Dean van Leeuwen

Expert on the future of work, researcher and business strategist


Dean van Leeuwen: TEDx | Author | Moonshot-Provocateur





In everything Dean does, he believes in challenging people to use the power of business to innovate and do remarkable things. He believes that the most amazing innovations of the 21st century are yet to be invented. But a remarkable century will not just happen, we have to create it.

So, Dean is on a quest to challenge audiences to unlearn and relearn, mobilising them to forge innovative solutions for the new Age of Discovery. His deeply researched insights, engaging style and powerful combination of storytelling, multimedia and gentle parody, move audiences to look at a disrupted world differently, embrace change, innovate and do mighty things.

Dean is a cancer slayer, TEDx speaker, futurist and moonshot provocateur working with leading businesses such as John Lewis Partnership, GSK, M&S and Deloitte. He is also an associate fellow at the Säid Oxford, Henley Business Schools and the Centre for European Executive Leadership Development at Fontainebleau Paris. He is the author of the book Quest: Competitive Advantage and the Art of Leadership in the 21st Century.

The futurist consultancy TomorrowToday Global which he co-founded explores how the world is changing and how business leaders can innovate and adapt.



“Feedback has been off the chart for your session”  ~ Kate Hogben Director Corporate Communications, Anglo American

“Thank you for a most enriching and wonderful talk”Nicholas Nicoli, TEDx Curator

Dean. You are a legend…Do I need to say anymore? I will. Thank you for an awesome presentation and sense of humour. You really engaged the staff so much so that they are already using your ideas back at work. Thank you Dean for your time, commitment and passion.” ~ Kerry Franklin | Private Secretary to Peter Wilkinson, MD, Passenger Services, Department for Transport

Heard a number of Futurists as Vistage Chair over the years. Dean’s was head and shoulders above and beyond. If you want to understand the future you MUST work with Dean” ~ Chris Hughes; Vistage Chairman


Dean speaks to audiences about:

  • Innovation
  • Global megatrends
  • Leadership during change and future competitive advantage.

Clients who recently worked with Dean:

  • John Lewis, Waitrose, GSK, Superdrug, Unilever, Nestle, Anglo American, Novartis, Richmond Events, Harvard Club of New York.

Business Schools where Dean is regularly invited to talk:

  • Henley Business School,
  • Oxford Säid Business School,
  • Centre for European Leadership Development (CEDEP)

Presentations Dean is best known for:

Achieve Remarkable Things: A strategic leadership and inspirational look at the importance of thinking big and being successful in the New Age of Discovery


Books written by Dean:



“A must-read for everyone. If you have a chance to join his presentation or workshops they are as inspirational as the book.”

HannaS – 5* Amazon Customer Review


Some inspirational videos

Power of Moonshot Thinking According to Elon Musk

The power of moonshot thinking: How Google almost became an online pizza ordering company

Exponential Leaders

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“Dean’s presentation was exceptional. The fascinating subject matter was made truly inspirational by his very professional, entertaining and slick presentation.” Mark Lovell – University of Salford

Client Comments

Dean. You are a legend…Do I need to say anymore? I will. Thank you for an awesome presentation and sense of humour. You really engaged the staff so much so that they are using the idea back at work. I am not sure what you have started but I know it’s going to run for a while. So thank you Dean for your time, commitment and passion. We really appreciate it! “- Kerry Franklin  | Private Secretary to Peter WilkinsonMD Passenger Services, Department for Transport

“Thought provoking, enabled us to step back and reflect, relevant and looked at things in a way we would not have done so. The presentation was excellent and engaging”. Richard Vanner, Head of HR,  Towers Watson

“Dean is a fantastic presenter – but also has the ability to deliver thought-provoking material in a way that prompts you to action. His observations & advice are both practical & informative. He is a great guy to work with.” Jason Wright, Head of Retail Telephony,Royal Bank of Scotland

“Dean delivered one of the most thought provoking and innovative presentations that I have seen in a very long time. Genuine new insight is very rare and the ability to draw implementable business conclusions is virtually unique. Dean has that.” Steve Martin, Branch Chairperson – Manchester Institute of Financial Planning

“Dean’s key contribution is his INGENUITY VALUE – his presentations and workshops made us question our status quo and his ideas bring valuable innovations to our business.” Sharon Kersten Managing Director – Old Mutual Bank


Why use Dean?

If you want thought provoking content that challenges the status quo and stimulates creative outside the box thinking then you would benefit from using me. Highly regarded companies and academic institutions from John Lewis Partnership to London Business School repeatedly request my services for large conferences, leadership development programmes and executive strategy away days.