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May 23 2016

David McCandless

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Author, Data Journalist & Information Designer

David McCandlessDavid McCandless is a highly successful author, data-journalist and information designer. His design work has appeared in over 40 publications internationally including The Guardian, Wired and Die Zeit. Recently he has championed the use of infographics and data visualisations to explore new directions for journalism and design and to discover new stories in the seas of data swamping and surrounding us.

“Good design is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.”


In detail

He started his career aged 15 writing for cult video games magazines Your Sinclair, Zero and PC Zone. In 2000, he was the editor and writer of seethru.co.uk, the interactive half of the BBC2/World Productions drama series, Attachments. The Guardian called it the “best British webzine”. It was one of the first websites to feature something called a ‘blog’. His blog and book Information is Beautiful are dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data – all with the minimum of text.


What he offers you

David explains how in an age of high-speed living and information overload, visualised information has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and find meaning in a complex world. Describing himself as a “data detective”, his work these merges data, concepts, visual design and story-telling.


How he presents

With his ability of presenting the most complex issues in an easily digestible format and making them entertaining as well as meaningful, David McCandless is an extremely popular keynote speaker.

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May 20 2016

Samir Arora

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IT Entrepreneur, Investor & Inventor

Samir AroraSamir Arora is an American entrepreneur, inventor and investor. He is best known as a veteran of Apple Computer, Inc. from 1983 to 1992; the founder, CEO and Chairman of Mode Media (formerly Glam Media), and General Partner of the venture firm Information Capital L.L.C. He founded and was the CEO and Chairman of the web design company NetObjects, Inc. that he later sold to IBM.

“A successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur”


In detail

Samir Arora was born in New Delhi, India, as the eldest son of a wealthy Indian family and moved to New York in his teens. Samir studied electrical and electronic engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science and later took the executive management program at INSEAD Business School in France, and the executive education program at Harvard Business School and gained a diploma in sales and marketing from the London Business School.Arora is listed as one of the 100 Internet Pioneers for his work in Information Navigation at Apple Computer, Inc. in 1986 and as the 21 people that shaped the World Wide Web at the 1st Web Innovators Awards by CNET.


What he offers you

Samir offers organisations valuable insights based on his comprehensive research. In his presentations he focuses on showing companies how to create value through innovation and how the use of new technologies can stimulate growth and business development.


How he presents

Samir adapts his presentations to the need of each client, delivering high added value as a speaker and advisor. His unique insights into the future of business and technology make Samir a popular choice at events all over the world.

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May 16 2016

Josef Ackermann

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CEO Deutsche Bank (2006-2012)

Josef AckermannJosef Ackermann is a Swiss banker and former Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank. He has also been the member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since 2012. Mr. Ackermann also plays an active role in the World Economic Forum (Vice-chairman of the foundation board).

“One of Europe’s most respected Business leaders with an impeccable track


In detail

After gaining his doctorate in economics and social sciences from the University of St. Gallen Switzerland, Mr. Ackermann started his career at Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA) in 1977. In 1990, he was appointed to the executive board of SKA, becoming its President in 1993. In 1996, he joined the management board of Deutsche Bank AG, where he was responsible for the investment banking division. In 2002, he became spokesman of the management board and Chairman of the group executive committee. Mr. Ackermann was Chairman of the management board from February 2006 until May 2012.


What he offers you

In his presentations Mr Ackerman addresses the political and economic challenges currently faced by the Eurozone. He talks knowledgeably about the Future of Europe and the importance of strong leadership to ensure political and financial stability and economic growth.


How he presents

Undoubtedly of highest economic pedigree, Mr. Ackermann is in frequent demand to keynote summits and conferences around the globe.

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May 13 2016

Dr Rebecca Harding

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CEO of Delta Economics

Rebecca HardingDr Rebecca Harding is the CEO and founder of Delta Economics, specialising in trade, economic growth, and trade finance. She is a leading researcher, economist, and entrepreneur. She founded Delta Economics in 2006, based on the principle of providing high-quality research that bridges the gaps between economic theory and commercial business application. Her original approach of understanding economic growth and trends through a trade lens has made her an innovator in the field of economics and business.

