Jos Dirkx is an award-winning media and communications advisor, international public speaker, creative strategist and world-traveler. Originally from The Netherlands, Jos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has since lived in twelve countries across the world, having visited near 100. Jos is passionate about telling stories that change the world: whether through the arts, by creating content that challenges the status quo, through her global speaking engagements and work with clients on creative communications, or through the award-winning not-for-profit organization Girls & Football SA she founded in South Africa. Her background in theatre and the arts, combined with economics and technology, fuels her passion to merge education, creativity and EdTech.
Having spent her early childhood across Bangladesh, Senegal and Brazil, Jos has launched various organizations, initiatives and movements to challenge inequality, to increase global access to accurate education and to drive diversity and inclusion. She strongly believes everyone deserves access to accurate education and she strives to make this happen by integrating socially conscious content with the world’s most advanced tech platforms, and through workshops, trainings and educational content. Jos works with global corporates, individuals and forward-thinking initiatives to bring this work to life.
Jos has delivered two TEDx talks, founded an award-winning not-for-profit organization and runs a creative
communications consultancy. Her drive to build equal societies has taken her around the world and she seeks to develop creative ways to share the world’s most beautiful and diverse stories with multi-cultural audiences. Jos has spent time in South Sudan and Eritrea with the United Nations and has led workshops and trainings across Africa, the Middle East and North America.
Jos works across London, Johannesburg, Amsterdam and New York with various global clients on creative
communications through technology, play and strategy.
She co-founded mGirls, a mobile health app that delivered free daily health texts to over 65,00 girls in South Africa. Jos believes the creative use of technology is a crucial element in re-thinking education and believes the strategic use of technology combined with sensory-based learning and value-based learning can change the world. She is the founder of the not-for-profit organization Girls & Football SA, for which the team received a letter of recognition from former First Lady Michelle Obama for their work with young people across South Africa.
Jos is an experienced and award-winning speaker. She has spoken around the world – from UN events, to the
TEDx stage, to international Speech and Debate competitions. She continues to speak globally and works with
TOP CEOs and Executives on developing their own public speaking skills through another initiative she founded: dxbacademy.
- Diversity + Inclusion in Education and the Workspace
- Global and cross cultural communications
- Third Culture Kids
- Gender Awareness, Training and Sensitivity
- Educational Technology + Entrepreneurship
- Innovation + Creativity Across Cultures and Borders
"Beyond Jos's leadership, what really stood out was her ability to inspire and motivate." - Evolvence Knowledge Investments
"She's an insightful leader, a visionary and highly motivational..." - IBM
"Jos is just amazing! What impresses me is that she’s so humble and kind, considering her huge background, having won awards in media and being a world traveller (+84 countries?). And despite all this she remains so beautiful in & out, and so simple and kind..." - African Development Bank
"Jos helped us craft our presentations to make them exciting and engaging..." - Van Cleef & Arpels
"Jos is so inspiring! She's hands-on and we would not hesitate to recommend Jos!" - L'Oreal
"We seek partners who are as interested in great ideas as we are. That's what we found in Jos." - TED Talks