Mike van der Vijver
Mike is a Meeting Designer and Advisor, Trainer and Coach in Intercultural Management.
Since 2003, he operates as a free-lance designer of international meetings for a wide variety of international clients through MindMeeting, a company he co-founded with Eric de Groot. MindMeeting specialises in the design of effective meeting programmes for international organisations. He provides advice on programmes and formats, designs programme sub-parts as well as full conference programmes. In connection with his design works, Mike presents, moderates and facilitates on average about 40-45 meetings a year. He is also a regular speaker at conferences or during workshops on topics such as meeting effectiveness, innovative meeting formats, and especially Meeting Design.
An important branch of his activities as meeting designer have become interventions on structured creativity, to stimulate innovation and the development of new products, services and processes in organisations.
In addition to his work on meetings, he works on intercultural management, ensuring the effectiveness of organisations and individuals in the international business environment.
Mike is a native of the Netherlands but his main base is in Naples (Italy). Here he joins his family, enjoying the climate, food and lovely people of this ancient city. Mike is fluent in Dutch, English and Italian and has a fair command of French and German.
Mike is the co-author of Into the Heart of Meetings, the first book on Meeting Design, published in January 2013. He has also published a variety of articles and book chapters on intercultural management.