Mark van der Heijden

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Mark Van Der Heijden

Mark van der Heijden

Co-founder, Wanderbrief
Mark van der Heijden originates from the south of Holland, a quaint country known for tulips, cheese, clogs and coffee shops. In January 2014, Mark waved goodbye to his job as copywriter in the Amsterdam ad scene and hit the world as ‘The Backpacker Intern’, helping out agencies, brands and charities in exchange for room and board.

The journey has brought him to 27 countries on 7 continents where he worked at 32 companies such as Amnesty International Thailand, TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles, Ogilvy Cape Town, Red Bull Austria, JWT Buenos Aires, DDB Vietnam and UNICEF New Zealand. Mark shared his story at TEDxTeen, SXSW and Cannes Lions, he was invited by The White House and is one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential Travel Bloggers in the World’.

In February 2016, Mark co-founded Wanderbrief, a global community where people trade their skills for experience abroad. Their mission is to refresh the perspective of creatives and support companies to meet their business objectives through collaborative creativity, while fostering global citizenship and cultural exchange.

See Mark discuss "How to attract the best talent in the world" at eurobest:

Attracting and retaining creative talent is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Today we'll share insights and tools to keep up with the evolving global workforce and a generation with itchy feet. We'll share personal learnings from building a millennial-focused company that provides work-life experiences abroad and talk about ways to attract and retain the best creative talent in the world.