Dean van Leeuwen

Dean van Leeuwen

TEDx | Author | Futurist | Moonshot-Provocateur

About Dean

Expert on Innovation, Global Megatrends, Leadership and Future Competitive Advantage

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 this 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. 

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Dean Speaks on:


Transformation and change

Business as a force for good

Future Trends

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“Dean did a fantastic job launching our Innovation week. Feedback for his keynote has been off the chart!”

Kate Hogben
Director Corporate Communications Anglo American


“Great session. Let’s do it again soon!”

Prof. David Pendleton
Säid Oxford Business School


“Thank you for a most enriching and wonderful talk”

Nicolas Nicoli
TEDx Curator



by Dean van Leeuwen

Since antiquity quests have been the force propelling civilisation to higher and higher levels. We stand at the brink of a New Age of Discovery and this powerful art of moonshot leadership is returning in the form of  corporate explorers like Elon Musk, Sebastian Thrun and Sergey Brin. Each challenging the impossible, delivering meaningful benefits and driven by their quest’s destination.

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