Chris VanderWalt

Chris can help your organization uncover the seemingly elusive intangibles of culture and take you on a deep dive of truth. You will discover that Hofstede Insights can help you hone the attitudes that you desire most in your people, allowing you to create the culture you need.


Chris completed the Hofstede Insights Intercultural Management and Organizational Culture certification programs. Culture has always been at the heart of Chris’ story: “I’m African by birth, Dutch by descent, Australian by relation, American and British by association, Arabian by residence and Canadian by choice”.

During times of rapid cultural change in his country, he became a South African Air Force pilot, commissioned by President Nelson Mandela. Before immigrating to Canada, his aviation career took him to the Arabian Peninsula for almost two decades where he worked with colleagues and students from 19 different countries, including five NATO member states; nine states of the Commonwealth of Nations and all six Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

Professional success stories include work done for large multinational aerospace, defense, security and engineering corporations based in London, U.K., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America. Chris has worked with Government agencies of the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

His broad international exposure, deep knowledge of human factors and Chris’ personal cultural competence add credible weight to the Hofstede Insights models and tools. Chris can help you uncover the seemingly elusive intangibles of culture and take you on a deep dive of truth. You will discover that we can help you hone the attitudes that you desire most in your people, allowing you to create the culture you need.

With a Masters in Management, Chris appreciates the significance of our massive and mature culture database, built up over decades of ethical research practices, and replicated over 50 times. He knows that Hofstede Insights clients will benefit from the robust science behind the modern processes, tools and suggested interventions. “Attitude. Changes. Culture.” – the tagline of his consultancy SAPIENS@WORK, hints to where Chris intends to start working with you on your organization.

Chris’ qualifications include postgraduate degrees in management and business administration. In the aviation world he is a Lead Auditor of quality management systems, a Human Factors Trainer Examiner, and have held an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and Fighter Instructor Pilot certification. He is a member of the British Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Chris served as Vice-Chair of a Residents Association, a community representative position to enhance community and social life on a compound that housed 3000 expatriates. He is registered as volunteer at an aviation museum, local school, air cadets and regional police.

“We don’t have to accept the world as it is. We could do our part to seek the world as it should be.” – Nelson Mandela


  • Intercultural Management
  • Organizational Culture Practitioner
  • Human Factors Trainer Examiner
  • Lead Auditor of Quality Management Systems ISO 9001
  • Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) and Flying Instructor (CFI)
  • Fighter Instructor Pilot (Fast Jet QFI)
  • International Coaching Federation ICF (In progress)


  • Cum Laude Masters Degree in Management
  • National Aerobatic Team member
  • Member of the British Aeronautical Society
  • Member of the American Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association
  • Member of the Canadian Legion of Veterans
  • Member of the Royal Air Forces Association
  • Unitas Medal awarded by President Nelson Mandela

Expert in

Human Factors, Leadership, Culture Competence, Risk Competence, Safety Culture


Executive Coaching, Aviation & Training, Aerospace & Defense, Law Enforcement & Security, Mining, Processing & Manufacturing


Intercultural Management, Organisational Culture

Worked and lived in

South Africa, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, Canada


English, Afrikaans

Travels from


Working on an EASA Crew Resource Management Trainer Examiner upgrade (for me) course with Chris was a great pleasure. He is engaging and provides many insightful contributions for the team. He has considerable pan-cultural experience, with which he has the ability to demonstrate a high level of empathic understanding. I wholeheartedly recommend Chris especially in the field of Human Factors.

Peter Jewell Director HOFTCO p/l Event Investigation / Human Organisational Factors / CRM / Just Culture / NTS Trainer Consultant September 21, 2020, Chris worked with Peter in the same group

I've had the pleasure of meeting Chris while delivering a series of Human Factors training sessions. As a Crew Resource Management trainer, Chris has demonstrated top-level knowledge in the field of human factors, human performance, pilot NOTECHs, and the capability of self-study and research going beyond the mainstream literature in the field. As an examiner, Chris demonstrated proficiency in modern-day instructor training techniques and robust briefing, assessing and de-briefing skills, while offering objective motivational and developmental feedback to his peers. Besides the skills relevant to the role of a trainer/ examiner, Chris has also filled our sessions with positivity, good humour, and friendly conversations, desirable in any training environment.

Renate Stefan Quality Manager/ Human Factors/ CRM Instructor Examiner at ITS Academy August 10, 2020, Chris was a client of Renate’s