Meaningful Leadership for a Better World

Course code
Student fee
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level
Advanced Bachelor

Do you have ideas for a better world and are you serious about realizing them? Do you want to be part of a community that shares this ambition no matter what? And would you like to work on this in a way that is both scientifically sound and deeply felt? Then this summer school is the place for you.

This course is meant for you if you are deeply engaged with the future of humanity and the future of our planet and want to do deep work to gain the required leadership skills to actually make a difference. It is a programme for anyone who is looking to find out what their contribution will be in relation to the major questions of our time. It is about personal and professional leadership for people with ideals. It is for people with a gnawing feeling that more is possible.

You are your own instrument, but are your using it to its fullest potential? That is the main question in this programme. Contributing your work-life to something bigger than yourself can be tough: how to keep standing, feel alone sometimes, and take care of yourself in the process as well? What conditions do you need to create for yourself to create maximum impact with your life? After this week you will be on track.

Your facilitators have worked for more than 15 years as social entrepreneurs, peacebuilders, diplomats and coaches. They worked in many conflicts affected countries, worked on alleviating climate change and founded several successful social enterprises. Now they intend to share their most important lessons with you. Not with PowerPoint slides, but through real-life experiments with your own ideas and personality. This will support you in shaping your vision and hone your skills.

Day-to-day programme

Monday: Focus & Inspiration

  • What world problems touch/shake you to the core?
  • What unique qualities can you bring to this world?
  • What choices do you need to make to create more focus and clarity?

Tuesday: The Art of Being

  • Peace inside is peace outside
  • Dealing with stress, building resilience, staying on course
  • Working beyond dualities

Tuesday evening (18.30-21.00): Team activity

Wednesday: Communication & Community

  • How do you communicate your message effectively and full of inspiration?
  • How do you deal with resistance empathically?
  • How do you build coalitions and attract your first followers?

Thursday: Getting things done with compassion in mind

  • Art of Getting Started
  • Developing Kindness within & Improving Social Intelligence
  • Balancing Idealism versus Pragmatism

Friday: What’s next?

  • Understanding the ‘deeper struggle’
  • Dream big, act small
  • Intention setting & making it concrete
Day-to-day Meaningful leadership.pdf
Course director
Jan Reinder Rosing, Henrik Looij & Imre Végh


Jan Reinder Rosing

Jan Reinder studied (International) Law at Utrecht University. In 2004 he became European Champion debating and founded a company in debating and communication.  In 2006 he published 'De Debatwijzer', a handbook for debaters. In 2008 he left his company and became a diplomat for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for which he served in The Hague and the Dutch Embassy in Ankara. In 2011 and 2012 he studied philosophy part-time. Between 2013 and 2016 he was member of the Dutch team that campaigned for a seat on the UN Security Council. In 2016 he joined the EU Diplomatic Service for three years to work on the prevention of violent conflict outside of the EU. In 2019 he founded a company that focuses on supporting organizations and individuals in developing wisdom. He holds a coaching certificate and followed many trainings in amongst other meditation, empathic communication and inclusive decision making.

Henrik Looij

Henrik Looij finished a Research Master in Human Geography and Planning(2008). In the same period he became a certified coach. In 2007 he co-founded an incubator for social entrepreneurs and a creative, international agency for social and sustainable development questions. Since then he worked in more than 20 countries worldwide, with a growing network people and organisations that are a continuous source of inspiration. Since 2012 he also is a partner of an organization which uses nature as a teacher for personal and organisational development questions. As a social entrepreneur he is increasingly interested in climate change and mitigation. After co-founding green energy company Groenpand (2013), he now seeks to develop new methods and platforms for sequestering carbon and restoring landscapes. When is he is not in The Netherlands, you can probably find him on the east-coast  of Sweden, where he runs an inn with the love of his life and their baby boy.

Imre Végh

Imre is an international trainer and (team)coach in higher education, politics and development aid agencies. His expertise lies in personal development, communication and group dynamics. He has a passion for empathic and compassionate communication, personal leadership, finding meaning and critical thinking. As a coach he brings out the best of people in a disarming and an inspiring way. He likes to ask probing questions, challenge assumptions and analyse arguments, all aimed at growth and learning. An idealist in heart and soul, he likes to use his critical mind to better the world. Critical when needed, with humor when possible. He likes to connect heart and mind when doing his coaching. He worked with many politicians and members of parliament, development organisations in Uganda, Laos and Vietnam amongst others, for commercial companies and many universities such as the International Space University in Strasbourg, the Honours Programme at the University of Groningen, Nyenrode Business University and students of the University of Beijing.   

Target audience

This course is meant for advanced bachelor and master students and professionals.

Study load

The courses will start at 10:00 every day, and end at around 16:00.


Course fee:
Student fee:
Student fee
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

A limited number of participants (24) is admitted to this course. We accept participants on a first come, first served base.

Contact details

Imre Végh | | T: +31 6 1260 2169


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 May 2023