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Speakers 2016


George van Houtem

George Van Houtem MBA is a partner at Holland Consulting Group. Together with Prof. Willem Mastenbroek, he is co-director of the HCG Negotiation Institute. He manages negotiations, acts as chairman and mediates in the event of business disputes and conflicts. He advises businesses and institutions about negotiation and provides training and coaching in negotiation skills and techniques. He is also in great demand as a speaker at congresses and seminars.Primary areas of expertise:Managing negotiations at the strategic and tactical level.Mediating in the event of business disputes between organisations or within departments/teams.Coaching and training negotiators.

Gawie Keyser

Gawie Keyser writes about film and popular culture in the weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. He is also a regular contributor to the radio programmes of Omroep Human and writes columns and blogs such as ‘Gawie Weet Raad’ in which he examines the relationship between philosophy, reality and fiction. In 2006 he published his first book, Encyclopedie van de Populaire cultuur, a collection of essays in which he explores the types and tropes of quality popular culture. Three years later he published a novel, ‘De donkere kant van de straat’ about which Vrij Nederland wrote: ‘Strangely intoxicating, like when you’re enticed to finish watching a B-movie that flaunts with the borders of good taste.’ Since then Keyser has focused on writing essays as well as weekly reviews on cinema, for which he received the Louis Hartlooper Prize for Film Journalism in 2012. In addition to his journalism work he regularly teaches at academic institutions and has recently designed a ‘Masterclass of Film & Life’, a course for journalists and academics in which new forms of critical writing on cinema are being sought. In the autumn of 2016 the next ‘Masterclass of Film & Life’ will be hosted by the Amsterdam film institute EYE in conjunction with the Domein voor Kunstkritiek (Amsterdam). 

Pierre Guillet de Monthoux

My first field of research was strangely enough industrial markets after which i shifted to the study of enterprise and action in classical political economy. Then I was fascinated by the tension between freedom and norms and its relevance to understanding the emergence of the industrial institution of standardization. It seemed that industrial economy could be regarded as an aesthetic affair and that such a perspective might be informed by Kantian philosophy especially the third Critique of Judgement. It then appeared rather obvious that art might provide an illustrative shortcut to grasping what creative management might be about and how leadership in industry and successful artists have traits in common.My proposition for both research and teaching goes; Art is a way to come closer to creativity in organizations and aesthetics is the philosophical approach best suited to articulate how it works!

Tom Mes

Tom Mes is the founder of MidnightEye.com, which during its fifteen-year existence was the leading English-language source on Japanese cinema. He wrote books on Japanese filmmakers Takashi Miike and Shinya Tsukamoto, and co-wrote The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (with Jasper Sharp) and Tokyolife: Art and Design (with Ian Luna, Jasper Sharp, et al). He also worked as a scriptwriter on the Japanese-German co-production Underwater Love (dir: Shinji Imaoka), and appeared as an actor in the film Taksu (dir: Kiki Sugino). He is currently working on a book about straight-to-video filmmaking in Japan. 

Frank Meester

Frank Meester (1970) is philosopher, writer and lecturer. Amongst the books he wrote are Zie mij. Filosofie van de ijdelheid (Look at Me. Philosophy of Vanity) (2010) and Islam (2009). Together with his brother he made Meesters in de filosofie (Masters in Philosophy) (2005) and Meesters in religie (Masters in Religion) (2007). With Marli Huijer he published Goudmijn van het denken (Goldmine of Thinking) (2012). Frank Meester is also working as a journalist. He writes for de Volkskrant, Het Parool and Filosofie Magazine. He gave lectures at places such as LowLands and Filosofienacht in Amsterdam. Frank Meester belongs to the new generation of leading philosophers, according to the Dutch magazine Elsevier.  

Martijntje Smits

download Martijntje Smits’ introduction to Steve Jobs here!______Martijntje Smits is a philosopher of technology and a scholar in innovation sciences and she lectures philosophy at the Haagse Hogeschool. How does technology change our daily practices, power balances, self-images, moral convictions and imagination? How can we domesticate technology in a just and socially robust way? These are the questions addressed in her lectures and publications. 

