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Mar 24 2017

Emily Grossman

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Science Communicator, Writer, Educator & Trainer

Emily GrossmanEmily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens’ College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She trained as an actress, and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, public speaker, writer and educator.

“A passionate advocate for gender equality in science”


In detail

Emily can be seen on the panel of experts for Sky 1’s celebrity panel-show, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo andshe is a regular contributor to Discovery Channel’s How Do They Do It?She spent a season as the resident science expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and she has appeared as a biology expert on Channel 4’s Food Unwrappedand as a maths examiner on BBC1’s The One Show. She has also been interviewed on This Morning, BBC Breakfast, CNN, and Sky News. Emily has presented a series of fun videos for the Royal Institution; one of them, How to Stop Yourself Being Ticklish, has received over 200,000 hits and was featured on Radio 2’s Jo Whiley Showand the independent’s i100 top 100 trending videos.


What she offers you

Emily regularly delivers talks and fun workshops in schools, universities and at live events. She speaks about cutting edge science topics such as stem cells, regenerative medicine, obesity and epigenetics. Emily sharesher thoughts on women in science, gender equality, imposter syndrome, secrets of success, science careers. Emily speaks about maths and the use and abuse of statistics in the media.


How she presents

Emily shares her own personal story, and the importance of feelings in science… and in all areas of life. Emily creates bespoke talks created for any audience

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Mar 22 2017

Einar Hareide

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Former design director at Saab Automobile AB and
Mercedes Benz designer

Einar HareideEinar Hareide is a Norwegian industrial designer, leading an award winning studio Hareide Design. Prior to that, he was a design director at Saab Automobile AB and later employed by Mercedes Benz. Since 2002 he has been an Executive Design Adviser for Bogwart AG. Einar has worked with companies from wide range of industries. His clients include Volvo Cars,SJ/Bombardier,
Kongsberg Maritime and Rolls-Royce Marine.


In detail

Einar has an inspiring story to tell about his journey from a small island on the coast of Norway (Hareid) to end up as design director at Saab utomobile in Sweden at the age of 30. Experiencing first hand the period when Saab was a small car company with a slightly rebellious and a highly respected image to becoming a part of giant General Motors, a modern equivalent of David’s fight against Goliath. Einar started his career as a designer at Saab Automobile in 1986. In 1989 he was employed by Mercedes Benz and was responsible of the design of the 1994 E-Class that became the first Modern Mercedes with round headlamps. In 1991 he was asked to come back to Saab to be in charge of exterior design and in 1994 he was promoted to the position of design director with total responsibility for the exterior, interior and color&trim of all Saab Cars. During that period he was responsible for the design of the new generation of Saab cars that includes the Saab 9-3 series (1993) and Saab 9-5 series (1998). In 1999 He founded Hareide Design. The studio work has been internationally recognized by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), and received more than 20 awards.


What he offers you

How do you create customer value in a world where products are becoming services, how can you get paid for a service that can be for free somewhere else, and how do you create true value to your customers? Einar answers those questions and demonstrates how important is design thinking and creating a culture of innovation that is active instead of re-active. He shows the importance of creating a long-term internal strategy for product and service development without being governed by what the competition is doing. Einar also covers areas connected with IoT (The Internet of Things) and robots entering production (Industry 4:0) and demonstrates how this affects design, production and the human being.


How he presents

Einar’s presentations are supported by unique visualization and animation tools, leaving the audience mesmerised and highly inspired. He has held many lectures in both in English, Swedish and Norwegian, to students and universities and to large multi international companies, as well as product launches for the car industry among others.

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Mar 20 2017

Will Gompertz

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BBC Arts Editor

Will GompertzWill Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and a respected commentator on The Arts.Voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine, Will was previously a Director of The Tate Gallery. During his time there, he was responsible for Tate Online – the UK’s most popular art website. He set up a TV production unit, making arts programmes for Channel 4 and ITV and he also created Tate Etc, the UK’s highest-circulation art magazine.

“We’re brought up to be intimidated by art”


In detail

Will has advised many arts and media organisations and has been a board member of the National Campaign for the Arts. As a writer he has penned numerous articles for, amongst others, The Times and The Guardian. In the summer of 2009, he wrote and performed a one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Double Art History, a light-hearted lecture on the story of modern art.


What he offers you

Will has great passion, experience and knowledge of the arts. He is a great communicator and is full of ideas about how new media can be use more effectively to share arts news with audiences. He gives an introduction to modern art in the guise of a classroom lesson.


