As a white South African growing up under the Apartheid regime, Christophe was often viewed as a little troublemaker. He could never stop challenging narrow-mindedness and scarcity thinking, which lead to problems with several power institutions.
Christophe is co-author of several books like the Naked Consumer Today, Creating Value People to People, Activists Dare to Care and Beyond the Powergirl. He has a masters degree in both Psychology and Marketing and he is a serial entrepreneur. Currently, he is C.E.O of the Innate Motion Group and a board member of African Drive, in/PACT and B Corp Europe.
Bringing human sense to business in a world that applies too much business sense to humans is what he and the folks at Innate Motion do best and Christophe has done this with the people who lead some of the best brands and companies in the world
Femke is a natural initiator who loves to be involved in new adventures. She grew up in the Netherlands and at the age of 18 she decided to move to Italy. She co-created a café while studying Languages and Literature at the University of Rome. Her curiosity has taken her across the world both as a researcher and as an active tourist. Different cultures as well as different value systems and the different behavioral codes that come with them have always fascinated her, and getting to know them has given her a way of empathizing with people from all walks of life. Femke started her career at Censydiam as a qualitative researcher. In 2007, she co-founded Innate Motion. She is passionate about helping brands to be more relevant in people’s lives and taking a cultural leadership role. Ever since she was very young, Femke has loved to speak her mind, challenging the status quo and authority, and she often dreamt of changing the world. Today, she uses these qualities to contribute to cultural branding and visioning journeys in a refreshing way. She is keen on voicing her intuition, helping teams co-create, get inspired, and find a shared purposeful direction forward.
Robert has a bachelor´s degree in business administration and a master´s in law. He started his career in the Netherlands and built his expertise over 18 years at Unilever. He worked in challenging marketing and business positions in various European countries as well as in South Africa and in Brazil. Robert knows from experience the massive positive impact on both business results and society of really putting people first in brands and teams, and is a true ambassador for humanizing business in the widest sense of the term. He loves exploring new cultures, leaving the beaten track. He has spent months traveling India and Malaysia; he has climbed Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Americas at about 7,000 meters); he has spent weeks with indigenous families in the jungle of Colombia; and he loves to take the more adventurous routes when skiing, hiking, or diving. As a student, he already felt strongly attracted by the positive spirit, culture, beauty, and opportunities of Latin America, and his stay in Brazil made him decide to make this beautiful country his home.
Aurelia believes every person is a source of inspiration, she is interested in discovering their uniqueness and in creating bridges between people and places. Born in Moldova, she has engaged in social projects since an early age, serving the youth sector for more than eight years. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and working for the Central Bank of Moldova, she moved to Belgium for a Master’s in Economics and Business at the leading university College of Europe. Attracted by the international spirit of Brussels, she stayed working at the European Commission as a consultant for the Research and Innovation grants program. Aurelia speaks seven languages; she is fond of creativity in all forms and counts painting and playing piano as some of her passions.
What she cares most about is contributing to the global struggle for a better world. Constantly enthusiastic and curious by nature, Aurelia is inspired by the appreciation of human values, and by the opportunity to help brands bring out their best and be closer to the people and their needs.
A truly global citizen, Ronald was born and raised in South Africa and has lived, studied and worked at different times in his life in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jerusalem, Toronto, New York, London and Paris. He’s always hungry for new experiences, meeting new people and exploring new cultures.
This same curiosity has driven his career. At one time a writer and director of promo videos for MTV, VH1 and ESPN. He then followed that as the creative director at SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT NY, starting-up his in-house ad agency and working with legends in the music business on every aspect of advertising and marketing of their music. From there he took on the global role of Chief Creative Officer at Lowe and Partners primarily working on Unilever campaigns across all of their categories. He’s been integral to successful new product launches in the toughest-to-crack markets like China, India, South America, Africa, and South Asia. He’s driven the growth of a number of Unilever’s ‘billion dollar brands’ and along the way he devised the HOTHOUSE creative model, utilizing the best of the network by bringing together creative talent from all disciplines of the business. Ronald loves brainstorming, storytelling and inspiring and motivating people to produce their best work. He’s a great listener and problem solver. He thinks strategically and creatively and loves the collaborating process. He’s currently writing a play, a children’s book and has even been known to do some acting. He lives with his wife, two teenage kids and a dog (yes, his best friend), in Manhattan.