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Feb 13 2017

Ranulph Fiennes

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The World’s Greatest Living Explorer

ranulph-fiennesRanulph Fiennes has led over twenty expeditions to remote parts of the world. In 2009 he reached the summit of Mount Everest, succeeding after two previous attempts ended in failure. He is the first man to cross both the polar ice-caps and climb 8,850 metres (29,035ft) to the world’s highest peak. In 2003, he undertook the ultimate endurance test completing 7 marathons in 7 days, in 7 different countries. What’s more he did this just 4 months after suffering a heart attack. In 2007 he successfully climbed the North Face of the Eiger.

‘The world’s greatest living explorer’ Guinness Book of Records


In detail

His expeditions have raised vast sums for charity, so not surprisingly he has been awarded an OBE for human endeavour and charitable services and in 2007 he was awarded The Greatest Britons 2007 Sport Award. In 1993, he and Dr. Mike Stroud completed the first entirely unassisted polar journey across the Antarctic Continent, the longest polar journey in history. He has and continues to truly live up to his family motto ‘Look for a brave spirit’.


What he offers you

An innate planner, he illustrates what it takes to achieve outstanding goals. Not the solitary achiever that you might think he is, his experiences reinforce the power of determination. The world’s most celebrated contemporary adventurer and explorer, he is a man of astonishing force who has been voted one of the world’s top ten speakers.


How he presents

His breathtaking story is brought to you in the most modest and subtly humorous way. He is a rare talent on all fronts.

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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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Aug 22 2016

Safia Minney

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Sustainable and Ethical Business Expert, Founder and Director of People Tree

Safia MinneySafia Minney MBE, FRSA is Founder and Director of People Tree, the pioneering Fair Trade and sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand. She developed the first organic and Fair Trade clothing supply chain and is recognised by the World Economic Forum as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur.

“Safia is a proven and effective thought leader and campaigner for social justice and environmental impact”


In detail

After working for Creative Review magazine in London, Safia’s travels in Asia brought the reality of social injustice and environmental devastation front of mind. She decided to use her experience in marketing and publishing to promote social, arts and environmental publications and organisations. In 1989,Safia launched People Tree, the highest profile Fair Trade company in Japan, with over 1,500 stockists and three flagship stores. In 2000, Safia launched People Tree in London and today the company sells throughout Europe in over 200 stores. Safia drove the business as CEO, Creative Director, Head of Fair Trade supply chain development and led its promotion through marketing and PR in Europe and Japan.


What she offers you

Safia focuses on promoting the ethical fashion cause beyond People Tree. In her presentations, Safia shares her knowledge and experience with audiences who want to put social impact and sustainability at the heart of their commercial or social business.


How she presents

Safia’s engaging and powerful message makes her a perfect choice to address audiences around the globe.

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Aug 17 2016

Richard Mullender

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Former Hostage Negotiator

Richard MullenderRichard Mullender is a former Lead Trainer at the National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit at Scotland Yard. He has more than 25 years experience working in the London Metropolitan Police. As a hostage negotiator, Richard has built his career on developing elite-level listening skills. At Scotland Yard, he was responsible for designing and delivering the ‘National Negotiators Course’ for experienced crisis negotiators. He also designed the latest Advanced Interviewing course for detectives. He is currently retained as an adviser to a new television series portraying hostage negotiations and murder investigations.

“An expert in elite-level listening”


In detail

In addition to extensive crisis negotiation field experience in the UK, Richard was also deployed to Afghanistan and has been active across a wide range of international negotiation assignments. Outside the world of policing, Richard has delivered programmes for teams at Shell, BAE, IMI, Oracle, Cambridge University, BNP Paribas, SAS Software, the Tate Gallery, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has also delivered a succession of highly successful 4-day public courses for executives in the Gulf region over the past five years.


What he offers you

With his unique background in the techniques of witness/suspect interviewing and hostage negotiation, Richard brings the challenges of communication into the world of business. He provides audiences with highly effective listening and communication skills which can be applied to all areas in business to gain trust, exert influence more effectively and to help successfully manage any situation.


How he presents

Richard delivers his captivating presentations in a refreshingly direct, no-nonsense style with plenty of humour. Charming and engaging, Richard is highly sought-after as a speaker or workshop presenter.

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Jul 15 2016

Amy Cuddy

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Social Psychologist, Associate Professor Harvard Business School

Amy CuddyAmy Cuddy is Associate Professor and Hellman Faculty Fellow in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is a social psychologist and her work has looked at how we perceive and are seen by others. Her research reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions and even our own body chemistry simply by changing body positions. Her recent work also focuses on how we embody and express competence and warmth, linking our body language to our feelings, physiology and behaviour.

“Amy is ranked in the 2015 Thinkers 50 list”


In detail

Amy holds a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado. She was an Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At Harvard, Amy teaches MBA, executive education and doctoral courses on influence & persuasion, leadership and decision making. In 2014, she was named WEF Young Global Leader and Business Insider chose her in 2013 as one of the 50 Women Who Are Changing The World. Her article Connect, Then Lead was one of Harvard Business Review’s ideas that Shaped Management in 2013.


What she offers you

Researching social judgements, emotions, nonverbal behaviours and hormones, Amy explains to audiences the role these variables play in shaping our emotions, intentions and behaviours in business and society. She demonstrates that physical posture not only affects how others see you, but also how you see yourself and shows how to become self-assured in high-pressure moments.


How she presents

Comprehensive in her vision and clear in her guidance, Amy Cuddy’s presentations are invaluable for business leaders around the world.

