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Stefaan van Hooydonk

I am the 'curiosity guy'. I make leaders curious about the power of curiosity at work and all its wonderful benefits.

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Speaker, Trainer, Workshops, Coach

Dutch, English

curiosity, mindset, corporate culture, individual and organizational change, leadership


Stefaan van Hooydonk is the founder of the Global Curiosity Institute and the author of the bestselling book "The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto." He initially worked in investment consulting and established executive education at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in China. Van Hooydonk has held executive roles as Chief Learning Officer in Fortune 200 companies such as Nokia, Royal Philips, Cognizant, Saudi Aramco, Agfa, and Flipkart. He has lived and worked in Belgium, France, Hong Kong, China, Finland, the Netherlands, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. His most recent position was as Chief Learning Officer for Cognizant, where he oversaw learning and development for over 300,000 associates worldwide.

Stefaan van Hooydonk focuses his research on workplace curiosity within companies. He asserts that curious individuals require stimulating environments to thrive, especially during times of uncertainty when intentional curiosity becomes crucial. Utilizing diagnostics he has developed, he generates insights into what drives and impedes individuals and organizations from embracing curiosity. He provides consultation to global corporations and leadership teams to enhance their curiosity quotient, advocating for the cultivation of a robust curiosity mindset. Van Hooydonk is a sought-after speaker globally, discussing the transformative power of curiosity for professionals, leaders, teams, and organizations.


Master Your Curiosity to Master Your Life

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For professionals

The Power of Curiosity in L&D

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For Learning and Development Professionals

Curiosity: The Key Element for Creating a Winning Culture

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For Senior Executives

Leading with Curiosity

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For People Managers

The Power of Curiosity

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For HR Professionals

Stefaan van Hooydonk spoke at our global summits for over 150 learning and development professionals. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Many conference delegates stated that they found Stefaan very poignant and that his message was timely and something the industry wanted to hear. We would not hesitate to invite Stefaan to speak again at our summits, across diverse geographical locations, as he also brings a global outlook having worked in different locations amongst the greatest industry leaders.

Global Association for Talent Development

Vassilis Theocharides, Associate Director

Dear Stefaan, I have just viewed the recorded version of the session about Curiosity. I was overwhelmed by its color and preciseness. Many of the aspects that were brought forward are on our agenda, and the research you presented gives us confidence that we are on the right track. Also, the simplicity you used in describing forces, behaviors, etc. really appealed to me. And the Individual/Team/Organization perspectives align well with the way we understand Lifelong learning in the company context. This session is really valuable for us. Thank you so much for making an effort!

Volvo Group University

Britta Börjeson, Head of Learning Expertise

Stefaan has been moderating and speaking at several of our HRcoreEVENTS and has proven to be an exceptional added value. His passion, purpose, and personality make him connect with the audience, keeps them engaged, and inspires action.


Michael Nielsen, Managing Director

It was wonderful meeting you again Stefaan! Your session was the most insightful at the London Learning Technologies 2022 conference.

Innostrat Technologies

Saurav Jaiswal,  Founder and Managing Director

Stefaan has proven an excellent speaker choice at the events I chair. He is clearly deeply knowledgeable about workplace curiosity and is able to share his expertise in an engaging way with his audience. He backs this up with his global experience as a Chief Learning Officer in large corporations, which provides real gravitas and credibility. There's no doubt that Stefaan is providing leading thinking and practice in this field and I have no hesitation in recommending him.

London Technology Conference

Donald H. Taylor, Chair

Super thanks for a truly inspiring, enriching, and thought-provoking session!

Executive Networks

Rita Vanhauwenhuyse,  VP Customer Experience and Insights

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