Anke Strauß

Anke Strauß works as a researcher for critical perspectives on entrepreneurship and work-life balance at the European University Viadrina. She is interested in relationships between the art and the business sphere. After earning her PhD at the University of Essex, examining different attempts of collaboration between artists and a business organization, she worked at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, Germany. At the WZB she engaged with different aspects of artistic interventions in organizations, including the processes and dynamics of an artistic intervention in an organization, issues of evaluating such initiatives, as well as the work and roles of intermediaries. In collaboration with a performance artist, she is currently working on artist-run organizations and the performativity of utopian thinking for (re-)organizing cultural labor 

Steve Linstead

Stephen Linstead has worked in a wide variety of jobs including fork-lift truck driver, concreter’s assistant, printer’s gopher, dairy dock operator, bakery dough and fruit mixer, steel worker, taxi driver, house-painter, pea-washer, and folk-singer. Only recently though has he combined filming these sorts of activity with his academic work as Director of the Centre for the Study of Working Lives and Professor of Critical Management at the University of York. Having briefly trained in ethnographic film-making at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, he combined his lenswork, musical experience, fondness for continental philosophy and passion for working class history into his first film “These Fragments”, which was selected for Official Screening at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. He remains full of wonder. 

Claudia Schnugg

Dr. Claudia Schnugg is Senior Researcher and Senior Curator at Ars Electronica Futurelab. As Senior Curator of the Ars Electronica Residency Network she is curating, mentoring and producing the residency programs and working with the collaborating institutions like CERN, ESO, Queensland University of Technology, voestalpine and CTIA. With these cases at hands she is continuing her research on art & science collaboration, how to frame interventions and collaboration methods and the interplay of art, science, technology and society (especially focussing on digital media art). Moreover, she is interested how embodied knowledge and organizational aesthetics are interconnected with artistic and scientific processes as a basis for innovation. 

Philippe Mairesse

Philippe Mairesse is an artist, a consultant and a researcher who works at the intersection between art and organizations. He earned a Ph.D. from the University for Humanistics in Utrecht (Netherlands) jointly with La Sorbonne University in Paris (France). His double thesis in humanization of organizations and in arts investigates the role of art for introducing more democracy into corporate meetings. Convinced that change towards a fairer world needs to makes room for creation in everyday activity and work, he develops experimentations and theories on art-based methods for training and teaching managers and students. He is currently serving La Sorbonne University and co-chairs the National Research Project (ANR) “Abrir: the arts to understand critical mutations in organizations”. He also leads an experimental and innovative art-based teaching project for the accounting Master in University Paris-Dauphine. He is a trainer for managers in the public sector and a consultant for creativity within work. His publications explore how and why art and aesthetics foster deeper reflexivity and sense-making within management practices and learning.His research on The Boss of It All was made possible through the support of ANR (National research Agency), convention N° ANR-13- BSH1-0007-01. 

Rombout van den Nieuwenhof

Dr Rombout van den Nieuwenhof MBA is a cultural psychologist who works on transformational change from a perspective of psychology, complexity theory, and (eastern and western) philosophy.His main focus is to assist in personal growth, and to facilitate transformational learning in groups and organizations. Main themes are personal leadership, connectivity and dialogical change, working in open and complex contexts such as networks, and making a difference.Rombout van den Nieuwenhof works as a coach, as a trainer and as a consultant, mostly in the public domain. He is managing director of ZENO Organisatieontwikkeling in Amsterdam.Rombout runs an innovative course in personal leadership and change management (Verbindend Veranderen) as an open course as well as an in-company program. 

Dominique Darmon

Dominique Darmon is a senior lecturer at The Hague University for Applied Sciences. She teaches courses such as Journalism and Media, Corporate Communications and Cross Cultural Communication Management. As a member of the research group Change Management, she is currently exploring the mechanisms of gossip in organisations.Dominique has more than fifteen years of experience as a television producer: she worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for Vision TV, (Canada’s national, multi-faith television network) and produced documentaries for OMNI Television, (a Canadian multi-cultural station).Dominique then worked for SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation) as international campaign manager. She designed, coordinated, and implemented the ‘Making a Difference’ campaign in association with euronews.Her work took her around the world, to places such as Cuba, Iraq, Cambodia, Malawi, Kenya, Indonesia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea. 

