Richard van Hooijdonk: Biography highlights

Trendwatcher, futurist and international keynote speaker Richard van Hooijdonk takes you to an inspiring future that will dramatically change the way we live, work and do business.

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Who is Richard van Hooijdonk?

As a futurist, keynote speaker, and trendwatcher, Richard van Hooijdonk is an authority on new technology. He has several chip implants, because he wants to physically experience the future. His inspiration sessions have been attended by over 550,000 people. He has given more than 2,000 lectures across 35 countries.

With his international research team, he researches many trends in the field of robotics, drones, self-driving systems, 3D & 4D printing, sensors, blockchain, quantum computing, neurotech, biotech, platforms and augmented & virtual reality. Combined with artificial intelligence, these technologies offer groundbreaking opportunities, but also lead to challenges and threats for people, organisations and governments.

Who does he work for?

Since 2014, Richard has been a speaker at many prestigious institutions and organisations, such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung, Gartner, Interpol, the European Commission, PWC, Deloitte,, Heineken, Unilever, Huawei, NIKE, and many more. Furthermore, he is the CEO of future-focused intelligence agency, which recently introduced its COVID-19 ‘Road to Recovery’ programme.

What drives him?

Richard is driven by a desire to inject innovation and imagination into the mindsets of the people and organisations who are going to shape the world of tomorrow. With the right forward-looking mindset, he believes that we can better effect change for the improvement of our health, happiness, and prosperity.

What are his publications?

Through his online blog, he shares his findings regarding the trends and developments of our times on a weekly basis. To date, he has published 1,500 articles and 60 whitepapers, books, and e-books. One of these, ‘The World of Tomorrow’, became a bestseller.

Does Richard have a private life?

Richard has a girlfriend and two sons, aged 9 and 19. Though firmly rooted in the present, the two boys share their father’s love of the future. Richard enjoys sports, music, healthy food, and mindfulness.


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Tech Trends & The Future Organization (recap of keynote) – Richard van Hooijdonk | SEE 2018
Tech Trends & The Future Organization (recap of keynote) – Richard van Hooijdonk | SEE 2018
Recommerce: een ogenschijnlijk onmogelijk huwelijk tussen duurzaamheid en consumentisme
Recommerce: een ogenschijnlijk onmogelijk huwelijk tussen duurzaamheid en consumentisme
Trendwatcher & Futurist Richard van Hooijdonk @NextBerlin
Trendwatcher & Futurist Richard van Hooijdonk @NextBerlin
European Commission

You gave us all honest, inspired and entertaining insights. Your performance was highly appreciated by the conference participants and EU members.

Manfred Graf

Enthusiastic speaker, a good and versatile story. Everyone was ‘wowed’ by the lecture.

Maarten Buikhuisen
CEO Global Solutions

Your contribution was particularly dynamic and inspiring! The participants experienced recognition, awareness and certainly, a wake-up call. In short, an excellent contribution through a highly professional performance.

Jan Struijs
Commander Dutch Police

A dazzling journey through new technology. The enthusiasm and energy during his presentation, combined with the visuals, provided a successful kick- off to our event

Patrick Steemers

An impressive and noteworthy presentation for our employees and customers. The rate at which change is happening - which you eloquently brought across in your energetic speech - requires a disruptive approach. To be continued!

Rob Pols
Koninklijke Luchtmacht

The symposium ‘Airpower in the Information Age’ was a great success. Nothing but positive feedback from the participants. In no small part thanks to your commitment and dedication, we were able to achieve this result.

Alexander Schnitger
Lieutenant-General Royal Airforce

Great keynote that really opened our eyes. Sparkling and energetic, from beginning to end. Thanks Richard, for showing us this different view of the fitness market and its future.

Arjan van Dijk
Douane Belastingdienst

With your presentation you awakened the customs organisation. At the end of the day it turned out that your presentation had made the biggest impression. You made sure the issues were put on Strategic Management’s radar.

Alex Drost
Director Dutch Customs

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