At age 11 my parents gifted me a ZX Spectrum mini-computer, one of the early darlings of the personal computing era and as I quickly understood, a precursor to revolutionary things to come in technology and innovation.
Wanderlust- undoubtedly the consequence of being the son of airline staff – led me to pack up my life in Belgium and book a one-way ticket to Hong Kong, and from there by slow train into the bucolic countryside of Southern China, where I became an adventure guide, leading groups of bright-eyed young adventurers on epic journeys around China. I then founded one of China’s first foreign-owned luxury travel companies, once voted as Shanghai’s top 3 agencies and featured on CNNgo, Bombardier Magazine, KLM’s Flying Dutchman and other publications.
Ever a technologist and innovator at heart, I returned to Europe and settled in Barcelona where I co-founded Botsmith, a self-funded innovation lab where we imagined, designed and built the kind of consumer technologies and interfaces we would want to use in the future, including chatbots with natural language processing, a local activities matching app called Symphony with an in-house built matching algorithm and more recently, Bond, a state-of-the-art community engagement platform and remote teamwork tool.
I live with my family in Barcelona and divide my time between my home office and wherever my keynotes, teaching or consulting projects take me. Having witnessed the incredible ambition and scope of innovation development in China, I am now turning my attention to the Middle East, where an equally ambitious and exciting wave of innovation is sweeping the region.
Marc is a talented entrepreneur and founder. I have invited Marc to be the speaker in our selected customer events and his performance rating positions him as a natural stage walker.
Having reached that part of life where I can (hopefully!) say my path stretches forward as much as it stretches back, I am determined to leverage my international experience, my wins and losses, my soaring highs and crushing lows and my broad skillset to guide, mentor and advise others, be they companies, startups, government agencies or ambitious individuals. Carpe diem, always.
ETHOS & PRINCIPLES
I believe life is meaningless unless guided by a strong and righteous set of principles and ethics. I fail and falter in upholding these principles as any mortal would, but I always return to these as they define me, my work and my world view.
Success is pyrrhic and futile unless achieved in kindness and fairness to our peers. Kindness is its own success and an indispensable ingredient in the layer cake of an accomplished life.
Easy to sacrifice, almost impossible to regain. The one virtue we must most want others to assign to us, I believe.
The root of creativity, personal growth and fulfilment. We are explorers at heart, both externally and within, driven by our curiosity and desire to understand our world.
“The most educated person in the world now has to admit– I shall not say confess– that he or she knows less and less but at least knows less and less about more and more.”
“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
I’ve delivered keynotes on four continents for both small and large events, as well as a growing number of virtual talks. Choose from existing keynotes like ‘The Art of a Thousand Mistakes’ and ‘Something out of Nothing’ or book a custom keynote tailored to your audience.
More about my speaking work
The Art of a Thousand Mistakes
Something out of Nothing
I’m a frequent contributor to online and print publications reaching hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. My writing is engaging and very accessible to non-technical audiences. Contact me for commissioned writing of op-ed articles, blog posts, and reports.
I provide group-based and individual coaching, training and workshops both virtually and onsite. Book one of my Digital Skills, Innovation Management or Design Thinking courses, or contact me for a custom curriculum or ad hoc training session.
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