The Academy for Creative Leadership is a partnership between the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC, Buffalo State, State University of New York) and the Centrum voor de Ontwikkeling van het Creatief Denken (COCD vzw, Antwerp, Belgium).
The International Center for Studies in Creativity is a unique academic unit within Buffalo State, State University of New York. Since 1967, they have trained students, groups, teams and organizations to become more effective creative thinkers and problem solvers and to instill these skills in others. As the first school to offer a Master of Science degree in creativity, the ICSC has achieved an international reputation for scholarly research and teaching that focuses on developing creativity, leadership, decision-making and problem solving skills.
COCD (translated as Center for the Development of Creative Thinking) is a non-profit association originated in 1977 as a spin-off from the University of Antwerp. The association is the reference for applied creativity in Flanders (Belgium) and the Netherlands. By means of publications, training, lectures and interactive sessions COCD propagates the creative spark they cause. Facilitators, trainers and the graduates of the Applied Creativity Advanced Program, they all challenge themselves in the field of applied creative thinking.
In 2014 the ICSC and COCD decided to embark in a joint effort to offer Buffalo State’s Graduate Certificate and Master Program in Creativity and Change Leadership in Europe. For this joint effort a foundation (in Dutch ‘stichting’) was established in the Netherlands with the name Academy for Creative Leadership.
The foundation aims to promote creative leadership in Europe. In this capacity it facilitates the ICSC’s graduate level programs in Europe: the Graduate Certificate in Creativity and Change Leadership and a Master of Science Degree in Creative Studies. These programs will be offered by the ICSC at Buffalo State to a European cohort of students organized by the Stichting Academy for Creative Leadership through a combination of both seated and internet-based courses.
The Stichting Academy for Creative Leadership is registered in the Netherlands, Chamber of Commerce No. 63310511. The foundation is located at Panamalaan 2E in Amsterdam.
The Stichting Academy for Creative Leadership meets the quality code of the Dutch CRKBO, a central registration of institutions delivering short vocational education. You can check the registration on the webpage of the CRKBO.
The foundation is qualified for exemption of VAT.
Branko Broekman is director of the foundation. He coordinates the programs of the International Center for Studies in Creativity in Europe. Branko is also adjunct faculty of ICSC and conducts some courses of the program in Europe.
Branko came home in 1997 to the inspiring, rich world of creative thinking. Since then he helps people to cook with the egg of Columbus. The fun and passion that springs up when people are forging surprising, original alternatives for complex questions is his drive in work and life. As a facilitator of solution sessions and as a trainer he offers an effective structure to switch on one’s imagination and to create.
Branko holds a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY (the International Center for Studies in Creativity, in Buffalo, New York).
Conny van der Wouw is information- and process manager at the Academy for Creative Leadership. In this role she is responsible for collecting the requirements for information, designing & implementing office processes and maintenance of ICT resources. She contributes in the organization of events and in the promotion of the program in Europe.
Since 1992 Conny supports companies and organizations in problem solving programs. When she discovered the enriching power of creative thinking in 2005, she embraced this way of thinking and integrated it in her work and life.
Conny holds a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY (the International Center for Studies in Creativity, in Buffalo, New York).
On the board of the foundation:
Director of the Academy for Creative Leadership, Amsterdam;
Chair of the Centrum voor de Ontwikkeling van het Creatief Denken (COCD), Antwerp;
Director of the Center for Creative Thinking, Copenhagen;
Chair of the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo, New York.
No results come without the effort of individual people. Next to the work that the partners put into bringing the Master Program to Europe, a team of professionals and volunteers contribute to the work of the Academy.
In particular, we like to mention the contributions of Anneke Veenendaal, Imke Nabben, Ingrid De Clercq and Nicolette Wever.