The TeachPitch Podcast

Founder Aldo de Pape interviews people from a variety of professional circles from all over the world how they overcame deep personal challenges and managed to achieve great professional success.

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Episode 1 - Rosalia Arteaga, 'The President'

Rosalia Arteaga Serrano is the first female Vice-President and President of the Republic of Ecuador. We speak about the profound personal challenges she encountered throughout her career and how writing helped her to move on.

June 28, 2021 / 46 min

Episode 2 - Timo Hannay, 'The Technologist'

Dr. Timo Hannay is a 'technologist' and founder of SchoolDash. We speak about his great career in (co-)building a variety of technology tools advancing science and education and what it is like to be an introvert in a seemingly extraverted world.

June 29, 2021 / 48 min

Episode 3 - Edna Adan, 'The Nurse'

Edna Adan is the founder of The Edna Adan Hospital and Edna Adan University. Previously she was Minister of Foreign Affairs for her country and a First Lady, being married to the President of Somalia. We speak about her amazing path and her latest book 'A Woman of Firsts'.

June 30, 2021 / 48 min

Episode 4 - Fred Matser, 'The Humanitarian'

Fred Matser is the Founder of the Fred Foundation and has been professionally helping others for over 40 years. We look back at his work and talk about his documentary 'Beyond Me'. .

June 30, 2021 / 49 min

Episode 5 - John J. Wood, 'The Reader'

And for this episode we have an incredible guest: John J Wood, the Founder of Room to Read; a global charity organisation that has helped over 23 million people in 15 countries and raised over $615 million to date. Aldo speaks to John about all the challenges he needed to overcome to get this organisation where it is today.

July 9, 2021 / 52 min

Episode 6 - Dr. Marijn Houwert, 'The Trauma Surgeon'

And for this episode we have an incredible guest: Dr. Marijn Houwert raised over $10 million to help his colleagues in times of COVID. We talk about his rollercoaster life as a Trauma Surgeon and the publication of his latest book 'Zorg Voor Je Mensen' (Take Care of Your People).

July 12, 2021 / 49 min

Episode 7 - Prof. Frans von der Dunk, 'The Space Lawyer'

Yes, yes! We as well are going to explore space. Aldo speaks to Prof. Frans von der Dunk, an eminent authority in Space Law about what the effects are when more humans make their move out of our atmosphere. What is next for us in Space? Can SpaceX enforce its own legal system on Mars? And what happens when someone is killed in Space? Loads of questions to which our guest has fascinating answers.

July 22, 2021 / 52 min

Episode 8 - Dr. Ismail Serageldin, 'The Librarian'

The unbelievable story of Dr. Ismail Serageldin - without a doubt the most intelligent guest of the TeachPitch Podcast (no offence to previous and/or future interviewees). Aldo speaks to Ismail about his profound challenges in making the Ancient Library of Alexandria the renowned institute of knowledge it is today.

July 27, 2021 / 49 min

Episode 9 - Vicky Colbert, 'The System Builder'

YWe are off to Colombia for this episode. Aldo has the great privilege to speak to Ms. Vicky Colbert who changed the education system in her country with her groundbreaking program and organisation Escuela Nueva.

August 5, 2021 / 47 min

Episode 10 - Guy Kawasaki, 'The Chief Evangelist'

Aldo speaks with Guy Kawasaki about all the challenges that he encountered in his 30 years career path as a Chief Evangelist and we speak about why he considers his Podcast 'Remarkable People' to be his best writing project to date.

August 12, 2021 / 46 minutes

Episode 11 - Dr. Judith S. Goldstein Kawasaki, 'The Historian'

Aldo talks to historian Judith Goldstein, Founder & Executive Director of Humanity in Action, how fragile democracy in our world is and what we must do to ensure that totalitarian regimes will not win.

August 12, 2021 / 46 min

Episode 12 - Johanna Jarvinen-Taubert, 'The Finnish Teacher'

Finland has the best-developed education system in the world. Aldo speaks to an expert what makes it so unique and which elements can be adopted by other countries in this world to improve their educational outcomes.

August 19, 2021 / 49 min

Episode 13 - Ruth Mastenbroek, 'The Nose'

It is all about smell this week as Aldo speaks to a real 'Nose'. We dive into the world of perfumes and talk about all the highs and lows of this very particular job with Ruth Mastenbroek, a life-long perfumer with her very own brand.

September 2, 2021 / 49 minutes

Episode 14 - Matthew Hood, 'The Online Principal'

Oak National Academy is a government subsidised online platform that has helped millions of teachers and their students in the United Kingdom so they could continue the process of teaching & learning throughout the pandemic. Aldo speaks to its founder and Principal Matthew Hood about his journey and the rapid growth of Oak.

