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“Really enjoyed hosting Mark as a fascinating guest speaker at our internal LIFT Academy talk on the metaverse, as part of our Frontier Tech Trilogy. Mark shared great examples of how the metaverse will affect our people our work and our clients. He managed to explain an abstract concept in a thought-provoking way, inspiring us how to think differently when it comes to the next iteration of the internet. ”

 Alicia Hardy
Alicia Hardy

Director of Professional Support White & Case

“The session went great, he talked about open AI and people were very engaged and sharing their experiences in the chat, so was a lot of fun.”


Europacific Partners

“Mark was our keynote speaker at a recent Dealer Tire Enterprise Data Analytics Summit. His presentation was highly relevant and very inspirational. He incorporated many examples throughout his talk and tied them directly back to our business. Perfect pace, excellent delivery, great content. I would highly recommend Mark as a speaker, particularly for anything related to cutting-edge tech strategy. ”

 Chris Fuss
Chris Fuss

Partner, Chief Technology Officer - Dealer Tire

“This was an awe-inspiring session with Mark van Rijmenam and Nestlé leaders. We are very grateful for him sparking curiosity and sharing a glimpse of what the metaverse entails, and the fact that some elements are not tomorrow but today. Mark captures the audience's attention with his simple messages and engaging content. Time for questions felt short, testament of the interest of the audience; we could have stayed another 30 minutes… A must to re-watch and spread the word on how we prepare for the metaverse.”

 Gonzalo Vega
Gonzalo Vega

Center of Learning and Inspiration - Rive Reine - Nestlé

“Recently, Mark provided a state-of-the-art lecture to our most senior MBA participants. What I found remarkable is his deep expertise on the future of work and the metaverse and how he is able to explain these abstract concepts in an easy-to-understand yet thought-provoking way. The session was highly interactive and he showed us some glimpses of his forthcoming book 'Step into the Metaverse.' Preparing for the future has always been relevant, and I think Mark is the right person to stimulate organizations and individuals to do just that when it comes to technology and society.”

Henry Robben
Henry Robben

Professor of Marketing at Nyenrode Business University

“On behalf of INAA, I want to personally thank you for your presentation on the Metaverse. Your presentation was extremely informative and interesting, and it provided a glimpse of things to come with this aspect of social media. In fact, the examples you provided demonstrated how this media will be used in advertising to reach the next generation of consumers for us as accountants and business owners But more than just advertising, the merging of the physical and digital world, as you explained, will open up opportunities for new applications and products which we as accountants will be able to develop and market. Even now, just two weeks after hearing your presentation, I have seen and heard news and other clips about the Metaverse. It seems to be arriving just as quickly as you indicated. Thank you for such a foresightful and thought-provoking presentation. ”

 Ed Turner
Ed Turner

Chairman INAA Group

“Dr. Mark is a fantastic and engaging speaker. He spoke at EY's APAC MSL Forum, bringing to life the world of metaverse for our Asia-Pacific senior leadership team. Dr. Mark created an engaging session covering both theory and real-life examples that made it simple to understand a difficult and conceptual topic. I highly recommend Dr. Mark if you want someone to demonstrate the art of the possible with new technologies in an easy to understand and entertaining way. Thank you, Dr. Mark! ”

Lindsay Devereux
Lindsay Devereux

Asia-Pacific Communications and Engagement Leader at EY

“The speaker was excellent - well prepared, very well versed in digital speaking so his team was really well prepared for the virtual environment and set up needed. Despite the timezone, he responded to queries and changes requested in a very timely manner. The speaker was also very flexible in attending test sessions to ensure everything ran smoothly on the day. Would highly recommend.”

Prashini Manthiri
Prashini Manthiri

Senior HR Project Consultant

“I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with Mark for a Metaverse project. On average, the knowledge and expertise on this very new phenomenon is pretty limited and nebulous. However, Mark has the talent and ability to translate highly complex ideas about the metaverse in a very clear and compelling manner. I have no doubt that he will play a pivotal role in the transition to the metaverse. ”

 Samir Badaoui
Samir Badaoui

Metaverse Mentors

“Dr Mark delivered a keynote for us at our annual EVCOMference, speaking about the metaverse, what it means and the opportunities it can offer. It was an eye-opening talk and so many of our members approached us afterwards to say so. He delivered a fascinating and accessible insight into the future, which is exactly what our audience needed. Thank you!”

Claire Fennelow
Claire Fennelow

- Executive Director EVCOM

“Mark is very result-oriented with a strong strategic focus. At the recent Blockchain Conference in KL, he was dynamic, on target, and one with the audience.”

Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas

- Business Development Manager, Thomvell International

“I worked together with Mark on our SOLITA Frontline Summit 2020 where Mark was our Keynote. His presentation and insight in the discussion after was world-class inspirational! Also leading up to the event despite the difficult -Covid-induced- circumstances everything was smooth sailing and cooperation was really easy and enjoyable. I hope and believe our paths will cross again and I highly recommend to take a close look at Mark's work!”

Peter Barkman

EVP International expansion & CMO

“Dr. Mark van Rijmenam is simply a rock star! His ability to deliver a well-prepared message in a funny, interesting way and engage everyone in the room is unparalleled in his industry. His research and thought-provoking educational material will resonate with our institution & students for many years. You know you had a successful session when days later people start a discussion with "As Dr. Mark van Rijmenam said.”

Samvel Movsisyan

Founder, Leadership School

“We are looking back on an extremely successful GlobalPETS Forum last week. We received on your presentation from the attendees a lot of positive comments. Therefore, thanks again for your support and delivering the professional presentation.”

Corine van Winden

PETS International, Board Member

"From the very first moment Mark was on board with the goal of our virtual Wintercamp ‘Data & Technology’: creating a data mindset throughout the entire organization.

In his keynote ‘The Port of Tomorrow’ he made the connection between the importance and the rapid development of data to our day-to-day business, and this in a passionate and inspiring way.

Mark masters the art of turning something complex into something very accessible. Right from the start he got everyone involved in his story. The interaction started and the reactions were very positive. Marks expertise was clearly visible through the playful ease with which he took questions from the audience. He linked them to concrete examples and came up with tips and suggestions to apply these within our own business. Mark, many thanks for taking our Wintercamp to the next level! The PSA University certainly recommends Mark."

Jelmer de Vos

Head of PSA University, Global PSA

Tim Chapman

Head of Junior Talent, Fujitsu

“I am so grateful to have had Mark as one of our keynote speakers at Global Big Data 2016 Application and Research Forum Qingdao China. 16-18 Nov 2016 (http://www.bigdata-qingdao.com). His big data and Blockchain expertise is very helpful for helping us thinking outside the box. As a person, he is great to treat and if you are looking for a speaker, Mark is one on top of the list.”

Tina Fuh

Owner, Forticy Group Inc.

“Mark van Rijmenam delivered an excellent keynote presentation at Big Data Week London 2016. I knew it was going to be a great talk, since his reputation preceded him, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that his expertise goes beyond the big data field. Mark has a way of framing topics through an extensive web of inter-disciplinary insight and know-how that pushes the conversation forward for all of us. If you are in search of a speaker that can bring both inspiration and actionable advice to your event, Mark is your guy.”

Lavinia Bucur

Programme Director, Big Data Week

“WOW! Dr. Mark is AMAZING! He spoke at my Global Champions Summit and well, the audience was wowed, to say the least. I took pages of notes! It was the first time I understood AL, Blockchain, and Big Data properly. Dr. Mark made it so simple to understand a sometimes complicated topic. He was engaging with my audience and kept their attention right up until the very end. Actually I had him as a guest speaker on The Camilita Podcast and straight away implemented some of the systems he shared into my OWN business. I highly recommend Dr. Mark if you want someone to come into your company, business or organisation to understand the technology and/or have him as a guest on your podcast, event, or seminar. Thank you Dr. Mark!”

Camilita P Nuttall

Founder, Global Champions Summit

“The retail sector in Africa is thriving and new technologies are being introduced into the continent’s retail industry faster than any of the regions other sectors. Big Data is one of the biggest things African retailers are looking at working with and improving as the need for customer satisfaction and interaction becomes top priority.”

Retail World Africa 2015, a part of Africa’s largest payments, banking and retail show, was honoured to have Mark speak at the conference as a Keynote speaker where he covered:

  • The next wave of mass customisation and how to drive it
  • How to leverage Big Data for a predictive e-commerce offering
  • Ways Big Data will transform e-commerce
  • How predictive analytics can boost sales
  • Data – storing it right, using it right
  • Customer intelligence and data and how to use it to improve engagement
  • How to secure data through Omni-channel payments and purchases

Thanks to Mark, Africa’s retailers now have invaluable in-depth insight into the need for Big Data and the multiple ways retailers can make use of the trend.

Our delegates loved him and so did his fellow speakers.

As the Conference Manager for Retail World Africa 2015, I would recommend Mark to any other event organiser or industry who is looking for insights into Big Data and the many ways Big Data can bring big rewards to you."

