Margot Scheltema first studied at Amsterdam University and obtained a degree in International Law. She started her professional life at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and continued at the Treasury in The Netherlands. In between, she obtained a Master of International Affairs degree at Columbia University, New York.
In 1985, she joined Shell International to pursue an international career, holding jobs in finance in various countries (UK, Tunisia, Venezuela) and businesses (exploration, retail, country management, corporate). In Venezuela, she was Shell Downstream’s Vice President Finance for five countries in Latin America, later becoming Senior M&A adviser at Group Headquarters in London.
In 2004, she returned to The Netherlands as the Finance Director for Shell Netherlands. After five years in that position, she left Shell to build a portfolio of national and international non-executive Board positions.
Margot Scheltema’s portfolio of Board positions has included the ASR Insurance Group, Schiphol International Airport, Triodos Bank, Lonza Group and TNT Express, as well as the Rijksmuseum. She has always chaired, or been a member of, the Audit Committee.
Currently, she serves on the Boards of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB), Nedap in Groenlo and Stichting Open Nederland. She also serves as a Lay Judge for the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. In the not-for-profit sector, she is Chair of the Dutch Eye association and Supervisory Board member of the Dutch Photomuseum, Netherland Bach Society and the Veerstichting.