Martine Van den Poel

Leadership Development Practice Director and Executive Coach INSEAD Global Leadership Center

Martine develops Leadership programmes and has done executive coaching since 2003 in various INSEAD Programmes (e.g. Advanced Management Programme, International Executive Programme, Leadership Transition; customized programmes for Daimler, SAP, Pfizer, HSBC, SocGen, Akzo and others).

Privately she works for a number of global companies such as GSK, Total, Sonepar, Coca-Cola, Chanel. Her expertise is in leadership transitions, team and group dynamics, developing emotional intelligence and onboarding executives into C-level positions. She has also developed an expertise in female leadership challenges and leads the coaching for senior female leadership programmes for Deutsche Bank, Unilever and Siemens and IWF (international Women’s Foundation).

During her earlier career, Martine was the Associate Dean for External Relations at INSEAD (2001-2003), Director of Executive Education and Assistant Dean, in charge of the Executive Education activities (1995-2000) and prior to that INSEAD’s Director of Corporate relations, Development Director for Benelux and Switserland and Director of Company Specific Programmes (1988-1995). She has also been a Research Associate at INSEAD, Harvard Business School, and Stanford Business School and was a management consultant with Telesis from 1982 to 1984.

She is the author of the chapter “Executive Development and Leadership Coaching” in Coach and Couch: The Psychology of Making Better Leaders (edited by Manfred Kets de Vries, Palgrave McMillan 2007) and did her masters’ thesis on ’Delegation as the key enabler for senior female leadership transitions’(INSEAD, 2013).

Martine received an Executive Masters degree in Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD (Diploma in 2003, Masters in 2013). She followed the Leadership Development and the Coaching for Development programmes at the Centre for Creative Leadership in Brussels. She did her Masters in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1977), and graduated in Political and Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (1973).She is licensed to use MBTI, GELI (Global Executive Leadership Inventory), LAQ (Leadership Archetype questionnaire), PA (Personality audit) and OCA (Organizational cultural audit) and the NEO personality profile.

She is on the Board of ICEDR (International Consortium for Executive Development Research) and on the investment committee of CEF (Caring Entrepreneurship Fund).

Martine speaks English, Dutch and French. She is married, lives in Brussels and has two children.

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