Anja Overdiek

Dr. Anja Overdiek is a senior lecturer at the faculty of Business, Finance and Marketing and associate of the research group Change Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.Her special field is critical management studies and creative leadership. She holds a PhD in political sciences from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). In recent years, her research revolves around the question what organizations can learn from fashion practices, and vice versa. In this context, she is exploring the effects of pop-up spaces (like pop-up stores) on innovation. 

Luc Peters

Dr. Luc Peters is a philosopher and writer. His book (PhD) Cliché & Organization, thinking with Deleuze & Film is published in the Netherlands (2014). An English version will be released in 2016 via Cambridge Scholar. This book deals with film as art from a philosophical perspective. A book dealing with isomorphism, trees, rhizomes, nomads, hyalosigns, Tarkovsky, eXistenZ, architecture, The Big Lebowski, Frank Lloyd Wright, prairies, Heidegger, Playtime, cubicles, Sloterdijk, managers, and much more. His books In the Mirror (together with Dr. Anthony R Yue), and Frank Lloyd Wright – NOMAD will also be released in 2016. He is now preparing a novel with the working title FooTprinTs. He is a regular at various conferences like EGOS or SCOS. Besides writing, he works as a manager, consultant, teaches at a business school, is a guest-lecturer and a hardrock-drummer. Between his travels and adventures, Luc lives and works in the Netherlands. 

Andries Hiskes

Andries Hiskes studied Information & Media Studies at The Hague University of Applied Science (THUAS) and Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at Leiden University. He is currently employed as a lecturer and researcher at THUAS. He teaches organizational studies and qualitative research methodologies inc. information literacy, ethnography and close reading. In his research he is investigating how management jargon complicates the relationship between literal and figurative language and its rhetoric consequences. Other research interests include disability studies and the representation and philosophy of the body, and the way (urban) space affects the body. 

Jacco van Uden

Jacco (1972) has been with The Hague University of Applied Sciences since 2012, where he is now head of the change management research group (‘lector’). The research group (‘lectoraat’) focuses not only on the management of change but also on the question of how management itself can be changed. It does so by rethinking topics that normally receive little attention in mainstream management literature, such as ambiguity, space, gossip or hesitance. In addition, the research group seeks to draws from sources that – at first sight – have little to do with management or organization. For the research group, one of the major sources of inspiration is the world of arts. The Corporate Body Film Fest is part of the overall research program Making Art Work.Learn more about the change management research group at http://lectoraatchangemanagement.nl/ 

Dhoya Snijders

Dr Dhoya Snijders works for STT, the Dutch Study Center for Technology Trends and is currently carrying out a technology foresight study on datadriven technology. He is interested in the way we organize data and are consequently ourselves organized, categorized and profiled by data systems. Dhoya holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and an MA and PhD in Organizational Sciences from the VU University Amsterdam. His dissertation research was done in South Africa where he looked at ‘official taxonomies’ – ways in which the state classifies humans and other species – and their impact on land, labour and livelihoods. During his studies he worked as a video editor and director for Eyeworks and for local television, which caused a permanent distortion in the way he watches film. 

Frans-Willem Korsten

Frans-Willem Korsten holds the endowed chair ‘Literature and Society’ at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, is associate professor at the Film and Literary Studies department at LUCAS: the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, and at the Willem the Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, specifically the Piet Zwart Institute. He published Lessen in Literatuur (Lessons in Literature, 3rd edition 2009), Vondel belicht (2006), All inclusive (2007), Sovereignty as Inviolability (2009) and is co-editor of Joost van den Vondel: Dutch Playwright in the Golden Age (2012). He is currently finishing a manuscript entitled Dutch Republican Baroque – Theatricality, Dramatization, Moment and Event. He edited several special issues of volumes and journals and published widely on the period of the Baroque and issues of capitalism, law and justice. He was chair of the section Letters of the Dutch Council of Culture and was member of advisory committees in the Netherlands and Norway. Together with Yasco Horsman (Leiden University) and a number of PhD-students he is currently working on the role of literature and art at the limits of the law. 

