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Executive Advisor | Keynote Speaker | Author | Facilitator | Executive & Top Team Coach | EMCC Accredited | 35+ Years of Experience on 5 Continents

I work with Fortune500 companies, SME's, growing startups, public and private organizations, world leaders, top teams and high potentials who aspire to raise their game.


In my 35+ year career, which has taken me to 5 continents, as an executive, business developer, people and leadership development expert, and consultant, I have been fortunate to work with smart, talented, and inspiring leaders.
Operating in both the private and public sectors, driven by diverse ambitions and values, they shared a deep desire to strengthen their character, gain clarity and develop their personal and professional skills as leaders to lead their people, their teams and their organizations through complex situations in times of change.
Arguably, the need for such skills has rarely been greater than in today's VUCA world. In this climate, character, ethics, courage, leadership skills have never been more critical to transforming organizations, achieving outstanding results and leading people from all walks of life.

On this site, you can learn more about my work and hopefully get a concrete sense of what inspires me in each of the projects I have the joy of working on, and how I could contribute to your own growth. 

Olivier SE Courtois



My name is Olivier S.E. Courtois. Belgian citizen, Brussels based, frequent traveler C19 allowing. Married, father of two adult daughters.


Over the past 35 years, I have worked with executives, managers, high potentials, and teams in numerous organizations, in multiple industry sectors on five continents. I help leaders and teams enhance their effectiveness in the context of strategy execution, organizational and/or personal transformation. I see my role as a facilitator of my clients' growth and success.

My strengths according to Strengths-Based Leadership (Gallup) and confirmed by my stakeholders: Activator (makes things happen) - Command (executive presence) - Communication (impact) - Strategic (big picture view) - Futuristic (innovative, long-term focus).

EMCC accredited Senior Practitioner coach.



• 35+ years of professional experience.
• More than 10 years as an entrepreneur, developing my own firms.
• 4 years as Director of Korn Ferry Advisory Belux (40% growth in 4 years) and 6 years in total as senior consultant.
• More than 15 years of experience as a senior consultant for consulting and training firms: Krauthammer International, Korn Ferry, Mercuri Urval, Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Management Centre Europe (MCE-AMA).
• 3.5 years as a Senior L&D and OD consultant with Levi Strauss EMEA and Global Projects.
• 20 years in business development positions.

• 5 continents: I had the pleasure to visit 5 continents for professional reasons and to work with a broad range of cultures. I have enjoyed them all thoroughly.
• More than 500 endorsements on LinkedIn.

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• Executive Coaching (business transformation, career transition, leadership effectiveness) - download information folder here!

• Top team alignment & development - download information folder here!

• Global leadership development programs (online, on-site facilitation, design).

• Business development and strategic negotiation. 

• Organizational transformation and change management.

• Talent management, succession planning and executive assessment for selection and/or development purposes.

At the Top


Types of leaders/industries

Facilitated, coached and consulted at all levels of organizations, from CEO to high potentials, in several industries (e.g. Healthcare & Life Sciences, Energy & Utilities, Finance, Professional Services, Technology, ICT …) in NA, LA, EMEA and APAC. Active member of the CEO Succession Practice at Korn Ferry.


Examples of projects 


Executive Coaching

The MD of a major Global Industrial group, one of the key executives of the global association (Geneva), with the next CEO of a major airline in the Middle East, with the COO of one of the major global aerospace companies, with the CEO of a global FMCG company, with the MP of an Investment Fund, with the GM of a German investment bank, an Operational leader transitioning from a global IT firm to a mid-cap, support coaching for an entrepreneur after bankruptcy, a Global Asset Manager in an Investment Fund, a COO in transition, a CFO in a global FMCG company, career coaching for a major European institution, Development Centre for a future Director at the EU Commission, a CFO in a major UAE based firm, a CSO in transition into a CEO role, career management for a High Potential.

Executive Assessments / 360°

C-level in real estate, Senior Executive in a Belgian bank, top management of LifeSciences company, top management of a Danish industrial group, a leadership team in a Turkish company, CEO and Top Team members in a major public broadcasting company.

Team Coaching

Alignment of the European Leadership Team of a major Japanese industrial group, post-lockdown integration of the Executive Management Team of a major asset management and private banking institution, global teams in BioTech form (major project in clinical phase with cross-company collaboration involved, TM team with new Manager), Executive Team in a global tech firm (Dach branch), Operations team in an Italian financial institution, Excom team in an Italian Insurance company, an senior HR team in an international organization.

Leadership & Career Development

Strategic Account Executive leadership program (global program for global industrial player) in Europe, Asia, US and Latin America, High-Po development for major FMCG company in Europe, Middle East and China, LD of executives in a major French bank, High Potential development in a Consulting firm, on-line webinar for a major industrial group across four continents, webinars on the themes of resilience and remote motivation at a European institution, e-conference on leadership in times of crisis for a financial company, webinars on the themes of performance management and on-boarding for a financial group, leadership and strategic workshops with the Top team of a fast growing French/German mid-size company, complete leadership programs for all potential successors to the c-level in global company including webinars and on-line coaching, similar project for all leaders and staff of a recently listed company in the Nasdaq, webinars series on career management for a major European institution, career development in a major European Institution, Leadership Curriculum in French Business School, online speech on leadership topic (Independence & Trust) for a UAE based airline. 


