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Nov 30 2016

Keren Elazari

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Cybersecurity Expert

keren elazariKeren Elazari is an internationally celebrated researcher, author and speaker on all matters related to cybersecurity and hacker culture. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading security firms, public organizations, Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies. Her research and writing about security has been featured in Scientific American, WIRED, CNN and she has been quoted, interviewed and frequently contributes to leading newspapers and magazines such as Focus, Der Spiegel and Neue Zuricher Zeitung amongst others. Keren’s 2014 TED talk has been viewed by 1.5 million people and was translated into 25 languages.

“Keren’s 2014 TED talk was selected for TED’s list of ‘Most Powerful Ideas’


In detail

Keren holds a CISSP certification and Masters in Security Studies from the prestigious Security & Technology workshop at Tel Aviv University where she is a senior researcher with the Balvatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center. In 2012, she held the position of Security Teaching Fellow with Singularity University, NASA Research Park, California.


What she offers you

Keren Elazari moves through business, academic and security circles, researching new technologies and emerging security threats. Inspired by science fiction and fuelled by insatiable curiosity, Keren spent years investigating the darker corners of cyberspace. Today, she emerges with a new understanding of the hacker underworld.


How she presents

Challenging and thought provoking, Keren’s presentations are always a highlight at conferences around the globe.

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Nov 28 2016

Jerome Pesenti

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Renowned Computer Scientist, VP Watson Core Technology at IBM

Jerome PesentiJerome Pesenti is the Vice President of Watson Core Technology at IBM where he leads a global team of researchers and software engineers. He is also responsible for the Watson Developer Cloud, which exposes cognitive technologies as easy-to-consume cloud services. In 2000, Jerome co-founded the search and text analytics company Vivisimo which was acquired by IBM

“Jerome is lead developer of IBM’s Jeopardy-winning Watson supercomputer”


In detail

He is also active in the Big Data community through a non-profit that he created, Pittsburgh DataWorks, whose mission is to promote and provide access to big data education, projects, talent and technologies. In addition, Jerome is a Visiting Scientist at the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. At Vivisimo he advised many large corporate and government customers such as P&G, Airbus, J&J, DIA, SSA, or the US Air Force. Vivisimo’s technology was based on the machine learning research he conducted with his co-founders in the CS department of CMU from 1998 to 2000.


What he offers you

Recognised as a leading computer scientist, Jerome has been involved with natural language processing, search, big data and machine learning for the past 16 years. He offers organisations valuable insights based on his research, and in his presentations he focuses on showing how to create value through innovation and how the use of new technologies can stimulate growth.


How he presents

A distinguished expert, Jerome Pesenti provides excellent and useful inside knowledge on the topic of computer science.

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Nov 25 2016

Alex Hunter

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Brand and Social Media Strategist

Alex HunterAlex Hunter is a company incubator, angel investor, and branding expert. He is also a noted public speaker, appearing at events all over the world such as ad:tech, Future of Web Apps, Thinking Digital, Marketing 2.0, iStrategy, Tech4Africa, MARKA and Internet World. He’s also spoken at private events for organizations such asCisco, Infosys, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble, O2 and the BBC.He is also the creator and host of Attaché, a new kind of travel show.

“One of the most sophisticated professionals in today’s Online and Social Media Landscape”


In detail

Previously, Alex served as the globalHead of Online Marketing forthe Virgin Group, curating the Virgin brand’s global digital strategy.He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the UK non-profit Drinkaware. He has also served as an adviser to the Prince of Wales’ Rainforest Trust specifically around the use of social media andengagement to propagate the Trusts’ message.Alex’s work has beenfeatured in the best-selling book ‘The Whuffie Factor’ by Tara Hunt, and he was recently profiled in the critically acclaimed book ‘Insites’ by Keir Whitaker and Elliot Jay Stocks.


What he offers you

Alex advises start-ups on strategy and business plans and is a popular and energetic speaker on brand and social media. As well as assessing with the power (and weaknesses) of brands online, he explores how a brand evolves, what makes anyone loyal to it and how to keep customers in an age of peer-to-peer power and media saturation.


How he presents

Alex is a passionate, energetic and knowledgeable speaker who can engage any size audience in any industry.

