The Leading Speakers Bureau

May 27 2015

Patrick Cox

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International Fashion Designer

Patrick CoxPatrick Cox is one of the UK’s most respected and successful fashion designers. Originally concentrating on shoes and accessories he has built up a multi-million pound business and has become one of the world’s most influential designers. Drawing upon his experiences Patrick talks candidly about his success and the drive which allowed him to become a very successful designer and businessman. Audiences will be inspired by his story and budding entrepreneurs can learn from his remarkable story.


In detail

Patrick Cox was born in 1963 in Edmonton, Alberta. He moved to Toronto and began to develop connections in the fashion community. After Cox customized a pair of shoes for a Loucas Kleanthous show, Loucas urged him to study footwear design. In September 1983, he moved to London to attend Cordwainers Technical College. He graduated in July 1988 with merit. While at school, he produced footwear for Vivienne Westwood and Body Map. These influential designers and their shows were pivotal to his visibility and future success. In August 1985, Cox set up his own company to design, produce, and wholesale footwear. In 1987 he launched his own private label collection.


What he offers you

In 1993 he launched Patrick Cox Wannabe, a lower priced line of loafers for men and women in materials ranging from patent leather to leopard print. For spring ’95, he followed with Wannabe clothing, a diffusion line called PC’s, and Patrick Cox bags, filofaxes, and wallets. In September 1991, he opened his first retail shop on Symons Street in London. Four years later, he added a shop in Paris and in 1995, a showroom and concession at the Galleries Lafayette. In addition, Cox opened the first Wannabe shop in 1995 and the Patrick Cox International Headquarters, both on Sloane Street. In January 2003 Patrick was appointed Head of Design at Charles Jourdan.


How he presents

Patrick Cox is an articulate speaker and he offers great insight into the world of design, innovation and brand creation.

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May 25 2015

Roger Flynn

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Investor / Director & Former BBC Ventures Chief Executive

Roger FlynnRoger Flynn is a worldwide expert in transformational change. His experience is unique having been the CEO/Director leading transformational change in five global companies. He has run businesses with turnovers of up to £2bn, with millions of customers and thousands of staff. He is currently investor in and Chairman of Biofuels Media Ltd (bioenergy exhibitions and publishing), bigrock Ltd (people performance software) and Vector Group Ltd (global strategy implementation). His observations, vision, solutions and stories have proven invaluable to organisations around the world.

“Roger achieved a remarkable turnaround and created real value in the Ventures businesses”
– Greg Dyke


In detail

Following a successful MBO with Warburg Pincus, Roger ran the European and Asian businesses of SDI Media Group, a global Film and Television business. Prior to SDI, Roger was Chief Executive of BBC Ventures Group and BBC main board member and created over £1bn of value; Managing Director of Prudential Retail, with £2bn sales, 6m customers and 6,000 staff; General Manager World Sales & Distribution at British Airways and transformed distribution; Director of Virgin working directly for Sir Richard Branson on deals and new business ideas.


What he offers you

Roger seeks to understand the business challenges facing your organisation and tailor his presentation to have maximum impact on the audience.

He is uniquely placed to talk on the business methodologies adopted by Virgin, drawing parallels from their successes, and showing how organisations can compete using their values to develop and create their own leading brand in the world.

His insights into the people and cultural aspects of transformational change in the highly charged environment of the BBC provide valuable lessons for any organisation undertaking a period of significant change. Roger brings real and practical solutions to current challenges, and helps organisations discover how doing things differently can lead to incredible innovation, momentum and results.


How he presents

Roger is very engaging and inspiring when he talks. He connects with audiences at a business and personal level in a down to earth and practical way that enables them to see how the ideas and experiences can apply to them in their own situation.

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May 22 2015

Herbie Hancock

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American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer

Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe. Now in the fifth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: in the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. Though one can’t track exactly where he will go next, he is sure to leave his inimitable imprint wherever he lands.

“A legendary jazz musician”


In detail

There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.” Born in Chicago, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. He also developed a passion for electronics and science, and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.


What he offers you

A talented musician with an extensive career behind him, Herbie Hancock provides engaging presentations to audiences at events throughout the country. He offers audiences an insight and anecdotes from his career in the music business.


How he presents

Herbie is a passionate and creative artist who is popular with a variety of audiences at events throughout the world.

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May 20 2015

Hasso Kaempfe

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Ex-CEO of Jägermeister and Adviser for Entrepreneurs

Hasso KaempfeHasso Kaempfe is the ex-CEO of Jägermeister and adviser to entrepreneurs. He started as a speaker for Jägermeister and was then a member of the Board of Directors responsible for marketing, PR, production, human resources and law issues. He currently advises family companies, and is a senior adviser to the Swedish financial investors EQT. He also helps young entrepreneurs to be successful in the brand industry.

