Jos Dirkx is an award-winning media and communications advisor, international public speaker, creative strategist and world-traveler. Originally from The Netherlands, Jos Dirkx – Inspiration was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has since lived in twelve countries across the world, having visited near 100.
Jos is passionate about telling stories that change the world: whether through the arts, by creating content that challenges the status quo, through global speaking engagements and work with clients on creative communications, or through the award-winning not-for-profit organization Girls & Football SA she founded in South Africa.
Her background in theatre and the arts, combined with economics and technology, fuels her passion to merge education, creativity and EdTech. Book Jos through Conference Speakers
Having spent her early childhood across Bangladesh and Senegal, Jos has launched various organizations, initiatives and movements to challenge inequality, to increase global access to accurate education and to drive diversity and inclusion. She strongly believes everyone deserves access to accurate education and strives to make this happen by integrating socially conscious content with the world’s most advanced tech platforms, and through workshops, training sessions and educational content. Jos works with global corporates, individuals and forward- thinking initiatives to bring this work to life.
Jos Dirkx – Inspiration has delivered two TEDx talks, founded an award-winning not-for-profit organization and runs a creative communications consultancy. Her drive to build equal societies has taken her around the world and she seeks to develop creative ways to share the world’s most beautiful and diverse stories with multicultural audiences. Jos has spent time in South Sudan and Eritrea with the United Nations and has led workshops and training sessions across Africa, the Middle East and North America.
Jos co-launched mGirls, a mobile health app that delivered free daily health texts to over 65,00 girls in South Africa. Jos believes the creative use of technology is a crucial element in re-thinking education and believes the strategic use of technology combined with sensory-based learning and value-based learning can change the world.
Jos Dirkx is an experienced and award-winning speaker. She has spoken around the world – from UN events, to the TEDx stage, to international Speech and Debate competitions. She continues to speak globally and works with TOP CEOs and Executives on developing their own public speaking skills.
- The Future of Learning
- AI and EI and Inclusive Education
- How Do We Make ‘Diversity’ Work?
- Sounding as Smart as You Are: An Interactive Session on Public Speaking
- Girls Do Good: Leadership, Inspiration and Changing the World for Kids
- Innovation + Creativity Across Cultures and Borders
In 2018, Jos wrote a book called Girls Do Good, an Augmented Reality kids book about changing the world. In 2017, Jos wrote a book called Tackled a practical, conceptual guide to working with boys and young men to decrease gender-based violence.
“Hugely engaging, passionate and provocative in the most positive of ways, we were delighted to host Jos on our panel.” – PwC
“Jos is so inspiring! She’s hands-on and we would not hesitate to recommend Jos!” – L’Oreal
“At TED, we seek collaborative relationships with partners who are as interested in surfacing great ideas and stories as we are. That’s precisely what we found in working with Jos…” – TED “Jos is naturally elegant while presenting…She helped us craft our presentations to make them exciting and engaging. We are all looking forward to working with Jos again…!” – Van Cleef & Arpels
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