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Exciting Keynotes

Storytelling is a fantastic way to share and inspire! I have experiences to draw upon and share – the good, the bad and the ugly. If you’re looking for an experienced and inspiring speaker – look no further. I’d love to work with you for other event-related work, such as event moderation, innovation panelist, and workshop host. 

real-life stories

from personal experience

Speaking at events is one of my greatest passions. Thanks to my practical experience, I can provide you with enough examples and share both successes as well as mistakes, from which you will learn. 


This ensures that my keynotes remain lively, interesting and recognizable for everyone. In addition to my healthy dose of humor and personal anecdotes, I always use supportive and highly visual slides and videos to keep everyone engaged throughout the presentation. 


This can be done offline as well as online and in Dutch or English.


Some example keynotes

From a spark to a raging fire


From a Spark to a Raging Fire

In this presentation, Roel takes the audience along on the journey he made from 2011 to 2017 by trial and error. During that time Roel was responsible for developing and managing the idea and innovation program at the largest cable company in the world. Ultimately, the program was available to all 45,000 employees in more than 40 countries, sourced great ideas and realized innovations and even received the award for best innovation campaign from the European Commission. Before this result could be achieved, mountains had to be moved and that certainly did not always go smoothly. 


This presentation is particularly interesting for innovation managers leading an innovation management program, or considering launching an idea generation program.

At one of our pizza sessions, the topic was "Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship", Roel was one of two speakers and his coverage of how to create an intrapreneurial mindset within large corporations was truly inspiring. Days after I have been contacted by NS colleagues and his talk is rated among the highest of all pizza sessions. Based on his own experiences he delivered a presentation full of positive energy, motivating the audience to start innovating, discuss among themselves and become an intrapreneur. Thanks Roel to inspire us to think outside the box.
iwan eising
Dutch Railway company (NS)

Pirates in the Navy


Pirates in the Navy

Steve Jobs once said that becoming a pirate is more fun than joining the navy. He meant that it is better to start a start-up than to work for an existing company. But those existing companies nowadays want that start-up mentality in their employees to be able to innovate faster and better. So they want "Pirates in the Navy".
In this presentation Roel will discuss the paradoxes that exist if you want to innovate within an existing company, discuss different innovation methods and techniques, and give examples of piracy in practice.

Roel gave a great keynote presentation at the KWS Group on effectively innovating in corporate environments. His presentation provided lots of food for thought regarding the differences of how innovative behavior is incentivized in small startup companies (Pirates) versus bigger corporates (the Navy). The audience also very much appreciated the helpful and practical innovation tools and methodologies which Roel shared during his presentation. The analogy to the Hollywood blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” with many funny quotes was simply great and kept everybody highly engaged during the entire workshop. Overall a very inspiring and motivating keynote which I would highly recommend to everyone involved in corporate innovation. Thanks, Roel!
Stefan Schwarz
KWS Group

10 Rules of Innovation Management


10 Rules of Innovation Management

After nearly ten years of working in the field of innovation management, Roel witnessed that - although there are big differences between companies - the most successful online idea & innovation programs all have the same themes. From the ways they align their strategy and innovation goals to the ways they evaluate ideas and recognize contributors. By examining the successes (and failures) of many programs, Roel knows there are specific patterns to follow.

Roel compiled these common themes in the e-Book “10 Rules of Innovation Management” and following the many positive reactions, he translated the content into a presentation. From beginner mistakes to success stories, this presentation provides in-depth advice on core elements as well as simple tips and tricks to start using right away. 


Whether you are an expert in innovation management or just starting your first idea generation campaign, you will benefit from this presentation!

I wished more innovation professionals would listen to Roel de Vries. So much to learn from this man. We at HYPE, and especially the marketing team, worked very closely with Roel as he is both a seasoned practitioner AND a very open and outgoing character. More than once, we asked him to get on stage, physically and virtually, to share his knowledge with other clients. And each time he rocked the show not only by theory-backed, deep practical insights, but also by fantastic presentations, both in terms of slides and stage presence.
Michel Meisterjahn
HYPE Innovation

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