Christiaan Arie Wouter Slappendel (Gouda, September 24, 1967) is a big fan of tigers. He decided to invest one year of his life to a good cause, the rescue of his beloved animal the tiger that is almost extinct and of which experts believe that this could be for real within 10 years. Part of his unique project is the TigerTrail, a journey through all countries where the tiger has ever lived or still lives to raise awareness. As awareness is the key element in saving the tiger from getting extinct.
Chris was born in Gouda and grew up in Pijnacker in The Netherlands. As a young boy he always liked to play outside, and he was fond of football, games and exploring the polder and construction sites. He could because his parents worked hard during the day and did not always notice what he was up to. After primary school in Pijnacker Chris continued his education at the Dalton College where he graduated at the age of 16. After a interesting but not very successful year at the HEAO (professional university) in Rotterdam and an unfortunate early exit for military service Chris started working at Nationale-Nederlanden, an insurance company in The Hague.
Dissatisfied with his administrative work Chris decided to take up studying again and took up evening classes. After four years Chris had succeslfully finished his studies and thesis and graduated in 1994. Meanwhile Chris was already promoted to - at the time - being the youngest manager ever at Nationale-Nederlanden and proceeded in an smooth career. After Chris had finished his studies he decided to continue in a marketing profession (which was not fancy that time) despite warnings of his (conservative) director.
After several marketing roles at different companies (some successful, some not) Chris moved into sales management. From 1999 to 2006, Chris developed into a very successful sales manager, for 5 years at AEGON, also an insurance company. He got very enthusiastic and experienced in coaching people while focusing on executing the strategy. He build a streamlined organization based on clear principles and this pleased him more and more, despite the turbulent surroundings within his field of work and within working a very political organization.
In 2006, Chris got a role as strategic business developer within AEGON that gave him the confirmation that he no longer felt at home in this organization. He decided to become a free agent and in 2008 he started to help companies with their customer management strategy. Also he started helping starting entrepreneurs, which he did with great enthusiasm.
Chris is single and has no children. He is living in the city of historical Delft, near the town where he grew up and is surrounded with his old friends.
Chris loves to travel and during the last 10 years his love for photography emerged. Nowadays Chris really enjoys making photos of wild animals and humans. Beside his love for travelling and photography Chris listens to music all of the time.
Areas of Expertise
Consultancy, sales management, Marketing Management, General Management, Entrepreneurships
An idea worth spreading
Help me to save the tiger by changing the way we think about nature. If we screw up with nature it will get back on humans. Let's respect nature as we expect people to respect ourselves.
I'm passionate about
tigers, football, traveling and photography.
Talk to me about
I am open to all ideas how we can cooperate to save the tiger.
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
A trail is actually just a path. Especially male tigers roam vast distances, some covering 1000 km in a month! TigerTrail stands for the path that I'll intend to follow and in which I cover all the countries where the tiger lives or has once lived. In total I'll be traveling through 31 Asian countries. In but 13 of those tigers are still found. The TigerTrail begins on May 15th and lasts for 6 months. It covers about 100,000 km! Follow me on his TigerTrail and read more about it. TigerTrail is a multi media expedition where both traditional and new media will be used to cover the expedition. With an online TV-channel, social media, a snipperwall and with lots of interviews for radio, television, papers and magazines!