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Background of the Global Curiosity institute

Purpose of the Global Curiosity Institute
Our goal is to help individuals, organizations, and society to foster a mindset of curiosity to inspire them to keep discovering and innovating. We do this by researching workplace curiosity and working with companies to build cultures of intentional curiosity.



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Stefaan van Hooydonk is founder of the Global Curiosity Institute and author of the bestselling book: The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto. After working initially in investment consulting and setting up executive education at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in China, Van Hooydonk held executive roles as Chief Learning Officer in fortune 200 companies (Nokia, Royal Philips, Cognizant, Saudi Aramco, Agfa, Flipkart). He has lived and worked in Belgium, France, Hong Kong, China, Finland, The Netherlands, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. His last role was that of Chief Learning Officer for Cognizant, where he oversaw learning and development for over 300k associates across the globe.


Stefaan van Hooydonk researches the topic of workplace curiosity in companies. He believes that curious individuals need curious environments to thrive and that especially in times of turmoil individuals and companies need to embrace intentional curiosity. With the help of a number of diagnostics he designed, he creates insights on what drives and what enables (or prevents) individuals and organisations to show up curiously. He consults global corporations and leadership teams towards building a stronger curiosity muscle. He is a regular speaker around the world on the power of curiosity to benefit professionals, leaders, teams, and organizations.

Beliefs on which the Global Curiosity Institute is founded

We have no idea what is going to happen in the future to ourselves, our orgs, our societies, or our globe

We are not maximizing our individual and collective talents to face present and future reality 

We cannot continue as we are doing now

With the right motivation and guidance, every individual has the innate capacity and capability to transform and rise to the occasion and so do organizations

We have evidence of extraordinary creativity as a human species

We believe that by establishing focus & mindshare on curiosity, the positive impact will be remarkable on individuals, organizations, and society

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