Peter Hinssen is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, keynote speaker, author and one of Europe’s thought leaders on radical innovation, leadership and the impact of all things digital on society and business. He has a focus on the consumer adoption of technology, on the impact of the networked digital society, and on the Alignment between Business and IT He lectures at various business schools such as London Business School (UK) and MIT in Boston. Peter has founded nexxworks to help organizations become fluid, innovate and thrive in The Day After Tomorrow.
Peter Hinssen has a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium. After graduating he joined Alcatel Telecom working in the Multimedia Research Centre. He was involved in the design and implementation of Interactive Television. Peter Hinssen was later involved in the Interactive Television Trials for the Bermuda Telephone Company and British Telecom.
Early 1995, Peter Hinssen left Alcatel to found e-COM Interactive Expertise, one of the leading Internet and e-commerce consultancy firms in Belgium. He was responsible for the implementation of large-scale Internet, e-commerce projects and information systems for companies such as Alcatel, DHL Worldwide Express, ING, SONY Europe, S.W.I.F.T. and Volvo. In 1998, Alcatel acquired e-COM, and the company was renamed Alcatel e-COM. Peter Hinssen remained CEO, responsible for both the local and international operations. In 1999, Alcatel e-COM grew to more than 300 employees across Europe.
In 1999, Peter Hinssen co-founded Porthus, on the belief that applications would not reside on in-house servers at companies, but at external, specialised data centres. Porthus thus pioneered Software-as-a-Service and Cloud computing. Porthus delivered its Business-to-Business solutions to over 1,000 companies, covering customer locations throughout Europe and beyond. In 2010, Porthus was acquired by Canadian The Descartes Systems Group. Peter Hinssen was chairman of Porthus from 1999 to 2010.
Peter is the author of three bestselling business books and published his fourth book ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ (2017), about surviving in times of radical innovation. ‘The Network Always Wins’ (2014) explains how and why companies have no choice but to become a network when the outside world has evolved into one. In ‘The New Normal’ (2010), he writes about how companies should explore the limits of the digital world, and what happens when technology just becomes ‘normal’. ‘Business/IT Fusion’ (2008) is a guide about how to solve the conflict between business and IT. Peter is frequently asked to contribute to (international) publications and is a Forbes contributor as well as a LinkedIn Influencer.
Peter Hinssen is a visiting professor at London Business School (since 2010), and at MIT in Boston (since 2016).
Full of enthusiasm he captivates his audience with highly convincing speeches concerning the most important evolutions in the world of IT and business IT Fusion. More generally, Peter reflects on technology as a major driver of change, particularly in business innovation but also in society at large. He focuses on what corporates can learn from startups, on the cultural dimension of innovation and change, and on the ‘organisational patterns’ of innovation: how to move from inspiration to execution when it comes to disruption. Peter is currently involved as a coach to executives to develop future innovation perspectives and is a board adviser on subjects related to innovation and IT. He develops executive education workshops and awareness sessions to bridge business challenges with IT solutions and to leverage the innovation potential of IT.
Anyone who has ever seen Peter Hinssen on stage knows what a performer he is. Seeing and hearing Peter speak about a wide variety of topics is always thought-provoking: you go back to the office with a set of practical ideas and a great number of topics to discuss with your colleagues. His presentations are always a wake-up call, making you think about things differently. What makes his presentations so unique is not only the content he shares but also the way he makes the content live. Peter is a born entertainer, mixing humour with personal anecdotes and insights in the way IT and business work.
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