The Leading Speakers Bureau

Jan 28 2015

Nick Sohnemann

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Leading Trend Research and Innovation Consultant

Nick SohnemannNick Sohnemann is one of the leading experts in Europe for trends and innovation research. Being a pragmatic problem-solver on the one hand and strategic “business brain” on the other hand, he has supported companies on their way to innovation since 2008. In 2013 he founded the innovation consulting Futurecandy and currently works as director of InnoLab at the Hamburg Media School.

“A leading expert who guides organisations during their innovation processes”


In detail

Nick studied Media Studies at the University of Westminster in London as well as Media Management at the Hamburg Media School. For TrendOne he developed the European and Russian market. At Futurecandy he develops meaningful innovations for businesses around the globe and helps to implement them. In today’s globalised world, a new contemporary method helps companies to successfully innovate. The Futurecandy method: Innovation Hacking moves the marketing to the front.


What he offers you

Always on the hunt for state-of-the-art methods and tools for successful innovation, Nick provides next generation global trend research and innovation consultancy. He advises clients on a new approach – the Innovation Hacking method, which focuses on the successful and rapid design and implementation of innovative ideas.


How he presents

Highly inspiring and thought provoking, Nick is in great demand to speak at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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Jan 26 2015

Matt Dawson

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Former England Rugby Union Player

Matt DawsonMatt Dawson MBE is best known as a member of the World Cup winning 2003 England Rugby Union squad. With 77 caps under his belt, he is England’s most capped scrum half, captaining the side 9 times. Matt is a regular guest presenter on Five Live and has hosted a series of shows discussing a wide range of sports such as rugby and tennis. In 2011 he toured the UK with A Question of Sport Live as Team Captain which was a great success and Matt continues to appear on BBC1 on the much loved TV show A Question of Sport.

“Matt Dawson is an institution in the world of rugby.”


In detail

Regarded as one of the more outspoken players, Matt is a favourite with the BBC’s rugby coverage and has had substantial experience in written journalism. In 2006 he took part in the BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef and won. Since then, Matt has further pursued his love for food by filming three new food based shows in 2011; Monster Munchies and Matt and Allegra’s Big Farm both for UK TV’s The Good Food channel and also Tesco’s The Real Food Family Cook Off for Channel 5. He has also used his creativity and knowledge by partnering the food brand Tulip to develop a range of fuller flavoured sausages, with more delicious additions in the pipeline for 2012.


What he offers you

Matt enjoys presenting the lessons he has learned from rugby and his other own life experiences, especially his competitive interests, and relates them to individual approaches, physical and mental training as well as development of career and personal life. Matt develops relevant presentations in his own style, equally effective at large team building exercises at a sales conference to strategic retreats and change management sessions.


How he presents

A truly inspiring speaker, Matt tailors his presentations for different team and corporate scenarios, working with clients to achieve the goals and objectives of strategy meetings, seminars and conferences.

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Jan 23 2015

Laurence Kemball-Cook

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Award Winning Clean Technology Entrepreneur

Laurence Kemball-CookLaurence Kemball-Cook is the award-winning founder and CEO of Pavegen Systems, an innovative clean-technology company based in London. His technology instantly converts kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable off-grid electricity. A strong believer of the impact of disruptive technologies, he is a regular commentator on technology and entrepreneurship events. His TED x Berlin talk was featured amongst TED’s top talks.

“Laurence’s work is shifting the perceptions of renewable energy” Guardian


In detail

A graduate from Loughborough University, he earned 1st Class Honours in Industrial Design and Technology. Laurence generates significant international media interest with his entrepreneurial savvy and technical knowledge. Press coverage includes BBC, CNN, Wall Street Journal and Wired amongst others. He was the youngest delegate on the Trade Mission to China as a member of the sustainability panel accompanying the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. His significant potential has been recognised with numerous awards and accolades.


What he offers you

Laurence advises decision makers from public and private organisations on the cities of the future, changing people’s attitudes towards renewable energy and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. He summarises key entrepreneurship points and encourages audiences to explore and deliver new concepts.


How he presents

A charismatic innovator and entrepreneur, Laurence motivates and challenges audiences around the globe in their thinking.

