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Farid Tabarki

Farid Tabarki

Dutch Trendwatcher of the Year 2012 - 2013

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Farid Tabarki is the founding director of Studio Zeitgeist and a sought-after keynote speaker, debate moderator and event host. He has been researching the (European) zeitgeist since 2000 on topics such as radical decentralisation, radical transparency and the liquid society. As a keynote speaker, Farid Tabarki presents these developments in the context of todays societies, organisations and individuals. Studio Zeitgeist provides in advice and projects that help (international operating) organisations to adapt to influential developments and apply new business principles into their organisation. Recently, Studio Zeitgeist has published the whitepaper The Transformation Playground, Reinventing Business Principles. It presents in-depth analyses of the seven organising principles, which the Studio believes are the most important ones for businesses to put in practice.

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Farid Tabarki is the founding director of Studio Zeitgeist and a sought-after keynote speaker, debate moderator and event host. He has been researching the (European) zeitgeist since 2000 on topics such as radical decentralisation, radical transparency and the liquid society. As a keynote speaker, Farid Tabarki presents these developments in the context of todays societies, organisations and individuals. Studio Zeitgeist provides in advice and projects that help (international operating) organisations to adapt to influential developments and apply new business principles into their organisation. Recently, Studio Zeitgeist has published the whitepaper The Transformation Playground, Reinventing Business Principles. It presents in-depth analyses of the seven organising principles, which the Studio believes are the most important ones for businesses to put in practice. 

Every Thursday, Farid publishes a weekly column in Het Financieele Dagblad, a Dutch daily newspaper focusing on finance and the economy. This year his widely acclaimed first book ‘The end of the middle - What a society of extremes means to people, businesses and government’ was published in English. Farid received the Trendwatcher of the Year Award for 2012-2013, and since 2013 he became the youngest person on the list of the 200 most influential people in the Netherlands according to Dutch daily morning newspaper de Volkskrant. He also presented the parliamentary election edition of MTV Coolpolitics, which was broadcasted live on TMF and MTV Benelux. More recently he presented the television program Dare to Think, from Socrates to Sartre. Farid sits on various supervisory boards and committees. He is vice-chair of the supervisory board of Het Nieuwe Instituut – architecture, design, digital culture and member of the supervisory board of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. In 2015 he was a member of Platform Onderwijs 2032: commissioned by the Dutch government, the platform presented a vision on Dutch education policy moving towards the year 2032. Last but not least, Farid is a true world traveller: he plans to visit all the countries of the world. The counter currently stands at 141 (57 to go).

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Trendwatcher of the Year Jaar 2012-2013 jury report

"Farid impresses, with his mix of clients and his broad international orientation. He stands for quality and transparency and despite the serious content, he manages to present that on a smooth and witty way. He certainly can be seen as a shining and passionate driver in professionalisation of the sector trend watching."


Director “Klant & Markt” - Customer & Market – at Liander

Nancy Kabalt

“Farid marks the spot by the themes he presents. Although these themes are familiar to commercial people, he looks one step further giving you a pause for thought. You are being a kind of drawn into the future in a rapid, humoristic way with a furore, that makes it ´fun´ to experience.”


co-founder of Friends of Europe and organiser of the annual State of Europe

Geert Cami

"Farid is an innovative and inspiring speaker and excellent in moderating intricate panel discussions on an interactive and clear way."

Farid Tabarki at the Berliner Konferenz
Farid Tabarki at the Berliner Konferenz
Farid Tabarki at the EBF Conference
Farid Tabarki at the EBF Conference
 Farid Tabarki at TEDxMaastrichtSalon
Farid Tabarki at TEDxMaastrichtSalon