Jerodé Moodley

Event Director, Retail World Africa 2015 - Terrapinn

“Mark recently participate in an event that I was running and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Mark delivered a keynote presentation and participate in a panel discussion addressing the benefits and challenges of implementing an effective data strategy. His professionalism and subject matter knowledge shown through and his participation was highly commended by the delegation.”

“ I would happily work with Mark again.”

Ben Turner

General Manager Disruption, FST Media

“Mark participated in our Bridge-ing Big Data Workshop (http://engineering.unl.edu/bbdworkshop-agenda/) October 8 and 9 and did an excellent job. His Big Data and Technology expertise and insight greatly added to the tenor of the conversations and helped many traditional engineers think "outside the box." I wouldn't hesitate to include him in similar discussions in the future!”

Daniel Linzell

Professor & Department Chair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Mark is very knowledgeable on the subject of Big Data and has the capability of explaining complex matter in laymen’s terms.

I have worked with him in different settings, most recently organizing a business event where Mark was the main speaker. The roadmap he spoke about, from his book ‘Think Bigger’, has proven to help organizations in developing their own strategy.

Mark is a great presenter who is able to show the audience where we are at today and also gives the public an insight into a possible and very likely future. He is ranked as one of the top Big Data influencers for a good reason.

If you have a strategic Big Data challenge or an event around Big Data I can highly recommend Mark. ”

Paul Muller

Manager Alliances & Business Development, Internet Service Group

“I invited Mark to join one of our International Congress as the main speaker for BigData2015 World Insights. As a person, he is great to treat, responsible and compromised human. As a leader he shared his knowledge with all attendees and the organizers. After the event the attendees satisfaction survey showed Mark had one of the best keynotes and the majority of them wanted him back for our next conference. This shows the professional and important knowledge he can share. His pitch involved people and he invited them to connect with the topic.”

Fernando Masmela Diaz

Organiser, Big Data World Insights, Colombia

“Mark recently did a presentation on Big Data for the regional circle of the Nyenrode Alumni Assocation. In the presentation he talked about the strategical aspects of Big Data and gave us various interesting examples. Mark is very knowledgeable and an interesting speaker to listen to.”

Jocelyn Vlaar

“Mark is an inspirational and creative business consultant. He has deep knowledge in the area of Big data and helped our organisation to draw its data strategy. Highly recommended and reliable business consultant.”

Martin Gramatikov

Senior Justice Sector Adviser and Head of Measurement & Evaluation

“Van Rijmenam gave a presentation about how Walmart makes Big Data part of its DNA and a Big Data Strategy workshop at the Data Quality Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The presentation and attendance was greatly appreciated and feedback included among others: ‘Thoroughly insightful and very enjoyable’ & ‘Great, very knowledgeable’ & ‘Mark provided excellent Big Data insights and its possibilities in the future during the workshop. ”

Data Quality Asia Pacific Congress 2014


“With an understandable presentation, Mark is able to captivate the attendees on the subject of big data, which he is able to explain clearly and thoroughly. He uses interesting concrete examples that make his story very understandable.”

Daan Wiebes

Chairman, VOR / RWS

“Within an academic context as well as in a business context, Mark is able to explain the essence and possibilities of big data in a clear and concise manner. He has many examples, he is up-to-date and he is able to frame the commercial applications for organization.”

Ed Peelen

Partner, ICSB

"I know Mark a true expert in the field of Big Data, 'the oil of the 21st century'. Mark was one of the keynote speakers at the National Publishing Day 2014, organized by the dutch b2b platform Mediafacts. His 45 minute speech on how publishers should strategically approach 'Big Data' was well received; it got high scores in our post event online summary.

Mark knows the way in the complicated 'Big Data' landscape and is able to serve companies from different sectors well when the aim is setting up a Big Data strategy and providing the means to implement it."

Wim Damhof

Chief Editor, Mediafacts

“Capgemini asked Mark to support us for a customer workshop on Big Data roadmap. Mark was instrumental in setting up the workshop format and structure. During the workshop he shared his views on Big Data and a possible way forward. Mark combines big data content with a personal drive to create an inspiring Big Data story.”

Jorgen Heizenberg

CTO NL, Capgemini

“Mark van Rijmenam provided good foundational knowledge [on blockchain] and how this new technology will change the world in the coming years. He is original and a good instructor.”

Burgan Bank


The Digital Speaker

"Mark has a valuable independent view of the total spectrum of the Big data scene and has a versatile and extensive network. He has detailed knowledge and proved highly efficient during our short period of working together."

Diederik Meijerink

Data Scientist, Schiphol Group

"Using concrete examples Mark is able to explain big data and its potential and its impact for organizations and societies."

Nico van Buren

Managing Director, Kennisalliantie

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