About Branko Broekman


I came home to the inspiring world of applied creativity in 1997. Since then I help people cook with Columbus’ egg. The fun and passion that springs up when people are forging surprising, original alternatives for complex questions is my drive in work and life.

As a speaker about creative leadership, facilitator of productive thinking sessions and as a trainer I am offering an effective structure to think and act with a creative mindset.

Branko Broekman

Originally skilled as a landscape architect and environmental engineer, I experienced the power of creative thinking when I was working as a project leader on the restoration of natural areas at the Ministry of Transportation and Water Management in the Netherlands. It made me decide to pursue my Master in Creativity and Change Leadership at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, in Buffalo, New York.

I am a certified Foursight® Advanced trainer, MIDAS® scan coach and Master Coach in intercultural NLP. I live my artistic creativity as a sculptor.

At the School of Creative Thinking (formerly Centrum voor de Ontwikkeling van het Creatief Denken (COCD)) I teach how to unlock your creativity. I am managing partner and trainer of several training programs about applied creativity, facilitating innovative thinking and creative leadership. 

Center for Applied Imagination

I am the director of the Academy for Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. The Academy for Creative Leadership aims to promote creative leadership in Europe. In this capacity it facilitates Buffalo State’s MSc Program in Creativity and Change Leadership in Europe.

As an adjunct-faculty of the Center for Applied Imagination (CAI) in Buffalo, New York, I deliver one of the courses of the Creative Problem Solving strand and serve occasionally as an instructor for elective courses. 

Yearly I contribute at the CREA conference in Sestri Levante and by occasion also to the Creativity Expert Exchange in Buffalo and Mindcamp in Toronto.

I am ambassador of World Creativity & Innovation Day to The Netherlands. Together with the other European ambassadors we promote creative thinking. Every year on April 21 an array of activities are organized to encourage this way of thinking. The UN committed this day to the 17 sustainable development goals ‘because we desperately need creativity to get our planet into a sustainable balance’.

WCID 21 april

In the spring of 2019 I have received the Alumni Achievement Award, which has been awarded by fellow alumni of the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State, State University of NewYork. I have received the award for my efforts to advance the field and bring the Master Program in Creativity and Change Leadership to Europe.

Creative Flow Podcast: Branko Broekman - Amplifying the creative mindset in organizations

On World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID) 2021 the Creative Flow podcast with Kim Marie McKernan and Anthony Billoni was published, in which I tell about my path towards a creative mindset. The first time I experienced that in my work, a new world opened up for me. Perhaps my story will inspire you on the path of your creativity.

You can listen to the podcast via Anchor, Apple, Google, Spotify or Overcast.

I am registered at the Dutch CRKBO, a central registration of independently working teachers delivering short vocational education. You can check the registration on the webpage of the CRKBO.

My mother tongue is Dutch and I am fluent in English, German and Italian.

You’ll find a more detailed profile on my LinkedIn page.