The Leading Speakers Bureau -

Jul 22 2016

Jack Lewis

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Neuroscientist, Presenter & Consultant

Jack LewisDr. Jack Lewis is a renowned brain scientist, television presenter, motivational speaker, writer and neuroscience consultant. He has been involved in several television projects including The Tech Show on Discovery Science, a series showcasing the latest developments in science, technology and engineering. Sky One‘s primetime series Body Language Secrets and a 20-part social psychology series for BBC2 called The People Watchers.

“A leading neuroscientist and business consultant”


In detail

Jack received a First Class B.Sc. degree in Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham and earned his Neurobiology Ph.D. from the University of London. His post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen was published in the renowned Journal of Neuroscience in 2010. Jack provides neuroscience consultancy services to TV, PR, Marketing, Planning and Advertising firms and has designed a Brain Gym in Central London, where he tested the brain power of the public, offering advice on how to improve memory and decision making strategies.


What he offers you

In his presentations Jack brings the latest neuroscience research to the attention of a wide audience in a compelling way. He explains the ways to optimise the brain functionality using memory tricks, techniques for boosting creativity, minimising and harnessing stress. He also promotes science and technology across the world by getting his audiences excited about new scientific breakthroughs.


How he presents

Jack’s presentations are customised to each client and his messages are powerful and effective, delivered in an easily understandable and professional style.

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Jul 20 2016

Helen Sharman

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Scientist & Astronaut

Helen SharmanHelen Sharman OBE PhD is a British scientist and astronaut. Helen became the first Briton in space in 1991 when she launched on a Soyuz spacecraft to spend 8 days orbiting the Earth, most of that time on the Mir Space Station. Following her space flight, Helen became a science communicator and corporate speaker, winning prizes for radio and television programmes and giving inspirational talks around the world. She currently manages the facilities and technical support for Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University, London.

“We should push forward not only our own individual boundaries, but also the boundaries of what humans believe is possible”


In detail

Helen worked in Research & Development as an engineer for GEC before moving to Mars Confectionery, where she became a Research Technologist working on chocolate and ice cream. Helen was one of two Britons selected for astronaut training out of almost 13,000 other applicants. The programme, named Project Juno, was a co-operative arrangement between the Soviet Union and a British company set up to manage the Mission. During the launch, she carried out her share of spacecraft operations. Once in space, her tasks included medical, agricultural and chemical experiments, materials’ testing, Earth observation work and operating an amateur radio link with British school students. Fitted in with this were media interviews and a telephone conversation with President Gorbachev.


What she offers you

Helen speaks on a variety of subjects which relate to her career, training and experiences as an astronaut and her management experience. Coping with risk was a daily activity and teamwork was a vital element in the success of the Mission. Helen’s talks take her audience on a journey into space, describing the seemingly endless training and preparation, the launch, how weightlessness feels, what it is like living and working in space, the team work and team spirit, and adjusting to life back on Earth afterwards.


How she presents

Helen’s effervescent enthusiasm and inspirational speeches capture the imagination of audiences all over the world. Some people have changed their whole lives after listening to Helen.

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Jul 18 2016

Christian Redl

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Double World Champion in Free Diving & World Champion in Under Ice Free-diving

Christian RedlChristian Redl is known worldwide as one of the most successful in the spectacular extreme sport of freediving. He is today considered one of the best divers under ice, with his three world records. His increasing number of world records are spectacular; whether on ice or through caves. The mental component plays an increasingly important role in all of his work. In 2011, he again pushed the boundaries by achieving the deepest freedive (61m) under ice, becoming the new World Champion in under ice free-diving.

“Christian Redl lasts up to eight minutes on one breath of air”


In detail

The Austrian Christian Redl holds several world records for Diving under ice in the 100 meters range. He is an excellent freediver, great freediving promoter, and a renowned underwater movie producer. He was the editor / director who put together the Ocean Men TV Documentary and author of many other underwater creations. He organizes a lot of stunts, and performances – such as underwater ice hockey, organising the first World Championship. Before he was a professional athlete, he worked in financial services, first in a bank and later in sales, responsible for fund companies for institutional investors.


What he offers you

In his talks, Christian Redl motivates and inspires his audiences to reach for their own goals with discipline and passion and to overcome barriers. Through breathing and relaxation techniques, he shows how improved concentration, increased strength and mental stress can be reduced quickly. His experiences easily translate to the business world.


How he presents

Christian Redl, a jolly maverick of freediving, is a captivating speaker whose strong message motivates and energizes.

