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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.

Dutch, English


Speaker, Trainer, Workshops, Coach


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



HR, company culture & leadership


Stefaan van Hooydonk is founder of the Global Curiosity Institute and author of the bestselling book: The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto. After working initially in investment consulting and setting up executive education at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in China, Van Hooydonk held executive roles as Chief Learning Officer in fortune 200 companies (Nokia, Royal Philips, Cognizant, Saudi Aramco, Agfa, Flipkart). He has lived and worked in Belgium, France, Hong Kong, China, Finland, The Netherlands, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. His last role was that of Chief Learning Officer for Cognizant, where he oversaw learning and development for over 300k associates across the globe. Stefaan van Hooydonk researches the topic of workplace curiosity in companies. He believes that curious individuals need curious environments to thrive and that especially in times of turmoil individuals and companies need to embrace intentional curiosity. With the help of a number of diagnostics he designed, he creates insights on what drives and what enables (or prevents) individuals and organisations to show up curiously. He consults global corporations and leadership teams towards building a stronger curiosity muscle. He is a regular speaker around the world on the power of curiosity to benefit professionals, leaders, teams, and organizations.

Presentations and Topics

HR, company culture & leadership

Master Your Curiosity to Master Your Life

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For professionals

HR, company culture & leadership

The Power of Curiosity in L&D

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For Learning and Development Professionals

HR, company culture & leadership

Curiosity: The Key Element for Creating a Winning Culture

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For Senior Executives

HR, company culture & leadership

Leading with Curiosity

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For People Managers

HR, company culture & leadership

The Power of Curiosity

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For HR Professionals

Testimonials & References

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

--  Rita Vanhauwenhuyse  VP, Customer Experience and Insights | Executive Networks     

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

-- Saurav Jaiswal  Founder and Managing Director of Innostrat Technologies     

“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!”   

-- Britta Börjeson  Head of Learning Expertise - Volvo Group University     

"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."  

-- Donald H. Taylor  Chair of London Technology Conference    

“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 At HRcoreEVENTS by TENEO

“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.”  

-- Vassilis Theocharides   Associate Director, Global Association for Talent Development

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