Jef Staes

Jef Staes (Belgium, 1956) is an authority on learning processes and innovative organisations. With 25 years of professional experience (ATEA, GTE, Siemens), he currently assists CEO’s and organisations to find a comprehensive answer to the changing dynamics of today’s market. “Why don’t organizations learn and innovate fast enough?” Jef Staes answers this question.

As an author, speaker and expert, he not only awakens people, but also presents them with a unique concept to guide them through the necessary changes. Jef Staes is the author of number of books including “My Organisation is a Jungle”. Through the use of rich vocabulary and exciting parallels, he truly engages you in the story of what he calls Red Monkeys. Those are today’s creative ideas that struggle to survive in educational and organizational cultures of yesterday. The book explores these dramatic difficulties innovation face.

Jef is a passionate and inspirational keynote speaker. His story is a guaranteed eye-opener and his thoughts on the future of business and education inspire many. He tackles the most fundamental issues organisations struggle with. He is also a four time TEDx speaker and is a regular guest (plenary debate, spotlight sessions, workshops) at Online Educa Berlin. Finally, Jef is a passionate engineer, thinker and architect. He developed a new innovation concept for CEO's, managers and employees, which he now brings as ‘The Red Monkey Story’ during which he explains his 'Engine of Innovation Mindset'. A plea and a language to radically start changing the culture of your company.