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Jul 15 2016

Amy Cuddy

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Social Psychologist, Associate Professor Harvard Business School

Amy CuddyAmy Cuddy is Associate Professor and Hellman Faculty Fellow in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is a social psychologist and her work has looked at how we perceive and are seen by others. Her research reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions and even our own body chemistry simply by changing body positions. Her recent work also focuses on how we embody and express competence and warmth, linking our body language to our feelings, physiology and behaviour.

“Amy is ranked in the 2015 Thinkers 50 list”


In detail

Amy holds a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado. She was an Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At Harvard, Amy teaches MBA, executive education and doctoral courses on influence & persuasion, leadership and decision making. In 2014, she was named WEF Young Global Leader and Business Insider chose her in 2013 as one of the 50 Women Who Are Changing The World. Her article Connect, Then Lead was one of Harvard Business Review’s ideas that Shaped Management in 2013.


What she offers you

Researching social judgements, emotions, nonverbal behaviours and hormones, Amy explains to audiences the role these variables play in shaping our emotions, intentions and behaviours in business and society. She demonstrates that physical posture not only affects how others see you, but also how you see yourself and shows how to become self-assured in high-pressure moments.


How she presents

Comprehensive in her vision and clear in her guidance, Amy Cuddy’s presentations are invaluable for business leaders around the world.

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Jul 13 2016

Noel Sharkey

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Computer Scientist

Noel SharkeyNoel Sharkey is a Professor of AI and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement. He has held a number of research and teaching positions in the UK and the USA. Noel has moved freely across academic disciplines, lecturing in departments of engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence and computer science.


“The UK’s Leading Robotics Expert”


In detail

He has published over a hundred academic articles and books as well as articles and web chats for BBC web pages and regular magazine articles. Noel is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Connection Science and an editor of both Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence Review. Noel appears regularly on TV and is interviewed regularly on radio, in magazines and newspapers. He was chief judge for every series of Robot Wars throughout the world as well as “techspert” for 4 series of TechnoGames. He has been on lecture tours of India, China, Egypt with Australia and Singapore. Noel currently co-presents Bright Sparks for BBC N. Ireland.


What he offers you

With unparalleled insights into what the future holds and how new technologies will affect the way we work and develop, Noel Sharkey offers audiences an invaluable sneak preview of what is just around the technology corner.


How he presents

An outstanding visionary Noel Sharkey’s fascinating hi-tech presentations and demonstrations are universally admired and enjoyed, furthering his reputation as one of the most important contributors to modern-day devices, systems and solutions.

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Jul 11 2016

Freija van Duijne

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Futurist, Trendwatcher and Strategist

Freija van DuijneFreija van Duijne is a foresight practitioner at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, DG Agri and Nature, focusing on innovative SME’s, who are without exception, innovating for a more sustainable future food system. She is also the President of Dutch Future Society. She runs her own business, called Future Motions, which specialises in board room strategy consulting, scenario planning and organisational learning. Freija is fascinated about what the future might bring. She is a futurist, trendwatchter and strategist at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, a think tank in the Netherlands and an expert on future studies in area of food, natural resources, health and governance.

“It is not about prediction, but seeing strategic options”


In detail

Freija’s background is in Human factors psychology. She holds a Masters from Leiden University and a PhD in Industrial design engineering from Delft University. She has been involved in foresight studies since 2006 when she worked at the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. She has received the Reward for exceptional performance at Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and has been selected for the leadership course “Master in Policy Processes” in 2010.


What she offers you

Freija’s aim is to encourage people to think about the future and she strongly believes in using foresight for creating a better future. In her presentations, she inspires companies from a wide range of fields and helps them to embrace change. She offers a fresh outlook on trends and future horizons. Thinking about the future makes people see the real questions for todays’ decision makers.


How she presents

Highly energetic and provocative but with a good sense of humour, Freija’s presentations are individually tailored to be as relevant as possible.

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Jul 08 2016

Joaquim Álvarez Llavería

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Digital Business Strategist

Joaquim Álvarez LlaveríaJoaquim Alvarez is a digital business strategist with a telecommunication engineering background, specialist on software development solutions and telematics communications. He is passionate about technology and its applications to improve the quality of life of people. As the Digital Business Strategist for the Barcelona City Council, Joaquim has been instrumental in helping transform the City of Barcelona into what Fortune Magazine recently called the Most Wired City in the World.

