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Jan 20 2017

Oscar Salazar

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Uber Co-founder, Tech CEO and CTO

oscar-salazarOscar Salazar is a seasoned entrepreneur, senior executive, and investor in numerous successful technology firms. He is one of the three original founders and former CTO of the transportation tech giant known as Uber. He has recently launched Ogon LLC, an advisory company through which he provides strategic, technical and marketing advice to entities such as Rubicon Global Inc., ALEX AND ANI, Sontra Cargo and many others, both in the U.S. and internationally.


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Jan 18 2017

Claire Bertschinger

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Head of Tropical Nursing, Former Nurse for the International Red Cross

claire-bertschingerClaire Bertschinger was the young nurse whoinspired Band Aidand subsequently Live Aid, the biggest relief programme ever mounted, after appearing in the 1984 BBC report from Ethiopia surrounded by 85,000 starving people

“One of the true heroines of our times”


In detail

Claire went on to accumulate vast experience from many years working in emergency disaster relief, primarily in war zones, with the International Committeeof the Red Cross (ICRC). Since retiring from full time field work, she has trained other medical professionals to work in resource poor settings and continually sought to raise awareness of the key issues in global public health. Claire has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal and was honoured for her inspirational nursing career with the Woman of the Year – Window to the World Award and the Human Rights and Nursing Award. In 2010 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Claire now works at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as Assistant Professor and Director for the Diploma in Tropical Nursing.


What she offers you

What she offers you Claire’s main theme is that “we can and must transcend our differences, and make humanity, not economics, our highest priority in life”. She decided that with her life experiences so far, she could show the world that an ordinary person can overcome educational, emotional and physical difficulties and still make a difference to our planet. Claire continues her extraordinary work in presentations and lectures far and wide in Europe.


How she presents

Claire tells of the Ethiopian famine that inspired Bob Geldof and the World to make a change. Claire’s emotional and inspiring stories and anecdotes from around the world educate and motivate her audience.

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Jan 16 2017

Ron Dennis

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Former Team Principal, Team McLaren Mercedes & Chairman & CEO, McLaren Group

ron-dennisRon Dennis was head of the world-beating McLaren Formula 1 team from 1980 to 2009. Having announced his decision to step down as McLaren team principal in 2009, he makes it very clear – he is not retiring, but going to work harder, so that McLaren can “power through this recession”. Lauded as one of Britain’s most successful managers, he is known for combining an obsessive attention to detail with a powerful long-term vision.

“Formula One’s kingmaker…a man rated as F1’s supreme operator'” – The Observer


In detail

At just 21, Ron Dennis headed up engineering and mechanics for Australia’s triple world Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham. He created the McLaren International team in 1980 when he merged his own company, Project Four, with Team McLaren Limited. The outfit dominated Formula One in the 1980s and at either end of the 1990s, with four consecutive constructors’ titles. McLaren has competed in Formula One since 1966, but it was under Dennis that it achieved dominance in the 1990s, becoming the most successful Formula One team in history at that time, with 148 Grands Prix wins. The team has also claimed eleven Formula One Drivers’ World Championships and eight Formula One World Constructors’ Championships.


What he offers you

Ron Dennis, the ultimate Formula One street fighter, shares with his global audiences his experience and knowledge of how to lead in the fastest, most competitive global marketplace of all. Ron’s McLaren has been called a frictionless machine and he reveals how to create a culture that brings together the top talent from your industry and unites them behind a common goal.


How he presents

Ron Dennis’ truly captivating and highly motivating presentations are not to be missed. His insights into to the establishing of a world class company, that continually pushes forward the frontiers of technical design and application in many fields of advanced engineering, are relevant to every industry.

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Jan 13 2017

Antti Ohrling

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Founder of Ohrling Ltd

antti-ohrlingAntti Ohrling is the founder of Ohrling Ltd, a specialised marketing strategy & go-to-market firm operating in Europe, China and India.He advises companies on how to capitalise on the opportunities in the new, digitally-driven world, by combining digital possibilities with plain common sense often found in brick-and-mortar environment. He is a serial entrepreneur who combines creativity with strategy. He has worked in the FMCG, retail and wholesale, media, advertising, mobile gaming and IT and telecommunication industries.