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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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Jun 20 2014

Melinda French Gates

American Philanthropist, Co-founder & Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda French GatesMelinda Gates is a global iconic figure who has devoted her energies since her foundation’s naissance in 1994 to targeting the world’s three biggest killer diseases—AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria—among other scourges. She is a former unit manager for several Microsoft products such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia. She retired from the board of Drugstore.com in 2006 to spend more time working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Melinda was ranked in Forbes magazine list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in 2006, 2007 & 2008


In detail

Melinda earned a bachelor degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987, and served as a member of Duke University’s board of trustees from 1996 to 2003. After joining Microsoft Corporation in 1987, she distinguished herself in business as a leader in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products. In 1996, Gates retired from her position as Microsoft’s General Manager of Information Products. In 2005, she and her husband, along with musician Bono, were named by Time as Persons of the Year. The Gates couple received the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation in 2006 in recognition of their world impact through charitable giving.


What she offers you

Melinda’s influence over the world’s largest foundation is enormous. she works with local, national, and international partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving equity in four areas. She shapes and approves foundation strategies, review results, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. A capable and accomplished lady, Melinda Gates was a highly successful product manager at Microsoft and she brings to philanthropy a rare combination of compassion and the business skills she honed at Microsoft.


How she presents

A passionate and a shrewd businesswoman and speaker, Melinda Gates achieved amazing success at Microsoft. She plans to do it again with her very own style of philanthropy and offers audiences inspiration, education and hope.

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Mar 12 2014

Dr. Shereen El Feki

TEDGlobal Fellow & Renowned Journalist, Expert on Health & Social Welfare Issues in the Arab World

Shereen El Feki SpeakerShereen El Feki is a highly accomplished healthcare journalist and writer who also serves on the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law. While she has worked in regional media, as a presenter with the Al Jazeera Network, and continues to write on health and social issues in the Arab world, her passion lies in the many projects in which she is involved which aim to better understand, and surmount, the social challenges facing Arabs, particularly young people.

“I would urge a combination of both patience and pragmatism, because there are no quick returns in social entrepreneurship in the Arab region.”


In detail

Half-Egyptian, half-Welsh, Shereen El Feki was brought up in Canada. With a Ph.D in molecular immunology from the University of Cambridge she started her professional life in medical science and later worked as Healthcare Correspondent at The Economist magazine. She was a presenter for the Al Jazeera English channel (2006 – 2008), specialising in global health. She is also an international editor of MIT Technology Review and Middle East advisor to the Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and an expert consultant to PharmaFutures 3, an initiative looking at novel business models for the pharmaceutical sector in the developing world.


What he offers you

Shereen El Feki is full of fresh ideas on how to develop the field of health and science reporting in the Middle East, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS. She is experienced in the field and with deeper thinking beyond day-to-day journalism. A practitioner of open-door policy, she has vast experience in areas such as biomedical research, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, international public health and development. Acknowledging that AIDS exists in this part of the world is not a sign of threat or weakness, Shereen explains that it is an amazing opportunity to take action and show our strength.


How he presents

At the forefront of groundbreaking investigative journalism, Shereen El Feki has travelled the world to see how the balance of power is shifting in politics, business and society and she has a contagious enthusiasm and passion when speaking.

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Jan 23 2014

Nimah Nawwab

Writer, Activist, Lecturer, Poet & Photographer

Nimah Nawwab SpeakerNimah Nawwab is a writer, photographer, activist and lecturer and is considered a trailblazing poet. She is currently working on several book projects, as well as two anthology projects revolving around women and youth. She is the first Saudi Arabian female poet to be published in the US

“Nimah is a cultural ambassadress”


In detail

In 2006, Nimah received the nomination for Young Global Leader of the Young Global Leaders Forum, an affiliate of the WEF. She has been a poetry judge and facilitator of poetry sessions and workshops in several countries. Nimah’s widely read academic articles have been translated from English into a variety of languages. She has been interviewed by various television and radio outlets such as BBC World Update and BBC World Today. In 2005, Nimah became the first writer and poet, male or female, to hold a public book signing at a major bookstore in Saudi Arabia, an occasion covered by the international media. Through her involvement with the WEF she has joined new leading executives from 50 countries to address global issues.


What she offers you

Nimah seeks to build bridges of understanding, develop compassion and a basic respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. She draws on her 15 years of experience in PR, writing and lecturing to work with institutes to address matters of concern, as well as highlight the vital importance of outreach and social and community service.


How she presents

Nimah is a passionate, expressive and talented speaker who delivers an inspiring presentation either as a keynote speaker or facilitator.

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Sep 25 2013

Dr. Catherine Lim

Best-selling Novelist

Catherine Lim SpeakerCatherine Lim is a Singapore Chinese writer, she has written a number of short-story collections and novels written in English, published in the US, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and other countries. Since 1992 Dr Lim has been a regular speaker on cruise ships worldwide, in particular for Cunard and Silver Sea Cruise Lines. She has appeared on Radio in the UK and talks at international seminars.

“Singapore’s greatest story teller”


In detail

She has a PhD in Applied Linguistics and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by Murdoch University, Australia. She contributes social and political commentaries to local and foreign newspapers and magazines.


What she offers you

Catherine offers audiences many colourful insights into modern day Singapore. She also offers great insight into the tensions that exist between the old Asian traditions and the newer progressive approach of the young professionals


How she presents

With characteristic verve and wit, Catherine Lim’s presentations are beautifully delivered and captivate audiences from around the globe.
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