Jean-Marie van der Elst Themes delivered by Jean-Marie van der Elst
Major Themes
Ten Lessons from the Future
What our clients say
"Neil made it difficult for the speakers who followed to seem interesting!"
Dave Coates, SKF Group

"We have gotten wonderful reviews from your session. It's been a pleasure working with you. Thank you very much for your dedication to both our events. It has been inspiring for us all."
Alan Tan - HR executive, SingTel

"Breathtaking presentation. Great insight into future and how you can try and shape it. The future is nearby and we have to deal with that. We must spend at least 10% of our time understanding the future!"
London Business School, Senior Executive Programme, February 2009

"Our business was ready for this very necessary mindset change; and FutureWorld has done a tremendous job of helping us."
Ian Cockerill, then-CEO of Gold Fields

"Your workshop at the London Business School last year was a milestone in my life. I would like to thank you for that. I have just visited New York with my family and we saw some of the innovations you spoke about happening. It was a great experience, and now they can be convinced that what I told them after your session was true!"
Jaron Wiedmaier, General Director, Continental Tires Russia

Jean-Marie van der Elst

Successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, part-time lecturer, inspiring speaker.

Jean-Marie has a passion for creating, communicating and motivating others to invest time and effort into the future.

He has had a successful international business career in many different countries and industries. He holds post graduate degrees in Economics and Finance, is an alumnus of Colombia University and the London Business School and has lectured in Economic Science.

Jean-Marie is both a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive who has earned his spurs heading up companies and functions around the world including the UK, Switzerland, Russia and Tanzania. His successful fractal career has relied on innovative outward thinking applied in different industries such as Packaging, IT, Motor industry, FMCG and Pharmaceuticals and many different cultures. He has served as Chairman, executive and non-executive director on a number of company boards. He is also a visiting lecturer at local Business Schools and serves on the Board of Governors of an educational institution.

Jean-Marie's personal interests include many active sports, including coaching rugby and athletics, scouting, and international travel.

As a FutureWorld Guru he applies his experiences into client specific challenges, focused at the future.

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