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Katja Schipperheijn

Author, learning strategist and keynote speaker with a passion for continuous improvement through human-centred innovations that support learning

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Speaker, Workshops, Consultant

Dutch, English

Artificial Intelligence, Metaverse, Learning, Employee Engagement, Human - Machine Symbiosis


Katja Schipperheijn is an internationally recognised author, strategist, futurist, lecturer and keynote speaker. Her expertise focuses on AI and pioneering innovations that create a human-machine symbiosis to enable learning ecosystems to flourish. In doing so, she advocates adopting a learning mindset at the personal, team and corporate levels not to become overwhelmed, but to thrive and sustainably shape the future itself.

Her provocative ideas challenge traditional dogmas and offer fresh perspectives. Sheinspires everyone to adapt and embrace learning before they suffer irreversible damage because AI and other innovations are already pervasive. They are affecting organisations and their employees with unprecedented speed. To incite change, she does not shy away from hypes and discusses the impact of what now seem futuristic, such as Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) or hyper-realistic avatars that make deepfaking a child's play.

Katja explores the intersection of technology and humanity and its impact on our society. For example, she looks at how competences such as imagination, curiosity and consilience play a role. She explores the similarities between neuroscience and computer science to optimise the learning of both human and artificial intelligence. Human connection is paramount in shaping the future of work, which is why she often draws her inspiration from the future as seen through the eyes of children.

Katja's keynote speeches are therefore engaging and inspiring for a very diverse audience. Often, her keynotes are the starting  point for a future readiness workshop and a continuous improvement project.

Besides advising governments, multinationals, educational institutions and start-ups, Katja is also a philanthropist as founder of sCooledu and author of Little Digital Citizens (Dutch 2018). More than 15,000 children have already participated in her workshops on the future and the increasingly virtual world. This shows her commitment to social responsibility and the importance of promoting digital literacy among young people. By booking Katja for an event, you not only get valuable insights but also support a good cause.

As an author, Katja achieved international recognition with her book Learning Ecosystems (2023) finalist best international business books in London and included in the Top 100 best

international business books by the eLearning Journal in Germany. This book will therefore be available in several languages including Arabic during 2024.

2024 will also see the release of her latest book. The Learning Mindset: Combining human competencies with technology to thrive.


The impact of AI on the future of organisations and humanity

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AI is neither hype nor new! However, it is more urgent than ever to include in a future-proof strategy.

Continuous improvement through innovation and learning

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Keynote and workshop based on the book Learning Ecosystems, finalist best international business books

A Learning Mindset in the Age of Innovation

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Unleash potential with a learning mindset supported by emerging innovations

The future of work and learning, Learning Ecosystems

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Has the future caught up with us

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Imagine and create your own future with innovative technologies such as generative AI, XR and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)

What can we learn from children to create the future of work?

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This motivational yet slightly provocative keynote takes you into the world of our children to shape the future of your organization.

A couple of days ago, I had the privilege of attending the Toyota Tech Conference where Katja Schipperheijn was an esteemed speaker. She captivated the audience with her perspective on how lessons from children could be applied to shape the future of our workplaces. Katja, your thought-provoking insights and innovative approach to reimagining the work process were truly inspirational.
My heartfelt gratitude for enlightening us and instilling a fresh perspective on our professional journey.

Toyota Caucasus LLC

George Tsiramua, Head of Business Technology Department, Georgia

A great Keynote Katja. The importance of fostering a learning mindset can’t be overstated, especially in today’s fast-paced world where innovation is key! It’s inspiring to see how emerging technologies can support and enhance this process. This not only benefits individuals in their personal growth but also contributes significantly to organisational success. A win win!


Cathy Hoy, CEO and Co-founder, United Kingdom

would be talking about something that for me is as important as children to improve as a person, so thank you for saying it with the naturalness and certainty with which you did it! I believe that imagination and creativity are key elements that make us unique and that can never be taken away from us by machines. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of calm, transformation, self-management and curiosity in this ever- evolving world. I hope to have the opportunity to talk to you more about this at some point.

ADEO Group

Clara Lepoutre, L&D Project Manager, Spain

Katja’s session was incredibly practical and insightful. People loved it, and it made a significant impact on their learning experience. Her insights and expertise truly resonated with our audience, and her presentation style was engaging and informative. Her contribution to the Masterclass including a tailored keynote has left a lasting impression.

MCI Group

Huguette Andreoli, Director People and Culture, The Netherlands

If you’re looking for a keynote that goes beyond superficial conversations and dives deep into the heart of what it means to be human in an increasingly digital world, this is it. Dogmas and silos about HR and learning are demolished yet she brings a constructive story to build a learning ecosystem from human-centered innovation. It is a transformative experience that will broaden your horizons, challenge your perspectives and remind you of the power of empathy. Prepare to be captivated, enlightened and inspired!

Zayad University

Dr. Anna Tarabasz, Associate Professor and founder Know Digital, Dubai

Amazing Keynote!! So good that our main stakeholders where commenting there praises of you to each other even during and not after! Thank you so much for taking part of this Katja and I’m really happy that we had you for the last week as you preffered, defenitely turned some heads!

Filip Videira, Senior Manager Open Innovation and Partnerships, United Kingdom

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