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Oct 10 2014

Paul Miller

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CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group

Paul MillerPaul Miller is CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group, described by Oracle as “phenomenon in its industry”. He provides visionary yet practical insights into the digital future of work for many leading organisations such as Barclays, Unilever and Ikea and has been at the heart of the work and technology revolution for the last 20 years. He is the author of the best-selling book ‘The Digital Workplace: How Technology is Liberating Work’. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal and given keynote talks at Microsoft, Google, Adobe and Oxford University on the digital future of work.

“Paul Miller combines his considerable writing skills and vast experience in technology and communications to shape and share a vision of the future in “The Digital Workplace”
Fujitsu


In detail

Paul Miller eloquently describes how the 21st century workplace is being transformed by the digitisation of our work. Collaboration, mobile and real time communication is making it easier for employees to work whenever and wherever. He explains how businesses that embrace the digital workplace are realizing increased employee productivity and a greater ability to attract a new younger demographic and top talent.


What he offers you

His powerful visions and examples from a host of household name companies stimulates intense discussion among leaders and teams on the future shape of work, collaboration and the role of the physical workplaces in a digital world. He makes the digital world of work come to life in a refreshing, inspiring and challenging style.


How he presents

Building on compelling stories from well-known organisations, Paul explains in a powerful and inspiring narrative how every aspect of work is being transformed. He has the ability to make complex issues easy to absorb and has a unique style of interaction provoking lots of conversations among his audience.

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Oct 08 2014

Paolo Scaroni

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Former CEO of Eni S.p.A. & International Businessman

Paolo ScaroniPaolo Scaroni was Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s leading energy companies, Eni, from 2005 until May 2014. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Assicurazioni Generali, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group, Non-Executive Director of Veolia Environment. He is also on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Business School and the Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.

“A charismatic & respected business leader”


In detail

After graduating in economics at the Bocconi University in Milan in 1969, he worked for three years at Chevron, before obtaining an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and continuing his career at McKinsey. In 1973, he joined Saint Gobain, where he held a series of management positions in Italy and abroad, until his appointment as head of the Glass Division in Paris. From 1985 to 1996, he was Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Techint. In 1996, he moved to the United Kingdom and was Chief Executive Officer of Pilkington until May 2002. From 2002 to 2005, he was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Enel, Italy’s leading electricity utility. In 2005 and in 2006, he was Chairman of Alliance Unichem.


What he offers you

Paolo Scaroni is ideally positioned to share with decision makers the innovative operating strategies he has implemented during his successful career. He also demonstrates how to lead successful multinational companies to steadily increase their global market share.


How he presents

Paolo Scaroni inspires audiences around the globe. He has excellent rhetoric skills at his command which also makes him a speaker in demand worldwide.

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Oct 06 2014

Howard Lerner

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Founder of Kaldi’s Coffee

Howard LernerHoward Lerner is the founder of Kaldi’s Coffee, a chain of retail cafes supported by a large coffee roasting facility located in St. Louis. Kaldi’s is at the center of Third Wave Coffee, a movement devoted to elevating the efforts of world coffee workers, from farmer to barista; from seed to cup.

“Kaldi’s founder knows coffee history – and he’s trying to write its future”


In detail

In 2009, after selling his stake in Kaldi’s, Lerner launched another startup, Inbru Coffee Flavors, based on a technology he developed and patented. The product, launched in 2010, was on the shelves of all 262 Williams-Sonoma Stores within three months. Inbru was named one of the top 20 new gourmet products of 2010 by The Specialty Food Association. Lerner sold Inbru in 2012.Lerner also founded decemberpress.com, a small business consultancy focusing on startups and mature business clients seeking inspiration, organization and fresh, new, creative ideas in the retail, wholesale and service sectors. Prior to Kaldi’s, Lerner was a professional journalist, covering diplomacy and defense for The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s international newspaper of record, and as a business writer for The St. Louis Business Journal. He graduated Washington University in 1987 with a degree in English literature and writing. Lerner has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


What he offers you

An entrepreneur and manager with experience in innovation, business consulting, product development and marketing, Lerner offers audiences inspiration and entertainment while sharing his adventures in retail, manufacturing and wholesale. Anyone who wants to know how to build customer loyalty, recruit great people, retain talent and expand their business into something truly awesome will walk away with a smile and at least three good ideas.


How he presents

Lerner is a candid, eloquent, and passionate speaker who has something important to say about startups, value, pricing and business culture. He’s a popular speaker who brings complex concepts such as exit strategies, family business, trend analysis, technology and workplace culture into simple, clear focus.

