Arleen Westerhof was born in Jamaica and grew up in Toronto, Canada. After completing her Ph.D. in Chemistry and doing a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of London, she moved to Amsterdam to work for a large multinational corporation.
Arleen is the Founder and Executive Director of the Economic Summit (economicsummit.eu). The Economic Summit aims to provide solutions for global economic transformation. It does so by helping businesses to transform sustainably through mutual value creation, a relational view of society and paradigms based on Christian tradition, faith and thought.
Since it’s inception in 2014, doors have opened for the summit to have influence in both government and business. Economic Summit principles now make up the majority of the economic policy of one of the political parties in the governing coalition in the Netherlands.
One of the key concepts that have played a major role in Economic Summit meetings has been the “Economics of Mutuality (EoM),” a management theory developed by Dr. Bruno Roche, the Chief Economist at Mars Inc. and Head of their Catalyst Economic Think Tank.
Arleen is also the Director of the “Center for Economics and Mutuality” that opened on March 9th, 2020. The center is a collaboration between the Economic Summit, the Erasmus Initiative for the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity, the Rotterdam School of Management, and several members of the Dutch Parliament led by Christen Unie MP Eppo Bruins. It’s aim is to do research in order to develop best practices for SME businesses using the Economics of Mutuality, to redefine the role of owners in companies and corporations and to propose the legislative changes required to enable businesses to operate according to EoM principles.