The Leading Speakers Bureau

Sep 17 2014

Viviane Reding

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Member of the European Parliament, Vice President of the European Commission 2010 – 2014

Viviane RedingViviane Reding is one of the most prominent personalities of Europe. She completed 3 terms as member of the European Government and became first Vice President and EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental rights and Citizenship in 2010. Following her victory in the European elections in May 2014 she has taken up her seat in the European Parliament.

“One of Europe’s leading decision makers


In detail

In 1999, having served 10 years in the Luxembourg Parliament and 10 years in the European Parliament, she became the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. In 2004 she became the EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media where she was instrumental in the reform of the European telecom sector, opening the internal market to competition. In that period she also reformed the European research area. Viviane Reding also created the basis for a “fundamental rights culture” across the European institutions. She was awarded numerous prestigious awards and a number of “Honoris Causa” degrees by Universities


What he offers you

Viviane Reding offers audiences tremendous insights into social, economic and political issues that affect Europe. She also speaks knowledgeably about IT, Information Society and Human Rights.


How he presents

Her leadership skills and extensive experience in politics and European decision making make Viviane Reding a highly sought-after speaker at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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Sep 15 2014

Tim Wallace

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Photographer

Tim WallacePhotographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. A global award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high clients across the globe such as Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes and Morgan as well as shooting some of the world’s most iconic brands such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari in the UK and Europe to Chevrolet and Mustang in the US.

“Photography is not a career, its an obsession, the desire to create something inspiring is very important to me, being out there shooting is where things happen…”


In detail

Recently named as one of the UK’s most creative photographers whilst in the US, Scott Kelby described Tim as one of the ten most influential photographers in the World today. At the age of 15 Tim ran away from home and lived for some time on the streets of London, later joining the Marines he suffered a climbing accident that left him in hospital for 9 months where he was brought back to life 3 times. His drive and passion for life and achieving his ambitions are fuelled by his amazing life experience have taken him on a truly amazing journey of success.


What he offers you

Tim describes photography as his creative passion with the ability to use light to capture a single moment that can be be all inspiring. His view of life and his background expereinces lead him to both be creative and also be a truly driven individual to achieve and also understand the world around him. For Tim there are no barriers, only opportunities and adventures to enrich both his own and others lives


How he presents

Recognised within the automotive industry for his amazing passion and creativity, Tim is considered one of the leading photographers in the world today and has a unique style that inspires people and clients around the world.

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Sep 11 2014

Yves Rossy

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Swiss Pilot, Inventor & Aviation Enthusiast, nicknamed Jet Man & Fusion Man

Yves RossyYves Rossy realized Icarus’ dream by designing a special jet powered wing to enable him to fly like a bird. The Swiss inventor, whose lifetime passion is flying, has created and developed wings which allow him to actually fly, successfully flying across the English Channel in 2008 in under 10 mins., reaching a speed of 125 mph during the crossing. In May 2011 he made a successful flight over the Grand Canyon in a custom-made, winged jet pack.

“The first jet-powered flying man in the history of aviation”


In detail

After seven years of designing, building and testing his wings, Yves Rossy achieved sustained solo flight in 2004. With his latest design he can fly at over 200km/hr at great height. During the flight, Yves’s body becomes like a bird and unlike an aeroplane Yves does not ride his wings, but truly flies them, using various light body movements that he has learned to handle with perfection. He has served as a fighter pilot in the Swiss Air Force, flying Dassault Mirage IIIs, Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs and Hawker Hunters. He also flew Boeing 747s for Swissair and now pilots an Airbus A320 for Swiss International Air Lines. Later in 2008 he made a flight over the Alps reaching a top speed of 189mph


What he offers you

With boundless energy Yves Rossy inspires audiences towards achieving their individual and business goals by applying the lessons he learned on his way to becoming “Jet Man”, the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jet-powered fixed wing strapped to his back. In his presentations he talks about his unique journey and how with a “can-do” attitude anything can be achieved.


How he presents

Backing up his presentations with dramatic footage from his aerial exploits, Yves leaves audiences spell bound and awe-inspired as he tells the story of his dream to one day fly like a bird.

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Sep 10 2014

Steve Levitt

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Author of Freakonomics

Steve LevittSteve Levitt is a much-heralded young scholar, who studies the riddles of everyday life – from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing. His conclusions regularly turn conventional wisdom on its head. He is the author of the best-seller, ‘Freakonomics’, and appears regularly on television and in the media talking about his economic theories and revolutionary ideas.


