Resilience & High Performance Expert

Keynote | Masterclass

Dr Etienne is an accomplished neurologist and an authority in applied behavioural neuroscience. Etienne’s 14-year career as a clinical neurologist means he has a deep understanding of the anatomy, biology, and physiology of the brain and the human nervous system. In the past decade, his professional and personal fascination with the remarkable discoveries coming from the various brain sciences has led him to believe in the vast potential of this new knowledge to enhance human capacity. The realization of this vision is the 2011 founding of Cape Town based Neurozone ®, a neuroscience business dedicated to the application of brain science, analytics and coaching to enhance human capacity.

At the heart of the business of Neurozone ® is a proprietary High Performance Code that informs leaders about the most current behavioural predictors for resilient and high performance ready individuals, teams and organizations. The Code draws on research from neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry etc. and its impact has been validated and is currently being used in various industries to enhance human capacity by focusing on the brain/body system. As a result, Etienne has developed a keen understanding of the neurobiological substrates, principles and insights that underpin team- and organizational performance. This knowledge enables Etienne to blend a variety of subjects into an integrated whole for practical application.

Etienne is the founder of AmazingBrainz™, an organization dedicated to the design of programs for the brain stimulation of young, developing children – especially in disadvantaged communities. Etienne worked as a neurologist in South Africa, the UK, and the Netherlands.

As an avid keynote speaker and masterclass teacher, Etienne engages with senior leaders, where individual, team and organizational resilience and optimizing human capacity takes centre stage. He has a gift to simplify the complex and to demystify cutting edge neuroscience and knowledge of living systems for everyday application in leadership, high performance and well-being.

In addition to his Medical and Clinical Neurology degrees, Etienne also holds BSc degrees in Chemistry, Mathematical Statistics as well as Integrated Physiology and Virology.

Information for Keynotes and Masterclasses

Facilitated by Dr. Etienne van der Walt, MD; Consultant Neurologist and CEO of Neurozone, for an in-depth exploration of high-performance resilience.

This immersive and interactive session will delve into the intricate interplay of clinical, cognitive and developmental neuroscience, with the knowledge of living systems to unveil strategies for optimizing leaders’ brain-body systems. Through a blend of theory and interactive engagement, participants will gain insights into enhancing personal and team performance.

Etienne will guide attendees through five key high-performance domains that build high performance resilience:

  1. High-performance rhythms: Exploring the impact of exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness practices on resilience and high performance readiness.
  2. High-performance transformers: Delving into mindset and mindfulness techniques to cultivate resilience and adaptability.
  3. High-performance connectors: Understanding the role of bonding, belonging and of psychological safety and empathy in fostering cohesive and diverse teams.
  4. High-performance energy: Maximizing finite energy resources for sustainable performance amidst rapid change and adversity.
  5. High-performance innovators: Leveraging neuroscientific principles to enhance learning and problem-solving capabilities.

Through interactive discussions and a 3-D Model as our visual guide, participants will gain practical ways to apply neuroscience principles to their leadership roles for great personal optimization. The sessions offer a deep dive into understanding the brain-body connection and provides tangible strategies for navigating complex performance challenges with confidence and resilience.

  • High-Performance Resilience: An indispensable Leadership Capacity in today’s chaotic World
  • High-Performance Leadership: A Neuroscience Lens
  • Preparing our people for the Mental Pandemic: Lessons from living systems and neuroscience
  • The Corporate Athlete: Using neuroscience to play the ultimate game and live well.
  • The Neuroscience of High Performance Resilience: The key ingredient to set leaders up for high achievement
  • Collective Resilience: The next frontier for high performance in business and life
  • Innovative Outperformance: A Neuroscience Lens
  • Choose a few from: Lead better, perform well, remain healthy, live longer, live better: Lessons from cutting edge neuroscience
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