The name of the company originates from the true European scientist, engineer, researcher and humanist Cornelis Drebbel whose name is little known as opposed to his most spectacular invention: the submarine. Great technology does not necessarily come from great names…
Willem Lambrechts and Gabriela Homolova founded the company in 2011. Willem has since taken care of business development and sales. Gabriela is responsible for the financial and day-to-day business management.
In his 13 years pre-Drebbel career in the European financial services sector, Willem Lambrechts discovered the need to narrow and eliminate the gap between the business requirements of the financial services community and the existing solutions of specialised technological providers. He is the main contact for technology partners and clients of Drebbel.
Prior to Drebbel, Willem was the Sales Manager for Northern Europe for BT Radianz, a market leader in financial network connectivity. Earlier in his career, he was active in sales for known companies such as Bosch, Belgacom and Barco. Willem obtained a Master degree as certified NLP Master Practitioner and completed a course in Business Administration, Management and Operations at the Vlerick Business School.
“The key to a true business-to-business relationship is being physically close to the technology users as well as the technology providers, mutual respect, listening carefully and clear communication between the parties.”
Gabriela Homolova is co-founder and owner of the company and is responsible for back office management and finance at Drebbel.
Gabriela is a driven professional with leadership and management skills. She has strong project management backgrounds on multiple international projects across the industry sectors as well as academic. Gabriela graduated from the University of Salford with honours in Environmental Sciences.
"Professionalism is a frame of our business driven by customer experience.”
Since the beginning of 2017 Jan-Willem has been an associated partner with Drebbel Technology Brokers. Based in Amsterdam, Jan-Willem is the main contact for clients and prospects in the Netherlands.
Before joining Drebbel, Jan-Willem started his career in financial markets as a market maker in equity and index derivatives on the Dutch and German markets. After that he worked as a commercial business analyst for TOM (The Order Machine), an Amsterdam based derivatives exchange. Besides a clear understanding of how the financial markets work in general, Jan-Willem has a great interest in Data Science and the fintech companies that build smart technologies using Data Science techniques. He understands the current challenges financial institutions face, and can help finding the correct solutions to overcome those challenges.
Besides a master degree in Psychology with a minor in statistics, Jan-Willem is also a Certified Data Science Professional.
We believe strongly in the combination of profound market knowledge with a personal approach so that we can create meaningful business-to-business relationships with the people we work with.