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Datje van Reijendam is the Co-Founder/President of fCN Africa and the Founder and principal consultant at Okumera Consulting, a project based Strategic Business Facilitator primarily in developmental zones especially in Africa. Okumera Consulting provides strategic inputs aimed at facilitating meaningful stakeholder collaborations on inclusive business and sustainable agendas.

fCN Africa (Founders Carbon Network) is an exclusive international high-level online and offline business society with the Head Office in the Netherlands and Chapters in Asia, Brazil, Belgium and now launching its African Chapter in South Africa.

The network is founded by inspiring, decision-making professionals with a passion for entrepreneurship and to whom mutual sharing of knowledge and providing each other with business opportunities is a highly valued priority. fCN network is distinguished by a unique diversity of representatives from various industries which together creates an inspiring platform of professional interaction.

We personally connect our associates through different styles of networking events or otherwise to other fCN Africa stakeholders and if requested to associates of the chapters in the Netherlands, Belgium, Asia and/or Brazil.

Datje’s vision for fCN Africa is to expand to other African Countries and serves to promote Intra Trade Business opportunities for association on the African Continent.

Her expertise draws from almost 30 years of working in highly commercial environments in the Textile and Trade Industry in Europe and the Far East,  General Manager for an ICT Service Provider Company in Kenya, establishing her own Food Company (which became a finalist of the “Symrise new food product competition” ) in South Africa and working for & with ngo’s in Uganda and South Africa, including serving for 2 years as a volunteer Small Business Advisor for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Uganda from 1996 to 1998. Over the years, Datje has built up an extensive network of contacts within government organizations, business institutions and ngo’s in Africa especially South Africa which she currently calls home.

Datje’s extensive expertise has afforded her first- hand knowledge of the business operating environment in Africa and its opportunities and challenges for businesses. She has been a team member of the “Export Advisory Group on Intra Trade into Africa” for the Trade & Economic Development Department of the Western Cape Province in South Africa.

Datje’s talent for connecting people and organizations, her ability to identify business opportunities and her wholistic business approach which includes fostering inclusive collaboration, simplicity of process and integrity embodies her ethos.

fCN - Board of Recommendation

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Founder & Chief Executive
    • Bedrijf:
    • Datje is a visionary social activist with commitment to social upliftment within a broadening global network. She has a wealth of personal experience based on her community level networking capabilities over a number of years in different countries. In the age of rapid global integration, Datje is moving to extend her networking reach into the continental and international arena on the platform of fCN Africa. I am convinced she will succeed in generating a great deal of social capital in the process, benefiting the individuals within the network and the communities involved.

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Managing Director
    • Bedrijf:
    • My experience of Datje is that of a bold and determined business woman, who is clear about the goals she wants to achieve for herself and for the continent - regardless of possible obstacles along the way. She is undeterred in her approach and knows exactly how to get things done. South Africa in particular, and the continent as a whole, needs more people like her.

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Associate Prof & Founder
    • Bedrijf:
    • It’s been a great pleasure meeting and getting to know Datje. She is dynamic, focused and engaging. She is very knowledgeable about, and understands the social and cultural nuances of, the African continent. That makes her a fine ambassador for fCN in Africa.

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Founder & CEO
    • Bedrijf:
    • Datje van Reijendam is a dynamic and passionate individual who has a strategic view of life.

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Founder & Principal Director
    • Bedrijf:
    • Datje has an engaging personality distinguished by positivity, dependability and broad-based knowledge and interest across various sectors. Her passion for Africa is matched by her talent for connecting people.

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Lead Partner
    • Bedrijf:
    • Datje van Reijendam is very focused. She also has perfect interpersonal skills required to achieve the goals of fCN Africa. What is more is that she has an African spirit.

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Account Manager
    • Bedrijf:
    • Datje is such a pleasure to know and work with. What a beautiful soul, always willing to support and assist in whatever way possible. I am truly blessed to know her.

    • Naam:
    • is:
      Executive Chairman
    • Bedrijf:
    • Datje is a very friendly and business oriented person, with a strong professional sense. fCN Africa is extremely well served under Datje’s leadership and guidance and of course, I’m more than glad to work with her and support the organization to its continuous growth.

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