Examining how human behaviour and culture influence business has never been more important. Syncing a business strategy with rapid societal changes and dynamic human behaviour is a challenge. Luckily, a new style of expert has emerged, with Thimon De Jong proving one of the most successful. Able to use socio-economic and cultural change to meet the strategic needs of different industries, it is little wonder he is becoming one of the most sought after speakers of his generation. Over the past ten years he has worked for organizations like: Ikea, Deloitte, Tetra Pak, Aon, Samsung, Vodafone, RTL and GDF Suez.
Thimon De Jong studied cultural studies and international business, writing his master’s thesis on subcultures. He started his working career in journalism. In his role as editor-in-chief of a youth magazine he discovered his passion for interdisciplinary people research and started working as a youth and media researcher for Science of the Time and FreedomLab Future Studies.
In 2007, he took the role of Insights and Strategy director for TrendsActive, an international trend interpretation agency. In this role he travelled the world consulting and presenting to numerous of multinational companies. Then in 2010 he starred as jury member in Holland’s Best Idea – a primetime TV-show. Moving on, in 2011, he co-produced an executive program for decision makers at Utrecht University on the topic of using sociocultural trends for strategic decision making also serving as one of the main lecturers in this program.
In 2014 Thimon De Jong started Whetston / strategic foresight, a think tank on socio-economic and cultural changes that are relevant for strategic decision making. His company is specializes in keynote presentations and workshops. Moreover, he is currently working on his first business book. “The Blurring of Reality”.
Over the past ten years, Thimon De Jong has addressed international congresses and has spoken for companies and organisations including Unilever, Coca-Cola, Philips, Ikea, Tetra Pak, Microsoft, Nike, L’Oréal and Visa. He is determined not only to inform his audience of theories and facts, but also to provide them with practical advice on how to utilise the information and help their business grow.
‘Both the ACE team as well as delegates that attended absolutely LOVED Thimon’s talk. They really enjoyed hearing about the next generation and how and trends are moving forward – with three tangible take-aways after each section. Thimon is a very engaging and energized speaker that kicked off our Friday’s schedule with a BANG.’
Global Investment Forum – Geneva
’Thimon was the chairman at our conference and conducted a live satellite interview with Julian Assange. His refreshing approach gave the entire event a light feeling although serious matters were discussed. Thimon was ‘acting on his feet’ and had a sharp eye for audience satisfaction during the entire day. Will hire him again!'
‘Amazing again to hear Thimon’s insights in human behaviour. And he always presents new findings!’
‘One presentation of Thimon is enough to want you to hire him again! And so did we at Hunkemoller! He is an engaged speaker with expert knowledge. Sure to help your business further and a great opportunity to learn about the world around us.’
‘His expert views put a totally new light on current reality, and most importantly, where to go next.’
‘Thimon definitely belongs to the category of excellent speakers. He grasps the audience from beginning till end with his lively presentations. These are rooted in solid scientific research, but made tangible by using great stories and cases.’
‘Thimon’s opening keynote presentation was very inspiring and he set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. He was able to bring the right energy into the room. I would strongly recommend him for a talk about (fact-based) change.’
UN World Happiness Event – Amsterdam
‘At our event, Thimon scored a 9.5 (on a scale from 1-10), which never happened before. He has excellent presentation skills and great content. He is also a very fun, creative and reliable person to work with.’
Events Academy Event
‘Thimon’s speech was sincere, direct, funny… but also strong, efficient and very interesting. When we had speakers on stage during the afternoon, they kept referring to what Thimon said in the morning.’
‘Absolutely. Engaging. Inspiring. Motivating. Enlightning. Couldn’t ask more of a speaker IMHO than Thimon de Jong.’
Chris Ship, ITV
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