Cateautje Hijmans van den Bergh has a master’s degree in classical languages and archaeology from Leiden University, she has also obtained a Master of Business Administration. She worked in the financial sector and in strategic consulting for many years.

From 1997 until 2014 she worked as a consultant for Boer&Croon. At Boer&Croon she became the first ever female partner and her last three years she was chairwoman of the board. Until December 2016 she worked as interim-director of APG