The Leading Speakers Bureau

Mar 06 2015

Talithia Williams

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Associate Professor of Mathematics

Talithia WilliamsTalithia Williams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Her research focuses on developing dynamic statistical models that emphasize the spatial and temporal structure of data with environmental applications. Dr. Williams discovered that by listening to her body -temperature, blood pressure, heart rate – all are forms of data that can help us understand our bodies and recognize when something is going wrong, enabling our doctors to better diagnose us.

“Renowned Statistician”


In detail

Dr. Williams joined the Harvey Mudd College faculty in 2008 after receiving her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College, her M.A. in Mathematics from Howard University, and her Ph.D. in Statistics from Rice University. Her professional experiences include research appointments at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the National Security Agency (NSA), and NASA. She has been recognised for the development of a cataract model used to predict the cataract surgical rate for developing countries in Africa.


What she offers you

Dr. Williams’ talk will explore how each of us can begin to collect data about ourselves that can provide insight into our personal health. She will also examine the applications of statistics and give examples of where statistics can be successfully used.


How she presents

Dr. Williams’ high content tailored presentations are always well received. Her messages are concise and informative, delivered in her personal, yet highly professional style.

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Mar 04 2015

Dr. Sung Wong Sohn

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Renowned Economist and Expert on Shared Economy

Sung Wong SohnDr. Sung Wong Sohn is recognised as one of the most accurate global economic forecasters. He is Vice Chairman of the multinational retailer Forever 21 and a California State University Professor of Economics and Finance. He serves on the boards of numerous corporations. The Wall Street Journal named him The Most Accurate Economist in the United States – one of the most prestigious honors in economics profession.

“One of the best economic forecasters”
The Wall Street Journal


In detail

Educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School, Dr. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. In 2002, he was named to the Time Magazine’s Board of Economists. Dr. Sohn has also been a tenured college professor in Pennsylvania State University System. Over the last years, he has been named one of the best and most accurate economic forecasters.


What he offers you

In his presentations Dr. Sohn shares insightful perspectives and competent advice on the international economy and global financial issues. He particularly focuses on the topic of collaborative or shared economy being one of the keys to achieve economic growth through more efficient utilisation of existing resources.


How he presents

His high content presentations and excellent rhetoric skills make Dr. Sung Won Sohn a highly sought-after speaker at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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Mar 02 2015

Sangeet Paul Choudary

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Technology Analyst and Global Business Advisor

Sangeet Paul ChoudarySangeet Choudary is a widely renowned technology industry analyst, C-level advisor and former head of corporate innovation. He is founder and CEO of Platform Thinking Labs, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD Business School and an advisor at 500Startups, the leading start-ups accelerator in Silicon Valley. Sangeet has worked with executives, entrepreneurs and innovators in fields as healthcare, defense, civic planning, agriculture, entertainment, education and many more, using the lens of Platform Thinking to reframe and reimagine solutions.

“I believe that networked platforms will reconfigure society and business forever”


In detail

Sangeet was head of innovation and new ventures for Intuit Asia-Pacific, a founding member of TxtWeb and was responsible for managing Yahoo’s largest M&A investment in South Asia. He is the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit and industry advisor to the Global Platform Data Project at Stanford University, the first large-scale effort to quantify the business impact of platforms globally.


What he offers you

In the age of Airbnb, Uber and Coursera, platforms are rapidly disrupting traditional industries. In a connected world, the platform approach is increasingly more important, and yet, poorly understood. In his presentations Sangeet advises decision makers from a wide range of businesses how networks transform every industry and social systems.


How he presents

Passionate about technology and networks, Sangeet’s theoretical depth and storytelling is well received by audiences around the globe.

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Feb 27 2015

Philippe Cousteau

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Explorer, Social Entrepreneur and Environmental Advocate

Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau is an award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur. He is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. His personal mission is to help people find hope and recognize their power to change the world. He pursues that mission in three main ways, through media, education, and social entrepreneurship. He is a special correspondent for CNN International where he hosts the Going Green series and Expedition Sumatra. Philippe is also regularly featured on television, radio and online programs.

“Philippe is a prominent leader in the environmental movement”


In detail

Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur. In 2013 he founded Voyacy Group: Voyacy Communications which help corporations and NGO’s successfully implement their marketing and communications efforts; Voyacy Destinations which designs and operates eco-themed entertainment and eco-resort projects; and Voyacy Productions through which he develops television projects. His efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization.


