Petra van Hilst is a multilingual lawyer, connector, speaker and networker in the international legal field. As a founding member of General Counsel Netherlands (GCN), her goal is to promote and professionalize the role of the final responsible in-house lawyer. She is also the initiator of the General Counsel Executive Program, an international academic program/mini-MBA for GCs who seek to develop their nonlegal and strategic skill set.

Van Hilst holds an LLM from the Utrecht University School of Law in the Netherlands. She was also educated at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Van Hilst has vast experience working as a GC in various international corporate environments, including for finance, tech and media companies.