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Jens Heitland


Jens Heitland is the former Global Head of Innovation at IKEA Centres and considered one of the leading minds and spekaers on corporate innovation. Jens combines Innovation and Leadership to Human Innovation.

In 2019 Jens Heitland stepped down from his role at IKA and he set out to accelerate the way organisations innovate successfully. Jens believes that processes and the organisational setup are just one part of the Innovation equation. Human Leadership is the missing part to innovate an organization successfully.

Jens Heitland is the founder of WeAreSucceed.com, a Leadership Education Platform that is set out to bring leadership education to 1 billion people. Jens also owns HEITLAND INNOVATION, a company that helps organizations to innovate through an innovative interim Human Innovation Manager setup which has served clients in UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, United States, Netherlands and Spain.

In addition to contributing to several companies he lectures at StartUB! Barcelona University, Amsterdam University and is a Startup Mentor at StartUB! of Barcelona University, Rockstart and the Women Innovator Program of the UN and 4YFN

His podcast Human Innovation – The Jens Heitland Show ranks among the top podcasts in the innovation field globally.


As a speaker Jens talks about human innovation, human leadership and what he learned innovating at local and global positions in companies like IKEA, Deutsche Bank(M+W Zander) , Fjord (Accenture) and Foot Locker.

Known as CONNECTEUR, Jens is a forward thinker and connector of thoughts, people and businesses by the people he engages with. Jens Heitland is an innovator at heart – he innovates businesses with people.

Innovation x Leadership = Human Innovation – Everything he does is part of this equation.

His speaking topics include –

  • Human Innovation = Innovation x Leadership
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Leadership
  • People Transformation

Some of his previous talks include –

  • Human Innovation What I learned from innovating as the global Head of Innovation IKEA Centres
  • Beyond Furniture: The Human Fabric of Innovation from My Days at IKEA
  • Life is a Dance -Transformation Lessons from My Time at IKEA

Some of previous talks include

International Innovation Event, Moscow, Russia
Airbus, Hamburg, Germany
Cundall, London, UK (online)
Aragon Exterior, Zaragoza, Spain (online)
Copenhagen Institute for Future Sturdies, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bank of America, London, UK
PicknPay, Cape Town, South Africa (online)
International Innovation Jam, Zaragoza, Spain
UrbanOvation, London, UK (online)
Borealis, Antwerp, Belgium (online)
4x StartUB University, Barcelona, Spain
Innovation Event AI-Fortuna, Boise, Idaho USA
2x Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Matchr Human Ressource Event, Amsterdam, Netherlands




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