I experienced the transition from high school to college as a real liberation. At last I could make my own choices, faced more challenges and complexity, had fewer obligations and plenty of time for commitments in youth work. I chose sciences as a way to better grasp the world. After earning my master's degree, I had the opportunity to pursue a PhD in quantum chemistry. The complexity and unconventional thinking of that field attracted me strongly, the bureaucratic system of a university much less so.
After my PhD I started in the wonderful, and for me totally unknown, world of the chemistry giant BASF. I soon discovered that chemistry was more about people than molecules. I was given responsibilities over teams and projects in the most diverse roles and domains (production, technical services, purchasing, communication). Shaping things, overseeing the bigger picture and mobilising people in new directions were key. Again and again I felt the urge for more challenges. I obtained an Executive MBA with an intense personal development program and became a staff member of the CEO of BASF Antwerp. Despite the many opportunities I was offered, I felt ever more strongly that this corporate game was not mine. I wanted to take my career into my own hands. And so it happened.
Early 2012, I left BASF and started a company to help organisations address strategic issues through dialogue. We brought people together, provided new frameworks, exchanged perspectives, and connected all the elements into a congruent whole. This way I kept discovering new environments, including the world of social entrepreneurship. I wanted to get to work with that. Training to become a coach awakened my interest in people even further.
In 2015, I started Co-Vibes. We developed The Young Vibes, a talent incubator that enabled highly educated young people without work experience to develop deep self-insight and discover new opportunities to contribute meaningfully in the labour market. Through The Young Vibes, companies were able to experience the power of talented young people with an open mind and often unconventional backgrounds. Meanwhile, I also increasingly took on the role of growth catalyst, sounding board and coach, helping organisations, teams and individuals around personal challenges, smart collaboration and organisational development.
Supported by intense personal development programmes (including recently the impactful Leading by Being), numerous coachings, enriching encounters, a lot of reading and self-reflection, I have been continuously discovering new dimensions of myself. An intense process of positive disintegration, as it is so beautifully described by Kazimierz Dąbrowski. Discovery turned into embracing and integrating, which increasingly created a sense of balance and freedom. Understanding my own 'being a multiversalist', my own wiring and its implications, was a crucial breakthrough in this process.
With the launch of Multiversity, we want to help other multiversalists understand themselves better in order to embrace, develop and realise their full potential. At the same time, we also want to help teams and organisations address complex challenges through various pathways. The overall offering of Multiversity in its versatility is thus an ideal way for me to express a large part of my (core) talents, and that in combination with the many fine roles as happy husband and father of two beautiful daughters, in numerous engagements, as a traveller, marathon runner, amateur painter, music lover, ...