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Marga  Hoek

Marga Hoek

International Business & Thought Leader on Sustainable Business

Marga Hoek

International Business & Thought Leader on Sustainable Business


Marga Hoek is the international business and thought leader on sustainable business and capital and the shift from the linear economy to a circle economy. She has gained recognition over the years as a successful and innovative business leader in various CEO and executive roles and now is a highly appreciated and frequently asked board advisor, key note speaker and moderator and Non Executive Director/Chair. Marga Hoek’s trailblazing new way of thinking has been recognized: she has been honored by becoming a THINKERS 50 member in 2019.

Ms. Hoek is an authoritative and inspirational speaker and author of the award-winning bestseller books The Trillion Dollar Shift (gold medal sustainability, Business book awards, 2019) and New Economy Business (business book of the year, 2015). Her books have gotten international appreciation for the clear vision on a sustainable economy and the new role of business and capital. She published numerous articles in magazines such as The Huffington Post, Executive Finance and is a global voice for G20, G7 Climate Change and Cop23. Hoek is a partner of Chairman Mentors International, a global company that enables CEO’s to benefit from the experience of seasoned Chairman around the world and thus knows about leadership and businesses around the globe.

Her newest book The Trillion Dollar Shift, launched during the World Economic Forum Annual Conference in Davos, is the first and only business book on the Global Goals, addressing how business and capital can make positive use of these goals, while strengthening their company and business proposition. Hoek thus is a unique speaker able to take all society’s challenges at hand sketching concrete path to business’ and capital’s success.

Hoek has a strong track record as a business leader herself. She has been CEO of multiple private and public companies and has been CEO and Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Business Association. She is always connected to business practice via multiple noon executive roles for business and capital and regular boardroom sessions.

Hoek is a visionary, but with a close look on reality. She combines sharing her vision with many concrete examples of exciting business cases throughout the world. She can engage and relate with many different audiences, in many different countries. She provides the right mix of information, humor and inspiration. Always well prepared and able to relate her vision to the concrete company or situation at hand.

Keynotes by Marga Hoek are inspirational, impressive and action provoking. She speaks for boards, management teams, company off sites as well as any other business meetings. She adapts extremely well to the specific topic and audience.

Speaker Videos

The SDGS, a compass for everyone, anywhere | Marga Hoek | TEDxAlkmaar


The value of sustainable business | Marga Hoek | DLC Talks

New Business Economy: Interview with Marga Hoek

My Personal Purpose | Margaretha Hoek

Speech Topics

The Business of Mental Health

Mental health and wellbeing are at the top of business agendas, as mental health is a key part of sustainability and vice versa. Fascinated with how we can inspire companies and their employees to improve mental health in an innovative and effective way, Hoek draws from extensive research and innovative cases from around the world. 

Purpose in Business

Purpose and purpose-driven leadership is more important than ever. But what does it truly mean, how is it successfully applied and how do frontrunner companies put purpose to work around the world? In this insightful, compelling and amazing keynote, Hoek shares brand new research and 50 new cases on purpose for a variety of audience types.

How to Apply AI for Business & Global Good

In this innovative keynote—one of her most popular—Hoek draws from her acclaimed book, Imagine Tech for Good: Solving the World’s Greatest Challenges, which was recognized by Forbes, Fortune and FT, and is one of the top 10 books used at Harvard. With AI at the top of the business agenda, Hoek uses real-life cases as she explores how technology can enhance business and create sustainability opportunities.

Finance for Good

Known for her strong business and finance background, Hoek uses innovative cases from around the world to demonstrate the business case for ESG investing. Exploring how environmental and social considerations play a crucial role in long-term financial performance and sustainable economic development, she leaves audiences with a clear direction and concrete suggestions on how to move forward.