Dr. Kobus Neethling

Dr. Kobus Neethling recalls having been invited to train the staff of Nelson Mandela, just after he became the First President of a new democratic South Africa, as a personal highlight. He was also invited by the office of the Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to deliver a presentation on “How to introduce and sustain Creativity and Innovation in the Organization”.

Kobus Neethling:

  • is President of the South African Creativity Foundation
  • holds six degrees including two Masters, a Doctorate and Post Doctorate (cum laude) in the identification and development of creative behaviour (Universities of Cape Town, Northwest and Georgia-USA)
  • has written more than 90 books and 9 TV series including a number of international bestsellers (Including ‘Creativity uncovered’; ‘Very smart parents’; ‘Taking you beyond’; ‘Love, sex and the brain’; ‘Creative rugby’ and the new version of ‘Am I clever or am I stupid’ which has sold more than 200 000 copies)
  • is a Guinness World Record Holder: co-author of “Making the Impossible possible”: the book of more than 100 pages written in the fastest time ever (four and a half minutes)
  • has received 10 International Who’s Who Awards
  • was named one of 2000 outstanding Scholars of the 20th century and received ‘The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals’ Award

In the USA:

  • received the first International Creative Genius Award from the International Genius Academy (USA)
  • developed the largest battery of Whole Brain Instruments in the world (used in more than 40 countries) including the acclaimed 8-Dimension Brain Model
  • received International Silver Screen Award
  • has worked with national and international sports teams since 1993
  • is a Member of the International Innovation Alliance – a group of 7 innovators from five continents
  • works with major corporations, national sporting teams, and education groups from all over the world
  • co-developer of the hit TV show “Out of the Box”; winner of a ‘US International Film and Video Festival Silver Screen Award.
  • recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award – one of the most prestigious innovation awards in Asia.
  • invited as a co-author to contribute to the trendsetting book on 21st-century innovation “The future of innovation”, coining the phrase. “Innovation of the mind without innovating the heart is no innovation at all”
  • gave the opening keynote at the European Creativity and Innovation Conference (ECCI) in Belgium; acknowledged as one of the most prestigious keynote platforms in the world
  • ‘Innovation reward recipient’ (the most prestigious innovation expert group in the world).
  • Dr. Kobus Neethling is one of the top 3 speakers in the world on the topics of creativity and innovation” – as quoted in the programme of the 12th European Conference on Creativity and innovation
  • recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award (Rotary International – previous recipients include Miriam Makeba and Nelson Mandela)
  • Forbes recommended the Neethling Brain Instruments as one of the best assessment tools in the world (2018)
  • Kobus Neethling was the first recipient of the Paul Torrance life-time creativity award: one of the most prestigious creativity awards in the world


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