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Elke Geraerts

Keynote Speaker | Human Capital Expert | #1 Bestselling Author | Building the bridge between science and practice | Ptofessor I Doctor in Psychology

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Dutch, English

Resilience, Hybrid Working, Self Leadership


Enthusiasm knows no boundaries, and Elke embodies this with her global presence, having graced platforms worldwide from Kyoto to Cape Town, Lima to Sydney, Dubai, and San Francisco. Her unmatched ability to engage audiences stems from her unique blend of expertise, scientific background, and humor. Elke's enthusiastic approach to translating cutting-edge academic insights into practical everyday applications has garnered widespread acclaim.

Her insatiable curiosity and passion for people have paved the way for a successful academic journey. With a PhD in psychology, Elke has held esteemed positions at renowned institutions such as Harvard, St Andrews, Maastricht, and Rotterdam, garnering international recognition for her groundbreaking research. Currently, she serves as a Professor at the University of Ghent.

Driven by her deep understanding of mental resilience, Elke founded "Better Minds at Work" in 2014, an international consultancy dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being, energy, and productivity of employees. The company has since grown to include over seventy psychologists, doctors, and consultants.

Elke's signature lies in her ability to translate complex psychological concepts into practical, accessible strategies, inspiring individuals and organizations to cultivate resilience and thrive in turbulent times. Her groundbreaking work includes the bestselling book "Mentaal Kapitaal" (Mental Capital: 2015), now in its thirteenth edition and recently launched in English as "Better Minds," as well as in Chinese. She has also released her latest book, "The Mental Reset," offering insights and strategies for navigating a post-pandemic world with resilience and success.


Authentic Intelligence

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How to future-proof yourself and your team

Mental Resilience

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Elke shares her insights on mental resilience and how we can deal swiftly with any challenge.

The mental reset

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How hybrid work and life strengthen resilience

The New Now

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Building Resilience in a World Where Change is the Only Constant

I had the pleasure of listening to Elke's vivid expose at a "Resilience Workshop" for BESIX in Dubai. For me personally, her workshop contained a number of “aha”-points and allowed me to connect some dots on certain challenges encountered in the daily work environment. I left the workshop with a number of insights (link between a boring situation -reptile/primitive brain - negativity - stress - unhealthy body), quotes ("Attention is the new scarce resource") and practical steps (bye bye email notifications on the phone). Her interesting and highly relevant presentation is the best invitation to read one of her books. Definitely worth some "focus"-time

Six Construct Dubai

Peter Lembrechts, Manager

Elke is one of those rare talents who can integrate research and practical examples into clear insights and practical recommendations. She does this in her books and in her real-life contributions. Thanks to her enthusiasm and expertise, resilience becomes a tangible, concrete thing that matters not only in what we think, but definitely in what we can do. From now on, we will look at rabbits and elephants differently.


Jan van Acoleyen, HR director

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