HDF Consulting N.V.:

Leading Suriname’s ICT Landscape Since 1997

Welcome to HDF Consulting N.V., a distinguished force in Suriname’s ICT sector since 1997. Under the visionary leadership of our founder, Huub de Freytas –  who has tirelessly contributed 40 years to the dynamic evolution of ICT – we’ve evolved into a recognized name synonymous with innovation and reliability. Today, as trusted partners for esteemed clients, we contribute to the technological advancement of businesses across the nation. Join us as we blend a rich history with our present-day commitment to excellence in the ever-evolving ICT landscape.

Discover more about our history, team, and culture. Currently, we are deeply engaged in every aspect of the industry. With a wealth of experience, our commitment remains steadfast in delivering excellent products and exceptional service.

The Founding Years Before HDF Consulting

1980-1984: Early Endeavors at Suralco

Hubertus de Freytas, fondly known as Huub, commenced his illustrious 40-year journey in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in 1980. Fresh from the AMS, he joined Suralco in the Werktuigbouw, marking the genesis of his passion for automation. A pivotal moment arose when Huub, alongside a Natin graduate, programmed a state-of-the-art lathe in the Central Machine Shop, setting the stage for his profound involvement in the world of ICT.

1984-1989: A Dive into Notarial ICT

Leaving Suralco, Huub ventured into the Notariaat of Mr. C.R. Jadnanansing, exploring the world of ICT amidst the challenges of a rapidly evolving industry.  IBM, a technological giant, seemed like an elusive dream for a newcomer like Huub. However, fate smiled upon him when Huub’s entry into the world of ICT was fortuitously facilitated by Data Management’s Informatica Opleiding. This intesive course laid upon which Huub built his expertise. At Keycomp Computer Systems, Huub delved into System Administration and COBOL programming, honing skills that would become invaluable in his future endeavors.

1989-1992: EBS and System Programming

Huub’s journey continued at EBS (Energie Bedrijven Suriname), where his programming prowess shone as he rewrote the OGANE gas supply system in COBOL. Recognizing Huub’s multifaceted skills, his manager, Ir. Jacques Willemen, recommended a shift to System Programming. This period saw Huub’s resilience during a critical phase when IBM and other System Programmers left Suriname. Single-handedly, he resurrected a stalled system, earning him the trust and mentorship of his superior, Jacques. In 1992, Huub departed from EBS with an honors award and a certificate of excellence to embark on a new venture.

1992-1993: N.V. Nijros Informatiserings Consultants

In 1992, N.V. Nijros was born in 1992, a collaboration of minds including Huub, Jacques Willemen, Marnix Nijman, Jimmy Rosheuvel and Tony Janssen. The company rapidly expanded, boasting 20 employees within a year. Huub and Jacques spearheaded pivotal projects, specializing in Migrations and Infrastructure development. N.V. Nijros laid the groundwork for Huub’s understanding of freelancing consultancy. As of today, Nijros does not exist anymore, but all stakeholders are successful owners and founders of ICT companies in Suriname.

1994-1997: Freelancing and the Grit to Succeed

In 1994, Huub embarked on the path of freelance consulting, a daring move that initially faced formidable challenges. Undeterred by three months of unanswered proposals and a family with young kids to take care of, he persisted. Despite the initial hurdles, Huub’s unwavering commitment ultimately paid off as projects started streaming in, contributing significantly to renowned companies such as Shell Suriname, Kersten Concern Beheer, and Telesur.

HDF Consulting was born

A Significant Milestone

The demand for his services eventually prompted the establishment of HDF Consulting N.V. on May 23, 1996, with Huub’s wife, Shirley de Freytas, as advisor and equal partner (HDF evedently being an abbreviation of Huub de Freytas). The journey from a one-man show to a thriving entity was a significant milestone. The company’s ethos centered on passion, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. A small team of energetic ICT enthusiasts was assembled, paving the way for the next chapter.

Huub pitching his services in the early days

The first members of the HDF family, in the garage of Huub

Building a Dream Team

Huub’s exacting standards for team members surpassed mere technical proficiency; he prioritized qualities such as passion, steadfast commitment, and harmonious collaboration within the team. This strategic recruitment approach resulted in assembling a foundational team which played a pivotal role in establishing and fortifying HDF Consulting’s prominence in the industry. Under Huub’s leadership at the helm, HDF Consulting charted a course of continuous growth and innovation. Gia demonstrated mastery in operating systems, applications, and databases, while Anusjka skillfully navigated employee management, assisted the CEO, and excelled in client relations. Rodney’s proficiency in repairing and constructing networks and Othniel’s efficiency in handling technical tasks added to HDF Consulting’s robust team. Shirley, as a strategic advisor and co-founder, enriched the company with experience, guiding its growth and fostering a familial work culture. Together, their diverse strengths laid the foundation for our success.

