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Jun 24 2016

Chris Ryan

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Former SAS Member

Chris RyanChris Ryan made a miraculous solo escape travelling the 300km (200 miles) from Iraq to Syria on foot with no food and little water. This remarkable feat of determination was triggered when the SAS mission that he was on was compromised. Since leaving the SAS, he has written a number of best selling novels, is a military consultant to a computer games designer and co-devised and consulted on ITV1’s military action drama ‘Ultimate Force’. In 2005 Chris presented ‘How not to Die’ for Sky and was also the military consultant to Codemasters stealth-based first-person computer game – IGI2: Covert Strike

His eight day escape is the longest known in SAS history


In detail

In 1984 he joined the 22nd SAS, the regular regiment, and completed three tours whose operations and exercises took him all over the world. He also worked extensively on the counter-terrorist field serving as an assaulter, sniper and finally Sniper Team Commander on the Special Projects team.


What he offers you

If ever there was an example of winning against the odds, this is it. Hearing his survival experience is truly inspiring and boosts your own motivation.


How he presents

In his relaxed manner he will capture your every thought with his spell binding story.

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Jun 22 2016

Juan Enriquez

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Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy

Juan EnriquezJuan Enriquez is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. The Harvard Business Review showcased his ideas as one of the breakthrough concepts in its first HBR List. Fortune profiled him as “Mr. Gene” and Time asked him to co-organize the life sciences summit commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of DNA.


“Shaped our Identity, our Culture, and the World as we know it.”


In detail

Juan previously served as CEO of Mexico City’s Urban Development Corporation, coordinator general of economic policy and chief of staff for Mexico’s Secretary of State. He currently serves on a variety of boards including Cabot Microelectronics, The Center for the Advancement of Genomics, The Harvard Medical School Genetics Advisory Council, The USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology Group, The Chairman’s International Council of the America’s Society and amongst others.


What he offers you

Enriquez offers audiences the real reasons why gene research is the single most important driver of new computers and software systems, why cosmetics companies are hiring molecular biologists, why energy companies are thinking about very different ways to generate renewable fuels, and how seed companies have become information-processing companies.


How he presents

In his keynotes Juan skilfully puts audiences face to face with a series of unprecedented political, ethical, economic, and financial issues, dramatically demonstrating the cascading impact of the genetic, digital, and knowledge revolutions on our lives.

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Jun 20 2016

Lars Ulrich

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Metallica’s Drummer

Lars UlrichLars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American heavy metal/thrash metal band Metallica. He is a vital part of the songwriting core and also a supreme communicator, adept at handling all matters out of the studio and off the stage, and being the self-confessed biggest fan of Metallica, it has seen him surface at critical points in the band’s career to both protect and inspire the creative interests of the band.

“Passionate, driven and a dynamic force at the heart of Metallica”


In detail

Lars was originally a drummer in San Francisco. He then moved to Los Angeles at age sixteen in the summer of 1980 to train in the sport of tennis. However, rather than playing tennis, he began playing the drums. He became known as a pioneer of fast thrash drum beats, featured on many of Metallica’s early songs. He has also been considerably influential due to both the popularity of his band, as well as his drum techniques, such as the double bass drum in the song “One” (…And Justice for All) and Dyer’s Eve


What he offers you

Lars Ulrich offers unique and flexible corporate events customised for individual organisations. He teaches how to play the drums on his own drum kit while telling stories from the world of rock n roll, with the opportunity to build energy, encourage team work, break down corporate barriers and just generally have the best time ever.


How he presents

Using his own life experiences, Lars engages and motivates and encourages, challenges and inspires participants to step beyond their perceived limitations.

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Jun 17 2016

Azi Ahmed

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Muslim Girl With the SAS

Azi AhmedAzi Ahmed is one of the first two women in the world to have gone through SAS training. The experience was raw and changed her for life. Her autobiography tells the incredible true story of one woman’s fight not only to be ‘the best of the best’, but to remain true to herself in the process.

“The more they say no, the more I say yes.”


In detail

From winning a place at Central Saint Martin’s whilst running her parents business as a teenager, to setting up an internet company from her bedroom with FTSE 100 clients, Azi is a member of the Special Forces, book author, parliamentary candidate and recently nominated for the GG2 Pride of Britain award. Her story has reached many worldwide, who have described Azi as an inspirational influence. Azi has now put all her life skills into building a better Britain. She is actively engaged with No.10 on building a dynamic society, the future of the British Army (Army 2020), and entering the world of TV script writing.