How he presents

Will Gompertz’s passion for art is expressed with wit and verve. He is an impressive speaker who makes audiences laugh from the start with his self-deprecating humour, trying to make art funny.

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Mar 17 2017

Ross Brawn

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Hugely Successful F1 Mogul

Ross BrawnRoss Brawn OBE is perhaps one of the most successful team principals Formula One has ever seen. Ross has worked with the sport’s leading teams and overseen some of the sport’s most talented drivers.

“Brawn is the most successful technical director in Formula One history”


In detail

Beginning his career in motorsport at March Engineering in 1976, Ross quickly moved up the ranks before being employed by Sir Frank Williams for the newly formed Williams F1 team. He has worked for a number of Formula One teams notably as the technical director of the championship-winning Benetton Formula and Scuderia Ferrari teams. He took a sabbatical from the sport in 2007, but returned to F1 for the 2008 season as Team Principal of Honda F1. He became the owner of the Brawn GP team, which acquired the Honda team in early 2009. Brawn GP was bought out by Mercedes-Benz in November 2009 in a deal reported to be worth £110m.He retired from the sport at the end of 2013.


What he offers you


Ross Brawn is a hugely knowledgeable motorsport speaker with extensive experience of the technical and physical side of the sport,he will intrigue and enlighten guests in any aspect of what makes Formula One so special.


How he presents

Ross had enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers ever seen within F1, making him a highly desirable personality to talk at events as a motorsport speaker.

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Mar 15 2017

Norbert Haug

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Journalist & Former Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

Norbert HaugNorbert Haug is a German journalist, and the former Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, including Formula One, Formula 3 and DTM. Under his direction, Mercedes-Benz enjoyed considerable success in all categories, winning multiple races and championships.

“Business is like Formula 1 – only with many more competitors”


In detail

For over 22 years, Norbert Haugwas Head of Motorsports at Mercedes-Benz. Under his leadership Mercedes, along with its partner teams, won a total of four Formula 1 Drivers and two Constructors world championship titles between 1998 and 2009. In the DTM (German Touring Car Masters), Mercedes triumphed under Norbert’s leadership between 1991 and 2012 against well-known factory teams like Audi or BMW in more races than all the competitors put together. Mercedes thus became the most victorious brand of the DTM. Out of 900 races in all the key motor sports categories, Mercedes won over 400 under the leadership of Norbert, of which 80 in Formula 1 and 140 in the DTM.


What he offers you

In his talks and interviews, Norbert inspires with his authenticity and passion. He isvery skilful at establishing easy to understand analogies between the challenges of motor sports and everyday work.


How he presents

An engaging and entertaining speaker, Norbert uses a mix of stories and anecdotes from his career combined with stunning images to challenge and inspire audiences to greater things.

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Mar 13 2017

Mark van Rijmenam

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Founder of Datafloq

Mark van RijmenamMark van Rijmenam is an entrepreneur with a drive for disruptive innovation and Founder of Datafloq,the One-Stop Source for Big Data, connecting all stakeholders within the global Big Data market.He is also founding partner of the Australian think tank The Digital Leadership Initiative and is named a global top 10 Big Data influencer.

“Disruptive change is coming your way”


In detail

Mark’s objective is to be a catalyst for global innovation and to enable organizations and societies to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Mark believes in sustainable, social and economic responsibility when doing business or creating companies. He encourages the use of the latest trends such as Big Data, Robotics, Virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology or 3D printing to change and improve the world and create a better place for all. He is aware of the latest trends in the world that impact organisations.Currently, he is a PhD Candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney.


What he offers you

Mark provides audiences with a glimpse of the future and how your organisation should be ready for it. Using countless inspiring examples of organisations from around the world, Mark provides handles how to deal with Big Data and our changing world.


How he presents

His keynote speeches are inspirational and provide the audience a deep understanding about the accelerated change that we are currently experiencing.

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Mar 10 2017

Kamal Ahmed

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Economic Editor of the BBC

Kamal AhmedKamal Ahmed is the Economics Editor of the BBC and former Business Editor of the BBC. He leads the BBC’s on air economics coverage and makes regular appearances on the Today programme, the Six and Ten O’clockNews bulletins as well as Newsnight.

“A respected Economic journalist”


In detail

Kamal joined the BBC from the Telegraph Media Group which he joined in September 2009 as Business Editor of The Sunday Telegraph. Kamal also led the editorial team delivering The Telegraph’s annual Festival of Business, a celebration of medium and smaller sized businesses in the UK.Between 2007 and 2009 Kamal was Group Director, Communications, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Before joining the Commission in 2007, Kamal was Executive Editor, News, at The Observer and between 2000 and 2004 he was Political Editor of The Observer covering Tony Blair’s government and the lead up to the Iraq war. Between 1996 and 2000, Kamal worked for The Guardian, starting on the paper as Royal Correspondent, later becoming Media Correspondent and then Media Editor.


