Beachhead Advisor, New Zealand
Gabe Rijpma is a senior ICT and health industry leader based in Christchurch. He is currently the senior director for Health andSocial Services for Microsoft in Asia based out of New Zealand.
Dutch by birth, Gabe moved to New Zealand at an early age and went to school and university in the South Island. He has lived and worked in NZ, Australia, the USA and has now been working and living in South East Asia since 2002.
Gabe started his working career in Christchurch as a software developer and systems architect. He was an early pioneer in technology and internet start-ups. After moving to Sydney, he joined Microsoft in 2000 which set the basis for his career across multiple continents. Gabe worked with some of the largest corporations and national governments in transforming their businesses through the application of ICT.
Gabe has extensive experience working across start-ups, ISVs, systems integrators and international customers with a special focus and passion in the area of healthcare. This has resulted in Gabe building a very broad network in the public and private sectors across Asia.
Gabe is a very strategic thinker, strong executer and is known for his ability to solve business problems. He is passionate about New Zealand, its reputation and the companies who have taken on the global market.
Advisory areasCloud computing, big data, solution selling, partnering for success, channel development, and building relationships at a senior government level.
Sector experienceSaaS, tech services, health, smart data, government/defence, dairy.
Gabe has experience working in South East Asia, Japan, India, Greater China, USA, Australia and New Zealand.