Educator - Author - Keynote speaker

Global Teacher Prize 2017 & 2018 finalist

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Msc Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change - Sheffield-Hallam University, UK (2014)

Professional Bachelor Teaching - KHLim University college, Hasselt (2000)

Researcher Blended/Distance Learning at PXL university college Hasselt, Belgium

Teacher at CVO de Verdieping Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Founder Zelfstudie.be

Owner Kerfuffle VOF

Founder Global Learning movement including Kakuma Project, Climate Action project, Human Differences project, Wai Water project

Developer Interactieve Determinatietabel (NL) - [website | app]
Developer Tree Key (EN) [website | app]

Author "Dreamweaver deel 1 - deel 2", Wolters Plantyn, 2006
Author "OneNote", Visual Steps, 2016
Co-author "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice", Routledge, 2017

awardGlobal Teacher Prize top 10 finalist, 2018

awardGlobal Teacher Prize top 50 finalist, 2017

awardHundrED top 100 global education innovations, 2017

awardWinning team Pisa4U initiative 2017, OECD

awardGlobal e-innovation Award, 2017

award2017 International e-Learning Excellence Awards finalist

awardMicrosoft Innovative Expert Educator Fellow, 2014 - current

awardNational Geographic Certified Educator, 2018 - current

awardSkype Master Trainer 2016 - current

awardToshiba Digistudent Award, 2000

awardVarkey Foundation Ambassador, 2017 - current

awardGlobal Goals Educator Task Force member (SDGs), 2017 - current

awardOne of 50 global QUDWA fellows (Abu Dhabi), 2017 - current

awardMaverick Teacher India, 2016

Member advisory board HundrED

Member advisory board SETT Belgium

Karate black belt 4dan - member of Belgian Karate Team 2000-2009

Koen Timmers

Upcoming keynotes

OVSG June 2018

EdCrunch Oct 2018

Leraren maken het verschil Nov 2018

CCHA Jan 2019

Timeline 2018

Bill Gates announcing me as one of the best teachers of the world:
A closer look into my professional life:
Masterclass Global Teacher Prize
Masterclass Global Teacher Prize
Masterclass Global Teacher Prize

Global Teacher Prize

Debate GESF Dubai

Debate GESF Dubai

Global Teacher Prize - Humo

Journaal VRT

Global Teacher Prize - De Standaard

De Standaard

Global Teacher Prize - VTM


Global Teacher Prize - Humo


Global Teacher Prize 2018

Keynote ICTdag 2018

TV Limburg

TVL 2018


HBVL 2018

Gastcollege VUB

Guest Lecture University Brussels

Interiew Abu Dhabi

Live interview Abu Dhabi tv

Teacher's panel Qudwa

Teacher's panel Qudwa Abu Dhabi

Keynote NNSTOY Washington DC

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Interiew Kenya

Interview by Kenyan tv station

Interiew France2

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Live Interview by Microsoft, BETT London

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News BNT1 Bulgaria

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Documentary by Film students
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Koen Timmers - Global Teacher Prize 2018


Founder and coordinator of Project Kakuma

Kakuma Refugee Camp (Kenya) houses 200.000 refugees who fled from war and hunger in Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, Somalia, etc. 55% of all refugees are children. The classrooms are housing up to 150 students and have very limited resources: a text book ratio of 1:10 students, insufficient furniture and no power supply.

I sent my personal laptop to the camp and started to teach them via Skype. I also started raising funds via crowdfunding which allowed us to sent additional devices. Last but not least I managed to collect about 100 educators over 40 countries willing to offer free Skype lessons. We now have 10 laptops and internet connection in 5 Kakuma schools and a mobile solar suitcase to charge the laptops. Not only are we offering knowledge by teaching Maths, Science and Art, we also bring empathy in the classrooms and put the refugees' lives in the right perspective. We talk about culture, habits, religion and... football!

Don't forget: every child deserves an Education!



I published several books and lots of courses at Zelfstudie.be

  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver, deel 1 - ISBN: 978-90-301-8995-4
  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver 1 handleiding
  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver, deel 2 - ISBN: 978-90-301-9058-5
  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver 2 handleiding
  • Zelfstudie.be - Courses Web, Graphic, Game and App design/development
  • Visual Steps - OneNote 2013/2016 - ISBN: 978-90-590-5752-4 [Dutch]
  • Visual Steps - OneNote 2013/2016 - ISBN: 978-90-590-5463-9 [English]

I'm columnist at Web designer Magazine.

I write columns on various educational subject.
Some columns at HotTopics.com:

Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator Fellow

I was awarded as a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator in 2014. It was a great honor to be chosen out of 20.000 educators and being part of 250 MIEs, spread over 150 different countries. While I attended the Global Forum in Barcelona my team was awarded with the Learn-a-thon Sustainability award. Being part of the program I try to enhance learning using technology with specialties in distance learning, digital courseware to increase students' motivation and learning outcomes.

In 2015 I became part of a small group of MIE Fellows. While we attended the E2 conference in Redmond inspiring keynotes were attended, I presented about Distance Learning and the Kakuma project was initiated.

Koen Timmers in Redmond, at Microsoft HQ


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