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Dec 23 2015

Alessandro Acquisti

Published by under Economy and Finance

Privacy Economist

Alessandro AcquistiAlessandro Acquisti is a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (inaugural class). He is the Director of the Peex (Privacy Economics Experiments) lab at CMU and the co-director of CMU CBDR (Center for Behavioral and Decision Research). He investigates the economics of privacy. His studies have spearheaded the investigation of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks, and the application of behavioral economics to the study of privacy and information security decision making.

“A pioneer in the emerging field of the behavioral economics of privacy in social networks”


In detail

Alessandro’s studies have been published in journals across several disciplines, as well as edited books, conference proceedings, and numerous keynotes. Alessandro has been the recipient of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College School of Information’s Teaching Excellence Award, and multiple Best Paper awards. Alessandro holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and Master degrees from UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College Dublin.


What he offers you

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life. In his presentations Alessandro Acquisti explains what this means and why it matters. He shares details of recent and ongoing research, including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.


How he presents

In his thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, Alessandro engages his audiences as he explores new landscapes of research.

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Dec 04 2015

Frederic Sicre

Published by under Economy and Finance

Former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum

Frederic SicreFrederic Sicre is a Partner at Abraaj Capital and has over 19 years of experience in global issues, regional development agendas and community building. Prior to joining Abraaj Capital, he spent 16 years as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board at the World Economic Forum where he first established the Forum’s activities in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Sicre was made responsible for the Center for Regional Strategies, with a particular focus on global growth markets and the Annual Meeting in Davos.

“Mr. Sicre drives business development at Abraaj,”


In detail

Mr. Sicre holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Villanova University, Philadelphia and is a fellow of Stanford University. In 2003, he was responsible for the Extraordinary Annual Meeting in Jordan following the Iraqi conflict. He has initiated dialogue and reconciliation initiatives during South Africa’s transition to democracy and between Palestinians and Israelis. Mr. Sicre oversaw the creation of the Arab Business Council and is editor of South Africa at Ten, a book celebrating the ten years of democracy in the country. Mr. Sicre is the Chairman of the Mustaqbali Foundation and serves on the board of Dubai Cares.


What he offers you

With a wealth of experience both in global security issues and emerging markets, Frederic Sicre offers audiences invaluable insights into the volatile world of international investing. In his presentations he also explains how sound Corporate Social Responsibility strategies can be used to develop a sense of owning and community in modern organisations.


How he presents

An experienced conference speaker at leading events around the world his well-prepared presentations are highly thought-provoking and engaging.

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Oct 26 2015

Dr. Adam Posen

Published by under Economy and Finance

External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Adam PosenDr. Adam Posen has been a visiting scholar and consultant at central banks worldwide, including the Bank of England, Deutsche Bundesbank, European Central Bank, and the Federal Reserve Board. He has been a consultant to several US government agencies, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission, as well as to leading multinational corporations and global financial firms. His research covers macroeconomic policy under globalization, G-3 (US-EU-Japan) economic relations and central banking issues.

At the height of the current crisis, in December 2008, Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman opined online, “People should be reading Adam Posen”


In detail

Adam Posen received his Ph.D. and his A.B. from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. His research has been supported by major grants from the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, and the Sloan Foundation. His second term as a member of the Panel of Economic Advisors to the US Congressional Budget Office ends summer 2011, was previously a visiting scholar at central banks worldwide and has been a consultant to several G-7 governments on global economic and foreign policy issues. He remains a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which he joined in 1997.


What he offers you

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Trilateral Commission and having held fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin, the Bank of England, and the Brookings Institution, Dr. Posen is often cited in the global press. His opinion pieces and columns have appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Die Zeit and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, among others. He provides global audiences with insider knowledge on the recent policy decisions and what he expects is in store for the economy.


How he presents

A widely recognized expert on monetary policy and characterized by the Financial Times as “outspoken but charming”, Dr. Posen is one of the most widely quoted economists in the financial press and electronic media. His presentations are delivered in a clear and eloquent style.

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Oct 23 2015

Chris Skinner

Published by under Economy and Finance

Finance and Banking Expert

Chris SkinnerChris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through the Finanser and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club, which he founded in 2004. The Financial Services Club is a network for financial professionals. He is also an expert on technology trends. He shows how the rapid pace of change and tomorrow’s technology must inform today’s business strategy. He is the Chief Executive of Balatro Ltd, a research company and the co-founder of the website Shaping Tomorrow.

“Chris is a visionary with a real command of the factors which shape our future”


In detail

Chris is a regular commentator on Sky News, BBC News, and Bloomberg concerning banking issues. Prior to founding Balatro, Chris was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Unisys Global Financial Services and he was the Strategy Director with NCR Financial Services. These roles helped spark Chris’s specialisation in the future of financial services after he created the Global Future Forum in Unisys and the Knowledge Lab in NCR. He serves as a Judge on many awards programs including the Card Awards and the Asian Banker’s Retail Excellence Awards. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Services, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.


What he offers you

Chris Skinner is known to be an exceptional speaker which is why he is regularly requested to keynote at many of the financial market’s most prestigious events. He also regularly opens as keynote at many private industry events. His keynote addresses focus upon the key current trends and future scenarios for all areas of financial services, across retail and investment markets and payments.


How he presents

Chris is a visionary, committed and highly knowledgeable about tomorrow’s trends. His energy, drive and enthusiasm for innovation and change impresses his audiences. His insights into financial services and his contribution to this industry will continue to pay dividends over many years.

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Oct 16 2015

Jürgen Stark

Published by under Economy and Finance

Former Executive Board Member of the European Central Bank

Jürgen StarkProf. Jürgen Stark is a renowned German economist. From 2006 until 2011 he was an Executive Board member of the European Central Bank (ECB). In 2005 he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University Tübingen and is an international advisor to the global economy and global financial and monetary issues.

