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Professor Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis

Comparative Education

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Professor Dr Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis is co-director of the Servant-leadership Centre for Research and Education (SERVUS) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has had an international career in business and academia, and has been serving as a management consultant for various firms such as Digital Equipment, Vendex International, KLM and Ahold, the European Commission, UNESCO, and NGO’s. She has been a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University London, Liverpool Hope University and the University Campus Suffolk.

Sylvia has worked with the European Commission as the coordinator of a large scale European project FILTER, investigating the credibility/integrity and cultural filtering of online content. She has published extensively in academic journals on cross cultural education, talent diversity and corporate (e-)culture and her books ‘Academic Pilgrims’  (PhD study, Tilburg University Press, 1996), ‘World Wide Work’ (VU University Press, 2006, editor) and co-edited the books ‘Handboek Internationaal Talent’ (Weka, 2007) and ‘Competing for Talent’ (Royal Van Gorcum, 2009).

Sylvia was a member of the Supervisory Board of, amongst others, Compu’Train and Kennisnet. She is President of NGVO, the Dutch Speaking Society for Comparative Education, and the Flemish/Dutch Member Society of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies ( In Quote 600 she was elected as one of the most influential people in the Netherlands (Quote, July 2003, nr. 210).

Sylvia has a passion for talent diversity and is committed to discovering how people learn to live and live to learn.