‘Empowering others is important to me. My work is to create a safe and challenging learning environment where my clients feel free to experiment with new skills. I use a lot of humor and interaction to help people grow and become more aware.’
Learning should be inspiring.
Maya Mathias (1967) is originally from India, was born in London and grew up in the Netherlands. After studying business economics at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam, she worked for development organizations in America and West Africa and training and consultancy firms in the Netherlands.
Maya learned the training profession at the renowned training agency ‘Circon Group of Companies’, where she followed an intensive training course for trainers. Circon was one of the first training agencies in Holland to work with professional training actors in management and skills programs.
In 2005 Maya emigrated to Curaçao with her family. Her training assignments in the Dutch Caribbean include programs in the field of customer service, professional and personal development, communication, leadership, coaching, team building and dealing with difficult and aggressive behavior.
‘Capturing what people really want to say, is what I love about writing. I put into words what drives individuals and organizations to do what they do. It means everything to me when clients say: ‘That’s exactly what I meant, but I couldn’t find the words.’
Writing should be meaningful.
Maya Mathias (1967) is an independent bilingual writer, public speaker and communications expert.
As a writer she focuses on copy writing, website writing, editing and translating in Dutch, English, Papiamentu and Spanish together with her translation team.
She frequently writes press releases, newsletters, booklets, brochures, annual reports, project proposals and policy papers for international companies, governments and NGO’s in the Dutch Caribbean and helps clients to communicate their core values and messages effectively.
Finally, as a journalist Maya frequently writes for daily Caribbean newspapers like Amigoe and Antilliaans Dagblad and used to be the editor-in-chief of Coaching Magazine, a well-known management magazine on Curaçao.
‘Contributing to my community gives me a sense of pride and belonging. I’m always full of ideas I want to share. It’s wonderful when you can create something of value to others. I encourage young people to find their own voice and use their own talents.’
Giving back should be enriching.
Maya Mathias (1967) is an active member of her community. Through her work for the GreenKidz Foundation and her membership of Rotary Club Willemstad she contributes to the development of her community and the empowerment of its youth.
As the director of the GreenKidz Foundation Maya develops modern educational programs about plastic waste, plastic soup and the principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Refuse. These programs have reached thousands of children, teens and teachers in schools and universities on Curaçao.
As a Rotary fellow Maya takes part in many fundraising activities and hands-on-projects to empower her community. In addition she stimulates talented teens to explore and develop their leadership potential through the worldwide Rotary Youth Leadership Program.
Learning is a treasure that will follow you everywhere.
Learning is not filling the pail but lighting the fire.
Once you stop learning, you start dying.
DRS. MAYA KARINA MATHIAS CAREER MILESTONES 2005 2015 2020
In 2005 Maya immigrated to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao with her family where she started her company Smart Works focusing on professional training and writing.
In 2015 she set up the GreenKidz Foundation, together with Ivonne Zegveld, aiming to change the mindset of generations and develop learning materials for students in primary and secondary education.
In 2020 Maya joined her husband’s company and became part of the Balance Consulting Group, taking on the challenge to lead and grow its new unit Balance Blended Learning.