The Leading Speakers Bureau

Oct 31 2014

John Major

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Prime Minister of Great Britain 1990 – 1997

John MajorThe Rt. Hon John Major, conservative member of the Parliament for Huntingdon was appointed Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for Civil Service on 28 November 1990, following his election as Conservative Party leader the previous day. He remained in office until 1997. He talks about his leadership triumphs and defeats and his work with a diverse range of inter-national figures including George Bush, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Helmut Kohl, and Nelson Mandela and he offers invaluable insight into how political power is exercised both in the United Kingdom and across the globe.


In detail

After leaving school John Major embarked on a career in banking, it was whilst working in finance that his interest in politics began to grow and in 1979 he was elected as the Conservative MP for Huntingdonshire. From 1975 to 1983, he was a member of the board of Warden Housing Association maintaining a longstanding interest in the housing market and especially the issue of voluntary housing.


What he offers you

He joined the government in 1983 as assistant government whip. In 1987 he entered the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury when he also became a member of the Privy Council. He served as Foreign Secretary from July to October 1989, subsequently becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer. He continued in this post until his appointment as Prime Minister in 1990. In 1999 Mr Major published his autobiography which is inversely regarded as one of the most personal and revealing ever written by a former British Prime Minister. The remarkable story of his life, from an extraordinary childhood to becoming an influential leader at the forefront of global politics and subsequent fall, is candid, scrupulous, and unsparing.


How he presents

John Major is in great demand as a speaker around the globe by corporations eager to benefit from his strong leadership skills and political acumen.

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Oct 29 2014

Wim Kok

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Minister of State, and Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands

Wim KokOn the 22nd of August 1994 Wim Kok was appointed Dutch Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs in the first government that bore his name. In 1998 he was re elected for a second four year term before being succeeded in 2002 by Jan Peter Balkenende. At present, Wim Kok is a Member of the supervisory boards of ING Group, Royal Dutch Shell, TNT and KLM as well as a Member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of The European Business Awards.

“We have to focus very much on growth and employment and make that the top priority of the EU in the years to come”


In detail

In 1989, he was elected deputy chairman of the Socialist International Party. He has been deputy chairman of the Socioeconomic Council (SER), vice-chairman of the Board of De Nederlandsche Bank, visiting lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies and advisor to the European Commission. Mr Kok was also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.


What he offers you

With a wealth of experience and expertise gained through his impressive career in politics and as a European political leader, Mr Kok offers decision makers great insight into the current European and global economic, social and political issues.


How he presents

Mr Kok is an engaging speaker with a strong political background and great insight into future issues affecting European and global financial markets.

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Oct 27 2014

Jean Chrétien

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Former Prime Minister of Canada

Jean ChrétienFormer Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien was the twentieth Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003 and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1990 to 2003. He led Canada during a crucial period in its history, maintaining the unity of the nation, ushering in a Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico and presiding over an economic boom which continues to this day. His career spans more than 40 years in public service, through six prime ministers.

“His anecdotes offered both wisdom and humor, while his global insights provoked thought and discussion”
Republic Financial Corporation


In detail

Trained as a lawyer and serving as Canada’s twentieth prime minister, he made his mark as a legislator and statesman. He was first elected to Parliament in 1963, at the age of twenty-nine. Four years later he was given his first Cabinet post and, over the next thirty years, he headed nine key ministries holding many positions in the government including Minister of Finance, State, National Revenue, as well as Industry, Trade, and Commerce.


What he offers you

Drawing upon his experiences, Mr Chrétien is in the privileged position to be able to offer audiences unparalleled insights into world politics and current affairs. When it comes to politics, no one better knows the players and the strategies than Jean Chrétien.


How he presents

He is a captivating speaker on the most pressing global and geopolitical issues facing organisations today.

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Oct 24 2014

Giuliano Amato

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Former Prime Minister of Italy and Vice President of the Convention on the Future of Europe

Giuliano AmatoGiuliano Amato is a Global Law Professor at the NYU Law School and part time Professor at the EUI in Florence. From June 1992 to April 1993 and from April 2000 to May 2001 he served as Prime Minister of Italy.From 2002–2003 he was Vice Chairman of the European Constitutional Convention, where he played a key role in debating and deciding the future of Europe.He was also the Minister of Interior from May 2006 to 2008 with Romano Prodi’s Government. In 2012 he has been appointed as President of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

“The man who drafted the new European Constitution”


In detail

Mr Amato began his political career in 1958, when he joined the Socialist Party, for which eventually he was an M.P. from 1983 to 1993. An academic nicknamed “Subtle Doctor” for his ability to see the fine points of an argument, apart from many other assignments, he was Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister’s office, from 1983 to 1987, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Treasury, from 1987 to 1988, then again Treasury Minister, from 1988 to 1989. Still active in politics he has been a member of the Senate/Upper House of the Italian Parliament since stepping down as Prime Minister in 2001 and most recently he has begun to campaign for the creation of a great reformist party, with a more coherent and modernised structure.


