professional perspective.

As individual development only gets meaning when it can be shared with others, I am most excited to join the knowledge sharing platform facilitated by the DBN community.”