“One of Germany’s leading brand experts”


In detail

Dr. Kaempfe started in 1982 as the in-house lawyer and later the chief legal adviser of Tchibo Holding AG. At the same time he was a lawyer for the court of Hamburg. In 1989 he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Tchibo Frisch Röst Kaffee GmbH in Hamburg. Since 2004 he has been also member of the Board of Directors of Markenverbandes and until 2007 he was also a member of the Board of Directorsof Nord/LB inne.


What he offers you

Dr. Kaempfe’s extensive experience of managing in the most challenging circumstances and his experience in branding and strategies at the highest level make him ideally positioned to inspire today’s business leaders about strategic planning, effective leadership and branding.


How he presents

A distinguished speaker, Dr. Kaempfe is an excellent communicator, captivating audiences with his experiences and sharing his insight on effective branding and entrepreneurship. His presentations are always peppered with his characteristic humour.

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May 18 2015

Gok Wan

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Fashion Stylist & TV Presenter

Gok WanGok Wan is a fashion stylist who has been in the industry for the best part of a decade. The 31-year-old combines a passion and flair for fashion with his early drama school foundations. Having dressed countless celebrities and fashion pages, he is now turning his attention to the nation with the new Channel 4 fashion series How To Look Good Naked. Career highlights to date have been working with one of his idols, Bryan Ferry, for Millionaire Magazine, and styling Blondie and Erasure.

“I never dreamt as a child that the people I danced around my bedroom singing to and tried to emulate style-wise, I’d one day get to tell what to wear!”


In detail

Gok studied at London’s prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, but his love of fashion and beauty led him to follow a career firstly in hair and makeup and then in fashion styling. Several years later, and now with his own team of assistants, Gok has worked for some of the world’s leading photographers, including Arthur Elgort, Terry O’Neill and John Swannell.


What he offers you

Amongst Gok Wan’s many facets, he also offers demonstrations of how to make a complete transformation, using his own team of stylists and make-up artists. Using willing volunteers, he also looks at the range of body shapes and shows how each should dress for maximum effect.


How he presents

Gok is an incredibly flamboyant and energetic character who charms and inspires a variety of audiences. His stylish presence brings a sparkle to events making them a memorable occasion.

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May 15 2015

Pietro Beccari

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Executive Vice-President of Louis Vuitton

Pietro BeccariPietro Beccari is the Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, in charge of Marketing and Communication. He has been responsible for the company’s product development – everything from leather goods, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories through to the ready-to-wear collections – along with advertising, press relationships, key events and the overall image of the Louis Vuitton brand.

“Pietro Beccari redefined the concept of luxury”


In detail

Pietro Beccari, himself is the ultimate traveller and a man who lives and breathes his brand. He points out that when the brand was born in 1854, it targeted mostly the adventurous men of the world, with a 150-year tradition of craftsmanship and savoir-faire. He joined the French company in 2006 after a career with high-profile multinationals the likes of Benckiser, Parmalat and Henkel. He was also a very good footballer (trained by Arrigo Sacchi), a fact that helped him bring together Pelè, Maradona and Zidane for Louis Vuitton’s World Cup ad campaign.


What he offers you

Having garnered experience in numerous multinational companies, Pietro Beccari takes a stylish, worldly approach to business. He provides captivating speeches emphasises the importance of travel, exploration and experience, which he believes are what make this international empire tick. He conveys the sense of being part of a pioneering experience and that’s absolutely paramount to what is done at Louis Vuitton and shares fascinating insights into his first-hand experience of driving global messages.


How he presents

Pietro Beccari is most definitely a very thought-provoking and memorable speaker.

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May 13 2015

Pierre Godé

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LVMH Senior Executive Vice President

Pierre GodéPierre Godé is adviser to the chief executive, Bernard Arnault, of LVMH and Dior, the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate. He has served as Member of the Board of Directors and Advisor to the Chairman of Christian Dior SA, Member of the Company’s Nominating and Compensation Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Arnault Group and the Chairman of the Corporate of Compensation and Benefits Committee.

“Pierre Godé is at the heart of today’s luxury industry”


In detail

Pierre Godé began his career as a Lawyer admitted to the Lille bar (avocat au barreau de Lille) and has taught at the Lille and Nice University law faculties. He has served as Advisor to the Chairman of Groupe Arnault since 1986. He also holds several other mandates, including Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Financiere Agache SA and Raspail Investissements SA, Chairman of Financiere Jean Goujon SAS and Groupe Arnault SAS, and Member of the Board of Directors of Christian Dior Couture SA, Societe Civile du Cheval Blanc, LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton Inc. and Sofidiv UK Ltd., Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SA, and Manager of Redeg SARL.