What she offers you

A fresh approach to success, Azi’s life experiences’ will provide a rare and engaging event for those who want to be inspired beyond the norm.


How she presents


Energetic and engaging story teller, Azi will have her audience at the edge of their seats. She will be an inspiration from the moment she steps onto the stage.

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Jun 15 2016

Navi Radjou

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Innovation & Leadership Strategist

Navi RadjouNavi Radjou is an innovation and leadership advisor based in Silicon Valley. He is a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and has served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation. Navi is a regular columnist on Harvard Business Review and has co-authored the bestseller ‘Jugaad Innovation’ which was shortlisted for 2013 Thinkers50 CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award.

“Thinkers50 Innovation Award 2013 for re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation”


In detail

Navi served as Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Previously, he was a VP/analyst at Forrester Research in Boston and San Francisco and advised senior executives on breakthrough growth strategies. Navi has consulted with leading organizations including E&Y, TCS and Microsoft and has addressed speeches at the WEF, Harvard and the MIT. He was featured in the NYT, Wall Street Journal and The Economist amongst others and his 2014 TED Global talk on frugal innovation was viewed over 1 million times. Navi studied at Ecole Centrale Paris and the Yale School of Management.


What he offers you

Navi advises leading organisations and helps them to compete and win in the global economy. He helps leaders find good ideas with bigger impact, bring innovative products and services to growing segments and tap undiscovered markets. He also identifies cutting-edge growth strategies from emerging markets that can help the world’s top companies innovate and grow faster and better in a complex environment.


How he presents

An energetic and passionate speaker with a clear view of global markets, Navi’s ideas are fresh and his delivery is filled with stories and humour.

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Jun 13 2016

Ravi Ramamurti

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Emerging Economies Strategist

Ravi RamamurtiRavi Ramamurti is the D’Amore-McKim Distinguished Professor of International Business & Strategy at Northeastern University and the Founding Director of the University’s Center for emerging markets, a pioneer in its field in the US. For over 35 years, he has studied the strategies of firms in and from emerging economies. Ravi has been a visiting professor at Harvard Business School in the Business Government and International Economy area, at the Wharton School in the Management department, and at MIT-Sloan School in the Global Economics and Management Area.

“One of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation in emerging markets”


In detail

Professor Ramamurti has done research and consulting with firms and governments in more than 20 emerging economies, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, among others. He has also been an adviser to the United Nations, USAID, and Fulbright, and was principal consultant to the World Bank’s board on privatization. He advised The Economist group on its online education courses on emerging markets. He has also done pioneering work on multinationals from emerging markets. He obtained his BSC (Physics) from St. Stephen’s College, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, where he received the Gold Medal for graduating at the top of his class, and his doctorate from Harvard Business School.


What he offers you

Professor Ramamurti, explores the competitive advantages and the strategies any companies should use to “go global.” He discusses how the rise of emerging-market multinationals is affecting the strategy and performance of Western firms. He illustrates his points with Indian examples, but occasionally brings in examples from other emerging markets.


How he presents

Professor Ramamurti’s high content keynotes are always well received. His messages are concise and informative, delivered in his personal, yet highly professional style.

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Jun 10 2016

Alvin Roth

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George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration, Emeritus

Alvin RothAlvin Roth is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard University. Alvin Roth has made significant contributions to the fields of game theory, market design and experimental economics, and is known for his emphasis on applying economic theory to solutions for “real-world” problems. In 2012, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with Lloyd Shapley “for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design”.

“A respected and renowned Economist”


In detail

Alvin Roth has been involved in the reorganisation of the market for Gastroenterology fellows, which started using a clearinghouse in 2006 for positions beginning in 2007. He helped design the high school matching system used in New York City to match approximately ninety thousand students to high schools each year, starting with students entering high school in 2004. He helped redesign the matching system used in Boston Public Schools, adopted for students starting school in September 2006. He is one of the founders and designers of the New England Program for Kidney Exchange, for incompatible patient-donor pairs. He received his Ph.D at Stanford University, and started at Harvard from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the Andrew Mellon Professor of Economics.


What he offers you

Alvin Roth offers his vast experience on market design and matchmaking, which discuss market exchanges that both do and don’t involve money, as well as mutual exchanges. He likes to discuss the unusual market known as the kidney exchange, which is life saving and involves a kind of even trade that doesn’t involve money.


