Ad Nederlof, Chairman Vanad Group and former CEO of Genesys
Christian challenges organisations to think and act like a surfer to surf the next big wave of change. And thus helps to transform disruptive threats into disruptive opportunities.
A big tidal wave of digital disruption is coming at us really fast. Most organisations see this big wave of change as a threat and experience stress, but there are also organisations that just see this wave as an opportunity. Disruptive organisations think and act like surfers and know exactly where and when they need to jump on the wave.
Today the waves of changes are so fast and so radical, missing one will almost certainly result in a sudden bankruptcy. Experts predict that 45% of the fortune 500 companies will not be able to keep up with this exponential change and won’t survive the next five to ten years. So the question every organisation should ask itself is? How can we prevent being one of those 45% companies?
During the search for his daughter's health, Christian discovered a unique wave pattern in the development of living cells and biological organisms. Living cell’s and biology solve problems in the same order as humans and technology do. The wave patterns he discovered form a blueprint for the disruptive technology trends that we see around us today; the patterns are even able to predict future waves of change and how to surf them.
Visionary Thinker, Futurist Keynote Speaker and Author
Christian's is an expert in disruptive technologies and the author of the Amazon best-selling book ‘Humanification - Go Digital, Stay Human'. In this book, Christian focuses on the fascinating parallels between biology and technology. The waves of technological innovations that follow each other in rapid rate are in fact no coincidence ... The book Humanification helps managers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and investors anticipate and navigate in an extremely rapidly changing world.
Focus on Technology and Human Behaviour
As a tech-entrepreneur Christian has participated in several successful ‘disruptive’ start-ups, often spin-outs in completely different industries but always focused on the interface between humans and increasing technology. In 2002, Christian founded his own agency that helped organisations like: Shell, Randstad, Essent, Endemol, Corio, Eyeworks, ABP, Oracle, Philips, Toyota, Auping, Adidas, Rabobank to dramatically increase their rate of innovation.
Awarded Human-centered Approuch
Throughout the years the agency and Christian received several nominations and awards for its innovative vision and human-oriented approach. In 2014 Christian sold the agency to a multinational and started to focus on his passion, giving inspirational keynotes on disruptive technologies and the impact on human beings. Beside speaking Christian holds a position as a board member at the Workforce Institute EMEA, The Human Genome Foundation and some tech startups.
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“I was very impressed by Christian, right from the first time we spoke by phone, subsequent dialogue, and final presentation. Christian was remarkably quick in understanding our needs and customizing his talk accordingly. The end result could not have been more on point, which was amazing considering how little time we had and how little he was briefed. I welcome further opportunities to work with Christian.”
John Dunne, Halma p.l.c., Medical Sector Vice President
The nice thing about Christian's keynote is that it is not an abstract high over presentation, he shows through practical examples that the exponential growth of technological developments is no longer unavoidable. Christian honestly and sincerely shows the chances and positive aspects of all those developments. That is what he does in his very own human way. And that is a unique combination for a fascinating keynote.
Nicoline van Mulken, Manpower Group
“Christian made a truly inspiring speech on innovation which generated a broader perspective for the law enforcement community in terms of novelty and exponential growth of changes introduced in our society.”
“Christian explains in an inspired way how exponential growth of digital computing power will cause unexpected technological, economic and cultural changes. Any organization with the ambition to stay relevant for it’s customers in the next five years, should take his story very seriously.“
C. Fruneeaux, Director Monnik
“Christian is a passionate speaker who shows in a beautiful and inspiring manner what is going on in our society, what is going to happen in the future and how we should deal with this. Very motivating!”
R. Van Zanten, Director IBSG Retail/consumer goods EMEAR & Latin America bij Cisco Systems
“Christian breathes innovation. Full of passion and knowledge he manages to challenge his audience to look beyond the iPhone. The biggest changes are yet to come in technology; you better be prepared!”
D. de Beurs, Researcher Primary Care and Mental Health at NIVEL
“Driven entrepreneur with a passion for technological innovation, inspiring and valuable. Are you prepared?“
A. Munneke, COO en co-founder VANAD Group
“Driven, persuasive and good informed speaker that underpins his vision and experiences with practical examples.”