“A leading economist and forecaster of trends and markets”


In detail

Formerly, Rebecca has held academic roles as a Senior Fellow at the London Business School and visiting professorial roles at Birkbeck and the Max Planck Institute for Growth Research. She has been the Head of UK Corporate Research at Deloitte, Chief Economist at the Work Foundation, and Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor world-wide. She has been highly influential in advisory and consultancy roles, working with the European Union and regional governments or agencies in the UK and Germany on innovation and enterprise policy. In 2013, she was elected as a national representative of the European Movement UK.


What she offers you

In her presentations, Rebecca Harding will look at where some of the key opportunities and risks are over the next 5-10 years and suggest how organisations may be best placed to take advantage of them.


How she presents

There is not much that Rebecca doesn’t know about enterprise in the UK. Her speaking style coupled with an incisive understanding and enlightened capacity to explain and discuss financial issues has contributed to her high popularity and reputation.

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May 11 2016

John Peet

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European Editor at the Economist

John PeetJohn Peet has been Europe Editor at The Economist since 2003, responsible for coverage of the European Union, Russia, Turkey, the Caucasus and the Balkans. He joined The Economist in 1986 and before taking up his current position, held a range of posts including Brussels (EU) Correspondent, Executive Editor, Washington Correspondent and Britain Correspondent.

“Leading Expert on European Economics”


In detail

Before joining The Economist he was a civil servant, working for the Treasury and the Foreign Office from 1976 to 1986. His surveys and special reports have covered topics such as management consulting, health care, financial centres, the American south, global finance, e-commerce, water, Spain, the European Union, European Monetary Union, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, the future of Europe, Turkey and, most recently, France. He is the co-author of ‘Unhappy Union: How the Euro Crisis – and Europe – Can Be Fixed’.


What he offers you

Strategic decision makers in all fields will benefit from John Peet’s knowledge of the global economy and the economic impact of the Euro and the European Union.


How he presents

John Peet educates as well as entertains with his astute insights into the world of economics and current affairs. John is in demand as a keynote speaker and panel member at prestigious conferences and economic summits.

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May 09 2016

Ash Pal

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Visionary &Digital Disruptor

Ash PalAsh Pal is a world expert and thought-leader on digital disruption and the role of digital transformation to leadership. He advises corporations on how to see the digital future and what to do next and focuses on best and emerging thinking for leaders tackling digital disruption – not only the tried and tested but the new and differentiating. Ash has also been involved in some of the world’s largest digital projects including Expo 2020 and Dubai’s aspiration to be the Smartest City and Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.

“World Expert in Digital Change and Transformation for companies and cities”


In detail

Ash has delivered big changes at a city, company and individual level. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and has advised digital leaders and Chief Information Officers in the world’s largest and most economically important companies. Ash started in genetics and biotech, but turned into an IT leader because the industry moved faster. He is passionate about business and now works with leadership teams on the challenges of digital – individually, for companies and for cities.


What he offers you

A practical visionary with a background invarious different industry sectors such as banking, retail, pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, public sector,Ashdemonstrates how businesses can fully benefit from the impact of the forthcoming digital revolution which he believes to be the new industrial revolution.


How he presents

Ash Pal is a highly engaging and provocative speaker who has presented and facilitated in board rooms around the world, at conferences, universities, on ships and at training academies.

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May 06 2016

Erik Vermeulen

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Behavioural Economics Strategist

Erik VermeulenErik Vermeulen is one of a handful of Behavioural Economics Strategists in the world. He works with leadership teams, employees and customers to create a better understanding of human behaviour and interaction. He helps companies create more profitable behaviours by examining how their teams work and how they interact with their employees and customers. Erik has served long-term consulting contracts with some of the world’s largest companies and leaders in the global marketplace.

“Erik is professional, focussed, he delivers superlative results and is extremely well received”


In detail

His clients have found that Erik has the ability to put plenty of real-life business issues into perspective and offer realistic alternatives to team and leadership issues. His natural ability to inject humour into difficult situations as well as his practical and energetic approach to his training programs, workshops and speeches has made him a perfect choice to speak on human capital, motivation and people-related business issues He is frequently singled out for his enthusiasm, down to earth attitude and refreshing approach to people.


What he offers you

Erik explores trends and behaviours that have shaped the business world as well as the ones that will be required to motivate and improve performance in a post-recession business world where corporate spin become less powerful than customer and employee experience.


How he presents

Erik has an outstanding ability to create an immediate connection with any audience. He personalises his presentations for each client – his stage presence and energy captivates audiences making him a sought after commentator at conferences around the globe.