September 9, 2021 / 49 minutes

Episode 15 - Lex Sokolin, 'The Blockchain Economist'

We are taking a very deep dive into the world of technology this week as we discuss NFTs, virtual currencies, #DeFi and loads of other exciting features of 'crypto life' with Lex Sokolin, the Head Economist at ConsenSys, biggest blockchain in the world.

September 16, 2021 / 50 minutes

Episode 16 - Prof Hugh Montgomery, 'The Ultra Professor'

A deep interview with Hugh Montgomery, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Director of the Centre of Human Health and Performance at UCL in London. We speak about what makes us creative and successful but also what can abruptly stop us in our tracks.

September 23, 2021 / 36 minutes

Episode 17 - Stavros N. Yiannouka, 'The CEO'

Aldo speaks to Stavros Yiannouka, the CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Education about the past, present and future of this unique global platform.

September 30, 2021 / 1 hr 4 minutes

Episode 18 - Dr. Edith Eger, 'The Psychologist'

In search for tips & tricks to cope with all the challenges coming our way, Aldo speaks to life-long teacher and best-selling author Dr. Edith Eger about the adversities she overcame as a Holocaust survivor & refugee. Loads of wisdom and valuable advice from this 94 year old world-renowned Psychologist.

October 5, 2021 / 37 minutes

Episode 19 - HRH Princess Laurentien, 'The Power Princess'

Aldo speaks to HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands about why she feels education is in dire need of a radical rethink. A passionate plea to create genuine equality between child & teacher, stepping away from tests & exams and aiming to achieve measurable progress through the process of 'shared learning'.

October 14, 2021 / 49 minutes

Episode 20 - Dr. Patch Adams,'The Clown'

Aldo speaks with Dr. Patch Adams who founded the Gesundheit! Institute 50 years ago. Patch shares the secret that has allowed him to remain an energised optimist, always ready to make a change for the better in this world and more.

October 21, 2021 / 53 minutes

Episode 21 - Conrad Wolfram, 'The Mathematician'

For our next episode Aldo talks to Conrad Wolfram about why he feels he is in a unique position to help us understand why Mathematics should be taught radically differently.

October 21, 2021 / 53 minutes

Episode 22 - Craig Newmark, 'The Internet Entrepreneur'

Aldo talks to Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, about his journey as an entrepreneur and as a philanthropist. Having donated over 60% of his net worth to charity, Craig reflects for the very first time to stop pledging & giving his fortune.

November 4, 2021 / 32 minutes

Episode 23 - RVDK: 'The Fashion Designer'

A deep conversation with Ronald van der Kemp (RVDK) a very creative soul who speaks about how staying true to himself and his own beliefs made him achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a globally celebrated sustainable Fashion Designer.

November 11, 2021 / 57 minutes

Episode 24 - Alden Mills: 'The Navy SEAL'

A profound look behind the scenes in a life of rigour and discipline. Alden Mills explains how his life in this elite squad of the US Navy gave him the skills to start and grow a company to one of the fastest growing consumer businesses in the USA.

November 18, 2021 / 49 minutes

Episode 25 - The TeachPitch Podcast

In this last Episode of Season 1 Aldo looks back with Producer Natalie on all the great things that have happened and that are yet to come. Lots of reflections on the TeachPitch Podcast - past, present and a VERY special announcement for the future.

November 25, 2021 / 59 minutes

Episode 26 - Dr. Marc Brackett: 'The Emotion Scientist'

Aldo speaks with Marc Brackett - Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and author of the book 'Permission to Feel' about why it is so important for us to understand our emotions a LOT better than we do today.

December 21, 2021 / 42 minutes

Episode 27 - HRH Intisar Salem Al Ali Al Sabah: 'The Happy Sheikha'

A very frank conversation with HRH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah on why happiness and optimism should be key in the teaching/learning process. Sheikha talks about her personal journey and why mental health and well-being must be a priority at all times.

December 23, 2021 / 30 minutes

Episode 28 - Gitanjali Rao - 'The Kid Inventor'

Our future is bright if it is left in the hands of amazing, young people like Gitanjali Rao. Aldo speaks to TIME Magazine's first ever Kid of the Year, 16-year-old, how the next generation can get involved in changing our world for the better.

January 6, 2022 / 31 minutes

Episode 29 - Andrew Ashe: 'The XPrize Winner'

Aldo speaks to Andrew Ashe - CEO and Founder of onebillion; an organisation that wants to make sure that one billion children will have the genuine ability to numerate and read in their own language. We discussed the journey of onebillion and the future.

January 13, 2022 / 37 minutes

Episode 30 - Naza Alakija: 'The New Philanthropist'

Aldo talks to Naza Alakija, Founder of the SAGE Foundation about how philanthropists can best help others in 2021. Naza speaks about her experience as a young Iranian refugee arriving in the UK and how important the role of education is in her life.

