Mark van der Heijden is a World Explorer, Creative Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker and Founder of Wanderbrief, a platform that makes the Digital Nomad life easy for thousands of professionals from around the world.
Mark originates from the south of Holland, a quaint country known for creativity, design, and entrepreneurship. After being submerged in the Amsterdam ad scene for seven years, Mark waved goodbye to his job as a copywriter, tossed his home into a backpack, and hit the world as ‘The Backpacker Intern‘ , helping out agencies, brands and charities in exchange for room and board.
The Backpacker Intern
The journey has brought him to 27 countries on 7 continents where he worked at 32 companies such as TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, Red Bull HQ Austria, UNICEF New Zealand, Ogilvy Cape Town, Amnesty International Thailand and JWT Buenos Aires.
Mark worked with Grammy Award winner Nile Rodgers, helped out ex-drug traffickers in the favelas of Rio and even landed a job on the coldest continent of the world; Antarctica.
In February 2016 Mark co-foundedWanderbrief, a platform that makes the Digital Nomad life easy. Their mission is to give everyone on the planet the freedom to work remotely while travelling the world.
Wanderbrief has grown into a community of thousands of professionals from 100 countries working with companies such as WeWork, Selina and Adobe.
In June 2016 Wanderbrief was selected for the prestigious R/GA Lions Innovation Start-Up Academy and the company became runner-up for ‘Best Work Experience Provider’ at the World Travel Awards.
International Keynote Speaker
Mark travels the world (58 countries) working from his laptop, is an experienced Public Speaker at events all over the planet, mentor at TechCrunch Startup Weekend, Creative Consultant for agencies and brands and an Advisor for Startups helping them scale their business globally.
He was recognized by The White House as Top 100 Most Influential Travel Blogger In The World. His work has been featured in: Adweek, MTV, Entrepreneur, Mashable and many other major media outlets.
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