“The most influential economist in America under the age of 40”


In detail

Steve is a 37-year old self-effacing Midwestern father of four who has an enormous curiosity and is set on course by personal experiences and the incongruities he sees in everyday life. He is an intuitionist. He sifts through a pile of data to find a story that no one else has found and devises ways to measure an effect that veteran economists have declared immeasurable. He has shown other economists just how well their tools can make sense of the real world.


What he offers you

In his presentations he sets out to explore the hidden side of…well, everything – the inner-workings of a crack gang, the truth about real-estate agents, the myths of campaign finance, the tell-tale marks of a cheating schoolteacher, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan and much more.


How he presents

Engaging, witty and unconventional, Steve is a truly inspirational speaker and always leaves audiences charged and invigorated.

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Sep 08 2014

Simon Sinek

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Leadership Expert and Author

Simon SinekSimon Sinek is described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect”. The author is best known for discovering and popularising his theory of the “Golden Circle,” a naturally occurring pattern grounded in the biology of human decision making and motivation. He leads the movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. He writes, consults and speaks all over the world about the power of Why – the purpose that drives every one of us.

“I try to find, celebrate and teach leaders how to build platforms that will inspire others”


In detail

A trained ethnographer, Simon has a curiosity for why people and organisations do the things they do. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in the world, he has discovered some remarkable patterns of how they think, act and communicate. Simon is a member of the RAND Corporation; one of the most highly regarded Think Tanks in the world and teaches Strategic Communication at Columbia University. He frequently writes for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek amongst others.


What he offers you

In his presentations Simon shares his unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership. He shares the remarkable patterns of some unique leaders with his audiences in order to inspire positive and effective actions in organisations. His thoughts have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with business leaders and organisations around the globe.


How he presents

His real-live stories and out of the box thinking make Simon Sinek a highly sought after speaker at conferences worldwide.

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Sep 05 2014

Prof. Shlomo Benartzi

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Leading Authority on Behavioural Finance

Prof. Shlomo BenartziProf. Shlomo Benartzi is a leading authority on behavioural finance with a special interest in personal finance and participant behavior in defined contribution plans. He is currently co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at UCLA Anderson and is also co-founder of the Behavioral Finance Forum, which is a collective of 40 prominent academics and 40 major financial institutions from around the globe.

Jointly recognized by Money as one of 2004′s “Class Acts” for SMarT’s success


In detail

Shlomo Benartzi received his Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Perhaps his most significant research contribution is the development of Save More Tomorrow™ (SMarT), a behavioural prescription designed to help employees increase their savings rates gradually over time. He has supplemented his academic research with practical experience, serving on the advisory boards of the Alaska State Pension, Fuller and Thaler Asset Management, Guggenheim Partners, Morningstar and the U.S. Department of Labor.


What he offers you

Voted the 4th most influential person in the industry by the 401kWire, Shlomo Benartzi’s high content presentations are ideal for plan sponsors, financial planners, broker dealers, high-net-worth clients, among others curious to learn more about the practical applications of behavioural finance. He applies research findings to actual consumer situations to show how better designed products can lead to satisfied customers and higher profits.


How he presents

Shlomo Benartzi’s presentations are dynamic, entertaining and most importantly, provide real takeaways that will change the way you think. He has the unique talent of taking complicated research findings and turning them into a lively, thought-provoking discussion of investor behaviour.

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Sep 03 2014

Seth Godin

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Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur and Agent of Change

Seth GodinSeth Godin is a best-selling author, entrepreneur and agent of change. He is the author of eight books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change and work. He has been featured extensively in Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Wired, and Advertising Age and appears regularly on television across the globe.


“The Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” Business Week


In detail

Seth was founder and CEO of Yoyodyne, the industry’s leading interactive direct marketing company, which Yahoo! acquired in late 1998. Seth was recently chosen as one of 21 Speakers for the Next Century by Successful Meetings and is consistently rated among the very best speakers by the audiences he addresses.


What he offers you

In his enlightening presentations Seth focuses on the creative thinking necessary for a business to create “a purple cow” – an offering that stands out from the crowd and causes customers to take notice. He was ranked in the Thinkers 50 2007, the global ranking business thinkers.