“A thought leader on digital business strategies”


In detail

One of his primary roles has been the development and operational execution of a self-sustainable mobile ecosystem in Barcelona. This has included defining a mobile relationship model between industry, government and citizens, as well as elevating the mobile industry in the City of Barcelona to the global level. He is the lead on a project entitled Apps4Bcn, a unique public-private partnership that aims to promote the creation and development of innovative initiatives that improve the quality of life of people through mobile technology, and encourage the adoption of these solutions by industry and Government.


What he offers you

Through his presentations, Joaquim uses his expertise to enable business leaders to design and implement digital systems. He is an inspirational leader in transforming traditional business culture into an environment ready to compete intelligently in the e-commerce world.


How he presents

Joaquim is a highly motivating and articulate speaker. His enlightening presentations are always well received. He not only inspires but also presents his clients with actionable solutions that can be implemented immediately.

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Jul 07 2016

Neil Harbisson

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Cyborg artist

Neil HarbissonNeil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recog-nised as a cyborg by a govern-ment. The antenna allows him to
perceive visible and invisible col-ours such as infrareds and ultravio-lets via sound waves. The an-tenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colours from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mo-bile phones or satellites.

First officially recognized Cyborg by a government


In detail

Neil Harbisson studied art and mu-sic at various schools in Spain. At the age of 11, he began to com-pose his first piano pieces and with 16 years, he studied fine art at the Institut Alexandre Satorras. In 2001, Harbisson moved to Ireland to finish his piano studies at Dub-lin’s Waltons New School of Music. In 2002, he moved to England to study music composition at Dartington College of Arts. The antenna is a result of the co-operation between Adam Montandon, a cybernetics graduates, and Neil Harbisson himself. For this work, they earned the award for Innovation and Submerge in Bristol and the European Award for multimedia interface Design EUROPRIX Top Talent Award in Vienna. Together with Moon Ribas he co­founded the Cyborg Foundation in 2010, an international organisation that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.


What he offers you

Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. In his presentations Neil Harbisson kidnaps his audience in his world and illu-strates in a brilliant way how his an-tenna really works. Furthermore, he underlines how important new tech-nologies really are and tells funny anecdotes he already has expe-rienced because of the antenna.


How he presents

His special and unconventional presentations, as well as his great mixture of a good sense of humour and simple explanations about tech-nology, making him a highly appreci-ated guest for every kind of event.

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Jul 06 2016

Christopher Sims

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Economist, Nobel Prize Winner 2011

Christopher SimsChristopher Sims is an American econometrician and macroeconomist. He is currently the John F. Sherrerd University Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Together with Thomas Sargent, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2011. The award cited their “empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy”. He has published numerous important papers in his areas of research: econometrics and macroeconomic theory and policy.

“One of the most relevant macroeconomists”


In detail

Sims earned his A.B. in mathematics from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1963 and his PhD in Economics from Harvard in 1968. He has held teaching positions at Harvard, University of Minnesota, Yale University and, since 1999, Princeton. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1995 he was elected President of the Econometric Society and in 2012 he was elected President of the American Economic Association.


What he offers you

Christopher Sims’ work during the 1970s and 1980s has been adopted by both researchers and policymakers throughout the world. Today, the methods developed are essential tools in macroeconomic analysis.


How he presents

His highly informative presentations on economics make Christopher Sims a sought after commentator at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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Jul 04 2016

Hani Soubra

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Former Regional Director BBC Worldwide, Media & Communication Expert

Hani SoubraHani Soubra is an experienced media and communication expert who worked in the Arab world for the last 20 years. With an extensive knowledge of the Gulf region, Hani has contributed significantly to debates in the field of politics and economics. For 13 years he was Regional Director for BBC Worldwide, handling their development in the MENA region across all BBC platforms.

“An eye-opening commentator on Middle East related issues”


In detail

Hani studied Economics at the American University of Beirut and earned an MBA from the University Glasgow. He is an acclaimed author on politics and current affairs in the Middle East and a lecturer at the University of Middlesex, Dubai campus. In addition, he taught masters students Media and Creative Industries and is currently teaching global Journalism for undergraduates. As a public speaker, Hani lectures on media, culture, politics and current affairs at universities and forums around the world.


What he offers you

The personification of the youth of the Middle East, Hani’s informed opinion and in depth analyse of Middle East and global political issues make him a sought after commentator at events around the globe.


How he presents

Hani is an energetic and passionate speaker with a clear view of current affairs. His presentations are well received by any audience.

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