Witold Swietnicki

Witold Swietnicki (1960) is an architect, film and TV director. During communist regime connected with independent cinema in the Torpeda group. Films: Wires, SS-20 and KTP. Then he studies film directing in Film School in Lodz, Poland. In 1989 he created a first independent in East Europe television ECHO TV in Wroclaw. He produces television programs: Happy Crossword ( 2 TVP), People Writes Letters (TV Polonia), We Build Bridges (2 TVP), Cybermania (1 TVP), Polish@Polish Vocabulary (TV Colonia). Witold debuted with the feature film entitled Wow, my granny’s got a boyfriend, awarded at Atlantic City Film Festival (USA) for best foreign comedy. In 2001 he made The Naked – a psychological film – awarded at Warsaw International Film Festival. He also made films: Discussion (2004), Mother Berza – documentary about homeless (2007), and in 2011 feature film “Tell me the truth”. 

Ruwan Heggelman

I started making short films after experiencing the amazing Shaun of the Dead way back in 2004. At the age of 13 I finished my first zombie film. My journey to become a filmdirector started. The past two years I have lived in a world called “Best Friends”, a project that could only exist because of the complete voluntary work of young professionals and volunteers. 

Cynthia van der Zwan

Cynthia van der Zwan is a organizational psychologist and coach. The last 15 years she has gained wide experience in the field of human behavior and behavioral change within organizations. For 10 years Cynthia worked as a management consultant at Holland Consulting Group. Since 2015 she works as an entrepreneur and is the owner of inPerspectief. Clients often ask Cynthia to help them develop personal leadership and management development programs and design in company training programs in the area of change management, coaching and leadership skills. In personal coaching sessions Cynthia helps individuals to increase their effectiveness and personal power. The last couple of years Cynthia is particularly inspired by the systemic way of looking at organizations. She is trained in systemic work and in facilitating organizational and family constellations. 

Esther Kroon

Eefje Cobussen and Esther Kroon are psychologists inspired by dynamic systems and complexity theory. They work as researchers and lecturers at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the field of Social Work and Education, where they found each other through their shared interests. Combining playfulness with the core principles of systems thinking is the driving force in how they work.Esther likes to embody and exaggerate emotions and behavior in improvisation theatre and clowning, which inspires her to analyze professional communication.Using participatory drama on and off stage is the way Eefje and Esther explore education, development and social issues, both professional and personal.At the festival they will dig into our relation to organizations with ‘Corporations in the Head’, a participatory drama technique developed by David Diamond, artistic director of ‘Theatre for Living’ based in Vancouver, Canada.   

Peter Verstraten

Peter Verstraten is assistant professor and current chair of the Film and Literary Studies bachelor programme, and head of the MA programme of Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University. he is the author of Film Narratology (2009), Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-war Fiction Film (2016) among other books and articles. He co-edited Shooting Time: Cinematographers on Cinematography (2012) with Richard van Oosterhout and Maarten van Rossem. 

Eefje Cobussen

Eefje Cobussen and Esther Kroon are psychologists inspired by dynamic systems and complexity theory. They work as researchers and lecturers at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the field of Social Work and Education, where they found each other through their shared interests. Combining playfulness with the core principles of systems thinking is the driving force in how they work.While working as a psychologist in youth care, Eefje was eager to delve deeper: what is the essence of development? How do children perceive the world? It brought her to Stichting Critical Mass, an organization specialized in experiential learning. Working with adolescents on topics such as conflict and identity, she skilled herself in facilitation methods including participatory drama.Using participatory drama on and off stage is the way Eefje and Esther explore education, development and social issues, both professional and personal.At the festival they will dig into our relation to organizations with ‘Corporations in the Head’, a participatory drama technique developed by David Diamond, artistic director of ‘Theatre for Living’ based in Vancouver, Canada.   

