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Apr 10 2017

Michael Useem

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Economist&Professor, Wharton School, University Of Pennsylvania

Michael UseemMichael Useem helps leaders develop the capabilities required for making good and timely decisions in unpredictable and stressful environments, in moments when leadership really matters. He is the author and co-author of many books on leadership and management.

“We can all become strategic leaders if we stay on the right path.”


In detail

Michael’s university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership, and he offers programmes on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organisations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Michael’s programmes are extremely effective at developing deeper decision-making resources in leaders. Heis co-anchor for a weekly programmeLeadership in Action on SiriusXM Radio.


What he offers you

Michael presents true stories of management and leadership challenges—from the White House to the boardroom, from the trading floor to fire fighting to mountaineering. He brings the audience right up to the crucial leadership moment in the story, and then engages the audience interactively to propose possible solutions. Finally, he compares the participants’ ideas to the real decisions and outcomes of the moment and analyses the resulting themes. The result: lessons that managers can apply to their own situations in a practical way.


How he presents

Michael is an excellent speaker with a trademark interactive approach based on the stories of real crisis events. He truly engages his audiences, drawing them more deeply into their own leadership potential.

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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 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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Feb 28 2017

Alastair Lukies

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FinTech Expert &Monitise Founder

Alastair LukiesAlastair Lukies CBE founded Monitise in 2003 and three years later it was recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum. He has a proven track record of turning visions and concepts into real businesses.In 2014, Alastair was appointed as a Business Ambassador for the financial services industry by the UK Government.

“A Technology Pioneer”


In detail

Alastair today acts as the sole Business Ambassador for FinTech. He was named Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, at its launch in August 2014. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards. Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a Co-Founder of ePolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.


What he offers you

Alastair’s extensive knowledge of global retail banking, payments and the broader FinTech ecosystem, combined with a unique set of UK government, industry and entrepreneur relations make him well placed to help build and develop The Collective’s presence and momentum around the world.


How he presents

Alastair uses his considerable expertise to advise decision makers from the finance industry on future trends in an entertaining and informative way. His thought provoking speeches are presented with insight and humour. He has keynoted world-wide and is known for an ability to deliver key concepts clearlyfor financial professionals and non-professionals alike.

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Feb 01 2017

Anil Khandelwal

Former Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda and Dena Bank

anil-khandelwalAnil Khandelwal is a leading transformational leader, author and HRD expert. He has recently been appointed by the Government as member ofBanks Board Bureau, which appoints Chairmen and whole time directors in Public Sector banks and is given responsibility to pilot reforms in the Banking sector. He is a senior advisor at KPMG and also Chairman (Designate) of a bank in Mauritius.

“One of the most widely quoted person by the banking community from HR good practice”


In detail

Dr Khandelwal has an excellent academic record. He is B.E. in Chemical Engineering and completed his M.B.A. L.L.B. and Ph.D. in Management. He is one of the rare transformational leaders who successfully transformed a staid Public Sector Bank; Bank of Baroda into a highly vibrant and valuable brand in just three years. For his contributions, DrKhandelwal was accorded many prestigious awards, among them are:Asian Banker LifetimeAchievement Award in Financial Services by Asian Banker, Singapore. Ranked among the best 10marketers of the country by Business Today (Oct 2007);Listed as “100 Most Powerful CEOs in India” by theEconomic Times for 3consecutive years.


What he offers you

As a successful banker, author, leader, motivational trainer and CEO Coach, Dr.Khandelwalshares with audiences worldwide his thoughts and points of view based on his own work in transforming organisations.


How he presents

Dr.Khandelwal is an impact making speaker known for his insightful talks delivered in a story telling mode. He unravels the complex organisational issues and presents a doable program of action.

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Dec 16 2016

Alexa Clay

Author & Chief Misfit

alexa-clayAlexa Clay is a writer, public speaker and researcher with a focus on subculture, informal economy and new economic thinking. She is the co-author of ‘The Misfit Economy’, a book that examines the role of creative thinking and ingenuity among society’s “misfits.” The Economist called the book “a paean to the quirkier members of society.” It was named a top business book by The Telegraph and the World Economic Forum. Alexa has appeared in Dazed Digital, on NPR’s Marketplace, The Takeaway, Australia’s morning show Weekend Sunrise and the Laura Flanders Show. ‘The Misfit Economy’ loosely inspired the NatGeo show Underworld Inc, for which Alexa was a consulting producer.

“Amid the characteristics that make a successful entrepreneur, one stood out: juvenile delinquency.”


In detail

Alexa Clay was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of two anthropologists. She has been active in the fields of social business, technology studies, and social change. She has been an advocate for “inclusive innovation,” examining the ways in which entrepreneurs in the black market and informal economy are given access to economic opportunity. Formerly, Alexa led work focused on scaling social innovation at Ashoka and co-founded the League of Intrapreneurs, a network focused on scaling the movement of social intrapreneurship.


