This month, we’re celebrating the successes of savvy expatriates and Singaporeans, as well as the setbacks they overcame, to make life better in Singapore in our Expatpreneur Awards 2017.
Meet Robbert Gelissen, the Dutch expat who moved to Singapore and started ICTStart in 2008, offering in-demand services such as IT infastructure and data retrieval.
Before moving to the Red Dot with his wife as an “adventure together,” Robbert worked for tech titans like IMB in his home country of Holland.
Read more about him below (and find out how we picked the awardees here).
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“My dad owned two garage shops and two gas stations when I was very young, and could hardly walk, I walked around with repair tools,” recalls Robbert. “That’s never stopped.”
Meet this humble man in person and his enthusiasm will rub off on you, too. “I love running my business in Singapore because it’s so diverse. I meet a lot of people from other countries,” he enthuses.
Plus, Robbert doesn’t shrink from a challenge. “A lady asked me to repair her computer, but it was in Japanese,” he recounts. “I repaired the computer with one of my own computers next to it for language translation. Mission completed!” He also recently overhauled his BMW motorbike engine “just for hobby.”
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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