Robert Jan Wassink was born on May 25, 1968 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. He loves to travel, meet other cultures, endulge in local cuisine, sports (skiing, fitness, cycling, running), and tries to be the ‘best dad in the whole world’ to his son Noah (2008) and daughter Amani (2010).
He completed his studies as chartered accountant in 1998 at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and worked for Deloitte in Amsterdam (13 years) as well as in San Jose, California, USA (2 years) primarily focused on audits, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, as well as debt and equity offerings in the international arena. After 2.5 years with HLB Schippers (now BDO) as the Business Unit Leader Accountancy responsible for over 125 accountancy FTEs, he was asked in 2012 to become the Chief Financial Officer of Aruba Bank http://www.arubabank.com, the largest commercial bank in Aruba. Reference is also made to the Annual Report 2014 Aruba Bank. In addition to finance, he was responsible for enterprise risk management, asset and liability management, business continuity management, compliance with laws and regulations (such as the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the adherence to the Supervisory directives of the Central Bank of Aruba) and was the driving force behind the strategic plans. After three years, he moved back to the Netherlands to pursue his own personal dream: to set up his own company Bula Consulting.
Bula is an abbreviation of Business Leaders Advisor but also represents the Fijian word for Hello. Robert Jan Wassink got married in Fiji in November 2005 to his wife Jamila so his passion for travelling and advising senior management on a national- and international scale comes together in the word Bula.
Robert Jan is an accomplished and integrity-driven professional offering over 22 years of business success on national and international levels with strong concentration and successes in finance, general management, asset, liability and enterprise risk management, corporate governance, strategy (preparation and implementation) and project management. He is multilingual (Dutch, English, German and Spanish) and has gained extensive business experience in America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.
Recognized as a dedicated person, manager and leader with strengths in reengineering and defining business processes, IT implementation processes, building consensus, recognizing and accelerating colleagues’ strength, and solution driven using a pragmatic approach.