Warner Boer

Warner Boer works as a teacher in the vocational education, currently in the retail department. He divides his working time between teaching language skills, coordinating the exams and mentoring retail students and trainee-teachers. Before that he was a communications consultant and trainer for 15 years. Teaching is more fun.In his spare time he likes to organize ‘things’, preferably without turning organizing things into organizations. Things that have not been realized (yet?) include an exhibition of his continuously growing collection of images of people at a window, a sculpture made out of Noir Mazi, and the Museum for Green Items. 


Mr.&Mrs.Gray are Jeroen van der Linde en Carmen Hutting. They work and live together in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Their work is about possibilities, chances and new adventures often to be found in the smallest and most trivial things. They do not believe in complaining and despairing over everything that’s wrong, but in focussing on what there is to work with and figure out how to turn it into something better.Mr.&Mrs.Gray’s body of work focusses on sustainability, civic hacking and the Internet of Things (IoT) and consists predominantly of social experiments and interventions. One of their latest obsessions is constructing bio degradable life-sized paper boats from old magazines and cardboard boxes which can actually float.Both Jeroen and Carmen attended the Willem the Kooning academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and graduated with honours at the MFA Interactive Media & Environments at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands. Their thesis and final project covered an communication model for a CAVE (computer assisted virtual environment) based on communication through images. Their internship was with Li Edelkoort in Paris, France, for whom they’ve created an forecast book about digital media.Mr.&Mrs.Gray have participated in various events in the Netherlands and abroad, and have worked as consultants for various institutions and companies. In addition to their career as artists, Mr.&Mrs.Gray have been working as lecturers at the Willem the Kooning academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, l’Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg, France and the Fotovakschool in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Robert van Boeschoten

Robert Van Boeschotenis a philosopher (ph.D. on Marshall Mcluhan, 1996) interested in the cultural impact of media on society at large, and organizations in particular. His work is divided over The Polytechnic of Amsterdam (HvA) at the Communication and Multimedia Department where he teaches Future Scenarios and The University of Humanistics (UvH) in Utrecht where he is a lecturer in Organization Studies. 

Wypkje van der Heide

Wypkje van der Heide loves stories. She loves stories from books, movies, her IBMS students, colleagues and more. When she started teaching Business Communication at the Hague University she thought the business world was far away from the literary world she came from. Since then Wypkje has realized that business and stories are deeply intertwined and that movies are great vehicles to share the striking business tales of our time. 

Gyuri Vergouw

download Gyuri Vergouw’s introduction to The Wolf of Wall Street here!________Gyuri Vergouw MSc MMC (1961) is a management consultant, economist, supervisor, public speaker and writer of Dutch-Hungarian descent. He has lectured on management issues in countries as diverse as South-Korea, The Netherlands, Suriname and England, both for profit and not-for-profit organisations. He has published nine books and over 500 articles on management issues since 1996. His book De Strafschop (2000, The Penalty) gained him his nickname ‘Professor Penalty’, international recognition and over 500 interviews (a.o. ITV, Cannel 4 and almost all major Dutch and Belgian Media). His latest publication ‘Het dodo-effect’ (The dodo-effect, 2015) deals with the dark side of organisations. In this publication, Vergouw covers subjects as diverse as whistleblowers, jealousy, sun-kings and greed within organisations. It has been voted book of the month by Dutch management periodical Management Team (december 2015). Vergouw also organises the Dutch Air Guitar Championship since 2003, and was board member of one of the worlds best known rock venues Paradiso, Amsterdam where he was the first to be named ‘Hero of Paradiso’ in 2010. Currently, he is a member of the board at De Melkweg, the Amsterdam venue where U2 once made their continental debut. His favorite movie is The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurusawa. He is, no wonder considering his latest publication, an aficionado of film noir movies like The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man. In 2007 he received the Amsterdam Free University’s Professionalisation prize for his ‘lasting contribution to Dutch consultancy’. Next to his work Vergouw is also editor in chief of ManagementSite.nl. Info: www.vergouw.com and www.1minutemanager.nl.