Born in the Netherlands in 1965, Diana was fortunate to grow up in a country with great education and healthcare systems. Her upbringing, however, was far from all rosy. Physical and emotional trauma, as well as sexual abuse, marked her childhood. She unwittingly gained first-hand knowledge of the negative impact trauma can have on your learning abilities. As a result, she developed a lifelong empathy for young people who pass through similar experiences.
Slowly but surely, Diana processed and healed her traumas. She studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management before completing a Master’s in Business Administration. Her career developed in the field of Human Resources Management and always focussed on Human Development and Strategy, both in the Netherlands and the Middle East.
In 2010, Diana moved to Brazil with her husband, Gerard Lenting. Here she hoped to fulfill her desire to work with the less privileged members of society. But life dealt her another shock: in 2011, Diana was diagnosed with cancer and her world turned upside down. Her chances of surviving this life-threatening diagnosis were touch-and-go. Fortunately, the results eventually returned negative and she can now call herself a cancer survivor.