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Oct 03 2014

Luigi Colani

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Agent Provocateur of the Industrial Design World

Luigi ColaniLuigi Colani may be the best-known designer the world over – recognizable by his “Colani” signature on all his designs and products as well as by the biodynamic forms he creates, modelled after nature itself. He has enjoyed an extraordinary career as a designer, creating many of the forms that are visible in today’s society. In 2007 he was awarded the “Life-Time-Award” in the famous Design-University of Pasadena as a further prize for his life time work, having received numerous design awards.

“Leonardo Da Vinci of the 20th Century” – Stern


In detail

Luigi’s philosophy of ergonomic design can be seen in designs including Canon’s easy-to-grip T-90 camera and the aerodynamic form of Sony headphones. His design accomplishments include golf equipment, shoes, eyewear, jewellery, luggage, lighters, automobiles, airplanes, telephones and bed linen. In the 1990s, he developed the first PC without edges and right angles for Vobis. In 1953 he moved to SIMCA in France where he developed the very first fully plastic car body.


What he offers you

For over five decades now Colani has been the unabashed agent provocateur of the design world. Luigi Colani’s greatest strength is that he thinks in terms of grand utopias, creating ingenious drafts for designs that preempt much of what is not yet technically feasible. He has also spoken and presented at worldwide exhibitions and also the WEF in Davos, Switzerland.


How he presents

Luigi Colani’s design genius is obvious in his fascinating presentations that entertain and enthrawl eager audiences worldwide. He has also found tremendous acceptance in the industrial world.

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Oct 01 2014

Barbara Krug

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Expert on Economic Developments in China and the Far East

Barbara KrugProfessor Barbara Krug is a leading expert on economic developments in China and the Far East. She has carried out many years of scientific and economic research which has contributed to the greater understanding of these regions and helped to improve East/West relations. Barbara has also been lecturing since 1981 at the University of Saarbrücken and is a visiting Professor at a number of seats of learning around the globe.


“Europe’s leading expert on the economic evolution of China”


In detail

Following her Business Studies degree she studied Chinese at the National Taiwan University and carried out research at the university’s Institute for International Relations. Since 1996 she has been carrying out research on Township and Village Enterprises in conjunction with the Chinese-European International Business School (CEIBS).


What she offers you

Barbara Krug is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in her field with over twenty years experience in the research and assessment of the development of emerging Asian nations and specifically the Chinese economic evolution. She is in the privileged position to be able to offer, corporations wishing to do business in the Far East, access to a wealth of data and information.


How she presents

An experienced lecturer and excellent communicator, her presentations are filled with invaluable solutions and ideas to inspire decision makers from all fields.

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Sep 29 2014

Alexander Kumar

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Doctor & Scientific Explorer

Alexander KumarAlexander Kumar is a British born part Indian medical doctor who has lived, worked and travelled through over 80 countries on all 7 continents and is an experienced expedition medic to remote areas of the world. Fascinated by life in the Polar Regions from a young age, he followed his heart to the Canadian Arctic, where he completed his dissertation conducting the first piece of research on HIV among Inuit. Later, Alex travelled to Antarctica and spent around one year living at Concordia, a joint French-Italian inland Antarctic research station as the Human Spaceflight Research MD to conduct research for the European Space Agency in an attempt to understand how far human physiology and psychology can be pushed towards a future manned mission to Mars.

“Realising knowledge and a sense humour weigh nothing; Alex travels light, armed only with a stethoscope and curiosity for life”


In detail

He graduated with a Medical Degree from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’ in London, following numerous medical placements including in India, Israel, Shetland, the Amazon and Arctic. He also holds a first class honours degree in International Health. Drawing attention to Global Health inequality, Alex helps raise awareness about issues, including indigenous population health. Aside to his extensive polar experience, after training in anaesthetics in Oxford, he is specialising in severe and fatal tropical infectious diseases.


What he offers you

He delivers serious and humorous educational, inspirational, scientific and medical presentations sharing his unique first hand personal experience and anecdotes from his extensive travels in extreme environments, observing and treating human psychology and physiology at their very limits.


How he presents

You won’t find another doctor like him, with captivating, high-energy style and power-packed presentations Alexander has built his reputation as a speaker who really delivers.

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Sep 26 2014

Murat Günak

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World-Renowned Automotive Designer

Murat GünakMurat Günak is a world-renowned and respected automotive designer. He was Head of Design at leading automotive companies, such as Peugeot, DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen, including Skoda and Bentley. He is currently the CEO of Mindset, an innovative idea company in Switzerland. Since 2007, he has been devoting himself primarily to the development of vehicles with electric drive. After having completed the Swiss hybrid car Mindset, Günak designed the mia – the heart of mia electric GmbH, a company of which he is also a managing director.

“The joy of design is to imagine, to create and to bring to reality what started as an idea in the head”


In detail

After some work experience with the opera stage design he got a sponsorship from Ford Motor for a Master of Automotive Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He had his first breakthrough with the design of the first Mercedes C-Class car and then with Peugeot 206, 307 and 607. At DaimlerChrysler he was responsible for the design of Mercedes Passenger Cars, Maybach and SLR. He designed the round lights which appear on every Mercedes.


