Edwin Smelt


consultant name

Edwin Smelt Egon Zehnder, Amsterdam


Edwin Smelt, based in Amsterdam, brings multiple years of experience in senior level executive and board search with a focus on international industry and services clients. He is a sought after consultant and advisor to international leaders in restructuring cases, management assessments, and succession planning. Edwin is active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Industrial, and Services Practices and co-leads the firm’s global Diversity Council.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder International, Edwin was in commercial and general management positions with the Royal Dutch Shell Group, based in London with regional shareholder responsibility for the Central American, Caribbean and Mexico region. Previously, he had P&L responsibility for the Commercial Road Transport segment. Earlier in his career, Edwin was in oil trading in Rotterdam and worked in commercial management positions for Shell in Asia and South America.

Edwin serves on the Supervisory Board of SOS Children Villages in the Netherlands.

Edwin earned a BA in Economics at Free University Amsterdam and an MBA from University of Delft Interfaculty in the Netherlands. His graduate studies included electives at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the University of Michigan in the US.

News and Publications

Fast Company – Board Chairs Drive Gender Diversity

Why is progress with gender diversity disappointingly slow, asks Fast Company? Diversity is often led by a board chair, according to Egon Zehnder’s 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis.

Bloomberg - 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis: Giving Women More Board Leadership and Executive Roles

On 8 October 2014 Egon Zehnder released its 2014 European Board Diversity Analysis, the sixth in a series of biannual studies. According to the 2014 study, more than 20% of directors on large European company boards are now women, up from 15.6% two years ago, and from just 8% in 2004.

Great Expectations – How the Cultural Shift toward Deeper Diversity Can Succeed

In today’s broader understanding, true diversity is a diversity of perspective, and inclusion is what puts diverse perspectives to work in everything from making better decisions to tapping into diverse markets to fostering innovation.

Diversity and Inclusion Practice Profile

Egon Zehnder provides the comprehensive, expert support you need to shape and successfully fulfill an ambitious Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis With Global Perspective

The findings of the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis reveal: Women's share of European board seats increases to more than 20 percent, but progress stagnant in executive director and board leadership positions.

consultant name

Edwin Smelt Egon Zehnder, Amsterdam