Speaker| Creative | Coach
LIVE YOUR TRUTH
Mark van der Heijden is a World Traveler, Creative Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Advisor, Coach, and Consciousness Explorer.
Mark originates from the south of Holland, a quaint country known for creativity, design, and entrepreneurship. After being submerged in the Amsterdam ad scene for seven years, Mark waved goodbye to his job as a copywriter, tossed his home into a backpack, and hit the world as ‘The Backpacker Intern‘, helping out agencies, brands, and charities in exchange for room and board.
The Backpacker Intern
The journey has brought him to 27 countries on 7 continents where he worked at 32 companies such as TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, Red Bull HQ Austria, UNICEF New Zealand, Ogilvy Cape Town, Amnesty International Thailand, and JWT Buenos Aires.
Mark worked with Grammy Award winner Nile Rodgers, helped out ex-drug traffickers in the favelas of Rio, and even landed a job on the coldest continent of the world; Antarctica. It gave him a global perspective and planted the seed to travel within to explore the concepts of consciousness and awareness.
In February 2016 Mark co-founded Wanderbrief, a platform that makes the Digital Nomad life easy. Their mission is to give everyone on the planet the freedom to work remotely while traveling the world.
Wanderbrief has grown into a community of thousands of professionals from 100 countries working with companies such as WeWork, Selina, and Adobe.
In June 2016 Wanderbrief was selected for the prestigious R/GA Lions Innovation Start-Up Academy and the company became the runner-up for ‘Best Work Experience Provider’ at the World Travel Awards.
In February 2020 Wanderbrief was acquired by Unsettled. Mark joined the Board of Advisors to help Unsettled grow their network and business. Fun Fact: due to their nomadic shared lifestyles, the Unsettled and Wanderbrief Founders managed to come to this agreement through video calls only. They have never met in real life.
International Keynote Speaker
Mark is an experienced Motivational Speaker at events all over the planet, who takes audiences worldwide on a spectacular journey within. +200 events around the globe, including TEDx, SXSW, Cannes Lions, Adidas HQ, Booking HQ, and the United Nations in NYC. His primary topics are Travel, Growth, Remote Work, Digital Nomads, Creativity, Awareness, and Consciousness.
He was recognized by The White House as Top 100 Most Influential Travel Blogger In The World. His work has been featured in: Adweek, MTV, Entrepreneur, Mashable, and many other major media outlets.
Mark's trips around the world (58 countries, 7 continents) have opened his eyes and mind to go on the journey within. Besides his daily Transcendental Meditation practise he studies all forms of Philosophy, (Self) Awareness, Yoga, Meditation, and the Science of Well-Being to live a more conscious life.