What he offers you

A strong political leader Mr Amato is credited with his first tenure as Prime Minister and he also paved the way for his country’s first-intake entry into Europe’s single currency. As a speaker he offers audiences great insight into the challenges of being a political leader and he is in the privileged position of being able to offer decision makers from all businesses an expert view of the political and economic future of Europe.


How he presents

A confident speaker and recognised political figure Giuliano Amato is highly sought after by decision makers from all areas keen to benefit from his experiences as a world leader and international politician.

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Oct 22 2014

Edouard Balladur

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Prime Minister of France 1993-95 & Mentor of President Sarkozy

Edouard BalladurEdouard Balladur serves as an advisor to the French Government, presiding over the Constitutional Reform Committee. Recognised for his strong economic stance, the “franc fort” and his positive approach to European Monetary Union, Edouard Balladur was Prime Minister of France until 1995. He has made contributions to transatlantic relations as both a practitioner and a scholar. During the last 10 years Edouard Balladur has received numerous awards and distinctions, including: Prix Jacques Rueff d’économie, Prix Andese, Médaille d’or du mécénat de l’Académie francaise and the Prix Louise Michel, Prix Euromoney for Minister of Finance of the year (1987).

“The mentor of Nicolas Sarkozy”


In detail

In 1962 he joined the Office of Radio and Television Broadcasting (ORTF). He started his career in 1964 as advisor of Prime Minister Georges Pompidou. He was Prime Minister of France in the early 1990s, bringing about extensive market reforms as Minister of the Economy in the 1980s. He has been a leader within the Gaullist movement for many decades. He is credited with having drawn the mainstream of French Gaullists back into a pro-European Union stance and into abandoning anti-American attitudes.


What he offers you

A remarkable man, Edouard Balladur puts an ambitious perspective before Europe and America: to combine their forces in a Union of the West, building on their existing arrangements for unity, adding new ones, and putting aside their prejudices against each other. He offers a series of practical steps to build a Union of the West. His proposals take on added importance now that his protégé, Nicolas Sarkozy, has come to hold the presidency of France.


How he presents

A true visionary, Edouard Balladur demostrates strong qualities in his highly respected presentations. He has great flexibility, rapidity and a feeling for how to communicate.

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Oct 20 2014

Dominique de Villepin

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Former Prime Minister of France (2005 – 2007)

Dominique de VillepinDominique de Villepin is best known for leading the charge against US policy in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. In 2010, he announced that he would form a new center-right political movement, named République solidaire and he is considered as potential candidate for President of France in 2012.

“A champion of peace and justice in the world, Dominique de Villepin was the voice of France and the international community during the Iraq crisis”


In detail

Dominique de Villepin holds degrees in Civil law and French literature from the universities of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and Paris X Nanterre. Throughout his career as a diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 2002 to 2004, Minister of the Interior from 2004 to 2005, then Prime Minister, he worked to formulate strategies and find solutions to deal with problems and conflicts. From the violence in the suburbs of French cities, which he brought under control by invoking a state of emergency at the end of 2005, to the regional conflicts of Africa and the Middle East. In France, he led the “battle for jobs” that produced a historic reduction of the unemployment rate by nearly 20 percent. During the 2004 crisis in Haiti, Villepin once again showed himself to be a resolute decision-maker. He has also written poetry, a book about poetry, and several historical and political essays, along with a study of Napoleon Bonaparte.


What he offers you

One of the foremost advocates of a new global governance based on multilateralism, and a reformist leader in French, European and global policy, Dominique de Villepin discusses the challenges of our time: terrorism, proliferation, immigration, and the environment. He points the way to an international response based on a new state and global governance. He also emphasises the importance of respecting identity and culture in founding a new international order. This in turn requires dialogue, justice and equal opportunity. It is an approach valid, not only for states, but also for businesses and international organisations.


