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Wim Smets

Digital business transformation executive, record holding mountaineer and adventurer, columnist and author

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Dutch, French, English

transformation, change, teamwork, agility, resilience


Wim is an ambitious man who thrives on challenges. As a freelance transformation executive, he travels the globe, guiding companies, multinationals, and government institutions through complex digital and business change programs. His expertise spans various industries and sectors, making him a sought-after advisor in navigating intricate transformations.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Wim seeks challenges at extreme altitudes. He has conquered the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and reached the summit of five 8000-meter peaks. Drawing from his experiences in the death zone, Wim applies the lessons learned to his everyday professional challenges, demonstrating resilience, adaptability, and strategic thinking.

In his speaking engagements, Wim leaves a lasting impression on audiences with his modest yet captivating style. While not everyone in the audience may have climbed an 8000-meter peak, he engages them with relatable stories about overcoming challenges, fostering teamwork, adapting to change, and problem-solving. Regardless of the audience's background or level within an organization, Wim's presentations resonate deeply, inspiring individuals to embrace challenges and pursue excellence.


The only way is up

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How to improve the agility and resilience of people in a changing world.

The final-year students were completely silent during the lecture by Wim Smets… that’s something we’ve never experienced.

Thanks for the fascinating presentation. It was impressive to see what humans are capable of (with the right approach and effective preparation).  

Our organisation is currently undergoing a major transition and, in that context, Wim Smets presented a really fascinating and infectious story to our employees.  

Impressive keynote from mountaineer Wim Smets. How to bring a team from the base camp to the summit, and how to develop a pre-nicorn into a unicorn with a great team. Thanks for the inspiring session!  

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