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May 04 2016

Jamil Qureshi

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Founder of JQED, Speaker and Author

Jamil QureshiJamil Qureshi is one of today’s foremost practitioners of performance enhancing psychology. As the founder of JQED and creator of Mind Shaping, Jamil has enjoyed working with a rich diversity of the most talented business and sports people in the world. Ranked among the most influential figures in British sport in 2009, Jamil was voted in the top 100 most powerful men in golf last year by his international peers.

“We are all inherently self-limiting and are unwittingly sabotaged by hidden fears and insecurities created by past experiences”


In detail

Jamil has worked with business leaders and companies in over 24 different countries last year alone helping teams to fulfill their potential by orchestrating change and performance programmes. He has developed and delivered management and leadership programmes at board level for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Emirates Airlines, Serco, Orange, and Royal Bank of Scotland Having spent fifteen years working with the world’s elite, he is in a genuinely unique position to define ‘the difference that makes the difference’. Jamil is one of only a few external psychologists ever to be allowed to study astronauts on the NASA Space Programme.


What he offers you

In his talks, Jamil shares with his audiences his practical insights into the psychology of attaining high performance as an individual or team. His knowledge in the area of optimizing human potential comes from his experience of working with top performers in the world of sport and business, many of which have been in the top ten in the world in their chosen profession, and indeed in a few cases, number one.


How he presents

His talks are fun, sometimes interactive, but always engaging and thought provoking. Jamil delivers all his talks in ‘learning points’ to ensure audiences obtain real value from the content and can take away the content in the most personally beneficial way.

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May 02 2016

Anthony Thomson

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Pioneer in Digital and Mobile Banking, Founder & CEO Atom Bank

Anthony ThomsonAnthony Thomson is an entrepreneur and leading expert in digital and mobile banking. He is the Founder and Chairman of Atom Bank which he will launch in the second half of 2015. Atom is the first real alternative to the High Street banks and is the first retail and business full service bank delivered via an app. Anthony has been included in Marketing Magazine’s Power and Influence Top 100 and named by the Evening Standard as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners and one of the 60 most influential in the City.

“A pioneer and authority in digital financial services”


In detail

Anthony is Chairman of the Financial Services Forum, a independent membership organisation for senior executives with an interest in financial services marketing effectiveness, he is also Chairman of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services and NED of agility, a company providing banking software as a service. He was Founder of Metro bank and served as the first Chairman from 2009 until 2012. From 2001 to 2014 he served as visiting professor to London Metropolitan University Business School.


What he offers you

As a highly successful business leader and entrepreneur, Anthony speaks from experience and shares his insights of setting up and growing businesses, the values and qualities needed to be an entrepreneur and how marketing can transform a business.


How he presents

Challenging and authoritative, Anthony is a memorable speaker with a wealth of practical tips to share. He is also an inspirational and highly regarded speaker.

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Apr 29 2016

Neal Fullerton

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Highly Engaging and Sought After Presenter Using “Music to Motivate”

Neal FullertonNeal Fullerton is passionate about the power of music to engage us. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences throughout Scandinavia and his dynamic interactive musical sessions are a powerful metaphor to explore teamwork. Using the simplest of musical instruments – (tuned plastic tubes called “Boomwhackers”) handed out to each member of the audience – Neal can get 500 people working together to play Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

“A unique and highly interactive musician”


In detail

Neal brings to his talks a wealth of very diverse experience. His journey has led him from the Royal College of Music, to music therapy and then real-world experience as a musician and entertainer. Along the way he has also run successful sales teams with several international blue-chip companies in the UK such as Pilkington and Bausch & Lomb. In Scandinavia he has developed and taught international courses on business presentation skills for major oil companies such as ConocoPhillips and Statoil. This combination of experience in entertainment, business and communication makes for a very compelling speaker.


What he offers you

Neal’s interactive musical sessions will give any companies a tremendous boost of positive energy and vividly remind them of what can be done with effective teamwork. He will transform the “audience” into “participants”, actively engaged in the session. This atmosphere of engagement and participation can also spread to benefit the entire conference.


How he presents

Audiences enjoy Neal’s passion, sense of humour and his genuine pleasure at sharing his knowledge. He presents in an entertaining way using music as a metaphor for teamwork and demonstrates how the skills needed to play music together are also transferrable to working together.

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