January 20, 2022 / 31 minutes

Episode 31 - Jessica Posner Odede: 'The Social Entrepreneur'

A deep conversation with social entrepreneur Jessica Posner Odede about the profound work she is doing with 'Girl Effect'. Jessica talks about the great work she has been doing in Nairobi for over 15 years and the impact of technology in girls education.

January 27, 2022 / 34 minutes

Episode 32 - Zuriel Oduwole: 'The Girls' Education Advocate'

Aldo speaks to the 19 year old filmmaker Zuriel Oduwole. Zuriel talks about how she is trying to influence many Presidents, PMs with her work to ensure that every girl on this planet will have access to a proper education.

February 03, 2022 / 33 minutes

Episode 33 - Richard van Hooijdonk: 'The Hyperactive Futurist'

A deep conversation about the Metaverse, Cybercrime and Data Privacy. Aldo speaks to futurist Richard van Hooijdonk what tomorrow might bring but also what, contrary to his futurist expectations, it has not brought.

February 10, 2022 / 56 minutes

Episode 34 - Terry Tucker: 'The Motivational Speaker'

Meet Terry Tucker who, despite being a cancer patient, is the most positive soul you will ever meet. Terry talks about how his journey taught him to never give up and to live life to the fullest.

February 17, 2022 / 50 minutes 22 seconds

Episode 35 - Hannah Branigan: 'The Dog Trainer'

Hannah Branigan is a Dog Trainer who uses groundbreaking techniques to ensure that both owner and Dog develop a better relationship. A fascinating conversation on Dog parks, Dog psychology and everything Dogdom.

February 25, 2022 / 1 hour 12 minutes

Episode 36 - Special Episode: 12 Effective Ways to Help the People of Ukraine

Here are 12 initiatives that you can support Ukraine. Also note there are lots of great local initiatives being set up where people are collecting material to bring to the Polish/Ukrainian border. #WeSupportUkraine

March 1, 2022 / 12 minutes 23 seconds

Episode 37 - Andrew Bustamante: 'The CIA Spy'

A thrilling interview with former CIA Spy Andrew Bustamante about his journey as an operative for USA’s Secret Service. Andrew shares his perspective on the current state of the world, and how he now teachers others to use spy skills in everyday life. Check out Andrew’s work at Everyday Spy.

March 10, 2022 / 1 hour 12 minutes

Episode 38 - Houtan Froushan: 'The Programme Director'

Interesting talk with Houtan Froushan, the Programme Director of UCL EdTech Labs. We talked about his journey into education and how his organisation is helping many organisations to become more effectiv to optimally help the students, teachers and parents. You can find more about UCL EdTech Labs.

March 17, 2022 / 56 minutes

Episode 39 - Dr Carika Weldon: 'The Science Advisor'

The story of Dr. Carika Weldon, a brilliant scientist. After an impressive career path, Dr.Weldon returns to Bermuda in 2020 to help her island navigate through the pandemic. Carika talks about the many challenges on her path and her plans for the future.

March 24, 2022 / 1 hour 11 minutes

Episode 40: Diana Al-Dajani, Jo Besford and Leonora Dowley: 'The WISE Accelerator'

We are taking you on a journey into the magic land of Global Education. Aldo speaks to Diana Al-Dajani, Leonora Dowley and Jo Besford who were part of the accelerator of the WISE in 2015.We talk about how a global accelerator like the one of WISE can help.

March 31, 2022 / 58 minutes

Episode 41: Erion Isufi - 'Think Tech'

Aldo speaks to Erion Isufi, founder of ThinkTech, an Albanian businessman and marketeer who speaks passionately about the future of his country. A deep conversation about technology, entrepreneurship, the country of Albania and Albanian youth

April 7, 2022 / 54 minutes

Episode 42: Dr. Bee Berx: 'The Oceanographer'

We dive into the Ocean for this Episode and speak to Dr. Bee Berx, an Oceanographer working for the Scottish government. Dr Berx takes Aldo on a journey under the sea and speaks about why we need the Ocean to keep life on our planet intact.

April 14, 2022 / 48 minutes

Episode 43: Sharon Epie: 'The Peace Builder'

Aldo speaks to the Cameroonian Peace Advocate Sharon Epie who voices the needs & wishes of the next generation in her country. Sharon is a Youth Advocate invited by Education Above All and the United Nations to speak on behalf of her peers. She speaks about how her voice and the young voices of so many others can help to hopefully bring this conflict to an end.

April 21, 2022 / 27 minutes

Episode 44: Laura and Keil Beveridge 'The Golf Pros'

Many firsts in this episode as Aldo speaks for the first time to two sports professionals who also happen to be married. Laura Beveridge is a rising star in the Professional Golf Rankings. We speak to Laura and her husband/ coach Keil Beveridge about what the life of a Golf Pro is like. A life with many (many) travels, lots of highs, some lows but most certainly very interesting couple dynamics.

