dr kris naudts, CEO & founder, Culture Trip
Born and raised in Belgium, Kris completed his medical and psychiatry training in his home country, with periods of study in South Africa, Israel and the UK, before taking up a post at the prestigious Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, the largest centre of its kind in Europe. An exciting career in academic psychiatry followed, during which he also completed a PhD in neuroscience and assumed the role of medical director at a large private psychiatric hospital in the capital.
In 2011, Kris left the medical profession to pursue his passion for global culture and creativity, and to build a tech company in that largely unexplored space. Culture Trip started as an online bookstore, where users could search for a location and find books and movies by local authors and directors, but once its broader potential became clear, Kris began working relentlessly to ensure that it is realised.