YNZO VAN ZANTEN

Keynote speaker on how to stay relevant
in a rapidly changing world

who is YNZO VAN ZANTEN?

 

SPEAKER, ENTREPRENEUR, H2H ECONOMY LOVER & IDEA GENERATOR
If I were to ask you: “What brands truly made a significant change to your life?”. How many can you come up with? I bet it wasn’t more than one or two.

And that’s exactly the sweet spot where brands need to be to remain relevant in a rapidly changing business environment.

With decades of speaking and management experience at pioneering brands like Tony’s Chocolonely and innocent drinks, I take my audience through the sense and nonsense of sustainable businesses and meaningful work.

I open a suitcase full of astonishing examples so that you start looking at product development, customer culture, marketing communication, employer branding, passion, and – ‘purpose‘ – through a different lens.

Yes, that’s a lot, because ultimately, you only achieve your goals when you get everyone in the value chain highly engaged. And that works best when you build and maintain a vibrant company culture.

I make you laugh, get you moving, and make you think. After my story, you’ll go back to your daily job bouncing with fresh energy and new ideas.

The topics of my talks…

IMPACTFUL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, HIGHLY ENGAGED TEAMS, ENERGETIC COMPANY CULTURES

Impactful entrepreneurship

An energetic presentation about truly purposeful entrepreneurship, about impactful marketing, about culture and teams, and the lessons to be learned from brands like Tony’s Chocolonely and others.

Fear of Missing Purpose

We’re all chasing our purpose like bees to the honey. And mostly we talk about all the amazing sustainable stuff we do. But is that what the consumer really cares about? They just want you to help them have a more healthy, more fun, more sustainable, happier life.

Highly engaged teams

Organizations need to reach their goals to survive. And you can only reach those goals if you have your whole team on board. But how do you get those engagement levels where they need to be? And how do you create the culture where people can thrive in?

TESTIMONIALS (or in other words…)

What others say…

” Ynzo is an inspiring speaker with a great sense of humor! Ynzo took us through his journey as a driving force behind impact brands such as Tony’s Chocolonely and Innocent Drinks. With a lot of energy and lots of great anecdotes, he talked about changing your corporate culture, marketing communication, good employment practices and the importance of ‘purpose’. His tip to everyone? Do small things with the greatest passion! “

Sandy Bommeleyn

Stichting Positieve Impact

” Ynzo was the last speaker at our annual conference and he absolutely delivered! With his passion, energy and humour we all were fully engaged in entrepreneurship, leadership and culture, and he gave us so much food for thought. Ynzo is a must-have at any conference! “

Pascal Aarden

Director of Business Development L&E Global

” Ynzo is one of the best guest speakers I have ever experienced. His energy and passion spread to every single participant in the room. Further, Ynzo managed to leave all of us with a strong reminder of what purpose really means. His session became the word of everyone’s mouth weeks after the session and even at my own kitchen table. We need more people like Ynzo. “

Carl-Johan Herslow

Senior Management Consultant at Implement Consulting Group.

” Ynzo is the most energetic, passionate and inspiring speaker I’ve ever worked with. I salute you for your tenacity of purpose and outstanding leadership qualities. Thanks for opening my and many of our attendees’ eyes to new perspective and ways of living. “

Madoka Abe

Production Manager APAC Summits marcusevans

” Your story left a big impression for many people who joined this congress. “

Satomi Shimoda

Kokubu Group Corp

” He is exactly as he sounds on all the platforms he speaks on, authentic and natural and filled with enthousiasm.  “

Gihan A.M. Hyde

” You are state of the art in your field. “

Helga B. Hellandsjø

Sustainability Consultant

” Ynzo is an absolute professional with a fantastic story to share. He sets a high bar and leaves the audience making different business choices by the end of his talk – because he does his job well. “

Martina Matrtajová

Maxman Consultants / The Leaders Conference Bratislava

The topics of my talks…

Impactful entrepreneurship, highly engaged teams, energetic company cultures

Impactful entrepreneurship

An energetic presentation about truly purposeful entrepreneurship, about impactful marketing, about culture and teams, and the lessons to be learned from brands like Tony’s Chocolonely and others.

Fear of Missing Purpose

We’re all chasing our purpose like bees to the honey. And mostly we talk about all the amazing sustainable stuff we do. But is that what the consumer really cares about? They just want you to help them have a more healthy, more fun, more sustainable, happier life.

Highly engaged teams

Organizations need to reach their goals to survive. And you can only reach those goals if you have your whole team on board. But how do you get those engagement levels where they need to be? And how do you create the culture where people can thrive in?

Energetic keynote presentations with equal parts inspiration, content and fun.

Keynotes

9.1

appreciation 

Countries

SOME AMAZING STAGES ACROSS THE GLOBE THAT I HAD

the privilege to speak

AT

ADE Green | Facilitator

Led a panel discussion at the famous ADE music festival in Amsterdam

SXSW | Ignite Event

At the amazing SXSW in Austin, I got to speak at the Ignite event.

ABN Amro Tennis tournament | Side Event

An amazing event organised by the ABN Amro bank about impact investments.

ChangeNow | Paris

A huge event in Paris with hundreds of amazing impact organisations, and well, me speaking at one of the main stages.

BAM | Marketing Event

Probably one of the bigger stages ever, the Belgian Marketing Association’s annual event.

IMPORTANT TOPICS IN 2024…

HUMAN RESOURCES

‘Human Resources’; the most inhumane word in the dictionary. It is about people and culture, and how putting your team on nr 1 builds impact.

NEW LEADERSHIP

A new perspective on leadership. One that is uniting, transformative and authentic.

H2H ECONOMICS

No more B2B or B2C, but 21st century capitalism needs to be all about Human to Human economics, about empathy and serving others.

 

14 + 11 =

MY OWN CRAZY STUBBORN

Thoughts…

Human Resources? Who ever came up with the idea that humans can be made into resources must be the worst people manager ever.

Purpose is not about you. Not even about your product or service. It is about who you can help your customer become. About enabling them to make a change in their ecosystem and become a better version of themselves.

In 21st century capitalism we should not be talking about B2B or B2C any longer. We should be talking about H2H: Human to Human economics.

Make no mistake, customers do not love your product. They don’t give a f*ck. They just love how it makes them feel. It’s about them. Never (I repeat) never about you