“Antti’s trademark, in his own words, is to make things happen”


In detail

Antti has brought Angry Birds to India and Southeast Asia as regional director and has helped to restructure Jolla/Sailfish, an independent mobile operating system working as their COO in Hong Kong. He co-founded Blyk, the first and original ad-funded mobile network, in 2005. He was the CEO of Blyk UK and then the Chairman of Blyk Media India until April 2012. Prior to Blyk, Antti founded Contra Advertising Group, an international advertising group operating in three continents, now part of Touch Worldwide.He is a Fellow at RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce, UK) and Honorary Member of Board in MMA APAC. He is also inventor of over 20 international patents.


What he offers you

Antti draws on his experience as a corporate executive and serial entrepreneur and as someone with exposure to management styles across the world and from large MNCs to sizzling start-ups, to share his perspective on the two distinct styles of management. He takes the audiences through the characteristics and the advantages and drawbacks of both styles.


How he presents

Through examples, Antti helps the audience understand how to arrive at that vision and create a nurturing environment for innovation in their company.

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Jan 09 2017

Eric Berlow

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Complexity Scientist, TED Senior Fellow & Co-Founder of Vibrant Data Inc.

eric-berlowEric Berlow is an internationally recognised ecologist, complexity scientist and speaker who specialises in not specializing. He is co-founder of Vibrant Data Inc., a company with a social mission to help people think more holistically about complex problems. Vibrant Data is building mappr – a cloud-based, multimedia, interactive network visualization and publishing platform to share stories about how things are connected. Their affiliated mapprlabs leverages mappr to help untangle complex problems that hold the promise of exceptional positive impact for humanity.

“Eric is named among the Top 100 creatives by Origin magazine”


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He was the founding director of the University of California’s first environmental research center in Yosemite National Park, where he continues to research climate change impacts to protected ecosystems and endangered species. Since 2004 Eric has been a Research Scientist at Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Laboratory, Berkeley CA. He is a TED Senior Fellow and his talk with Sean Gourley was named one of the top 8 data visualization talks on TED.com. Eric earned a BA in Biology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Oregon State University.


What he offers you

Eric applies his work on ecosystems to the business world, to help audiences rethink the way they structure their business. He helps audiences from any industry think bigger, question prevailing wisdom, and better assess their market.


How he presents

Eloquent and thought provoking, Eric’s presentations are invaluable sources of actionable information that engages audiences around the globe.

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Jan 06 2017

Alok Kejriwal

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CEO& Co-founder, Games2win

alok-kejriwalAlok Kejriwal is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in launching digital startups and making them profitable. He has been successful in building ventures in India, China and the US. He is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Games2win, one of the largest casual mobile gaming companies in the world. His previous ventures include contests2win.com, India’s first online contesting site and Mobile2win, acquired by Walt Disney in China and Norwest Ventures in India.

“A successful startup digital entrepreneur”


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Alokholds a master’s degree in commerce from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. He has vast fund raising experiences,having successfully raised venture capital from some of the world’s leading VCs such as Softbank China, Siemens Acceleration, Clearstone Venture Partners and Silicon Valley Bank. Alok collaborates with like-minded partners to startup companies and pounds the pavement to create rapid business traction. His signature is the ability to create companies that capture tremendous value with minimal capital investment.


What he offers you

Alok actively mentors first generation entrepreneurs looking at starting up on their own and helps them with startup strategy, VC contacts, negotiating funding, introduction to fortune 500 brand owners and media owners.


How he presents

Alok is a persuasive and charismatic speaker who has a tremendous knack for making business ideas come to life in an easily way.

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Jan 04 2017

Steve Barnett

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Internationally Renowned Motivational Percussionist

steve-barnettSteve Barnett is the world’s premier motivational non-speaker. Performing internationally to audiences ranging from 25 to 25000 people, Steve utilizes African percussion, mime and humour to create an inspiring interactive experience that transcends cultural and hierarchical boundaries. Steve’s performances draw their energy from a long lineage of African rhythm and music, which he has integrated into an interactive, percussive, comic yet non-verbal presentation. This energy is used in both motivational and team building presentations, and also as highly entertaining and theatrical shows.

“He has an exceptional gift”. – Reverend D. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Nobel Peace Laureate


In detail

In our modern society, group drumming has also found its rhythm. This unique and communal medium is being used as a tool within the business environment as a means to facilitate team building, stress-release, interpersonal interaction and celebration.


What he offers you

Steve Barnett uses his natural communication skills to illustrate the parallels between the modern business environment and making music. He vividly shows how they are surprisingly similar; most obviously, they both depend on individuals working, as part of a whole, in pursuit of a common goal.


How he presents

Steve Barnett draws on the rhythm and energy of the audience, making them an integral part of the presentation. They are orchestrated to participate in a way that focuses, empowers and thoroughly entertains. Steve unites the audience in a collective rhythmic euphoria that changes their perceptions and encourages positive transformation.

