NOVEMBER 6, 2014
TIM VAN ROEYEN IS FROM BELGIUM AND HOLDS A DEGREE IN APPLIED ECONOMICS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AT A BANK THEN QUICKLY MOVED TO A FMCG COMPANY. IN HIS SPARE TIME, TIM LIKES TO READ NON-FICTION, FOLLOW ONLINE COURSES, GO HIKING, HAVE A BEER AND DANCE SALSA AND BACHATA.
1. How did you hear about the bus? What made you want to get on board?
I subscribed to a newsletter one year ago. Now I decided it was time to go for it! Since I was a child, I always dreamed of epic journeys and I believe this bus trip is one. The world is interesting and inter-connected. Why not discover and take part of it? With Africa some time in my mind, I decided to go for the big jump. I quit my job and started traveling in Eastern Africa working on short-term small-scale projects. The purpose is to get in touch with as many external factors as possible.
I believe in entrepreneurship as a motor to development. It creates opportunities and enables Africans to climb the business value chain. How has India been growing and developing itself? Through entrepreneurship and adopting business processes: big corporations such as IBM have outsourced IT call centers. I am looking forward to working together with talented professionals of the continent and the rest of the world.
2. What are you hoping to get out of this trip? What are your expectations?
I hope to create partnerships with energetic people developing solutions for the ones in need. I hope this trip will inspire many more to just come up with an idea and just do it. I believe in the trickle-down-effect of such a venture. People inspire people.
3. There will be satellite internet on the bus – why will connectivity be so important on the bus?
Internet is key to work swiftly on your solutions. Having traveled in developing countries, I only appreciate connectivity “anywhere – anytime” more. Providing affordable connectivity to every corner of the world will be a key to development.
4. What are the three things that motivate you?
Discovery with uncertainty, exchanging with talented people to create solutions that drive changes and making it happen.
5. What’s the most exciting/proudest/interesting thing you’ve done to date?
I follow the path that I designed for myself, despite what other people say or think. I go for my dreams, which led me to Africa. I’m also proud of the fact that in my previous company, I made behavioural change in the way colleagues interacted with each other with the “welcome to my world” game.
6. What next? What are your plans? (Do you have any future ventures/ideas/projects you’re working on?)
Keep on working towards my ultimate long-term goal: change social economic systems. On short-term basis: finding a way to work in the field as an independent regulator with a global micro-credit organization. And who knows, some very exciting things can be produced in the bus.
TIM IS PARTICIPATING IN THE AMPION VENTURE BUS IN EAST AFRICA.