What he offers you

A globally recognized environmental advocate, Philippe will inspire his audience to explore fresh solutions that will change the planet. His mission to empower people to take action and his efforts to fund environmental conservation and social entrepreneurship offer a superb example of the forward-thinking collaborations so vital for solutions today.


How he presents

Philippe is a very charismatic and sophisticated speaker who clearly knows what he is talking about and communicates it with passion and clarity. He is a sought after speaker at conferences and events around the world.

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Feb 25 2015

Narain Karthikeyan

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India’s First Formula One Driver

Narain KarthikeyanNarain Karthikeyan will go down in the history of Motorsport as the first Indian to compete in the Formula One. He made his F1 debut in 2005 with the Jordan team and was a Williams F1 test driver in 2006 and 2007. He placed India on the world map of motorsport, and continues to bring laurels to the country. Driven by the urge to serve society, Narain also fulfils his role as a social citizen by contributing to several social causes.

“A true representative of India’s young spirit and an example for India’s motorsport” Dr. Singh, Prime Minister of India


In detail

Narain’s journey from F3 to F1 was the outcome of his sheer determination to live a lifelong dream. With the Jordan F1 team he made a dream debut in Melbourne in 2005. He became the first Indian to score World Championship points in a F1 race, when he finished 4th in the United States Grand Prix. Multiple world-title winning Williams F1 team, spotting his undeniable talent and ability to develop the performance of a race car, offered him a position as their official test driver for 2006. He conducted over twenty thousand kilometres of testing for the team and provided them with invaluable data towards improvement of their race car.


What he offers you

Drawing from his successful career, Narain shows that a driving talent and motivation are some of the keys to success and he underlines the importance of teamwork, focus and delivery to become a winner.


How he presents

Highly motivating and inspiring, Narain Karthikeyan’s is a great choice to speak at prestigious conferences. He is also available for appearances.

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Feb 23 2015

Marilyn Tam

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Former CEO of Aveda, Senior Executive at Nike & Reebok, Executive Coach, Productivity, Leadership & Diversity Expert

Marilyn TamMarilyn Tam is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate Coach, CEO of Marilyn Tam & Co. and Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation. She is a contributing writer to Huffington Post and also has a weekly radio show, The Happiness Choice on FMG network, with 35 million listeners globally and features experts on how to live a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life. Marilyn has been recognized as one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the USA by Fempreneur magazine.

“One of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally” Brand Channel


In detail

Marilyn was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc. and also a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies. Marilyn is featured in many documentary movies including GLOW Project, The Compass, Tapping the Source, and FEMME for her accomplishments and inner wisdom. Marilyn’s book, ‘The Happiness Choice’, has won the Silver Medal of the Global eBook Awards.


What she offers you

From child labourer to CEO, Marilyn has had an extraordinarily diverse life, from her beginnings in a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong to her meteoric rise in the international business world to become an influential corporate leader and respected humanitarian. Marilyn helps people and organisations to find and fulfil their life purpose, and provides them with the principles and actions to take them to their goals. Her NPR (Net Promoter Score), the industry standard for measuring customer satisfaction, from her clients is among the highest rated of all speakers.


How she presents

Marilyn is a powerful and effective speaker who despite her achievements is a very humble individual, who delivers customized presentations and is in frequent demand at prestigious events around the globe. Her captivating and informative stories are truly inspirational.

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Feb 20 2015

Malala Yousafazai

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Co-Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Malala YousafazaiMalala Yousafazai is a courageous advocate for universal education and girls rights. Targeted for her brave activism, in 2012 the Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her and two other girls. After the shooting, Malala was flown from her home in Pakistan to the UK to recover. She is now back at school and continues to campaign for every child’s right to education. In 2014, at the age of just 17, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

“A global symbol for girls’ rights and global education”


In detail

Malala first came to attention in 2009 after she wrote an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban rule in north-west Pakistan. The following year a journalist from the NYT made a documentary about her life and Malala rose in prominence giving interviews in print and on TV. In 2013 she spoke at the headquarters of the United Nations to call for worldwide access to education. The Times Magazine named her One of the Most Influential People and was awarded the EU’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.


What she offers you

Malala brings awareness to world and business leaders to the social and economic impact of education. She empowers people to raise their voices, to unlock their potential and to demand change.


How she presents

Her eye-opening message and her extraordinary courage make Malala Yousafazai an acclaimed ambassador for human rights and education.