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Jan 21 2015

Larry King

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Media Legend

Larry KingLarry King is an Emmy award winning talk show host. He has been working in the radio and television broadcasting industry for over fifty years, twenty five of which he spent hosting his nightly show Larry King Live on CNN. In that time he has received numerous awards and accolades for his work as an interviewer, including the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in broadcasting which he has won twice, once for radio and once for his television show. Other awards include a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Golden Mike Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“There’s nothing like daily television”


In detail

Larry King Live became the first international TV call-in show. He developed a loyal audience who tuned in to watch the talk show host interview presidents, athletes, actors, national heroes, foreign dignitaries among others. The show soon became the highest-rated talk show on air, and a requisite stopover for celebrities plugging any project. King’s direct, non-confrontational interview style has proven to be a hit with audiences and guests alike. King has also used his show as a portal for other fundraising events, including the support of disaster reliefs. In 2010, King announced he’d be ending his reign as host of the CNN talk show after 25 years.


What he offers you

Larry King brings his gift for humour to this entertaining presentation, in which he shares stories about his career and childhood. It’s a hilarious, insightful look at his life both behind and in front of the camera, followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience. He leaves audiences literally exhausted from laughter and on their feet begging for more.


How he presents

A captivating raconteur, wry political observer, and keen commentator on life and history, King finds the humour and human interest in a spectrum of subjects. He leaves audiences literally exhausted from laughter and on their feet begging for more.

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Jan 19 2015

Jason Hawker

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Former Red Arrow Pilot and Director of “Mission Excellence”

Jason HawkerJas Hawker is the Operations Director at Mission Excellence, looking after development and delivery of all Mission Excellence client programmes. He has previously undertaken a number of high-level appointments within the Ministry of Defence, advising senior military officers and civil servants on strategic and operational matters. He has practical experience of operational level campaign planning having deployed to Afghanistan as a Senior Air Advisor.

“Jas provides companies with solutions to operational challenges”


In detail

Jas has first-hand experience of developing and leading a world-class high performance team as Leader of the Red Arrows. As a fighter pilot, he was the youngest ever pilot to fly the Tornado ground attack aircraft on the front-line and served on 4 operational squadrons taking part in both training and operational deployments all over the world; he is also a qualified flying instructor. Jas served in the Red Arrows for 3 years including 2 years flying as part of the synchro pair, before returning in 2007 as Team Leader and Commanding Officer for a further 3-year period. Jas was responsible for all aspects of Red Arrows’ operations including risk and safety management.


What he offers you

Whilst many organisations address individual competencies and personal development, few address the ability to close the gap between desired and actual outcomes. Jas shows audiences how to deliver outcomes in complex high-pressure environments.


How he presents

Jas tailors each presentation to precisely fit each event and his engaging speeches make him a sought-after speaker at conferences around the globe.

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Jan 16 2015

Prof. Iain Stewart

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Geoscientist and Authority on Natural Resources

Iain StewartIain Stewart is a Senior Lecturer in Geodynamics, School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Geology at the University of Plymouth. He is best known as the inspirational presenter of BBC TV series such as Earth: The Power of the Planet, How Earth Made Us, and How to Grow a Planet. He is currently President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and an Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers. He was awarded MBE in 2013 for services to geology and science communication.

“Iain believes the secret to sparking public interest in geology is to tell compelling stories with a human element”


In detail

Iain graduated in 1986 with a degree in Geology & Geography from Strathclyde University in Glasgow and moved to the University of Bristol to carry out doctoral research on the geology of earthquakes in Greece and Turkey. His main research interests are in the broad area of Natural Hazard and how to cope with them while he is an authority toward technologies being used in extraction of Oil, Gas and Shale gas. He has researched fundamentals associated with extraction and shows deep concerns towards environmental degradation.


What he offers you

In his presentations, Iain tells what he has learned, what has surprised him and what he thinks of the challenges now facing us. His presentations focus on how societies through history have responded to the challenges thrown up by earthquakes and floods.


How he presents

Ian will become audiences’ guide on a journey back into the mists of time, explaining how geologists unravel the truth about events that took place many millions of years ago with his compelling narrative skills.

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Jan 14 2015

Prof. Hans-Jörg Bullinger

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President Fraunhofer Society

Hans-Jörg BullingerProfessor Hans-Jörg Bullinger is an internationally renowned expert and researcher in the fields of technology, innovation and information management, e-commerce and the Internet. For more than 20 years he was head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering before he became President of the Fraunhofer Society, the leading organisation for technical and organisational innovations in Europe. Since 2005 he has headed the Innovation Initiative of the German Government.

Networking is one of the most important developments for the New Information Society


In detail

Prof. Bullinger is also renowned for his continuing research and in particular the initiative “Partner for Innovation” which is he co-instigated. For his outstanding achievements in 2006 he received the Federal Cross of Merit, the Federal Order of Merit in 1998 and in 1995 the Arthur Burckhard Award. He has also been elected as an honorary member and honorary professor at some of the most prestigious universities and institutions around the world.


