Katja Schipperheijn – Keynote Speaker

Author, learning strategist and keynote speaker with a passion for continuous improvement through human-centred innovations that support learning

Looking for fees and availability for Katja Schipperheijn?
Katja Schipperheijn Profile Picture

Specialist Subjects

  • Learning Ecosystems for continuous improvement
  • A Learning Mindset in the age of AI and the future of work
  • The impact of AI and innovation on the future of organisations and humanity
  • What can we learn from children to create the future of work?


  • Dutch
  • English


Katja Schipperheijn is an internationally recognised author, strategist, futurist, lecturer and keynote speaker. Her expertise focuses on AI and pioneering innovations that create a human-machine symbiosis to enable learning ecosystems to flourish. In doing so, she advocates adopting a learning mindset at the personal, team and corporate levels not to become overwhelmed, but to thrive and sustainably shape the future itself.

Her provocative ideas challenge traditional dogmas and offer fresh perspectives. She inspires everyone to adapt and embrace learning before they suffer irreversible damage because AI and other innovations are already pervasive. They are affecting organisations and their employees with unprecedented speed. To incite change, she does not shy away from hypes and discusses the impact of what now seem futuristic, such as Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) or hyper-realistic avatars that make deepfaking a child’s play.

Katja explores the intersection of technology and humanity and its impact on our society. For example, she looks at how competences such as imagination, curiosity and consilience play a role. She explores the similarities between neuroscience and computer science to optimise the learning of both human and artificial intelligence. Human connection is paramount in shaping the future of work, which is why she often draws her inspiration from the future as seen through the eyes of children.

Katja’s keynote speeches are therefore engaging and inspiring for a very diverse audience. Often, her keynotes are the starting point for a future readiness workshop and a continuous improvement project.

Besides advising governments, multinationals, educational institutions and start-ups, Katja is also a philanthropist as founder of sCooledu and author of Little Digital Citizens (Dutch 2018). More than 15,000 children have already participated in her workshops on the future and the increasingly virtual world. This shows her commitment to social responsibility and the importance of promoting digital literacy among young people. By booking Katja for an event, you not only get valuable insights but also support a good cause.

As an author, Katja achieved international recognition with her book Learning Ecosystems (2023) finalist best international business books in London and included in the Top 100 best international business books by the eLearning Journal in Germany. This book will therefore be available in several languages including Arabic during 2024.

2024 will also see the release of her latest book. The Learning Mindset: Combining human competencies with technology to thrive.

Popular Talks by Katja Schipperheijn

Learning Ecosystems for continuous improvement

In these times of ever-faster innovation, the impact on us as people, as employees, and in our organisations is often overwhelming. A positive mindset towards learning is therefore the best way not to be left behind, and more so, to help shape the uncertain future itself. In this often-provocative keynote, we imagine a future that has already caught up with us and draw inspiration from innovations that support learning and growth. For this, we look at the concept of learning ecosystems where learning is supported by all stakeholders to support growth as individuals and as organisations and, by extension, society. A roadmap for continuous improvement through learning is the result there.

Based on the award-winning book Leaning Ecosystems, this talk is ideally suited for executives who want to commit to continuous improvement through innovation and a learning culture with engaged employees. An adapted form is also very interesting as an inspirational talk for employees to help shape a nimble learning and collaboration strategy in which their competences help shape the learning organisation.

This keynote can also be extended with a workshop for CEO/COO/CXOs or Senior Executives/Leaders in Innovation, HR and L&D. The aim of this workshop is to come up with implementable innovations (processes and technology) that support the future of work and put the organisation on a path of continuous improvement.

A Learning Mindset in the age of AI and the future of work

Unleash potential with a learning mindset supported by emerging innovations based on Katja’s new book The Learning Attitude: Combining Human Competencies with Technology to Thrive.

Developing a learning attitude is essential for success in a rapidly changing world of work. But how can you adopt this approach? What qualities do you need? What role do technology and neuroscience play? How can it foster innovation, problem-solving and collaboration?

This keynote explains what a learning attitude is, why it is urgently needed to survive and the benefits for individuals, teams and the organisation as a whole to thrive. Among other things, she covers the competences needed for this approach, including curiosity, resilience, innovation, realism and forward-thinking, and shows how these traits can be developed in all people, while respecting their individual differences. In doing so, Katja does not shy away from difficult topics and points out the need to surround yourself with a diversity team as a learning leader and to give misfits their place.

This new keynote from an international learning expert also outlines how to foster social and lean learning among colleagues, how to become a learning leader and how a learning approach can turn challenges into opportunities. There is also an essential discussion on the neuroscience of learning, the evolution of artificial intelligence and how humans and technology can work symbiotically together for the best results. The often-provocative keynote that leaves no one unprepared brings valuable insights, advice and practical guidance for new leadership in times of ever-faster waves of innovations and AI.

Show More Show Less

Recent testimonials

Watch Katja Schipperheijn speaking

Want to book Katja Schipperheijn as a keynote speaker for your next event?