What he offers you

Kamal Ahmed has a way of delivering financial, business and economic information which is extremely accessible and insightful on what is happening right now and perhaps what might be around the corner.


How he presents

Kamal is a thorough and highly informative speaker who is able to present complex issues in an engaging and clear manner

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Mar 08 2017

Jonty Hurwitz

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Co- Founder Wonga.com

Jonty HurwitzJonty Hurwitz is a leading financial and technological innovator and a highly successful entrepreneur. He co-founded Wonga.com in 2007; the multi-award winning online micro-loan company, that grew to a staggering scale in just five years.

“A leading financial and technological innovator”


In detail

Wonga was voted Europe’s fastest-growing on-line company and won the Sunday TimesTechTrack 100 in 2012.Jonty designed and built the first automated risk processing technology, to provide real-time unsecured personal loans online, including via a mobile app; and also the first company world-wide to provide an instant lending application app on the iPhone. He is a world leading specialist in several areas including consumer risk in the cloud, user interfaces for consumer finance, understanding mobile and internet customer behaviour for finance and cloud based financial computing. Jonty is also a widely collected and exhibited sculptor and artist. He has won several international awards for art, business and technology applying this idea.


What he offers you

Jonty shares with audiences worldwide the rise of robo-advisers and gives tips on how to remain relevant in the digital age. Jonty places significant focus on cultivating an innovative culture in order to be in the forefront of leadership, innovation and technology


How he presents

Instrumental in bringing into focus the fact that technological innovation is happening so fast that it’s hard to keep up, Jonty’s high content presentations are delivered in his personal, yet professional style.

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Mar 06 2017

Chris Kane

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Thought Leader & Creative Transformer of Business Premises and Performance

Chris KaneChris Kane masterminded the BBC’s relocation strategy, culminating in creating Media City UK in Salford; restructuring BBC Broadcasting House in London; transforming the BBC’s property portfolio; along with his prior experience as VP Corporate Real Estate at Walt Disney.

“He is a respected Spokesman and Thought-Leader”


In detail

With exceptional experience at the cutting edge of commercial real estate development in the public and private sectors, Chris has rewritten the model for redevelopment, incorporating the consumer’s perspective. The BBC’s commercial property function was transformed from an economic basket case to a shining example of how to unlock value, reduce costs and develop a physical environment that nurtures talent. More of a magician than a mechanic, his innovative approach to developing high value, large-scale commercial property projects has resulted in unprecedented results, creating space for people to be more productive.


What he offers you

As a passionate visionary and futurist, Chris identifies new trends to advance the evolution of the workplace which is increasingly recognised for its ability to add value to the organisation. His big-picture vision, and courage to take calculated risks, inspires business leaders to step outside their comfort zones to adopt innovative, smart approaches, which transform the work experience for today’s and tomorrow’s generation.


How he presents

Naturally engaging, he uses candour and humour to inspire his audience. His warm Irish lilt makes him especially easy to listen to.

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Mar 03 2017

Bernd Raffelhüschen

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Economics, Demographic and Pensions Expert

Bernd RaffelhüschenBernd Raffelhüschen is a Professor of Public Finance and Director of the Research Center Intergenerational at the Albert-Ludwigs-University and Professor II at Bergen University. His research interests are in the areas of social and tax policy, especially the old-age security, health economics and preventive care. He advertises for a supplement to the PAYG pension system by a capital-based pension.

“The trickery of the pension formula is a policy at the expense of our children and grandchildren”


In detail

He studied economics at Kiel, Berlin and Aarhus and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Kiel. He is regularly active in several advisory functions for the policy. From 2002 to 2003 he was a member of the Rürup Commission on the future of social security systems. He has published in journals such as American Economic Review, European Economic Review and Public Choice, among others. He is a member of the Advisory Board Foundation for the rights of future generations and also an ambassador of the Initiative New Social Market Economy on questions of practical social policy.


What he offers you

In his lectures, Bernd illustrates the danger of today’s existing system of social security and possible consequences in the future. He examines the issue of what essential care services can be implemented and the necessary financing concepts.


How he presents

Bernd’s speaking style coupled with an incisive understanding and enlightened capacity to explain and discuss economics, demographic and pension’s issues has contributed to his high popularity and reputation.

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