Jan excels in fostering breakthroughs when the tried and tested responses to personal or professional challenges no longer work. He believes that a deep grounding in presence allows us to see opportunities in difficult transitions and to turn these transitions into transformative expansions.
Jan has a storied career of leading and supporting transformative transitions. He has worked in an array of contexts ranging from working with the most senior levels of government in more than 20 developing countries to foster systemic change, to helping poor communities in the most remote regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America to take control of their destiny. During his decades of work as a leader and executive in the World Bank, he provided leadership to rural development programs in Africa, oversaw a multibillion dollar social development program in Indonesia, and managed the organization’s social development programs in East Asia, in Africa, and in Latin America. Furthermore, he provided leadership to an overhaul of the organization’s internal global knowledge management and staff learning program, which re-focused the flow of knowledge and collaboration across and beyond institutional boundaries.
Jan has a keen interest in social science, neuroscience, and organizational development research. He anchors his work in the teachings from the wisdom traditions of both the East and the West.
Jan has worked with leaders in a range of private sector companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. He dedicates the balance of his time among coaching, volunteer work with the homeless in Washington D.C., and consciousness studies, writing, and meditation.
Jan holds a BA degree in Social Work and Adult Education, and a MS degree in Sociology. He also achieved a Certification in Executive Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and is certified by the International Coaching Federation as an Associate Certified Coach. He is a Belgian national residing in Washington D.C., and is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and his native Dutch.