How he presents

Using extremely successful real-world examples from companies such as the United States Postal Service and Otis Elevator Company, he skilfully reveals the benefits of using creative, remarkable thinking to transform business ideas and practices.

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Sep 01 2014

Ruby Wax

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TV Personality and Leadership Facilitator

Ruby WaxAfter three decades working on stage, TV and radio, Ruby Wax has changed direction. Having completed an MSc in Psychotherapy, Ruby now provides workshops to corporate leaders enabling them to come to a deeper and more direct level of communication with their clients and colleagues. The workshops combine humour with scientific and theoretical learning and practical exercises. Participants leave with a set of tools to help create a climate of positivity, creating more effective teams of people, directly impacting their organisation.

“Often provocative & sometimes controversial Ruby has become one of the most recognised TV personalities”


In detail

After arriving in Britain in 1977 and training as an actress, Ruby began her career acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company before developing her own brand of highly amusing “attitude TV”. In addition to performing and presenting Ruby has contributed, written and edited numerous scripts for TV shows such as French and Saunders, Happy Families and Absolutely Fabulous. With her outrageous show, Ruby Wax Meets, she has broken all the rules and conventions and created some of TV’s most memorable moments.


What she offers you

Ruby is upfront, sassy and with a reputation for posing questions no one else would think to ask. Having performed stand-up comedy and toured extensively, her TV shows get under the skin of celebrity and seek out the wackier side of life. She is in demand, not only for dinner speaking and entertainment, but also moderating conferences, where a sharp brain, wittiness and humour is of essence.


How she presents

Ruby is amusing, engaging and open. Her brash style has been described as refreshing, charming, endearing and very funny.

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Aug 29 2014

Paddy Ashdown

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Former Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party

Paddy AshdownPaddy Ashdown was leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 1999. After leaving British politics, Paddy Ashdown served as the High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 until 2006. In recognition of his service as High Representative Paddy was awarded the highest diplomatic service honour, the GCMG. Lord Ashdown became a life peer in 2001 and now sits in the House of Lords as a liberal Democrat peer.

“Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace” Paddy Ashdown


In detail

From 1959 to 1972 he served as a Royal Marines Officer and saw active service as a Commando Officer in Borneo and the Persian Gulf. After leaving the Marines he joined the Foreign Office. He was posted to the British Mission to the United Nations in Geneva where he was responsible for Britain’s relations with a number of United Nations’ organisations and took part in the negotiation of several international treaties and agreements between 1974 and 1976. In the House of Commons he was spokesman on Trade and Industry and then Education.


What he offers you

An experienced politician and diplomat Lord Ashdown offers audiences a first hand account of his experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as his insights into the current political landscape in the UK and Europe.


How he presents

An adept speaker, Lord Ashdown is an interesting individual and an articulate communicator, something of an action man who can converse on many topics. His presentations are engaging and thought-provoking.

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Aug 27 2014

Martin Jacques

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Author of ‘When China Rules the World’, Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics IDEAS

Martin JacquesMartin Jacques is a writer, columnist, broadcaster and visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics, IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy, and a visiting research fellow at the LSE’s Asia Research Centre. He is a columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesman.

“Culture is the key for understanding China” Martin Jacques


In detail

Martin Jacques was editor of the highly respected journal Marxism Today from 1977 until its closure in 1991. He was founder of the UK think-tank Demos, has been a columnist for The Times and the Sunday Times and was deputy editor of the Independent. He has made many television programmes for the BBC including writing and presenting Italy on Trial (1993), The Incredible Shrinking Politicians (1993), a two-part series on The End of the Western World (1996) and Proud to be Chinese (1998). He was co-presenter of the Knowledge on Channel Four. He has recently been a visiting professor at Remnin University, Beijing, the International Centre for Chinese Studies, Aichi University and at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, and was a senior visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.


What he offers you

Having written extensively for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and elsewhere (he has also been a regular contributor on BBC Newsnight, Channel Four News, Week in Politics, Westminster Programme, Any Questions, Today Programme, The World Tonight et al) and having travelled extensively in East Asia over the past fifteen years, Martin Jacques is a leading authority on Asian who offers deeply considered, influential political commentary on numerous Asian and global issues. His presentations are full of historical understanding and realism and are about more than China.


How he presents

The author of one of the best and most serious studies of China, Martin Jacques’ highly sought after presentations open our eyes to matters in Asia, from a unique and studied viewpoint.

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