Meet Coach Diederik,
As a business coach for ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business coaching firm, Diederik van Niekerk spends his days assisting business owners to change their focus from working in their business, to working on their business. And although, by his own admission, he is “stubbornly ambitious”, his philosophy nowadays boils down to taking life one day at a time, not forgetting to look around and enjoy the journey, while still achieving his impressive goals…
Originally trained and qualified as a Professional Project Manager (PPM) and International Biotechnology Professional (MSc, CCRA), he achieved early success in the Biotechnology Management arena when he was appointed as the International Program Manager for the largest (NIH funded) HIV treatment research program outside of the USA, at age 28. During his tenure as Program Manager he worked alongside the likes of funders like Brad Pitt, Bono (U2), Alisha Keys and Sir Elton John to mention a few.
Throughout his career of 19 years, he has been involved in multinational biotechnology, pharmaceutical, CRO and medical device companies in countries all over the world (USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa). His roles included working as employee, associate, manager, director and consultant, encompassing project management, program management, training, quality assurance, monitoring, business development and data management.
His experience as entrepreneur started in 2005 with the co-ownership of a coffee shop franchise in Gauteng. He also worked as a Professional Independent Consultant since late 2009 and in the process served a number of Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, CRO and Medical Device clients in roles consisting primarily of Project Management, Quality Assurance and Monitoring.
In 2014 he obtained his certification as a Business Coach with ActionCOACH and he continues to run a successful Business Coaching practice in Central South Africa. Working with corporates, business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals, managers and their teams has enabled him to live his passion and purpose of helping others to discover, pursue and live THEIR God ordained purpose. Backed-up by his experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, and the ActionCOACH proven advice and methodologies, his clients are all enjoying huge profit growth and success in their businesses.