On Dec 11 Dr. Jane Goodall and Koen Timmers announced a new collaboration: the Innovation Lab Schools. We aim to offer a free quality education to 1 Million African chilren. The project involves a new curriculum based on UN SDGs and a global community of 1,000 teachers across 90 countries. Read more

Dr. Jane Goodall announces the Innovation Lab Schools


I'm a teacher, author, keynote speaker and founder of several global educational projects.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

degree Msc Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change - Sheffield-Hallam University, UK (2014) & Professional Bachelor Teaching - KHLim University college, Hasselt (2000)
head Researcher Researcher and Lecturer at PXL university college & Teacher at CVO de Verdieping, Belgium

tag Founder Zelfstudie.be & Owner Kerfuffle VOF
tag Founder Kakuma Project, Climate Action project & Innovation SDG Labs

tag Author "OneNote", Visual Steps, 2016 & Co-author "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice", Routledge, 2017

trophee Global Teacher Prize top 10 finalist, 2018 and top 50 finalist, 2017
trophee HundrED top 100 global education innovations, 2017

award Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator Fellow
award National Geographic Certified Educator
award TeachSDGs Founding ambassador

award Member advisory board HundrED * Member advisory board SETT Belgium * Taskforce member Climate & Education Flemish government



Koen has been speaking at several conferences across 4 continents: Edcrunch Moscow, GESF Dubai, E2 Toronto, NNSTOY Washington DC, European Commission, Qudwa Abu Dhabi, Mesa Vienna, Teach4Belgium Brussels etc. He was announced as one of the best teachers around the world by Bill Gates.

Global Educational Projects

Koen launched several Global Educational Projects involving 1000 educators across 100 countries, focussing on several UN Sustainable Development Goals and new learning approaches. These projects were widely covered by national media and supported by public figures like His Holiness Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, Charlize Theron, Greenpeace, UNESCO, National Geographic, scientists, politicians, etc.


educators across 6 continents offering free education to African refugees via Skype.


Students across 250 countries focussing on SDG 13 Climate Action.


515 schools across 85 countries focussing on innovation and sustainability.

Innovation SDG Lab

Offering free education using a new SDG curriculum. Collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall.

Thanks to having brief meetings with public figures like Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Charlize Theron, the King and Queen of Belgium, Tony Blair, Julia Gillard, President Bio, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Irina Bokova, Andreas Schleicher, president Santos, Lewis Hamilton, Koen was able to ship educational resources and find support for his global educational projects.

Charlize Theron
King & Queen
Al Gore
Former Vice President USA
Tony Blair
Former prime minister UK
Lewis Hamilton
F1 Racing Car Driver
Dr. Jane Goodall
T. Egerton & N. Hoult
Julia Gillard
Former Prime minister
Priyanka Chopra
Actress and Singer
Juan Manuel Santos
President Colombia
Julius Maada Bio
President Sierra Leone
Vladimir Klitschko
World champion boxing
Alexander De Croo
Deputy Prime minister
Irina Bokova
Former director UNESCO
Trevor Noah
Gina Torres
Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium
Dr. Amina Mohamed
Minister Education Kenya
Dr. Sabri Saidam
Minister Education Palestine
Rosemary Serinde
Minister Education Uganda
Esteban Bullrich
Minister Education Argentina
Sunny Varkey
Varkey Foundation
Dr. Andreas Schleicher
Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand & former UNDP Administrator
Kumi Naidoo
Amnesty International




[TELEVESION] Top 10 teacher Global Teacher Prize 2018


BBC Radio

[RADIO] Interview with Sarah Major during Saturday morning breakfast.


De Standaard

[NEWSPAPER] Geprezen door Bill Gates, gesteund door Dalai Lama


NTV Kenya

[TELEVISION] Interview about Kakuma project

"I applaud the work of the Kakuma project to offer free education online. This is so important in the quest to achieve education for all."

Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former UNDP Administrator
"I salute Koen for as his labs spread far and wide he will be changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people. Empowering them and giving them hope for the future."

Dr. Jane Goodall
English primatologist and anthropologist
"Koen is doing a phenomenal work for education"

Alexander De Croo
Deputy Prime Minister Belgium

Hire Koen

  • Hasselt, Belgium
  • koen [at] timmers.me
  • Download hi-res pictures at Press kit