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Erik P.M. Vermeulen is a Senior Legal Counsel at Signify (f.k.a Phillips Lighting), an Innovation Advisor at a law firm in the Hague and a board/advisory member of several organisations, including a healthcare provider in The Netherlands and several startups. He is also a Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and teaches international business law regularly at universities in Europe, the United States, Colombia and Japan. He has appeared at numerous conferences as a featured or keynote speaker. Erik is also a co-owner of a Michelin star restaurant.

Erik can best be described as an innovator and has a blog where he shares insights and ideas about how the digital world is changing the way we live, work and learn. He has a particular interest in how artificial intelligence, sensors, data analytics and blockchain are amplifying and accelerating each other, thereby creating new opportunities across all areas of the economy and society.

Erik’s thought-provoking and innovative views on business, leadership, governance, regulation and education have attracted international attention. He regularly serves as an expert advisor to international organisations, such as the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, the World Bank, and national and local governments around the world.

As an ICDM Faculty, Erik has conducted leadership talks at Bursa Malaysia Thought Leadership Series organised by ICDM, as well as at ICDM’s signature PowerTalk series in 2019. In the second half of 2019, he conducted the “Digital Upskilling for Boards”, “Why Governance Matters for Startups”, “Stakeholder Voice in the Boardroom” plus a few bespoke talks for our government and corporate clients. Erik was also one of the keynote speakers at ICDM’s inaugural International Directors Summit (IDS) last year.

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60 minutes, either one-on-one or with the board & executive team of a particular company. Prepaid sessions are available at 1,3 & 5 package rates and can be utilised for one particular expert or a combination of multiple experts. Alternatively, you can add on additional hours, as and when required.

You can contact our Advisory Team for any questions you may have, or simply book a 15-minute Free Expert Discovery online session with [email protected] and we will be happy to provide support and advice to the areas of expertise you/your business will require.

As this is an On Demand Virtual Advice & Coaching, individuals/companies can schedule the 60-minute session once a week, every fortnight or month, depending on their needs and also subject to the availability of the experts.

For now, all sessions will be conducted online – through either our Zoom or Webex meeting platform. Secured access will only be provided to the registered individuals or representatives of the company.

In a typical 60-minute session, the ‘Expert’ (Facilitator) will invite the individual/company to speak briefly on the issue and this will be followed through by some questions by the facilitator. The facilitator will then provide some insights and directions, offer valuable tips, share useful resources, give guidance with technical aspects or facilitate a better understanding of the issue/problem that can lead to some recommendation of actionable plans and alternative solutions. The nature of the advisory will be dependent on each client and their unique situation.

Individuals/Companies will be required to send in their questions with sufficient background information, outline of the current situation and description of the issues/challenges they are facing. This should be submitted at least 7 days in advance to allow the subject matter experts ample time to review the scenario and prepare for the advisory session.

Ideally, the issue/problem is provided to the expert before the session, He/she will be able to facilitate and guide discussions with the individual/company, address the concerns and facilitate possible next action steps and solutions to these issues. The guided conversations will help the individual/company get better clarity and insights of their situation and bring in wider perspectives that will in turn generate multiple options for consideration.

For the one-on-ones, the session will seek to build greater leadership confidence, foster an innovative and change mindset to tackle the uncertain and unpredictable and maintain a strong mental health when making tough and excruciating choices.

If facilitated within the leadership team environment, the session can also be used to optimise team engagement and resilience through open deliberations on various scenario planning and assessment on what is mission-critical, prompting the necessary re-evaluation of strategies and plans, in light of the current context.

Each session can be used to address different issues/problems, or could also be structured as a follow-up from the previous session to monitor and review progress and movements on the strategic plans and roadmap set, especially in addressing any matters of concerns that has occurred during the implementation phase.

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