April 28, 2022 / 1 hour 4 minutes

Episode 45: Sabine Lubbe Bakker: 'The Filmmaker'

Sabine Lubbe Bakker is an award winning Film and Documentary Director. Aldo speaks to her about her Documentary ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ (2013) and Film ‘Becoming Mona’ (2020). Sabine talks to Aldo about her passion for storytelling, sabotaging the love of her life on set and why failure is so much more valuable than success.

May 05, 2022 / 58 minutes

Episode 46. Ana Roš: 'The Chef'

A huge moment for the TeachPitch Podcast as we get to speak to one of the very best Chefs in the world! Ana Roš is a globally awarded and celebrated Chef who with her restaurant Hiša Franko has managed to attract thousands and thousands of people to come to see and taste the beautiful country of Slovenia. Aldo speaks to Ana about her enormous success, her never-ending love for cooking her family and how an incredible tragic loss can shape you to never ever give up on yourself.

May 12, 2022 / 42 minutes

Episode 47: Metaphysics:'The MC'

We are living the music with this Episode as we get to talk to a member of the multi platinum selling band Soehne Mannheims (Sons of Mannheim). Aldo speaks to Metaphysics (aka: Herbert Schwamborn) about what it is like to grow up in Zimbabwe being of mixed race, how music shaped his life and what his secret is to thrive in the music industry for close to 30 years.

May 19, 2022 / 1 hour 06 minutes

Episode 48: Jojanneke van den Berge - The Journalist

Aldo talks to Dutch journalist Jojanneke van den Berge about her decade long journey as a TV presenter and Documentary maker, the many benefits of getting therapy and her latest series ‘Jojanneke en de Jeugdzorg Tapes’ (Jojanneke and the Childcare Tapes)

May 26, 2022 / 1 hour 01 minutes

Episode 49: The TeachPitch Podcast Secrets

As we are approaching the end of Season 2, Aldo shares 4 crucial (secret) takeaways about the Podcasting journey thus far. Great material if you are thinking of starting a Podcast yourself and/or are curious how such a show comes together.

June 02, 2022 / 31 minutes

Episode 50: Dr. Anne Mangen: 'The Reading Professor'

This episode Aldo speaks to Dr. Anne Mangen, a Professor at the Reading Center of the University of Stavanger in Norway. Dr. Mangen’s research focuses on how reading shapes our brain and in her field makes granular comparisons between reading books and reading from digital devices. We talk about which one is better and what you can do for yourself and others to retain your focus.

June 09, 2022 / 56 minutes

Episode 51: Yui & Takaharu Tezuka: 'The Architects'

We are kicking off and we are kicking off big because I have the great, great fortune to open Season 3 with some of the very best architects in this world. For our 51st Episode we are taking you to Tokyo, Japan where we had the tremendous honour to speak to the great Yui & Takaharu Tezuka

June 21, 2022 / 47 minutes

Episode 52: ThinkTech Kosovo with Uranik Begu

We again had the great honor of attending and speaking at ThinkTech - Kosovo and while being there I seized the opportunity to speak to many interesting people who are seeking to dramatically change the situation in this country for the better.One of these people is Uranik Begu who with the Innovation Center has helped thousands of startups, hundreds of products and through its many events managed to support many, many ICT businesses in the country.

June 28, 2022 / 38 minutes

Episode 53: Janhvi Maheshwari-Kanoria ‘The Innovation Director’

This conversation is taking us back to our educational roots and we are very happy to connect you with the EAA, an organization that is on the forefront of improving the global state of teaching and learning in our world through a variety of programs, and more specifically with its amazing Innovation Director Janhvi Maheswari-Kanoria. Janhvi is a guiding light and a force of nature with the work she does at Education Above All and I highly enjoyed speaking to her about all the programs of the Foundation, the many teachers they trained, the funding they provided, the scholarships they have granted and all the other work that is so, so relevant to make sure that everyone of us will be granted the right to a high quality education.

August 04, 2022 /1 hour 11 minutes

Episode 54: Zeneca ‘The NFT Influencer’

Our next guest is an NFT Influencer who goes by the name of Zeneca. His real name is Roy and he is the nicest guy you have ever met. Now Roy has been very successful in educating, informing, myth-busting and even comforting people who have the desire to further immerse themselves into the NFT world. Aldo speaks to Zeneca about his life, his successes but also his vices and failures.

August 11, 2022 / 1 hour 07 minutes

Episode 55:Dr. Michael Vlerick - ‘The Philosopher’

Our next guest is Dr. Michael Vlerick, a Philosopher. We talk about the difference between thinking and critical thinking, writing books, meditation, ‘Philosophy for Dummies’ and how to achieve world peace. Just your regular podcast banter.

August 18, 2022 / 1hour 06 minutes