DSC 8250 DH sDiederik Heyning - Diederik is special advisor for SET Ventures who brings specific expertise from the venture capital industry with his extensive international experience.

He worked for 12 years for the English General Electric Company in the Netherlands, England and France, as managing director of large subsidiaries. He gained extensive experience in the manufacture and global distribution of industrial goods.

In 1985 Diederik joined Gilde as General Partner when it was a Dfl 30 mio fund learning its way into the VC industry and was instrumental in the development of Gilde’s activities into a number of focused funds managing over € 2 bio.

He actively served on the board and Executive Committee of the Dutch Association of Venture Capital (NVP) and the European Venture Capital Association. In his 19 years with Gilde, Diederik concluded over 30 deals, primarily in the ICT sector. He is currently on the board of Carmen Systems (Sweden).

He obtained his Baccalaureat in Mathematics in Paris, France and then completed his law studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He is an alumnus of the PMD program at Harvard Business School.

In 2004 Diederik left Gilde to focus on his professional interest in the creation and marketing of studio ceramics.