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Marc Mekki

Innovation Coach & Trainer | Design Thinking

Works remotely from Dubai

  • 25.0772
  • 55.3093
  • Suggested rate 1.400ย โ‚ฌ / day
  • Experience 7+ years
Propose a project The project will begin once you accept Marc's quote.

This freelancer is available part-time (2 days per week) but hasn't confirmed their availability in over 7 days.

Part-time, 2 days per week

Propose a project The project will begin once you accept Marc's quote.

Location and workplace preferences

Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Remote only
Primarily works remotely

Preferences

Project length
Would prefer:
  • ≤ 1 week
  • ≤ 1 month
  • Between 1-3 months
Would prefer to avoid:
  • Between 3-6 months
  • ≥ 6 months
Business sector
  • Culture
  • Entertainment & Leisure
  • Film & AV
  • Tech
  • Hospitality
+6 autres
Company size
  • 11 - 49 people
  • 50 - 249 people
  • 250 - 999 people
  • 1000 - 4999 people
  • ≥ 5000 people

Verifications

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Verified email

Languages

  • Dutch

    Native or bilingual

  • English

    Native or bilingual

  • French

    Fluent

Skills (9)

Marc in a few words

I’m an author, consultant and trainer on digital innovation, design thinking, virtual & augmented reality, metaverse, blockchain & NFTs, and the future of travel and events.

As a speaker I focus on demystifying technology and innovation.

MIT Sloan School of Management Certified Design Thinking

Simply put, I'm a curious, creative and innovation-driven nerd with a talent for explaining complex ideas in simple terms. In writing, on stage and in the boardroom. I love technology, but only tolerate innovations that serve people and improve their lives.

My motto is: "Any technology worth assimilating is accessible, benign and easy to master. If it isn't ignore it"

Having spent the last 20 years taking up entrepreneurship challenges in China, Europe and the Middle East, I’m well placed to offer actionable advice and co-strategise on innovation and digital transformation projects.

Since 2009 I’ve been invited to speak and train on technology, innovation and design at events, academies and organisations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America.

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I provide group-based and individual coaching and workshops both virtually and onsite. Digital Skills, Innovation or Design Thinking courses.

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I've delivered keynotes on four continents for both small and large events. Choose from existing keynotes like ‘The Art of a Thousand Mistakes’ and ‘Something out of Nothing’

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I advise companies, associations and government agencies on digital innovation and design thinking. I'm typically retained to co-strategise and execute on ambitious digital innovation and transformation projects. Using lean innovation principles and design thinking I help shorten time to market while drastically reducing cost.

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I'm a contributor to online and print publications reaching hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Contact me for commissioned writing of op-ed articles, blog posts, and reports.

Portfolio

Experience

Inspire Limitless - marcmekki.com

Education & E-learning

Corporate Trainer & Coach  - As a freelancer

December 2010 - Today (12 years and 1 month)

My clients include PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Leoron, The Center for Creative Leadership and many other leading institutions and corporates.

I’ll work with teams on a project basis or longer term retainer to help them build and foster the internal structure and culture of lean innovation; train your team on the various skills and mental frameworks like Design Thinking and to consult on specific challenges.

My job is to deliver the confidence, skills and abilities to turn intent into action and outcome.

Design Thinking
Lean Innovation
Personal Brand Development
Creativity on Demand
Entrepreneurship
Startups
Impactful Writing & Speaking
Overcoming Fear of Failure
Negotiation Skills
Digital Marketing
Rapid Prototyping
Doing Business in China

You can also choose to bring me in as an innovation consultant to work on an innovation project as part of the team.

Inspire Limitless - marcmekki.com

Education & E-learning

Professional Speaker  - As a freelancer

December 2010 - Today (12 years and 1 month)

I've delivered keynotes on four continents for both small and large events, as well as a growing number of virtual talks. Choose from existing keynotes like ‘The Art of a Thousand Mistakes’ and ‘Something out of Nothing’ or book a custom keynote tailored to your audience.