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Nov 23 2016

Guy Verhofstadt

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Member of the European Parliament, 47th Prime Minister of Belgium (1999 – 2008)

Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt is one of Europe’s most experienced leaders and is currently the leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the centrist-liberal grouping in the European parliament. He is also the former prime minister of Belgium. Guy argues for reform to the EU so that it focuses much more on the key problems facing both Europe and the world – the economic crisis, crime, the disparity between rich and poor, and other key political issues

“One of the architects of the current structure of power in the European Union”


In detail

Guy Verhofstadt became president of the Flemish Liberal Student’s Union (1972-1974) while studying law in Ghent. He began his political career as a Ghent city councilor in 1976. In 1982, at the age of 29, he became president of the PVV, the Flemish Liberal Party. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies – the lower house of Belgian’s Federal Parliament – in 1985, and he served as deputy prime minister and minister of budget and scientific research until 1988. Prime Minister Verhofstadt led the transformation of the PVV into the VLD, the Flemish Liberals and Democrats, in 1992, and was elected to the Belgian Senate three years later. In this role, he served as rapporteur for the Senate’s commission on the Rwandan genocide.


What he offers you

Former Belgian prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt is acknowledged as a passionate politician, a gifted speaker and a razor-sharp polemicist. He offers audiences tremendous insights into current European issues, the current political landscape and the socio and business scene.


How he presents

Guy Verhofstadt is a forthright, memorable, powerful and much sought-after speaker at prestigious events worldwide.

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Nov 21 2016

Nima Abu-Wardeh

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Journalist, ME and Global Business Expert, Conference Chair

Nima Abu-WardehNima Abu-Wardeh is an award winning bilingual English-Arabic broadcast journalist. She is the Founder and CEO of Cashy and its versions Cashy campus and cashy.me: social media platforms focused primarily on personal financing. Until 2015, Nima was part of the team that launched BBC World’s Middle East Business Report covering business and finance issues of the region. She is a Young Arab Leader and the winner of the New Arab Woman Forum’s WOW media award for 2013.

“A prestigious expert on global and particularly ME business issues”


In detail

Nima started her career in journalism working for Spectrum International where she created and presented a weekly broadcast focusing on social issues. She went on to work for MBC as a producer and reporter, then she worked for FT TV, and following that, she joined the Al Jazeera London office as a business reporter. In 2000, Nima moved to Dubai to work with The Business Channel where she created, produced and presented current affairs and business programmes. In 2008 Nima was a member of the Arab Thought Foundation’s Advisory Committee.


What she offers you

Regarded as an opinion leader, Nina is approached by think-tanks, the corporate world and government organisations for her insights on global business and social issues. In addition, her experience in interviewing numerous politicians, global business leaders and decision makers make her a perfect choice to chair prestigious conferences and business meetings around the globe.


How she presents

Versatile and charismatic, Nima Abu-Wardeh is a sought after commentator on global business issues and an experienced event chair.

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Nov 18 2016

Gavin Ingham

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“Mental Toughness” Expert, Inspirational Speaker and Executive Coach

Gavin InghamGavin Ingham is a leading global business speaker. His passion is to help people to “Be More”, “Do More” & “Have More” in their businesses and their lives. He is an expert in knowing what makes high performance teams and individuals tick and has given over 1,000 paid talks to over 100,000 audiences and reached a worldwide audience through his online blogs, videos and articles. He has appeared on The Brian Tracy TV Show shown on ABC, CBS, NBC& Fox in the USA.

“Gavin Ingham will empower your teams to take action”


In detail

Gavin Ingham is the author of three books and numerous multi-media programmes including the ground-breaking Sales Juice. His expertise has been sought out by multi-nationals that include: UBS, The Royal Bank of Canada, Microsoft and Renault Trucks. His insights, tips and motivational strategies are shared by high-performing professionals, business leaders and organisations around the world to achieve commercial success.


What he offers you

Gavin’s presentations combine high level commercial intelligence, inspirational tips, killer success strategies and powerful stories. Your teams will not only enjoy your event but will leave with their heads buzzing with practical tactics that they can use right away to help them be more, do more and achieve more.


How he presents

Gavin’s high energy keynote talks have inspired thousands of professionals to understand how they can use ‘mental toughness’ to be more successful in today’s competitive markets, starting NOW. He acts as a catalyst for change by using real-world stories.He has an engaging style with a great ability to change the energy in a room, encouraging everyone to participate, not only by listening by doing.

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Nov 16 2016

Yaron Svoray

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WWII Treasure Retriever, Speaker, Detective and Author

Yaron SvorayYaron Svoray is an Israeli former police detective, author, and lecturer, most notable for his work against Neo-Nazis. He infiltrated German Neo-Nazi groups and has also been active in searching for treasure looted by the Nazis.To the general public Yaron is probably best known for his hunt of Nazi era diamonds. His search was documented on the History Channel’s special Blood from a Stone.In 2013 Yaron and his team began a search for boxes full of Gold dumpedinto Lake Stolpsee in Germany.This project has been filmed by National Geographic.