How he presents

Alvin Roth is a stimulating, educational and informative speaker whose qualities and experience are endorsed by his international audiences.

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Jun 08 2016

Kavita Oberoi

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Successful Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & TV Personality

Kavita OberoiKavita Oberoi is one of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs. From 2010 to 2013 she was co-owner of the global, award winning security company Octavian. In 2011 she set up Virtual Office providing business locations for meetings, postal addresses or temporary accommodation on a global level and in 2012 she launched Oberoi Business Hub to support new and growing businesses with prestigious office space and a support network. Kavita’s investments also include a growing commercial property portfolio.

“Britain’s 100 most entrepreneurial women”
HBOS Report, 2009


In detail

Kavita graduated with a First Class Degree in Applied Chemistry and started her career in Bayer and Pfizer. In addition to her entrepreneurial work, Kavita is also a well-known face on TV. She has appeared in many TV programmes, including The Secret Millionaire, The Apprentice You’re Fired, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, The Working Lunch, Richard & Judy, The TV Show, as a panellist on ITV Business Club, Hotel GB and Make Me A Millionaire Inventor. Kavita is also a committed philanthropist, chairing the Global Girls’ Fund Board and being a patron of the BODY Charity – ‘Being One Distinguished You’.


What she offers you

Kavita is committed to inspiring and motivating young people, businesses and business starters to reach their potential. Dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial, Kavita sets standards of excellence and these are reflected in her success.


How she presents

She is an adept speaker, delivering presentations with passion and energy, often moving audiences to action.

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Jun 06 2016

Bas Lansdorp

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Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Mars One

Bas LansdorpBas Lansdorp is a born entrepreneur with a passion for ambitious projects. He is co-founder and CEO of Mars One, a Dutch foundation that aims to land the first humans on Mars in 2027. To prepare for this settlement, the first unmanned mission is scheduled to depart in 2020. As CEO of Mars One, Bas oversees investor relations, public outreach and the initial contacts with potential suppliers, sponsors and partners worldwide.

Mars One is a global initiative aiming to make this everyone’s mission to Mars”


In detail

Bas received his master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University in 2003. At Delft University of Technology he worked for five years on his PhD research in the “Laddermill” project which is a novel way to generate electrical wind energy. He abandoned his research to start his first company, Ampyx Power developing a novel, cheaper than coal, method of wind energy generation.


What he offers you

Bas Landsdorp sees potential and opportunity where others shy away. Gifted with an articulate vision and genuine enthusiasm, he reaches people with his passion for science and the human mission to Mars.


How he presents

One of the reasons for the success of Mars One is the enthusiasm, which Bas transfers to any audience in a contagious way.

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Jun 03 2016

Jamling Tenzing Norgay

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World Renowned Mountaineer

Jamling Tenzing NorgayJamling Tenzing Norgay is a Nepalese Sherpa mountain climber. Based upon his experience and reputation as a world renowned mountaineer, Jamling has been chosen as the Climbing leader of the International climbing team that created the awe-inspiring IMAX documentary film, ‘Everest’. Today Jamling runs his adventure travel company “Tenzing Norgay Adventures” in Darjeeling, India.

The son of the “Everest pioneer”


In detail

In 1953, Jamling’s father along with Sir Edmund Hillary ascended to the summit of 29,035-foot Mount Everest. These two men faced the gruelling hardships during this inaugural expedition, pushing the envelope for humanity without the aid of modern equipment and setting unprecedented standards for the climbing world. Jamling is a member of a living dynasty of climbers. His spiritual journey has led him to an attachment to the Himalayan region and its jagged 8000-meter peaks. He is a highly sought after guide who leads novices and experts alike into his hazardous domain, maintaining an ancient family profession in a modern era.


What he offers you

Jamling brings to life a profound and compelling adventure, interweaving the lives of a family, a mountain and a people, and of climbers facing nearly insurmountable obstacles. It is a story of disaster, triumph, professionalism and the resilience of the human spirit. In his presentations, audiences learn about what it really takes to succeed.


How he presents

Jamling uses expedition slides to illustrate the Everest climb and provides examples of how leadership, commitment, strength, teamwork, etc needs to be used to further team’s effort, and how to contribute to their safety, success and response to the tragedy.

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