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Stefaan van Hooydonk
Founder of the Global Curiosity Institute
Stefaan van Hooydonk is the founder of the Global Curiosity Institute where he and his team are supporting professionals, teams and organisations to foster a mindset of curiosity.
Stefaan van Hooydonk's videos
What Stefaan van Hooydonk's clients say
"Amazing presentation. Genuinely got me out of my "comfort zone". Congrats for this very interesting event Speexx!"
"Stefaan van Hooydonk your whole workshop has been the highlight of my day. Many New Inspirations will follow. Hope to meet you again and in person."
"Thank you for your great talk at our Speexx Exchange As many of my colleagues will testify, I can be quite critical and demanding when it comes to trainers/coaches/hosts/speakers, and so it’s only fair that I also voice my appreciation when I see a talk which is brilliantly delivered. You had me hooked after two minutes and I was sad when the 90 minutes were over. Thank you very much for that!"
"In an uncertain and complex world your ability to learn is in my opinion the only sustainable competitive advantage. In his ground breaking book ‘the workplace curiosity manifesto’ Stefaan van Hooydonk states that the #1 driver for individuals, teams and organizations to boost their ability to learn is to become more curious. How? Well it all starts with asking more questions. We have invited Stefaan for multiple client events and each time the participants strengthened their muscles to be curious, gained new insights and walked a way with a lot of inspiration to make the world more curious. And that’s exactly what we need at this moment in time."
"We had Stefaan from Global Curiosity Institute to give a key note at our conference PLM Road Map and PDT Europe in Gothenburg October 2022. It was a conference for professionals in the Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) domain with more than 160 attendees with a theme centered around the need for Digital Transformation. Stefaan kicked off day 2 with a truly inspiring presentation about Curiosity and injected a lot of energy into the conference. Perfect for the start of day 2. This start made us all energetic and you could see and hear that it was very appreciated. In addition, the feedback on site and in forums like Linkedin, was very positive and had all of think about how we can follow Stefaan’s recommendation to be more curious both as individuals and organisations. Thanks Stefaan for your great contribution."
"Thank you Stefaan for your inspirational story and provide us with a lot of insights and let us challenge our own curiosity. It was an energetic start for a great day for our team!"
"We asked Stefaan for our GoodHabitz Event about workplace curiosity as we thought he would be the perfect fit for HR and L&D professionals. And we were completely right! Our audience was inspired by Stefaan’s insights, triggered by his questions, and went home with brand new ideas on how to motivate colleagues to stay curious and to keep learning. We would definitely recommend Stefaan for any future events."
"Stefaan van Hooydonk delivered a session on leveraging curiosity in the workplace to drive employee performance and productivity at our inaugural learning and development ATD conference in Kuwait. It was a very insightful and thought-provoking session, the audience were engaged in interesting discussion with Stefaan and interacted with him through out by asking many questions. Stefaan’s opening session was a great value-add to our conference, and the top-rated by the audience. I look forward to collaborating with him for ATD’s future projects."
Stefaan van Hooydonk's 2023 biography
Stefaan is the founder of the Global Curiosity Institute. He consults global corporations, leadership teams, and individuals to help build stronger curiosity muscles. He helps them in baselining individual and workplace curiosity and supports them with designing and implementing intentional curiosity improvement projects and learning initiatives.
Stefaan started his career in investment consulting in China. From there he moved to set up the executive education arm of a major business school in Shanghai, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), which he ran for 5 years. Subsequently, he set up global learning teams and innovative corporate universities for Nokia (China/Finland), Agfa Healthcare (Belgium), Philips (The Netherlands), Flipkart (India), Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia), and Cognizant (UK). His last role was that of Chief Learning Officer for Cognizant, where he oversaw learning and development for over 300k associates across the globe. He has been globally recognized for his innovative approach to learning, people, and technology.
Stefaan has a master’s degree in Economics and in Chinese, together with postgraduate degrees in Marxist Economics from China, Cross-Cultural Management from France, and an Executive MBA from Rutgers University. He is a certified executive coach. A Belgian national, Stefaan has been married for 25 years to Jeltje Peletier: a successful psycho- and yoga therapist. Together they have 4 children: Rik, Femke, Koen, and Menko. He practices meditation daily, is a marathon runner, and food forest amateur, and is pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy.
Stefaan van Hooydonk's 2023 talks & topics
Stefaan van Hooydonk's 2023 speaking fees
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