Minke Havelaar

Minke Havelaar

Teacher Creative Business

Mother, maker, educator


Bringing a unique blend of business strategy and artistic creativity, Minke feels right home at HU’s Creative Business program. Her varied career spans across different industries, from a marketing role in a large corporation to serving as a brand director at an educational institution, to working as a freelance business consultant for the cultural sector; Minke has covered a large chunk of the professional spectrum. Her passion for Learning Experience (LX)-Design led her to join the team at HU, and she now holds the position of lecturer at CB, which she considers the best job she's ever had. 

As a lecturer, Minke enjoys interacting with CB-students, who she believes are not only cooler than her, but also smart, vulnerable, and ambitious. Her ability to connect with students and inspire them to achieve their potential is one of her greatest strengths. Minke teaches Content Marketing, Effective Communication, Entrpreneurship, Fundamentals of Brand, Innovations of Creative Business and Marketing Playground. She also supervises Work Placement.  

Minke was born and raised in Utrecht, and after living in Amsterdam for over a decade, she recently returned to her hometown. She has a Master’s in International Business Communication, and also studied Art & Media at Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), and French at University Utrecht. At home, she speaks three languages: Dutch, English, and Greek. When she's not teaching or hanging out with her partner and four-year-old, Minke can be found in her ceramics studio. She creates porcelain tableware and objects under her brand 'Feelings & Gallop', which she sells online and at maker's markets.

Fields of expertise

  • Marketing
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Ceramics


  • 2013: CRKBO-accreditation for Short Vocational Education, CPION, Rotterdam (NL)
  • 2012: Qualified Innovation Games Instructor (IDEO), Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2007: MA International Business Communication, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL)
  • 2002: Propaedeutic, French Language and Literature, Universiteit Utrecht (NL)