Karim Benammar, PhD , is a philosopher specialising in transformative thinking. He gives lectures and workshops for companies and organisations, and is connected to THNK School of Creative Leadership and The School of Life in Amsterdam. Benammar studied philosophy in England, the United States and Japan, taught at Kobe University and directed research at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is the author of Abundance (2005) and Reframing – The Art of Thinking Differently (2012). www.karimbenammar.com
Born in Germany in 1966 to an Algerian father and a Dutch mother, I spent my teens in the Netherlands, where I attended the European School in Bergen. I moved to England to study philosophy at Sussex University (B.A. 1987), on to the United States for my graduate studies (Ph.D., Penn State University, 1993), and finally to Japan, where I studied Japanese philosophy at Kyoto University. In 1996, I became a lecturer at Kobe University, where I taught in Japanese. I got excited about developing the kind of thinking that would have real impact on the world outside of academia. I worked as a researcher at the UN University in Tokyo, then spent my sabbatical at the Economics Institute UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000-2001).
In 2002 I returned to the Netherlands to set myself up as an independent philosopher with my company PLETHORA, and started giving workshops and lectures in thinking techniques and public philosophy. I am also connected to several institutions. During 2003-2007, I worked as part-time Director of Research Reflection on Action at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, where we developed tools for reflection. I continue to teach a philosophy class there. I started collaborating with the Centre for Team Excellence in the UK in 2007, focusing on team innovation. In 2011, I helped develop the curriculum for THNK School of Creative Leadership, where I continue as content developer. Since 2014 I teach classes on money and thinking differently at The School of Life in Amsterdam.