Maarteen de Jeu Encourages Learning About Science

Maarten de Jeu is a financial professional in the Chicago area. He founded and is a managing partner of SVM Business Advisory. Besides this, he has also been very involved at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago. At one point, he was the co-chair of the Science Spins program, which was an exhibit that was used to educate people about the history of the bicycle. The Museum of Science and Industry has a program that involves Chicago-area teens. It is called the Farrell Fellows Internship. Being the largest museum focusing on science in the Western Hemisphere, MSI uses this internship to work with teens on learning more about science. During the summer, the program is five weeks long and involves coursework in leadership development, science and public speaking. The teens themselves then get to present an interactive activity based on science to not only their community, but also at the museum. Learn more:


In 2014, 40 teens took part in this program, and were able to educate visitors about the chemistry involved in bubbles. The Farrell Fellows program has also allowed the teens to teach children how to launch model rockets and how to make their own carnival tents from newspaper. Marteen de Jeu’s involvement in the museum has been invaluable. He also takes part in many other philanthropic and business causes. Among these are Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Economic Club of Chicago, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Dean’s International Council, and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.


Marteen de Jeu’s career began with his education. He received his education in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In 2001 at Leiden University, he received his M.A. in Social Science with a major in Public Administration. He went on to complete his Executive MBA from Oxford in 2005. Here he received numerous specializations in finance. Since graduating, he has gone on to work as a management consultant and in other areas at various companies. He is also co-founder of the leading ethics and compliance solutions companies in Europe called SpeakUp. This is a technology-based company that provides these types of solution for those companies that are listed publicly. Since 2008, he has been the Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Aviva’s North American division. He has been successful in growing the company’s life insurance sales in North America. Yet, despite his success, Marteen enjoys spending his time giving back, like at the Museum of Science and Industry, where he can watch the next group of leaders learn and grow.

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