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Olivier Van Duüren

Olivier Van Duüren

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Trend sensemaker, executive whisperer, sparkle builder and author on a mission to help companies tell and sell their story

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An international public speaker, trend sensemaker, executive whisperer, startup builder, transformer, innovator, active investor and author, Olivier is a thought leader on personal and business transformation, innovation, human behavior and on the impact of the changes around us on our society and industry. ‘The world is my playgarden, Europe my future, Belgium my country and Flanders my home’, is his life motto.

Reasons to book Olivier Van Duüren

  • He is a thought leader on personal and business transformation, whose talks help business leaders to regain their sense of spark, and to prepare for times ahead.
  • Olivier worked for 22 years in the senior international executive ranks at Microsoft where he held positions in sales, operations, marketing, business development, innovation, and strategy across consumer, online, retail, advertising, publishing and enterprise.
  • He works with global, regional and local organisations from startups, scaleups, medium to large organisations.

In September 2016 Olivier launched The Dualarity, a business and a book, on how to find the balance between performing and transforming, leaving you with a regained sense of spark.

After 22 years working in the senior international executive ranks at one of the world’s most successful technology companies called Microsoft, he has a unique perspective on the intersection of innovation, transformation and human behaviour in the B2B and B2C space.

He is an active innovative investor in 9.5 Ventures, a ground-breaking pre-seed fund, building tailor-made startups for innovating Corporations addressing the customer of tomorrow. He sits in the board of The Park Playground (Telenet-mixed reality), Avail (Torfs-fashion), Filou BCO Oostende (basketball) and Maison Slash (Next Generation parents).

Olivier is part of the Visual Senseformers helping organisations to envision & visualise a future proof strategy and culture, ready for the digital age. Through a combination of inspiration, co-creation and visualisation they reflect on the why, what & how of personal and business transformation, they visualise your current state, your future desired state & built the bridge to reach that future state.

Olivier is a professor at the Zigurat Business School for Technology and Innovation, guest lecturer at the Vlerick Business School, Thomas Moore, VUB, RUG and a member of Speakersbase, SpeakersAssociates and Key Persons of Influence UK (KPI).

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Speaker Olivier Van Duüren Keynote Topics

SEE what’s happening on the Outside

  • The Supply & Demand macro-Trends: Digital, Changing Demographics, Socio-Economic, Geo-Political, IR4.0, the Green planet, Pandemics and Wars.
  • Its Impact on Society, Industry, The Future of Work and on your industry.
Speaker Olivier Van Duüren Keynote Topics

Understand how to RESPOND - Personal and Business Transformation

  • Succeed in your Personal and Business Transformation: Customer at the Heart, People as the Soul and Digital as the Oxygen.
  • Stay young, hit re-fresh and re-imagine your Business Strategy and Culture to iterate, innovate or disrupt. Balance operational excellence (perform) and innovation excellence (transform).
  • Future Proof your culture, organisation, leadership and people.
  • Find balance in Performing while Transforming.
  • Learn from Startups, Innovation leaders and Incumbents.
Speaker Olivier Van Duüren Keynote Topics

The Microsoft Story

In this keynote Olivier talks about Microsoft and how they succeeded to hit refresh over and over.

Speaker Olivier Van Duüren Keynote Topics

Storytelling & Selling

  • Shoot for the heart, capture the mind and end with a smile.
  • Communicating your ideas is the currency of today to evolve your personal and business brand.


As keynote at our global flagship event in Frankfurt on intelligent urban transport systems and veicles, Olivier provided vital inspiration at this time of deep change in the mobility sector. With his passion, he was able to capture the audience, delievering an impassioned and engaging speech. I have no doubt that his energy stimulated the room, challenging us as individuals, professionals and a sector as a whole. It was also a pleasure to work with Olivier who is highly professional, accommodating, organized and gracious.

Mohamed Mezghani

International Association of Public Transport Secretary General

I had my doubts when Olivier and Kristof promised us that a two-day seminar would result in a new mission, new ambitions, priorities and values for Torfs. My expectations were more than fulfilled! The clever questions and pertinent inspirations Olivier, combined with Kristof's stunning drawings, boosted our team process and output! Our management team is today "stronger in its shoes than ever".

Wouter Torfs

CEO of Torfs

Olivier provides an insightful view on how the digital era affects our society. Singularity implies that we are just at the beginning of a makeover journey of our society, companies and ourselves. "The Dualarity" makes the counterintuitive case that for all the digital change, we need to work on transforming ourselves. Olivier helps you understand your current position in the cycle of your life and provides a powerful model for self-development. It is the next chapter in your research for happiness. Only then can you hope to empower other professionals or managers in transforming the organisation. The Dualarity is a timely writen book: personal balance is a condition to sustainable business succes.

Duco Sickinghe

Managing partner Fortino and former CEO Telenet

He knows what he is talking about. It is his passion. He eats it, drinks it, lives it and loves it.

Tom Vermeylen


We are amid unprecedented transformation of the world as we know it. As people and companies seek to navigate the pace of change, loo to the Dualarity - an exceptional tool for those seeking guidance on how to lead your life, maximize your business and harness innovation for good.

Carolyn Everson

Global Marketing, Facebook

Olivier has written an excellent book on how people and organizations can transform themselves durng a period of unprecedented disruption that has only just started. The book itself not onl explains the Dualarity, it also practices it by successfully balancing inspirational examples with very pragmatic frameworks and models. You will walk away from the book energized and ready to apply Dualarity principles to yourself and your organisation.

Norm Johnston

Global Chief Strategy & Digital Officer Mindshare

Management at the table welcomed with Olivier, without any doubt the most inspiring author it ever invited since we started with out monthly breakfast sessions. A clear vision on the business model is essential and identifying the right technology to support that ambition is critical, for every type of business. But all this must be shaped and managed by humans. The Dualarity prepares both - businesses, as well a its people - to be fit for transformation.

Peter Buelens

Stratgy Consultant and owner @ Brewery of Ideas

I couldn't have wished for a more productive or more valuable session with out top 100 leadership. Since first involving The Dualarity and Jixso, aka the Visual Senseformers, in our transformation, their level og engagement, empathy, preparation & attention to detail has been second to none. We will look back on our Leadership event in Berlin as the moment that we formulated a clear future direction, shifted as a team & as an organization. And we have beautiful murals to remind us of the fun that we had.

Steve Collar


It was a great pleasure to have Olivier as full day keynote speaker and workshop owner at the Executives' Global Network Future of Work Member Event. Our 90 C-Level Members (CEO/COO/Fin/HR) present were delighted by his presentation, which was very insightful and thought-provoking. Straight after the event, I immediately recommended Olivier to my General Manager colleagues in the 14 remaining EGN countries.

Pia Hinz

General Manager Executive Global Network
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