Els van der Helm

Neuroscientist and World-Leading Expert on Sleep. Teaching at IE Business School, St. Gallen, IMD, and Named as One of Top 5 Sleep Experts in the World


Sleep Leadership: Making the World Sleep Better



Dr. Els van der Helm is a neuroscientist, and adjunct professor at IE Business School, has been named one of the top 5 sleep experts in the world and now advises corporations around sleep, performance, and wellbeing. She supports CEOs and decision-makers worldwide to help them get the best out of themselves, their team members, and their organization.

She hosts keynotes, workshops, webinars, Sleep & Wellbeing Months, in combination with science-based assessments. Separately she also supports players in the sleep and wellbeing space as a boardroom advisor, educating their workforce on sleep and assisting in the creation of science-based sleep content for product and marketing purposes.

Els began her career in sleep during her Masters in Neurosciences (VU Amsterdam) studying the effect of sleep on cognitive performance at the Netherlands Institute of Neurosciences and Harvard Medical School. She also holds a summa cum laude Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology (University of Amsterdam).

Els then went on to study the effect of sleep on the brain and performance as a Fulbright scholar during her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley before working at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. Her work on has been featured in HBR, the McKinsey Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, The Atlantic, Forbes, BBC, and many others. She regularly appears in the media: talk shows, news and radio shows. She hosted a Max Masterclass on prime time tv and online videos for the Huffington Post with millions of viewers.

Els is a mother of 2, a strong advocate of taking care of yourself (not just through sleep, but also exercise, nutrition, meditation, retreats, therapy, silence, whatever works for you). She is currently based in Lucerne Switzerland and works with companies across the globe.

Learn more here: www.elsvanderhelm.com


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