The partners

Indra Partners has been founded by Katrien Van Eetvelde en Joris Celis. Together they have more than 20 years of experience in learning & development, coaching and career counselling.

They have coached teams and individuals, facilitated workshops, designed and delivered trainings in 4 languages (Dutch, French, English and German) for audiences varying from blue collar staff to senior executives.

In their training sessions, they may, besides their own tools and business games, also integrate 360° feedback, MBTI and Insights Discovery.

Where does the name Indra Partners come from?


Katrien Van Eetvelde studied Dutch, English and German in Belgium before moving to NYC where she spent 13 years of her life.

Her career stretched from recruitment, career counselling,  outplacement, competence management, change management and Learning & Development.

Besides working for Wall Street customers, she gathered corporate experience at organisations such as Levi Strauss, Diesel and AXA.
She led global programs around Customer Centric Behavior and Diversity & Inclusion for AXA Technology Services, working with its Global Executive Committee.

Her biggest joy comes from designing and delivering trainings and ‘train the trainer’ sessions. She worked in many European countries, Hong Kong, India, Morocco and the US and learned from the different cultures she came in touch with. She believes in life-long curiosity, wonder and personal growth.

Katrien has been trained at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, USA and is a certified coach and certified in MBTI, Insights Discovery, 360° feedback and NLP. She writes and delivers trainings in English, Dutch, French and German.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her 2 children and to practice yoga. A good book is always near.

Joris Celis

Joris Celis is a civil engineer.

During more than 15 years he developed and facilitated  technical as well as non-technical trainings on a variety of topics. He was in charge of defining and implementing an L&D strategy, guiding leadership programs, and rolling out a training offer for employees at all levels.

Joris likes interacting with groups and is fascinated by the diversity of people and cultures. He worked for companies such as IBM Verizon, ATOS Worldline, IMEC and CSC in Europe and in Africa. As a change manager he accompanied organisations through strategic business projects. Examples are the introduction of performance management or the transition to a New World of Work.

He is enthusiastic and curious and is convinced that an open mind, passion and humour can turn any subject into a compelling story.

Joris is certified as Insights Discovery Practioner and trained in leadership, public speaking, design of training materials, change management and creativity techniques. He develops and facilitates in Dutch, French and English.

When he’s not working, he likes to discover new horizons, whether it is by traveling, reading or going to the theatre. And as a city guide he’ll be pleased to share his love for Leuven.

About Indra

” When Indra fashioned the world, he made it as a web, and at every knot in the web is tied a pearl. Everything that exists, or has ever existed, every idea that can be thought about, every datum that is a pearl in Indra’s net. Not only is every pearl tied to every other pearl by virtue of the web on which they hang, but on the surface of every pearl is reflected every other jewel on the net. Everything that exists in Indra’s web implies all else that exists. “

Timothy Brooks, “Vermeer’s hat”

Now and then, people ask us where the name Indra Partners comes from. Here’s the answer: Through our own corporate experience and by listening to those around us, we notice that many people feel quite disconnected: from themselves, their work, their company, and their customers. It is clear that companies are missing out on business because of this.

We like how Indra’s web is a profound metaphor for the structure of reality. It indicates how we are all connected and how each one of our actions affect the world around us, be it in a destructive or in a constructive way.

Our ambition is to help people and companies become more connected, more engaged and more successful.  Connected learning is the logical next step.

Books like “Creating Value through Values“ (Fred Kofman) and “Reinventing Organizations” (Frederic Laloux) are important references to us. They emphasise the same key message: connect to yourself, to others, to your purpose. Success follows as a result of this, not because it is a goal in itself.

All our trainings and workshops are built around this principle of connectedness.