A change project with the Executive Team of a Swiss Industrial group, the transformation of a business model in a Global FMCG group, change of a service industry after M&A, transformation of the business model of a growing international start-up led by its founder to a more mature model with full Exco.

References available, under the condition of confidentiality.

Making Notes



Conference Interpreter, Business Administration, EMCC Accredited Senior Practitioner Coach

Accredited Senior Practitioner - European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)

Certifications: DISC, MBTI I & II, CCL Assessments, CCL Change Style Indicator, FIRO-B, Korn Ferry Leadership Architect, 360° Voices, Korn Ferry Assessment of Leadership Potential, Hogan, viaEdge (learning agility), Hay McBer Leadership Styles & Org. Culture, Korn Ferry Executive To Leader Institute (ELI), Korn Ferry CEO succession practice, KSA TalenTelligent, Mercuri Urval Personality Inventory, Mercuri Urval Leadership Assessment, Strategic Selling, PersonalBusinessPlan.com, Accredited Senior Practitioner Coach EMCC, IDI Intercultural Development Inventory, Franklin Covey 7 Habits.

Working languages

English, French, Spanish & Dutch. Some German. 

Conference presentation


I am an independent associate consultant or active member of:

- Better Up

- Clear Connection 

- Edstutia


- Ernst & Young

- Franklin Covey - 7 Habits

- Management Centre Europe

- Mercuri Urval 

- PeopleSmart

- The Personal Business Plan

In addition, I am able to leverage my extensive network of professionals worldwide for mutual benefit.

Business Meeting


Examples of client engagements worldwide


Alpega, Bayer, Candriam (New York Life), Centre de traduction des organes de l'Union européenne (CdT), CRIF, Ergon Partners, Etihad Airways, EU Commission, GEB Generali, Henkel, iTeos Therapeutics, Iveco, Johnson & Johnson, Mc Bride, Rhea, Rockwool, RTBF, Sartorius, Schneider Electric, Société Générale, Thalès …




"I am the Research and Innovation director for a global business unit working for a chemical company.  I spent roughly 1 year being coached by Olivier in order to improve my management skills following a 360-feedback evaluation. I would confirm that the meetings with Olivier proved to be most useful in developing my listening and management skills. Certainly, my ability to tailor my management approach to fit both the individual profile and to fit the point at which the individual resides in their own career progression certainly has helped. "

" I am the Managing Partner of a Private Equity firm. In the context of the growth of our group, I had the opportunity to be coached by Olivier over a 12-month period. Olivier also facilitated work sessions with my management team around our organizational model.  In that context, he provided 360 feedback to all of us.  I particularly appreciated Olivier’s insights and his capacity to help me bring things into perspective and see them from a different angle.  He created a safe environment for me to open up and to develop my self-awareness. He also managed to have me translate my reflections into action steps and keep me accountable for them. I would definitely recommend Olivier as a coach for his experience, insights and the trust environment he creates."

“I am the Group CEO of a major UK retail chain. Whilst transitioning from the role of COO of Retail to the Group CEO role I had the opportunity to be coached by Olivier over a 12-month period. What I really appreciated with Olivier is his understanding of the challenges I faced in making this transition, working with me to appreciate and explore how to best understand and build a plan for a successful transition. I would definitely recommend Olivier; he is an experienced and seasoned professional who is passionate about helping people reach their potential.”

“I am the the COO of major national airline. I was coached by Olivier in 2019 and 2020 to consolidate my position as COO and prepare for potential new career steps. We worked closely with the CEO and the CHROD and other key stakeholders. The whole journey was a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on what has made my success so far, but also on my potential derailers. Olivier has been able to inspire me or challenge me when needed to help me become a better version of myself. He was able to understand and decode our organizational culture, my own business principles and my personal values guided by my religion. It was a particularly useful exercise especially in the transformation context that our company is going through”

"I benefited from accelerated coaching as part of a program offered by the Brussels Chamber of Commerce to entrepreneurs. The program included coaching offered by EMCC volunteers. I can say that it helped me a lot to clarify my beliefs and to work on my high values.  Olivier is an expert who knows how to put himself in your shoes! I was very impressed by how quickly he was able to figure me out!  The questions asked during the coaching are confronting and make me grow! Olivier is caring, is an active listener and knows how to move you forward. In short, he is a coach like I have rarely met: powerful and humble. I would recommend Olivier without hesitation to anyone who needs a co-pilot to get to your destination ".

See more recommendations on my LinkedIn profile (click here)


Please feel free to contact me for enquiries and questions.

+32 497 469 516

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