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My Books: transformational leadership and storytelling

Discover Hugh Van Es: A Life in Leadership
and Literature

Meet Hugh Van Es, a multifaceted individual

CEO, Executive Leadership Coach, and now, an author. With a career spanning nearly four decades in Thailand, and abroad. Hugh has been a key player in international conglomerates like Swarovski, Tolkowsky Diamonds, Mouawad, and INVE. But it’s not all business; Hugh is also a devoted family man and a passionate writer.

 His debut book, “Hell in Paradise,” is a gripping memoir that recounts his harrowing experience during the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand. Currently working on his second book, “Remember that time…in Bangkok,” and with a business book in the pipeline, Hugh’s love for writing is as compelling as his professional journey. Dive into his world to explore the synergy between leadership and storytelling.

Work-life balance Picture of a sitting smiling Hugh Coming to Asia Books! Hugh Van Es Reveals All About His New Book, 'Hell in Paradise'

Hell In Paradise

Hell in Paradise , the 1st of Hugh’s books, is a personal account of my quest to find my friends after the Tsunami in the South of Thailand in 2004. A long time expat in Thailand, it tells my tale of spending 3 days in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami putting the clues together trying to determine if they are still alive.

An emotional, thought-provoking book describing horrific events that touched me to my core. Even now, after 18 years, those 3 days spent in hell are still with me so vividly that it needed to be written.

The story starts with how we became close friends in a very short time, and what drove me to the decision to go find them.

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Published by Olympia Publishers in July 2023

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Remember That Time...
In Bangkok

This is a story of arriving in Thailand from Belgium in the 80s as a fresh-faced, inexperienced, and still wet behind-the- ears virgin teenager and living life for the next 4 decades in the Land of Smiles.

Growing up as the child of an ex-pat and coming of age in this foreign tropical land, experiencing one outlandish culture shock after another.

While all the stories in this narrative really happened, this diary is not quite an autobiography but rather an exhilarating sex, drugs, and rock & roll-infused chronicle that shall make you laugh, cry, and cringe a bit, and hopefully keep you turning the pages.

Stay tuned for more of Hugh's Books...

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