CoThink Academy, a European based on-line training company, was founded in September 2015 by Jan-Willem Vernhout, Ron Vonk and Donna O’Leary.
Jan-Willem and Ron have been working together since 2008 when they founded CoThink BV, a Dutch based training and consulting company specialized in complex problem solving and prevention which has grown steadily since then to become one of the market leaders in Holland and the Flemish speaking region of Belgium.
The encounter with Donna O’Leary, a highly experienced industrial manager with a passion for business development, happened after a training programme organised for the senior management team in the equipment design and manufacturing company where Donna was responsible for the world-wide service business.
She was very impressed with the CoThink problem solving methodologies, which were far more powerful and well-designed than the qualitative methods she had encountered up until then. However, Donna was still confronted with the challenge of deploying these methods across quite a large organisation which had no well-established problem solving culture and which had teams scattered all across the globe. As she had some prior experience with the development of on-line training programmes, the idea of developing a high quality on-line training programme based on CoThink’s RATIO problem solving model progressively emerged.