What he offers you

Professor Bullinger offers audiences an in depth look at the social, economic and political implications of new technologies around the world. He also shows organisations how to benefit from the latest innovations and trends which are shaping globalization and the way we do business today.


How he presents

Professor Bullinger’s engaging and thought provoking presentations are filled with a wealth of useful actionable information and examples from his comprehensive research programmes.

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Jan 12 2015

Lord Finkelstein

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Associate Editor of The Times & Former Head of Policy for the Conservative Party

FinkelsteinLord Daniel Finkelstein OBE is a former politician and is currently Associate Editor of The Times. He is also their Chief Leader Writer and a weekly political columnist. Before joining The Times in 2001, he was adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague. His blog, Comment Central, is a personal round up of the best political opinion on the web. He is the chairman of Policy Exchange and was elevated to the House of Lords in August 2013.

“Daniel Finkelstein is a respected commentator on all political issues”


In detail

Daniel Finkelstein graduated from the London School of Economics, where he studied economics & politics. He was awarded the OBE in the 1997 honours list. Between 1981 and 1990 he was a member of the SDP, becoming Chair of the Young Social Democrats during the 1983 general election campaign. Before working for the Conservative Party, Daniel Finkelstein was Director of the think tank the Social Market Foundation for three years. Between 1995 and 1997 Finkelstein was Director of the Conservative Research Department. Between 1997 and 2001 he was political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon William Hague MP, and, together with George Osborne, Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet.


What he offers you

Daniel Finkelstein is a prominent media commentator, well known for his regular appearances on Newsnight’s political panel. He expertly provides a tour d’horizon of the current political and economic scene domestically and internationally.


How he presents

A highly respected professional, Daniel Finkelstein is an intelligent and eloquent speaker with a good sense of humour who brings a refreshing edge to the world of politics.

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Jan 09 2015

Chris Baréz-Brown

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Innovation and Creativity Motivational Business Speaker

Chris Baréz-BrownChris Baréz–Brown is the founder of Upping your Elvis, a business whose sole focus is to release the genius of organisation by helping their people shine more brightly. Chris is determined to inject more humanity back into business which is why he founded Upping Your Elvis in 2009. He specialises in helping people reconnect with their inner genius and once again become confident in being who they truly are. Although that may seem rather hippy to some, his results produce tangible returns on investment for companies such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, Nike, Roche, Diageo and WPP, who come back time and again for his unique and energetic approach to transforming their people and their businesses.

“A renowned innovation and creativity guru”


In detail

Chris started his career as a soldier, and then he proceeded to work with some of the world’s most successful brands. This led him to setting up ‘What If’s’ Capability Practice, helping the biggest and best companies become even better.
Much of Chris’s skill lies in generating the energy and instilling the confidence in delegates to go forward as creative champions.


What he offers you

Chris offers an injection of creative energy, helps businesses change by giving people the creativity, energy and flexibility to improve everything around them every day. Chris is a master at bringing out the creative spark in people to turn dust into something that matters.


How he presents

Chris loves to shake things up with lots of interaction, energy and yet hard hitting messages that can easily be used. Human, simple, entertaining and yet provocative; a sure fire hit for any event.

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Jan 07 2015

Chris Gardner

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Extraordinary Motivational Speaker, Ambassador of Pursuit and Happyness

Chris GardnerChris Gardner is an entrepreneur, author and philanthropist one of the most dynamic inspirational speakers. Few stories are as inspiring and moving as his rise from homelessness to become the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC, the bestselling author of the autobiography ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ and inspiration for the award winning movie of the same name starring Will Smith in the role of Chris Gardner of which Chris was an associate producer.

“One of the most inspiring motivational speakers”


In detail

The amazing story of his life, published as an autobiography, became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. The book spent over twenty weeks on the NYT bestseller list and has been translated into more than forty languages. In 2010 Gardner was named the Ambassador of Pursuit and Happyness for AARP, which has nearly 40 million members worldwide. His mission is to share his hard-won wisdom to encourage audiences around the globe to pursue new challenges, search for fulfilment at any stage of life and craft the legacy they want to leave behind.


What he offers you

Chris Gardner’s aim is to help organisations and individuals achieve their full potential. Surmounting acute obstacles throughout his life, Chris shares with his audiences the keys to self empowerment and the message of beating the odds and breaking cycles.


How he presents

His enthusiasm, his highly inspirational story and practical guidance have made him a sought-after speaker at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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