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Nico Blaauw

Nico is managing partner of Pilgrims.
Organization strategy, change management and branding have dominated his career. Prior to his consultancy role, Nico has spent many years in senior management positions in international companies, such as Dow Chemical, Fortis, C&A and Leo Burnett.

Nico earned a university degree in Business Communications and a Master degree in Marketing Management. By working with Jody, Nico is equipped with hard data and well-founded business concepts and strategies.

Nico’s approach is very personal and highly involved, especially during turbulent transformation processes. He is convinced that direct personal involvement and presence does increase the effectiveness of consultancy significantly.

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Interesting talks

How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang

What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health -- before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is working to develop digital doppelgangers for real people; they start with genetic code, but they'll also factor in other kinds of data as well, from food intake to sleep to data collected by a "smart toilet." With all of this valuable information, Wang hopes to create an engine that will change the way we think about health, both on an individual level and as a collective.

How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang 2017/09/18 17:14

Living sculptures that stand for history's truths | Sethembile Msezane

In the century-old statues that occupy Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture herself, standing for hours on end in public spaces dressed in symbolic costumes, to reclaim the city and its public spaces for her community. In this powerful, tour-de-force talk, she shares the stories and motivation behind her mesmerizing performance art.

Living sculptures that stand for history's truths | Sethembile Msezane 2017/09/15 17:08

The fascinating physics of everyday life | Helen Czerski

Physics doesn't just happen in a fancy lab -- it happens when you push a piece of buttered toast off the table or drop a couple of raisins in a fizzy drink or watch a coffee spill dry. Become a more interesting dinner guest as physicist Helen Czerski presents various concepts in physics you can become familiar with using everyday things found in your kitchen.

The fascinating physics of everyday life | Helen Czerski 2017/09/14 22:00

The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado

We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.

The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado 2017/09/14 16:50

A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam

Forget quinoa. Meet fonio, an ancient "miracle grain" native to Senegal that's versatile, nutritious and gluten-free. In this passionate talk, chef Pierre Thiam shares his obsession with the hardy crop and explains why he believes that its industrial-scale cultivation could transform societies in Africa.

A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam 2017/09/13 16:45

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