Testimonials

In the last three decades 416 talented young professionals and over 200 international companies have benefited from their association with the Prince Albert Fund.  Find out how the Fund has contributed to their personal career development and international business expansion, as they share with us their experiences below.

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Pauline Van der Eecken - Participant 2017

"By taking full responsibility for my project, I was able to further enhance my leadership, business and management skills."

Role

Pauline’s project consisted of preparing Stevia One as an authorized supplier for its potential customers. Stevia One is a vertically integrated company, operating its own stevia fields
in the Peruvian jungle.

Responsibilities

Pauline was responsible for identifying the needs of future customers, mapping them out and implementing them within the defined scope, budget and time frame. She gathered key information for R&D (pesticides regulation, different flavor formulations), Quality, Commercial, Logistics (packaging requirements), etc.

Once the main requirements had been identified, she developed an implementation plan, prioritizing strategic customer requirements, based on the sales plan. In addition to her main project, she provided sales support for the company’s trading activities with a key customer, who exports to Latin America and Asia.

How she benefited

“This Prince Albert Fund experience helped me understand the sales process from A to Z in a start-up environment, for a company with huge potential.” From zero experience in commercial and project management, Pauline graduated to a commercial management role. She learned how to use new tools for implementing a project, to prioritize activities within time and budget constraints and proactively delve deeper into certain topics such as the regulatory framework.
But, above all, she truly connected with Peruvian culture.

“This connection with the locals inspired me and forced me to rethink what are the real values of life. This journey also made me aware more than ever of our current climate problem and the need to contribute to a greener planet.”

The company – Stevia One Peru

Stevia One Peru, part of the group Durabilis, produces and sells stevia extracts to customers around the world. Its products help to reduce added sugar and calories in mainstream foods and beverages. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Lima, Peru.

“The company was very satisfied with Pauline’s work and we offered to extend her contract so she can finish implementing the commercial requirements, as the factory will commence production in early 2018.”

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