Wibo Koole

Wibo Koole is director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and founder of its widely acknowledged leadership program Resilience in management, mindfulness-based leadership in 10 weeks. He is a public speaker on leadership, mindfulness and organizational development and the author of the bestselling Mindful Leadership. Tools to help you focus and succeed that provides the first comprehensive framework for mindfulness-based leadership and teamwork. Other books include Mindful Leiderschap voor effectieve teams en organisaties (in Dutch) and Mindful Werken. In 8 stappen je werkdruk de baas (Dutch).

The Centre for Mindfulness is a professional, innovative and open training and knowledge centre for mindfulness in the Netherlands and Europe. Its mission is contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life and work, education and health by integrating mindfulness in all parts of society.

.Besides teaching mindfulness based leadership programs Wibo works as a management consultant and leadership expert for innovation in complex systems. His work focuses on strategy and innovation, change management and leadership development in a wide range of organizations, both corporate and social. His clients range from KLM to local governments like the City of Amsterdam, from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to international ngo's like Oxfam and Synergos.

His work builds on his considerable experience in management himself, as campaign and strategy manager with the Dutch Consumer Association, as head of communications for Oxfam Novib and the mental health organization Emergis, and as general director of the Dutch Nature and Environment Foundation. He has inside knowledge of many economic sectors: telecommunications and internet technology, agro-production, health care, and banking and insurance; he has also worked with the government. He chaired the local Dutch Labor Party, PvdA in Amsterdam and has a broad experience as a non-executive president of several organizations, like the University of Amsterdam's Academic Mental Health Clinic and the forerunner of ProDemos, the Dutch national institute for democracy and the rule of law.

He graduated with honors in political science at the University of Amsterdam, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). He is a certified mindfulness teacher and is a member of the Presencing Institute's (MIT, Boston, USA) Core Group. He studies various Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen) and other contemplative traditions and has expert knowledge of modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation and its applications.