Who is Wim Smets?
Wim is an ambitious man who loves challenges. He is from Antwerp and earned a first class honours degree in Applied Economic Sciences at UFSIA. With this achievement in hand, he entered the IT world in 1990 while simultaneously completing his studies for an MBA at the Vlerick Business School. He has added new specialisations to these degrees and now visits IT companies all over the world. He tackles the highest mountains in the same way, with an impressive record on all 7 continents.
As a speaker, Wim leaves a lasting impression on the audience in his own modest style. Although not many people in the audience will have climbed an 8000-metre peak, he is able to fascinate them with very recognisable stories, about rising to challenges, working extremely hard on projects, dealing with change and resolving problems. Besides offering lectures to the general public, Wim Smets is also perfect at captivating an audience of managers.
Everything went very well; the final-year students were completely silent during the lecture by Wim Smets… that’s something we’ve never experienced. So, a real success! It was an eye-opener for many of them, now that they are about to enter the world of employment; this represents an important and radical change in their young lives.
I would like to thank you once again for being part of the Club Wallonie Export evening: your presentation, as well as your personality, was appreciated by all. Not to mention your journey, which aroused great admiration. It was a genuine pleasure to share these moments with you.
Communication manager - Club Wallonie Export
Everything went perfectly. Our organisation is currently undergoing a major transition and, in that context, Wim Smets presented a really fascinating and infectious story to our employees.
HR Manager Belgian Institute for Road Safety
Impressive keynote from mountaineer Wim Smets during the Showpad Sales Kick-off. How to bring a team from the base camp to the summit, and how to develop a pre-nicorn into a unicorn with a great team. Thanks for the inspiring session!
Thanks for the fascinating presentation. It was impressive to see what humans are capable of (with the right approach and effective preparation). I learned a great deal, which I will be able to use in my personal and professional life.
Wim Smets presented a good, captivating story. He was rated highly during our evaluation!
Martijn de Groot
Canon Business Services