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Jan 02 2017

Giles Duley

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Professional Photographer

giles-duleyGiles Duleyworked for 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries in both the US and Europe. Giles now focuses his work on humanitarian projects. Giles works with well-respected charities such as Medecins Sans Frontiers, IOM and UNHCR to highlight lesser-known stories deserving of public attentionandaction. Although documenting challenging, and at times, horrific situations, Giles captures the strength of those who fight their adversity rather than succumb. His photographs draw the viewer to the subject, creating intimacy and empathy for lives differing from ours only in circumstance.

“Do you ever have one of those mornings, when you just can’t be bothered to put your legs on?”


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In 2011, whilst on patrol with 75th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army in Afghanistan, Giles stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). He was severely injured, losing both legs and an arm. Despite the fact that the horrific accident left Giles a triple amputee, he continues to dedicate his life to telling stories through photography. His work has been exhibited and published worldwide in many respected publications. In 2010 he was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award and was a winner at the Prix de Paris in 2010 & 2012. His self-portrait was selected for the 2012 Taylor Wessing Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.


What he offers you

With stories that are by turns moving, inspiring and amusing, Giles looks at the passion for his work that helped him overcome his injuries. He offers a look at a world few see first-hand, putting things in perspective, but also offering lessons in personal commitment, goals, and work values. He considers what businesses can learn from the power and importance of telling a story as well as his own resilience and determination.


How he presents

In his moving talks, Giles tells stories of lives lost and found — including his own. Humorous, engaging and a fascinating story teller, Giles offers fresh insights and hard-won truths gathered over his years as a photographer.

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Dec 30 2016

Alice Thompson

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Founder of Social Bite and Social Entrepreneur

alice-thompsonAlice Thompson is the founder of Social Bite and one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs. Alice tells the story of her journey to Social Bite & explains how she took the idea of Social Business and has used it to transform the lives of the formerly homeless staff, addressing many of the social challenges that are traditionally the responsibility of the public services.

“Inspiring, important, emotive and thought provoking”


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Having started out in the events business at the tender age of 19, Alice travelled to Bangladesh in 2011 to meet Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof Muhammad Yunus to convince him to speak at the first ever Scottish Business Awards. What she got instead was a different direction in life. She sold the events business and ploughed every penny into opening the first Social Bite shop in Edinburgh. In the last 4 years Social Bite went from one small shop to eight operating units and from 10 staff to 100 staff. All while continuing to run The Scottish Business Awards, which has in the last 5 years seen speakers such as President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, George Clooney and the 2016 speaker Leonardo DiCaprio.


What she offers you

Alice has had the unique experience of being able to harness the power of business and direct it towards society’s toughest problems, from homelessness to addiction, abuse, discrimination and mental health. By telling her emotional and sometimes hilarious story, Alice gives a fresh, unique and honest look into her experience of entrepreneurship, and raises your awareness to the power we and the council have to make a real difference, if we want to.


How she presents

A heart felt, emotional and commanding speaker who can bring the audience to tears and always leave them wanting to create a better world, for everyone, either through the immense power of business or by what we can do on a local or individual basis.

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Dec 28 2016

Marc Hauser

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Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur and Adventurer

marc-hauserMarc Hauser is a successful speaker, adventurer and entrepreneur. He is an exceptional motivator with first-hand experience. He has the ability to empower people to make unbelievable things possible because he did it himself.His motivational speeches are around the topics of courage, endurance and making dreams tangible. Marc reveals the background for his experience, substantiated with scientific insights. He depicts experiences in-depth and intensely.

“The world belongs to the creatives”


In detail

Although afraid of heights, Marc set the world record for the fastest horizontal free fall in speed tracking, a form of skydiving in 2012. As a conceptual artist he sold the second most expensive picture at his first exhibition, without really being able to paint.As an entrepreneur, he established the naming agency erfolgswelle® Ltd. as a leading agency in Europe within just six months. For Marc, a name is definitely a success factor. A name is a proof of existence. He is convinced that as soon as we are able to shout our big dreams out loud, we become their designer.


What he offers you

Marc Hauser has the unique ability to understand, implement and realize desires and dream. He facilitates the path from idea to action and inspires his audience to do the same. When Marc enters a room and begins a speech, he brings fresh motivation and new courage with a long-term effect: Successful self-management becomes tangible.


How he presents

Marc combines information and emotion as infotainment with a good portion of humor. He inspires people to perform their own heroic deeds.

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