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Press release Monterey - de Baak

May 22, 2013
Driebergen, the Netherlands

De Baak joins Monterey Institute in Social and Ecological Entrepreneurship

De Baak Center for Leadership and the Entrepreneurship announces de Baak is launching a new program with the Monterey Institute of International Studies in the Netherlands called Frontier Market Scouts - Europe. This program trains aspiring professionals seeking careers in social ventures and impact investing.

Initially developed by the Monterey Institute, Village Capital, and Sanghata Global, the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program develops young people as talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and capital-weak regions of the world. Since its pilot launch two years ago, the program has grown steadily and recently won the prestigious Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award. The FMS-Europe Program, jointly developed and managed by the Monterey Institute and de Baak, will run twice a year starting in January 2014 in the Netherlands. Participants will come from all over the world. 

In 2011, de Baak and the Monterey Institute initiated a strategic alliance. According to Monterey Institute president Sunder Ramaswamy, “The introduction of the FMS-Europe program represents a true collaboration between the Monterey Institute and de Baak, with both sharing a common mission and vision to make a difference in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.”  The joint programs will feature top global thinkers at both sites in the Netherlands and in California, U.S.

Additional programs planned for 2014 as part of the ongoing collaboration are: Driving Values and Ethics within Organizations, Matching Organizational Growth & Talents and Learning Journeys to Monterey and Silicon Valley.

Arko van Brakel, CEO of de Baak added, “We are proud to announce our new partnership with the Monterey Institute. Thinking globally and acting locally is important to us, since the world is changing rapidly from a MEconomy to a WEconomy. In order to face the challenges and opportunities this paradigm shift is bringing us and our clients, we are looking for new ideas for sustainable, social and ecological sound capitalism. The combination of the Institute’s scientific approach and de Baak's focus on the human side of enterprise; will enable “global prototyping”. The joint programs developed by the Institute and de Baak, are based on the combination of a global “eco mind-set”, knowledge and the will to be part of the local solution. This is where we will find new sustainable business models to take us into the future. De Baak is strengthening its position by providing a platform where international networks of present and future local and global leaders can come together to learn from and be inspired by others. Our purpose is to prepare them to make the difference for themselves, their organization and society.”

The Monterey Institute of International Studies, located in Monterey, one hour from Silicon Valley, is an internationally respected graduate school of Middlebury College. Since 1955, the Institute has prepared graduate professionals with degrees in international business, education management, environmental policy, international policy studies, translation and interpretation, and other specialized certificates. In a typical year, students come from more than 50 countries. Visit for more information.

De Baak evolved from the largest employer’s organization in the Netherlands (the VNO-NCW – the ‘voice’ of Dutch business). The focus is dedicated to the human side of enterprise in organizations and society. For national and international individuals and companies, de Baak offers open enrolment and tailor-made programs which focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development. De Baak sponsors events that foster dialogue, addressing issues of social responsibility, diversity and sustainability. Their commitment is to the individual: helping people to become effective in work and personal development.

Visit or for more information or contact: Kristin Jooss-Amadon, Senior Program Director & International Business Development at de Baak Tel.: 0031681953228  / e-mail:

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