R. Heinink, Sr. VP Logistics
“Christian takes his audience on a breathtaking tour and explains and illustrates the exponential rate at which technology develops and impacts humanity. With examples of drones, robots and smart sensors gives Christian a look into the future and he shows that technology is becoming more human. Nice is also the connection that Christian explains in the development of living cells and humans. History repeats itself time after time.”
F. Vlasveld, CEO Inspire
“Christian presents in an engaging and enthusiastic way how quickly the world is changing without us being aware of it. It opens your eyes how disruptive technologies can have an impact on your organization.”
D. van den Hoven, Partner Manager EMEA - Rally Software Development
“In a compelling way, Christian makes his audience aware of the tsunami of digital transformation coming at us fast. And it effects. He made the story even more interesting by making the translation practice and surprised me by his deep knowledge, even by asking. Good story!”
F. Steenhuizen, Partner, L&D Consultant at The Up Company
“Fasten your seatbelts! Christian speaks about the theme ‘disruptive innovation’ and brings order to the chaos. Makes surprising comparisons with the human body. From now on I think no longer linear but exponential.”
B. Alfrink, founder Skillcity
“An inspiring story that awakened me”
R. Keus, CEO brthrs.nl
I have seen Christian 'perform' a couple of times now, among others at a club of ambitious and critical entrepreneurs and during the kick-off of our event marketing agency. The story of Christian is very clever! Handsome how he can draw a parallel between biological developments and technological developments and revolutions. Besides, his story is more than a lightning-fast succession of gadgets and technical gadgets, but it is particularly relevant to how our society and all sectors within it will develop. Absolutely a must for every organisation that wants to gain insight into how to respond to all technical innovations and disruptions that are going to take place. And very beautiful: the end of his speech in which Christian ends with the 'human touch' and 'purpose'.
Pieter Bas Boertje, D&B Eventmarketing
“Fantastic, Very Inspiring, encourages reflection, impressive, Best Session of the Day! (score 8.4)”
A. Allmers, FinanceFactor
“Christian can help companies and people to take advantage of increasing technology and turn a threat into a challenge. Because every change offers endless opportunities.”
Ad Nederlof, Founder & Chairman Vanad Group
“Christian was the ideal speaker for an inspiring and energetic way to open the process Congress. In rapid succession, he outlines the rapidly changing world we live in and shows the impact of technological innovations on people and organizations. He put our audience thinking early in the day (score 8,5)”
P. Verstappen, Heliview Conferences and training
“Christian is a real expert in the field of ‘Disruptive Innovations’ and brings his story with flair, enthusiasm, passion and depth to the audience. He gives the audience new insights they can take home.”
L. Hilberding, Field Marketing Manager Interactive Intelligence – Benelux, Africa and Middle East
“Christian silences his audience with his incredible story on the upcoming developments of artificial intelligence. By his way of presenting in combination with good visual effects, he manages to grab the listener and not let them go until the presentation is over.”
M. Blijdesteijn, Blijdesteijn Fashion
“Christian presented about the latest disruptive technological innovations with great enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge. Very valuable for anyone who wants to take a look into the future!”
“Technology is more and more a commodity, the application makes the difference. Christian inspired to innovate again from creativity and customer perception.“
N. van Kleef, Directeur innovatie en marketing bij Fleurametz
“During a breakfast meeting organized by Colliers International on Provada 2016 Christian captured 50 Young Professionals in a rollercoaster full of inspiration, innovation, and new breakthrough insights. A powerful and valuable story! It has put the visitors thinking with a lot of enthusiastic and positive responses.”
“Christian tells inspired and at a high rate which developments are taking place now and in the future and what that means for organizations and people. He inspires the audience and makes them think, and that’s exactly what we wanted to achieve with our visitors.”
C. Saad, Vakmerk
“Christian can move his audience from the present to the future and convince his audience that the future is already here … with all its consequences.”
K. Ufkes, VP Engage International
“We asked Christian to speak at a seminar where we like to inspire our customers to have a look at the world of tomorrow. Christian gave a presentation where a wide variety of changes in the field of innovation and technology passed. Very inspiring!”
E. Beelen, Detron
“Christian provided an inspiring and exciting glimpse into the future of technology. He enthusiastically made the link between technological innovation and the associated change in the healthcare industry of tomorrow. It gave us much to think about; how will our customers and Vtel Telecom anticipate to these developments. Christian thanks again for your very interesting contribution to the day.”
Christian is a futurist technology speaker who identifies game-changing trends and strategies to help you.
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