What he offers you

In his presentations, Pierre Godé explains to audiences the importance of knowing what consumers are buying and what people want. He offers insights into his hands-on style and marketing prowess, while he places focus on experience and low-key leadership. Decision makers from all fields will benefit from his privileged position in the global marketplace, offering audiences a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate.


How he presents

An experienced speaker, Pierre Godé’s presentations have been described as “captivating, entertaining and invaluable”. He is a sought-after speaker at events around the world.

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May 11 2015

Joanna Shields

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UK Prime Minister’s Adviser on the Digital Economy

Joanna ShieldsBaroness Joanna Shields OBE is a leading technology industry executive, entrepreneur and currently serves as UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Digital Adviser. Baroness Shields has developed and grown some of the world’s best known technology companies including holding the positions of Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook EMEA, President of Peoples Networks at AOL, CEO of Bebo and Managing Director of Google EMEA and Russia. As well as Joanna’s position in government, she is a Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange and Chair of Tech City UK.

“World Leading Expert on Digital Economy”


In detail

Joanna Shields was ranked number one on the Wired top 100 in 2011 and in February 2013 named to the list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. In July of the same year Computer weekly named Joanna ‘The Most Influential Woman in UK IT’. She is an Anglo –American who moved over from the Silicon Valley of California to London at the turn of the millennium. Following senior roles within EFI, Real Networks, Google, Bebo, AOL and Facebook, she received the British Interactive Media Association’s Lifetime Achievement award in July 2013.
In 2014 she was appointed OBE for “services to digital industries and voluntary service to young people”.


What she offers you

Joanna Shields works across all her roles to promote organisations, skills and causes which improve our lives using technology. This thread unites all of her work across government and business. She firmly believes that technology companies can power economic development and by establishing a new paradigm of international cooperation and collaboration between governments, industry, NGOs and experts and creating an atmosphere of willingness; we can make real change and improve lives.


How she presents

Joanna Shields sees the world with a different set of eyes and she is very practical in putting new ideas into practice. Her high content tailored presentations are always well received and delivered in her highly professional style.

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May 08 2015

Catalin Voss

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IT & Internet Entrepreneur, Inventor

Catalin VossCatalin Voss is a German technology entrepreneur, an inventor and a student at Stanford University. He founded the computer vision startup Sension in 2013 during his time at Stanford’s startup accelerator StartX, where he is now an Innovator in Residence. Sension gained traction for developing face tracking software used in education and for developing a Google Glass app that uses expression recognition to help children with autism (and perhaps soon robots) understand social interactions and emotions.

Der Spiegel covered Catalin’s work in 2013 when his work gained international attention


In detail

Catalin studied Computer Science at Stanford University at the age of 17. At the same time he advised the Axel Springer’s executive team on structuring a technology partnership between a Silicon Valley outpost and Germany. At the age of 12, he taught himself the basics of mobile software development when iPhone apps first became popular, and a year later, he started a German podcast about iOS development. His tutorials quickly gained > 200,000 views and became the #1 podcast on the German iTunes store. In 2009, he began working on iPhone apps for the U.S. Army and launched 5 applications. PayNearMe hired him as a software engineer to work on its Silicon Valley startup’s mobile product working on the company’s iPhone, Android and web platforms and helped launch a mobile cash payments platform.


What he offers you

Catalin is a dynamic entrepreneur who advises decision makers from a wide range of businesses how technology and innovation change the way we do business around the world.


How he presents

His highly informative and enlightening presentations make Catalin Voss a sought after commentator at conferences around the globe.

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May 06 2015

Chade-Meng Tan

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Google Fellow

Chade-Meng TanChade-Meng Tan is Google’s Jolly Good Fellow. He was one of Google’s earliest engineers. After a successful eight-year stint in engineering and two years as GoogleEDU’s head of personal growth, he currently serves with Google’s talent team. Meng’s job description is to “enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace.” Among many other things, he helped build Google’s first mobile search service, and headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google’s search quality. One of his main projects is ‘Search Inside Yourself’, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course, which he hopes will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.

“Each of us can be both a maker and a beneficiary of world peace”


In detail

‘Search Inside Yourself’ is also the backbone of the popular course of the same name taught at Google to elevate the work and lives of the people who work there. Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and President of the Tan Teo Charitable Foundation. He also is a founding patron of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is also a founding patron of the World Peace Festival, and adviser to a number of technology startups.


What he offers you

Chade-Meng Tan talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business and its bold side projects. He has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop. Meng shares the course openly in the hopes of seeing every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment.


How he presents

Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan presents his practical guide to success and happiness. The combination of clear-sighted engineer and compassionate guru is very intriguing and interesting for audience around the world.

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