What she offers you

Alexa’s projects tend to utilize “misfit approaches” or philosophies – inspired by Nigerian spammers, performance artists, wise hermits, and tempered radicals working to transform our institutions from the inside. Alexa hacks, hustles and provokes systems in need of change. Some of her work is romantic, ephemeral and “pop-up,” while some is more systemic and long-term.


How she presents

Alexa Clay is a fresh voice and fast-rising star with an edgy and thought-provoking message from the front lines of the often invisible creative economy.

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Oct 05 2016

Dean Baker

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Economist & Author

Dean BakerDean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited, the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

“A respected economist”


In detail

Dean previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and the OECD’s Trade Union Advisory Council. He was the author of the weekly online commentary on economic reporting, the Economic Reporting Review (ERR), from 1996 – 2006.He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.


What he offers you

Dean Baker’s expertise on Global economics is a valuable source of information for decision makers around the globe. He has a reputation for originality, forthrightness and insight which few can match. Business leaders will benefit from his astute insights and analytical brilliance of the economic landscape.


How he presents

An engaging and informative speaker, Dean uses his wealth of experience to give audiences valuable insights into the current state of global economics.

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Sep 30 2016

Bhaskar Chakravorti

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Expert on Global Innovation and Opportunities in Emerging Markets, Adversity and Crises

Bhaskar ChakravortiBhaskar Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context. He also serves on the Global Agenda Council on the Economics of Innovation for the World Economic Forum. He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. He has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and Boards of Fortune 500 companies and worked across the world and multiple industries.

“A leading advisor to over 30 Fortune 500 companies”


In detail

Prior to joining Fletcher, Dr. Chakravorti was a Distinguished Scholar at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. His articles appear in top-tier academic journals and in widely read media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, NYT, Wall Street Journal, FT, Washington Post and CNN. He earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester and he is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and in Economics with honors from Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College.


What he offers you

Dr. Chakravorti’s work is multi-sectoral and global. He has been influential in policy making by organisations and businesses around the globe. With the objective of “connecting the world of business with the world,” he explores issues at the intersection of global business and international affairs, including geopolitics, national and international security, peace and conflict, development and the human condition.


How he presents

An engaging and insightful speaker, Dr. Chakravorti is highly sought after to address audiences around the globe.

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Sep 19 2016

Paul Craven

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Behavioural Economics Expert

Paul CravenPaul Craven is a coach and consultant in the area of behavioural economics. His insights into how and why people make decisions allow Paul to talk on everything from markets to marketing. Paul is particularly interested by the common behavioural traits seen in financial market bubbles, and his talks are full of historical examples and stories going back to “Tulipmania” in the 17th century up to the present day.Paul is a partner in a firm providing specialist coaching to traders and asset managers, as well as being an independent adviser to a number of institutional funds.


“The Mind, Markets and Magic”


In detail

Paul has developed his expertise over 27 years’ experience in the pensions industry, in portfolio investment, business development and coaching roles. He retired from Goldman Sachs at the end of 2013 after six years with the firm, latterly as the Head of Institutional Business for Europe. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Paul worked at PIMCO Europe Ltd for four years, where he was head of UK Business Development. Previously, he spent seventeen years at Schroders as a portfolio manager and later as head of UK Institutional Sales.


What he offers you

Paul offers clients a number of public speaking, educational and coaching options relating to Behavioural Economics, with a focus on investment, decision-making and sales. His talks include interactive, psychological experiments with the audience, as well as advice on how to benefit from behavioural economics.


How he presents

Paul’s superb content, combined with captivating examples and practical exercises and his energetic, engaging and fun delivery style make for a “lethal” combination.

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Sep 14 2016

Shelby Clark

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Sharing Economy Pioneer, CEO Peers.org and Founder of Turo

Shelby ClarkShelby Clark is a social entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to building and empowering p2p marketplaces and has been called a pioneer of the Sharing Economy. He is currently the CEO of peers.org, which aims to help a new sharing economy workforce find and manage work. Previously, Shelby was the founder and CEO of Turo (Previously called RelayRides), the world’s first peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace having raised $100M+ in funding from prominent VC investors and having a presence in 3,000+ US cities. Turo spawned a global industry, garnering participation from major corporations and attracting significant press attention from hundreds of outlets worldwide.

“A pioneer of the Collaborative Consumption and Sharing Economy movement”


In detail

Shelby obtained his MBA from Harvard, where he cultivated his passion for entrepreneurship and social impact. Before Harvard, he helped launch three socially focused startups. He was an early employee at Kiva.org, one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history, where Shelby provided strategic direction while building internal systems to scale the organization. Previously, he worked at Oliver Wyman as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies on strategy and operations. Prior to Harvard, Shelby graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern.


What he offers you

Shelby advises promising startups and larger companies, how to leverage the sharing economy to grow their business or achieve their goals. As a social entrepreneur he shares with audiences worldwide the power of connecting people online to positively impact the offline world, changing consumer behaviours.


How he presents

Shelby is a persuasive and charismatic speaker who has a tremendous knack for making possible any challenges in a start up environment making him a highly sought after speaker.

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