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Dr. Twaalfhoven graduated from Fordham University in 1952 with a B.Sc. and received his
MBA at Harvard Business School in 1954. In 1993 Dr. Twaalfhoven received an honorary
doctorate from Fordham University for his achievements in the area of education and as an
international entrepreneur. On June 2, 2001 Dr. Twaalfhoven received the Annual Alumni
Award from Harvard Business School for his activities stimulating entrepreneurship in Eastern
and Western Europe.
Indivers started 51 companies in 11 countries including Italy, France, Germany, Russia,
Ukraine, Holland, Belgium, England, U.S.A. and China: most successfully, 17 failed. The
company sold its major turbine related activities in 1997 to United Technologies in the U.S.A.
and in 2000 to Sulzer of Switzerland. Indivers was also co-founder of the first venture capital
company (Gilde) and has participations in several venture capital companies.
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Dr. Twaalfhoven is active in many capacities in
international networks of universities and entrepreneurs, especially the promotion of dynamic
growth entrepreneurs. He is Founder of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship
research (EFER) and Initiator of EASDAQ. He is Founding Member and Member of the Board
of Europe’s 500, now Growth Plus – the Association for Europe’s fastest growing
entrepreneurs. Dr. Twaalfhoven is board member of the Fordham Graduate School of
Business in New York and board member of the International Advisory Board of The
Netherlands business school: Nyenrode. He is board member of United World College India
and advisor to the GEA College of Entrepreneurship in Portoroz/Slovenia.
Bert and Maria Twaalfhoven live in Hilversum, Holland and have 8 children (5 MBA’s –
3 engineers). They have 16 grandchildren. They ski – sail – paint and collect 17th century maps
when New York was called “New Netherlands” and Cape Cod “New Holland”. The
Twaalfhoven 2nd generation is re-designing a “New Indivers” in the industrial sector as well as
in new and emerging sectors, markets and technologies.
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