Since 2009 I've been invited to speak and advise on technology, innovation, and travel at events in Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America for brands like

•The Dorchester Collection
•Amadeus
•Bombardier
•Adobe
•Visit Flanders
•ICCA
•Barcelona Tourism Authority
•Shanghai Innovation Summit
•Dubai Association Conference
•Union of International Associations
•Eventex
•Connections by Jacobs Media Group
•Spanish Tourism Bureau
•Boardroom Magazine

My expertise is in digital innovation, iterative & design thinking, lean startups, and the future of travel. Contact me for advisory & consulting roles on digital innovation, design thinking, user experience, tourism
Public Speaking

Bond - Building Digital Communities

Co-founder

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

July 2019 - Today (3 years and 6 months)

LAUNCH YOUR OWN PRIVATE ONLINE COMMUNITY Create, engage with and empower your own private virtual community, year-round. www.bond.global Nothing beats real-life human togetherness. It's about how you keep engagement and commitment within a community thriving while your members are spread out across regions and time zones. Bond is a next-generation community creation platform based on the most sophisticated architecture available. So you can nurture bonds that matter. Bond is a platform designed and engineered by Botsmith, our digital innovation agency.

Inspire Limitless - marcmekki.com

Press & Media

Contributing Author & Columnist  - As a freelancer

April 2014 - Today (8 years and 9 months)

I'm a contributor to online and print publications reaching hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. My writing is engaging and very accessible to non-technical audiences. Contact me for commissioned writing of op-ed articles, blog posts, and reports.

Copywriting Creative Writing

Boardroom Magazine

Contributing Writer, Technology & Community - MiniCourse Instructor  - As a freelancer

Brussels Region, Belgium

May 2020 - Today (2 years and 8 months)

Monthly technology news, advice and opinion pieces for Boardroom. Founding instructor at Boardroom MiniCourses.

Independent

Facilitator & Connector

China

January 2019 - Today (4 years)

17 years of travel and 13 years living in China. Two businesses. 34 visas. 200 flights. Every province visited. One week in accidental detention. The Olympics. The Expo. Finding my wife in a Beijing coffee shop. Lifelong local friendships and connections. Deep business experience. Endless stories. Too much Baijiu... China has been and remains a constant thread in my life. My mission: to connect people and businesses to Chinese visionaries, companies, and innovators, and to this ancient culture itself. While I retired from travel industry activity, upon request I escort executive groups to China to visit top companies, meet local entrepreneurs, get an insider view of architectural projects and to experience the culture authentically. I no longer assist with leisure travel enquiries.

Mandarin Journeys โ›ฉ Experiential Luxury Travel in The Far East (sold)

GM & Founder

Shanghai

January 2007 - January 2019 (12 years)

Mandarin Journeys offers unique tailor-made travel in Asia for discerning clients. Our luxury-experiential private holidays in China, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Burma are always on a private basis and contracting only the best guides. http://www.mandarinjourneys.com Please scroll down for independent Mandarin Journeys Reviews from past clients

Platinum Private Journeys (sold)

Co-Founder

China

March 2012 - April 2017 (5 years and 1 month)

้ฉฌไธŠๅŠ ๅ…ฅๅ›ฝๅ†…ๆœ€้กถ็บง็š„็‹ฌๅฎถ่ฎขๅˆถๆตทๅค–ๆ—…็จ‹ไฟฑไน้ƒจ๏ผŒๅผ€ๅฏๅฑžไบŽๆ‚จๅ’Œๆ‚จๅฎถไบบ็š„็งไบบ่ฎขๅˆถไน‹ๆ—…๏ผ Platinum Private Journeys offers discerning Chinese HNWI travelers the opportunity to join a closed circle of peers and learn about exciting experiential travel to Europe and beyond. Our members-only travel club curates the very best hotels, experiences and guide suited to the Chinese travel palate and presents these options at frequently held invitation-only events in Shanghai and neighboring cities. www.ppj-club.com

TransIndus Ltd

Senior China Consultant

December 2005 - August 2007 (1 year and 8 months)

Education