How he presents

Praised by Mr Chirac for his quickness of thought, Dominique de Villepin is a formidable speaker with sharp intellect and an urbane charm and wit, in great demand at prestigious events worldwide.

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Oct 17 2014

Carl Bildt

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Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Carl BildtCarl Bildt served as Sweden’s Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994. During his tenure, he negotiated Sweden’s accession to the European Union, signing the agreement in June 1994. He also undertook far-reaching liberalization and structural reforms to improve the competitiveness of Sweden and to modernize its old-style welfare system. In addition, Mr. Bildt served as a member of the Swedish Parliament from 1976 to 2001. Mr. Bildt has also been very active in resolving the conflict in the Balkans — serving as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Balkans between May 1999 and July 2001.

“Carl Bildt proved to be a very interesting, captivating and charismatic speaker.”
Attachmate UK


In detail

Carl Bildt is the holder of various senior honours and decorations from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Latvia. He is associated with a number of international organizations and serves on the advisory boards of the Centre for European Reform (London), the Aspen Institute Italia (Rome) and RAND Europe.


What he offers you

A visionary of Europe and expert on world affairs Carl Bildt offers privileged insights to those who want to place their organisation advantageously for the future. He examines leadership in adverse situations and shows how to successfully negotiate at the highest level.


How he presents

An excellent and engaging speaker, highly respected amongst his peers, Carl Bildt is in demand as a keynote speaker around the globe.

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Oct 15 2014

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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Former Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009) & Former NATO Secretary General (2009 – 2014)

Anders Fogh RasmussenAnders Fogh Rasmussen has been at the centre of European and global politics for three decades as Secretary General of NATO, Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, and a leading Danish parliamentarian. During his time with NATO, he developed a new Strategic Concept, which set the Alliance’s core priorities for the future. In the midst of the most serious economic crisis in recent time, he launched “Smart Defence” to help nations make more efficient use of their resources through more multinational cooperation.

“We have reinforced the Alliance to make it fitter, faster and more flexible”


In detail

He studied economics at the University of Aarhus. In 1998, Mr Rasmussen became chairman of the Liberal Party and leader of the Danish opposition. In 2001, Mr Rasmussen became Prime Minister. His government was re-elected in 2005 and 2007 respectively and he held the position as Prime Minister until he was elected as future NATO Secretary General. Mr Rasmussen took office as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 12th Secretary General on 1 August 2009 and held that position until 30 September 2014. His tenure marked a fundamental transformation of the Alliance.


What he offers you

Drawing from his experience, Mr Rasmussen firmly believes that the enlargements of the EU and NATO have contributed to peace, progress and prosperity in Europe. He has achieved much diplomatic success as an extraordinary consensus-builder working behind the scenes with leaders of various nations. In his presentations he explains the tactics needed to promote world peace and security and the benefits to be reaped from achieving global stability.


How he presents

A respected voice in international politics, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is an experienced and skilled communicator whose presentations engage worldwide audiences keen to hear his unique perspective on a variety of current issues.

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Oct 13 2014

Sebastian Mallaby

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Director of the Maurice R Greenberg Center, Journalist and Author

Sebastian MallabySebastian Mallaby is director of the Maurice R Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Paul A Volcker senior fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sebastian is also Contributing Editor for the Financial Times, for which he writes a monthly column on international finance. An experienced journalist and an acclaimed author, Sebastian joined CFR from the Washington Post, where he served as an op-ed columnist and editorial board member.

“The future of finance lies in the history of hedge funds”


In detail

Sebastian spent thirteen years on The Economist magazine, covering international finance in London and serving as the bureau chief in southern Africa, Japan, and Washington, where he wrote the magazine’s weekly Lexington column on American politics and foreign policy. He spent eight years on the editorial board of The Washington Post, focusing on globalisation and political economy. He has also contributed to numerous other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic Monthly, Prospect (UK), the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Sebastian was educated at Oxford, graduating with a First Class degree in modern history.


What he offers you

Sebastian examines how the interplay of economics and politics is shaping international relations. His interests cover a wide variety of domestic US and international issues, including globalisation, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, trade and investment trends and economic policy. Since the publication of his prize-winning bestseller, ‘More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite’, Sebastian’s speaking has focused on the role of hedge funds in institutional portfolios and on their potential to stabilize the global financial system.


How he presents

Sebastian speaks fluently and without notes, often walking around the stage to draw in his audience. His engaging style, coupled with an incisive understanding of global issues, has contributed to his high popularity and reputation.

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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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