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Stefaan Van Hooydonk - Keynote Speaker

Founder | Global Curiosity Institute

Stefaan van Hooydonk is the founder of the Global Curiosity Institute and author of the bestselling book: The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto. He researches the topic of workplace curiosity in companies and consults global corporations and leadership teams towards building a stronger curiosity muscle. He was Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at Nokia, Royal Philips, Cognizant, Saudi Aramco, Agfa, and Flipkart. His last CLO prior to starting the Global Curiosity Institute role was for Cognizant, where he oversaw learning and development for over 300k associates across the globe.


“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.” -Camiel Gielkens, CEO Schouten & Nelissen Group


Stefaan’s most sought-after keynotes include:

  • ’Curiosity: The Key Element for Creating a Winning Culture’ (For Senior Executives)
  • ’Leading with Curiosity’ (For People Managers)
  • ’Master Your Curiosity to Master Your Life’ (For Professionals)
  • The Power of Curiosity (For HR Professionals)
  • The Power of Curiosity in L&D (For Learning and Development Professionals)


“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.” -Hoda Nagah, Head of Global Programming, ATD global (Association for Talent Development)


Popular topics: Curiosity: The Key Element for Creating a Winning Culture | Leading with Curiosity | Master Your Curiosity to Master Your Life | The Power of Curiosity

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Stefaan Van Hooydonk

Founder | Global Curiosity Institute

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