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Elke Geraerts

CEO at Better Minds at Work, Professor at the University of Ghent


Boundless curiosity and a passion for people – this perhaps best describes Elke. This unique combination quickly led to a flourishing academic career. With a PhD in psychology, Elke held various positions at the universities of Harvard, St Andrews, Maastricht and Rotterdam, where she attracted international attention with her solid research work. But she was drawn to the business world.

Triggered by her scientific insights about mental resilience, she started the company Triggered by her scientific insights about mental resilience, she started the company Better Minds at Work. This international consultancy company focuses on increasing mental resilience, energy and productivity of employees and now consists of about seventy psychologists, doctors, coaches, and consultants.

Her big breakthrough came with her bestseller Mentaal Kapitaal (2015). This book, which is now in its thirteenth edition, was translated into English under the title

Better Minds. A Chinese translation is currently also in hand. In 2016, Het Nieuwe Mentaal(lit. The New Mental) followed; it takes a closer look at the importance of courage for a successful life. In her latest book, Authentieke Intelligentie (lit. Authentic Intelligence), Elke passionately advocates that we capitalise fully on what makes us unique as humans in an increasingly digitised world. In her most recently released book, The Mental Reset, she challenges post-covid a new path and the opportunity to optimize the way we work and live (hybrid).

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Elke’s trademark is without doubt the way in which she manages to translate new psychological insights into fresh and accessible day-to-day applications. This is how she inspires people and organisations to hone their mental resilience and to become the best possible version of themselves.

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