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Feb 18 2015

Karel van Wolferen

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Expert on Asia, Author and Commentator on Global Economy

Karel van WolferenKarel van Wolferen is an award winning writer with over 40 years experience in Japan and East Asia. He is best known for his seminal study ‘The Enigma of Japanese Power’ which is considered to be the most ground breaking work on Japan’s political and economic system. He is also an acclaimed commentator on globalisation, economic development, the political and economic future of Europe and the Future of Asia. Recently he has written on the changed role of the USA in world affairs and what that means for Europe and Asia.

“One of the most distinguished intellectuals on Asia and global affairs”


In detail

An emeritus professor for Comparative Political and Economic Institutions at the University of Amsterdam, his articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde and Die Zeit amongst many others. In the 70th Karel joined the NRC Handelsblad as a correspondent for East Asia and covered major events in the region. In addition, he was President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Karel was awarded the Netherland Prize for Journalism.


What he offers you

Best known for his accurate analysis of global political, economic and business issues, Karel van Wolferen is also a highly accomplished facilitator and conference chair.


How he presents

Karel van Wolferen is an engaging and dynamic speaker who inspires audiences with his unique analyses and thought-provoking insights.

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Feb 16 2015

Jacques Lavoisier

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Musician, Composer Producer & DJ

Jacques LavoisierJacques Lavoisier is a musician, composer, producer and DJ – but Jacques is a musician with a twist. During the day, he is a Professor and a world-renowned behavioural and brain scientist who has (co-)authored more than 100 publications and conducted cutting-edge research on rhythm and the brain, sensorimotor coordination, social interactions and decision-making. Years of research, development, and collaboration withEmotiv the technology company behind the leadingportable brain headsets, allowed Jaques to give birth to theneuromix™, playing it across the world to the delight ofthousands of people.

“The creative force ofmind is unleashed whiledancing to the music ofJacques Lavoisier”


In detail

From 1993 to 2001, Jaques Lavoisier was a successful resident DJ in France (his country of origin) and in Barcelona. In 2001, he moved to Miami where he played DJ sets and live shows with vintage synthesizers in art galleries, clubs, hotel lounges and private parties. His music careerreally took off in 2004, after being named amongst the highlights of Miami’s Winter Music Conference with his band the lavoisier x-perience.


What he offers you

After keeping his scientific and musical lives separated for more than a decade, he decided to combine his expertise in brain sciences with his passion for electronic music to create the ultimate musical and multisensory experience.


How he presents

Whether he is on stage talking aboutsustainable consumption, running experiments in his lab,demonstrating neuroscientific equipment at Davos,getting awards for his work on engagement or DJing for the birthday of afuture king, he is always on a positive mission: to help people improvetheir lives in a sustainable, stylish and fun way.

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Feb 13 2015

Ian Hughes

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World Class Speaker, Experienced Corporate Coach, Award Winning Actor

Ian HughesIan Hughes is a Corporate Facilitator and Business Performance Coach. He has been an Associate Trainer at Taming Tigers in Business, That People Thing, The Velocity Corporation and has delivered training for Inflow Training and Snowball Traininge. The focus of Ian’s corporate work is Communication Skills and Presentation Skills training. He designed and delivers Pack-A-Punch: Presentations with Real Impact both nationally and internationally.

“Be great in act…..as you have been in thought”
William Shakespeare


In detail

Winner of the first Royal National Theatre Ian Charleson Award for Best actor, Ian Hughes spent over a decade at The Royal Shakespeare Company playing a range of leading roles for some of the world’s leading directors. Other theatre work includes appearances in both musicals and plays in the West End. Ian has worked in every aspect of the industry from TV and film roles, radio and voice-over work.Ian has taught at the country’s leading drama schools, is an Education Associate Practitioner for The RSC and was Head of Acting at St Mary’s University College, London for two years. With a BA from Birmingham University and MA from the internationally renowned Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon, Ian continues to work on approaches to Shakespeare’s text and recent teaching includes Cambridge University, Zurich University and Heidelberg University.


What he offers you

As an award winning actor with over 20 years’ experience, an experienced business performance coach and a Keynote speaker, Alan’s work relies on his ability to engage audiences on stage and screen, in the corporate training room and in conferences. He works with organisations and individuals both nationally and internationally helping to increase impact and performance. He shares the practical tips and techniques he has on to his audiences.


How he presents

Ian is an engaging world-class speaker. He speaks for corporate audiences at conferences, strategy sessions and meetings. His relaxed conversational style has been fine-tuned by over twenty years of experience performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people in audiences both large and small. His passion, commitment and energy enable Ian to inform, engage and inspire with audiences at all levels. His keynote speeches are noted for their humour and audience participation

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