Weathering Economic Storms

During the tumultuous era of the early 2000s, the dot-com bubble posed formidable challenges for numerous tech enterprises globally. In Suriname, HDF Consulting faced additional hurdles exacerbated by the region’s volatile political landscape. The company adeptly weathered these dual storms by not only diversifying its services and remaining attuned to market demands but also by navigating industry with tact and resilience. Despite the adversities posed by political instabilities, HDF Consulting stood steadfast, guided by Huub’s strategic foresight and the team’s unwavering commitment to excellence. This period underscored the company’s adaptability and fortitude, reinforcing its position as a resilient leader in Suriname’s ever-evolving ICT sector.

The team delivering hundreds of desktops at SZF

Daughters of the founder take roles in the business

Continuing the Legacy

In 2008, HDF Consulting welcomed its newest additions, daughters of the founder, Crystal and Marilyn, into the fold. Their journey with the company began long before, as they underwent training from the age of four, imbibing the values and skills essential to the family business. As they matured, they took on summer jobs within the company, gaining practical experience and insight into its operations. Their educational pursuits led them abroad to the Netherlands, where they furthered their studies and gained valuable work experience in the USA. Now, armed with a blend of academic excellence, international exposure, and hands-on training, Crystal and Marilyn injected fresh perspectives and innovation into the company’s endeavors. As of today, Crystal and Marilyn  continue to play integral roles within HDF. Marilyn takes on the dual role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operations Officer (COO). Her responsibilities encompass strategic financial planning, operational efficiency, and overall management of day-to-day business activities. With her multifaceted expertise, Marilyn plays a pivotal role in steering HDF Consulting. Meanwhile, Crystal takes charge of the Web Development Department, spearheading initiatives to maintain our company’s dedication to digital innovation and excellence.

Shaping Tomorrow

As of today, HDF Consulting N.V. stands as a beacon of innovation and reliability in Suriname’s dynamic ICT landscape. With over four decades of experience, we have earned a reputation as a trusted partner for businesses seeking cutting-edge ICT solutions. Guided by Huub’s entrepreneurial philosophy, which emphasizes empowering individuals with passion and skills, we confront challenges head-on, driving technological advancement and efficiency for businesses across the nation. Our commitment to excellence remains unwavering, as we continue to deliver top-of-the-line products and exceptional service to our valued clients. At HDF Consulting, we are not merely participants in the ICT landscape; we are architects of its evolution, committed to leading the way towards a brighter technological future.

Our Company Culture

At HDF Consulting, our company culture is built on the foundation of a tight-knit team. We pride ourselves on being more than just a workplace – we’re a family business. This family-oriented approach permeates every aspect of our operations, fostering camaraderie, trust, and a shared commitment among our team members. Our collaborative and supportive environment extends beyond professional endeavors, creating a workplace where everyone is valued and contributes to our collective success. This familial bond is not only integral to our identity but also a driving force behind the excellence we bring to the dynamic landscape of ICT in Suriname.

Empowering Diversity and Education in ICT

HDF Consulting proudly stands as a trailblazer in promoting gender diversity and inclusivity in the ICT industry. As one of the first companies in Suriname to actively hire and train females in ICT roles, we have shattered barriers and opened doors for women to excel in traditionally male-dominated fields. By providing equal opportunities and investing in comprehensive training programs, we empower all our employees to reach their full potential, regardless of gender. Additionally, HDF Consulting gains a competitive edge by prioritizing education and skill development. Through our in-house training initiatives, we equip our team members with the knowledge and expertise needed to thrive in the ever-evolving ICT landscape, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of innovation and excellence.

Giving Back

At HDF Consulting we believe in the importance of giving back to the community that has supported us throughout our journey. Through various corporate social responsibility initiatives, we actively contribute to the betterment of society. Whether it’s through financial aid to organizations, community engagements and mentorships and internships we strive to make a positive impact beyond the realms of business. By engaging in philanthropic activities and fostering partnerships with local organizations, we aim to empower individuals and uplift communities, creating a more inclusive and prosperous society for all.

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