What he offers you

Murat Günak draws on his extensive experience in design to give fascinating insights into the innovative concepts and designs he creates. His approach to innovation and creativity is strongly influenced by the disciplines of design. He takes up the challenge of reinventing the relationship between design and business.


How he presents

Murat’s presentations unlock people’s passions, demonstrating tactics for inspired ways of thinking and creating an atmosphere where people enjoy working and living.

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Sep 24 2014

Gerry McGovern

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Design Director and Chief Creative Officer of Land Rover

Gerry McGovernGerry McGovern is recognised as one of the world’s leading automotive designers. As Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover, Gerry creates some of the world’s most distinctive and desirable vehicles. Gerry is also a member of the Jaguar Land Rover Executive Committee. His wider remit is to guide all aspects of visual communications ensuring a consistent look and feel between vehicles and identity of the brand. He and his team are in the process of creating an entire new generation of Land Rovers, redefining the brand and building on established heritage to make the product range relevant to the 21st Century including the phenomenally successful Range Rover Evoque. Gerry is currently leading the team to develop opportunities to grow the business into new areas.

“One of the most accomplished automotive designers”


In detail

With a background in industrial and automotive design, Gerry began his career at Chrysler in Detroit, before returning to the UK as a Senior Designer for Peugeot and later joining the Rover Group. Through this period he was the lead designer of the critically acclaimed MGF sports car, the Land Rover Freelander and the third generation Range Rover. Gerry then moved to the Ford Motor Company to head up and rejuvenate the Lincoln-Mercury brands, before returning to the UK to run a design consultancy in London. Gerry is an authority on modern architecture and furniture as well as a collector of contemporary art.


What he offers you

Gerry will share his insights on how to bring vision and strategy to your business through the art of great design and the process of improvement. He also shares his passion for design, the importance of creating a unique design language and its effect on our environment. Gerry shares his vision of the luxury goods market and why it can be replicated in any city around the world.


How he presents

His enlightening presentations are delivered with clarity and humour, and he will engage with audiences on every level at prestigious events around the globe.

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Sep 22 2014

Andreas Henke

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General Manager Marketing Services at Porsche

Andreas HenkeAndreas Henke is the General Manager Marketing Services at Porsche Germany GmbH. In early 2005 he was appointed Head of Marketing Services and was responsible for worldwide trade shows, dealer launch events, the driving experience programs such as the Porsche Sport Driving School, Road Show and World Travel Club. During the launch, in 2000, of the Porsche Cayenne, the new 911 and the new Boxster, he acted as a ghost writer for the board of directors and the distribution organisations.

“Porsche is responsible for many of the most traditional Sports car manufacturer in the world”


In detail

Andreas studied economics and politics with a focus on marketing. Since 1999, he worked in the marketing department at Porsche and was responsible for the marketing concepts and strategic projects. In 2002 he was appointed Head of Marketing Communications Strategy. In this role he was responsible for the development of global communications strategies, budget planning, marketing and key account partnerships.


What he offers you

Andreas explains how the product portfolio of Porsche has developed and changed during the course of the company history. Henke illustrates to audiences the insights into the marketing at Porsche and details the philosophy of the sports car industry.


How he presents

Henke is renowned for his clear and fluent speaking style and continues to be in great demand by clients worldwide.

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Sep 21 2014

Katarina Witt

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German Olympic Figure Skater

Katarina WittKatarina Witt is a German Olympic figure skater and model. Always looking for new challenges, she is continually taking on new directions in her work, adding to her experience thus far as an Olympic figure skater, producer, moderator, actress and author. Katarina is also the founder of production agency WITH WITT Sports & Entertainment GmbH in 1995. This enterprise set new standards in the market of figure skating production.


“One of the most successful skaters of all time”


In detail

Katarina’s biography and her career as a figure skater are incomparable and unique. Besides two Olympic victories, she became the World Champion four times, the European Champion six times, and the National Champion eight times. Following the 1988 World Championships, her successful amateur career came to a close. She then toured for three years as the headliner in her own show Witt and Boitano Skating which was so successful, that Madison Square Garden in New York was sold out for the first time in its history. She has toured America and Canada for 10 years as a guest star in the American figure-skating shows “Stars on Ice and Champions on Ice, while also participating in countless professional international competitions. She has worked as a figure skating expert during world championships and Olympic Games for American and German TV channels.


What he offers you

Katarina uses her expertise and insight to motivate, stimulate and inspire her audiences.


How he presents

Katarina is an intelligent and direct presenter, with a calm and friendly style. She is a dynamic and well liked communicator.

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