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Melanie van de Velde, PhD, MBA, MSc
Keynote speaker, media, workshops.

Dr van de Velde supports business leaders to build more powerful sustainability practices into their strategy to achieve a 200-400% higher impact return across the sustainability landscape, improved business growth, productivity and brand value.

Her thought-leading tools and insights are based on her 20 years of experience, and her research awarded the Adam Smith Prize for PhD Excellence, nominated by the Social Innovation Centre at Cambridge University. While simple to apply, her framework underpins the globe’s most successful impact strategies.


Melanie has run an impact business for young women without an education in a Nairobi slum. She managed Asia Pacific markets at a multi-billion dollar tech company. And she’s worked in senior management at IT start-ups. Aside from a PhD, Melanie holds an MBA with Distinction and an MSc in Industrial Engineering.


Dr van de Velde is the author of LEAD LIKE A GENIUS: How to outgrow the competition & transform our world (available January 24).

"I had the pleasure of listening to Melanie opening the 1st international ESG city conference, held in Brazil.
Without a doubt, this was the highlight of the event. Exceptional experience and a didactic that kept everyone engaged.
Marcus Maida,
Lawyer & Business  Consultant,

What I like the most is the IMPACT Wheel. Because with the IMPACT Wheel it all comes together. 

It is a really good structured way to see what you can do in your business.

Gert Eilander, CEO Multiweld & Impact Chair Entrepreneurship Organisation
Bee Lin Chow,
Head of Asia Energy Analytics ICIS RELX,
Amazing insights, this is the need of the hour.
Inir Pinhiero, Founder Grassroutes,

Lead Like a Genius
Lead Like a Genius
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Lead Like a Genius

Beyond BCorp: How to create a 200-400% higher return
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Beyond BCorp: How to create a 200-400% higher return

Episode IV: Genuine circularity.
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Episode IV: Genuine circularity.

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Finally, a tool to help identify effective impact initiatives. The imperative to make a positive impact and deliver profits may seem paradoxical, but it is possible.  Melanie has solved this with her simple, easy-to-adopt methodology to help businesses create powerful social and environmental impact strategies.

Mark Fallows,
Founder Fabrica Collective & The Impossible Network,