Ed Hagedorn holds a degree in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. He specialized in public administration and organization and management.

He started his career in banking. The majority of his career however he spent with de Baak Management Centre of the Dutch Federation of Industries where he worked in various management roles, lastly as a member of the board of directors responsible for organization and personnel. During his career he focused on personal & career coaching and subsequently followed advanced training in Jungian coaching in Zürich. Thereafter he started his own coaching business The Well Company.