Thimon de Jong Speaker

Thimon de Jong

Bring the outside world in. Future-proof your business strategy with Thimon de Jong, a strategic foresight expert and passionate, interactive speaker

Thimon de Jong: Biography highlights

Examining how human behaviour and societal change influence business has never been more important. Syncing a business strategy with rapid societal changes and dynamic human behaviour is a challenge. Luckily, a new style of expert has emerged, with De Jong proving one of the most successful.

Full biography

Able to use socio-psychological and cultural change to meet the strategic needs of different industries, it is little wonder he is becoming one of the most sought-after speakers of his generation.

Over the past ten years de Jong has worked as keynote speaker and leadership trainer for organisations like Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, HP, Ikea, Vodafone, Tetra Pak, Novartis, Kellogg, Merck & Luxottica.

After studying cultural studies and international business, he wrote his Master’s thesis on subcultures and started his working career in journalism.

In his role as editor-in-chief of a youth platform (magazine & website) he discovered his passion for interdisciplinary people research and started working as a youth and media researcher for Science of the Time and FreedomLab Future Studies. In 2007, de Jong took the role of Insights and Strategy director for TrendsActive, an international trend interpretation agency. In this role, he travelled the world consulting and presenting to numerous multinational companies. In 2010 he starred as a jury member in Holland’s Best Idea – a primetime TV-show. In 2011 he co-produced an executive programme for decision makers at Utrecht University on the topic of using sociocultural trends for strategic decision making.

In 2014 he founded Whetston / strategic foresight, a think tank on future human behaviour & societal change and the impact on strategic decision making.

De Jong is determined not only to inform his audience of research, insights and business cases, but also to provide them with practical strategic take-aways on how to utilise the information and help their business grow.

Current Roles & Positions

  • Founder/director of think tank Whetston / strategic foresight
  • Lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University
  • Advisory board member of IOT scale-up 30Mhz, IMC Weekend School presentation trainer

Languages

Thimon speaks English and Dutch.

Speaking Style

Charismatic, passionate and interactive. As one of the most engaging speakers in the world, de Jong grabs any audience with a combination of research, visuals, stories and practical business tools. Described by clients as ‘memorable intellectual entertainment.’

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Available for:

After Dinner Engagement
Facilitation
Moderator
Speaking (physical)
Speaking (virtual)

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Showreel Thimon de Jong
Showreel Thimon de Jong
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What's your elevator? | Thimon de Jong
What's your elevator? | Thimon de Jong
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Trends: Digitalisation and the decline in trust
Trends: Digitalisation and the decline in trust
03:43
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Thimon De Jong on CultureLab
Thimon De Jong on CultureLab
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Thimon de Jong @ OxfordSM 2018
Thimon de Jong @ OxfordSM 2018
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Keynote highlights / Thimon de Jong @ SPAR South Africa
Keynote highlights / Thimon de Jong @ SPAR South Africa
08:27
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Thimon de Jong // On the 'please use my data' tipping point
Thimon de Jong // On the 'please use my data' tipping point
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The Hunt 2018 - Thimon De Jong
The Hunt 2018 - Thimon De Jong
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Online Executive Summit 2017 - Future Consumer Trends #2
Online Executive Summit 2017 - Future Consumer Trends #2
01:27
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KYPÄ 2016 Thimon de Jong
KYPÄ 2016 Thimon de Jong
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IMI National Management Conference 2015 - Thimon de Jong, Founder, Whetson Strategic Foresight
IMI National Management Conference 2015 - Thimon de Jong, Founder, Whetson Strategic Foresight
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Telia Connect2Business 2015 - Thimon de Jong
Telia Connect2Business 2015 - Thimon de Jong
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Thimon de Jong, Director & Speaker - Whetston
Thimon de Jong, Director & Speaker - Whetston
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Thimon de Jong at the HSBC Golf Business Forum
Thimon de Jong at the HSBC Golf Business Forum
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Opening keynote Thimon de Jong - UN World Happiness Day (excerpts)
Opening keynote Thimon de Jong - UN World Happiness Day (excerpts)
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Thimon de Jong (TrendsActive) on the Millennial generation - two realities
Thimon de Jong (TrendsActive) on the Millennial generation - two realities
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Thimon de Jong (TrendsActive) on the Millennial women - in charge & role models
Thimon de Jong (TrendsActive) on the Millennial women - in charge & role models
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Global Investment Forum – Geneva

“Both the ACE team as well as delegates that attended absolutely LOVED Thimon’s talk. They really enjoyed hearing about the next generation and how and trends are moving forward – with three tangible take-aways after each section. Thimon is a very engaging and energized speaker that kicked off our Friday’s schedule with a BANG.”

Swedbank Director Conference – Djüro

“Wonderful, both on and offstage.”

Citywire Fund Selector Events

“Brillant speaker. Intellectual approach & entertaining.”

“One of the best and most meaningful speaker I listened to over the last months.”

“Exceptional speaker, outstanding and shocking.”

IMI Management conference, Dublin

“We were thrilled, Thimon was superb.”

Pepsico Russia

“Best presenter I’ve ever seen or heard.”

Randstad Group

“Only positive feedback from our delegates!”

Hunkemöller

“One presentation of Thimon is enough to want you to hire him again! And so did we at Hunkemoller! He is an engaged speaker with expert knowledge. Sure to help your business further and a great opportunity to learn about the world around us.”

IKEA

“His expert views put a totally new light on current reality, and most importantly, where to go next.”

Economit Mer / Kypä – Helsinki

“Thimon was great. He scored a 4.95 / 5, which makes him our second best speaker in the history of our event. The students loved his presentation style and way of thinking.”

Deloitte

“Insight, inspiration and wonder.”

World Yacht Racing Forum – Gothenburg

“Loved the passion of Thimon’s presentation!”

Utrecht University

“Thimon definitely belongs to the category of excellent speakers. He grasps the audience from beginning till end with his lively presentations. These are rooted in solid scientific research, but made tangible by using great stories and cases.”

UN World Happiness Event – Amsterdam

“Thimon’s opening keynote presentation was very inspiring and he set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. He was able to bring the right energy into the room. I would strongly recommend him for a talk about (fact-based) change.”

Events Academy Event

“At our event, Thimon scored a 9.5 (on a scale from 1-10), which never happened before. He has excellent presentation skills and great content. He is also a very fun, creative and reliable person to work with.”

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