“A master story teller”


In detail

Yaron worked as a detective in the Israeli Central Police Command.He then travelled to the USA where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in media and communication, and worked as a journalist and a lecturer.Today, as terrorism spans borders and continents, Yaron’sexpertise and proven abilities have made him a very popular speaker for “intelligence gathering organizations” such as SHABAK (Israeli Secret Service), the German GSG (German Anti-Terrorist Organization) and the Italian Carbinieri, plus many more security and law enforcement agencies.


What he offers you

Yaron’slectures are both uplifting and motivational. They are about bravery, selflessness, learning to be on the run, never giving up against all odds and about a deeper understanding of the world we live in. He has a distinct gift for tying his stories to whatever theme you are sounding and for doing it tightly within the time allotted.


How he presents

Yaron’s proven work both as a spy inside terrorist cells and as a hunter of escaped Nazi criminals give an audience an up-close and personal look at our world’s greatest threats. He can regale an audience with laughter one moment and bring them to tears in the next.

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Nov 14 2016

Nicholas Negroponte

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Leading IT Specialist and Chairman, One Laptop per Child Foundation

Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte is a world-renowned technology visionary with the keenest understanding of technology and its impact on business and society. He is a pioneer of visionary technology, and the driving force behind One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organisation that seeks to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves via computers. To date, OLPC has two million laptops committed and one million already in the hands of children in 19 languages and 31 nations including Haiti, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Palestine.

“A pioneer in the field of computer-aided design”


In detail

An original investor in WIRED (and the magazine’s “patron saint”), for five years he penned a column exploring the frontiers of technology — ideas that he expanded into his best-selling book Being Digital. An angel investor extraordinaire, he’s funded more than 40 startups and in the private sector, Nicholas Negroponte served on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment.


What he offers you

An exceptional speaker, Nicholas’ broad range of experience and thorough understanding of digitization and its effect on industry make him the foremost authority on transformations that define our future.


How he presents

Nicholas is a brilliant speaker who brings great depth to his immaculately researched presentations. Highly engaging and fluid, his style is nonetheless very well punctuated allowing time to absorb his powerful messages.

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Nov 11 2016

Peter Waterman

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Record Producer, Songwriter, Radio and Club DJ, Television Presenter

Peter WatermanPete Waterman rose from a working class Coventry kid to the global pop phenomenon today, producing and writing over 200 hit songs in the last 25 years, including smash hits for Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and Steps. In recent years, Pete’s celebrity status has soared thanks to his involvement in TV talent shows Pop Idol, Pop Stars – the Rivals and Pop Idol 2. A very successful entrepreneur, Pete has many business interests.

“Music Legend”


In detail

A late developer who couldn’t read until he was thirteen, Pete started his working life as a fireman in Wolverhampton in 1961. He subsequently worked as a gravedigger and for General Electric, where he became a shop steward aged 19. As a boy, born in 1947 amidst the war-shattered ruins of Coventry, he had sold coal from the back of a pram to augment the family income. Most people will know Pete from his success in the 1980s when he was a member of the highly successful music trio Stock Aitken Waterman.


What he offers you

After spending more than four decades in the entertainment business, Pete Waterman’s depth of knowledge and his breadth of experience is unsurpassed. His passion, drive and talent have helped ensure that he remains a musical force to be reckoned with. Amongst his many awards and accolades he has been a winner of British Phonographic Industry Award for Best British Producer in 1988 and was awarded the O.B.E. in the 2005 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to music as composer and producer.


How he presents

Pete Waterman’s speeches are full of anecdotes and little-known pop facts about his incredible journey that took him to the multi-millionaire record producer and celebrity status he now enjoys.

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Nov 09 2016

Eckard Minx

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Head of the Society and Technology Research Group, DaimlerChrysler AG

Eckard MinxEckard Minx is one Europe’s leading experts on innovation and future technologies and is currently head of DaimlerChrysler’s Society and Technology Research Ground. Established in 1978, the Group has offices in Berlin, Germany, California and Japan and addresses the issue of future mobility and examines developments that will shape the face of tomorrow’s markets.

“One of Europe’s most respected innovators”


In detail

After studying economics and law Eckard worked for multinational companies in Saudi Arabia and Algeria before he started working for DaimerChrysler in 1980. He is co-editor of the journal Organisationsentwicklung, lecturer at the FU Berlin and TU Berlin as well as honorary professor for sociology and technology at the University of Technology and Economics in Berlin.


What he offers you

A specialist in scenario planning Prof. Minx works with corporations and institutions around the globe to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop innovative strategies based on the latest technologies.


How he presents

Prof. Minx delivers his expertly researched presentations with flair and precision. He offers audiences great insight into new developments and the very latest in cutting edge technologies.

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