“An outspoken expert on global economic, financial and monetary issues”


In detail

Before joining the ECB, Prof. Stark was Vice President of the Deutsche Bundesbank being responsible for European and International Affairs. Prior to this he served as State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Finance. In addition, he was Personal Representative of the Federal Chancellor in the preparation of G7/G8 Economic Summits and held various positions at the Ministry of Finance, the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministry of Economics dealing with national and international monetary and financial issues. He studied economics at the universities of Hohenheim and Tübingen and gained a doctorate in economics.


What he offers you

In his presentations Prof. Stark gives valuable insights into the current economic and financial situation, particularly in the Euro area. His comments are of great interest for decision makers from all fields.


How he presents

His enlightening remarks and his extensive experience make Prof. Stark a sought after speaker at prestigious national and international conferences.

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Oct 07 2015

Dan Ariely

Published by under Economy and Finance

Leading Behavioural Economist & Author of ‘Predictably Irrational’

Dan ArielyProf. Dan Ariely is a leading behavioural economist, currently the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University where he holds appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the department of Economics. Dan is also a visiting professor at MIT’s Program in Media Arts and Sciences, a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, a fellow at Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, and of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.

Prof. Ariely was included in the ’10 new gurus you should know’ list in Fortune magazine


In detail

Dan Ariely received a PhD in marketing from Duke University, a PhD and MA in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in psychology from Tel Aviv University. He is the director of the Center for Advanced Hindsight and the eRationality Research Group. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller ‘Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions’, and co-author of ‘The Joy of Experimental Psychology’. He has also written numerous papers for academic journals.


What he offers you

A behavioural economist, Ariely’s research has shown that we all succumb to irrationality in situations where rational thought is expected. Prof Ariely explains why it’s time for businesses to change focus and align their choices with how customers really want to buy. He highlights the importance of understanding why human behaviour is the hunting ground for insight and innovation and reveals the building blocks that construct a rational strategy to effectively address sometimes irrational behaviour.


How he presents

As a speaker, Dan Ariely has a natural and unique talent for turning his research into vignettes that are fun, relevant and engaging, and for delivering the results in a genuinely charming, original and often comical way. Few heavy thinkers are as funny or as engaging as Dan Ariely is.

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Sep 09 2015

Richard Florida

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Expert on Global Trends & Economics & Author

Richard FloridaRichard Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends and cultural and technological innovation. He is founder and director of The Creativity Group, an innovative communications and media company and Catalytix, a strategy consulting firm. Richard has written several award winning, global best-sellers including ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’. His ideas on the “creative class,” commercial innovation and regional development are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies.

Richard has recently been named European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.


In detail

He is currently Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the University of Toronto. Previously Richard has held professorships at George Mason University and Carnegie Mellon University and taught as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. Richard writes regularly for various publications, is a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail and has been featured as an expert in the media all over the globe.


What he offers you

Richard explains how to create sustained economic growth through high-tech business and innovative ideas. He provides audiences with critical insights into the social, economic and demographic factors that drive 21st-century organisations in the emerging economy.


How he presents

Combining in-depth analysis, cutting-edge trends, a fascinating personal story, and just a touch of self-deprecating humour, Richard’s presentations are meticulously researched and specifically designed to show businesses how to make the changes necessary to attract and retain creative class employees.

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Aug 26 2015

Michael Green

Published by under Economy and Finance

Executive Director of Social Progress Imperative

Michael GreenMichael Green is Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative. Michael is the co-author of ‘Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World’ and ‘The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society’.Michael has worked in aid and development for nearly twenty years. He was a senior official in the British Government where he worked on international finance, managed UK aid to Russia and Ukraine, served three Secretaries of State as head of the communications department at the Department for International Development, and oversaw £100 million annual funding to non-profits.

“A renowned Social Progress expert”


In detail

It was through his role in government that he saw the rising influence of the philanthrocapitalists in the fight against poverty.An economist by training, as a graduate of the University of Oxford, Michael taught economics at Warsaw University in the early 1990s under a Soros-funded programme. During his time in Poland, Michael was also a freelance journalist working for, among others, Polish Radio and the Economist.


What he offers you

Michael Green is a forthright economic commentator who offers insightful knowledge and accurate predictions on how to deal with the big economic trends in the world, with a particular interest in how capitalism can better serve people and planet.


How he presents

Skillfully highlighting crucial issues and trends, Michael Green’s presentations are engaging, informative and always well received.

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Jun 09 2015

Debbie Wosskow

Entrepreneur & CEO of Love Home Swap

Debbie WosskowDebbie Wosskow is an entrepreneur, investor and sharing economy expert. CEO of leading peer-to-peer travel club, Love Home Swap, Debbie is also the founder of the influential Collaborative Consumption Europe networkand led the UK government’s recent review of the Sharing Economy.

“A serial entrepreneur”


In detail

A former management consultant, Debbie launched her first business, marketing and communications consultancy Mantra, at the age of just 25. Building Mantra over a decade, Debbie sold to the Loewy Group. In addition to her role as CEO of Love Home Swap, Debbie is an active angel investor and sits on a number of advisory boards, as well as being a trustee of Hampstead Theatre. Debbie is a regular commentator on travel, collaborative consumption and entrepreneurship on TV and in print. She graduated with an MA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford University.


What she offers you

Debbie shares with her audiences her research on the social and economic potential of the sharing economy (including property sharing, time and skill sharing, shared transport and personal items) and offers recommendations on how this potential can be reached. She also looks into the risks to consumers, or established businesses outside the sharing economy.


How she presents

Debbie Wosskow is a charming, professional speaker whose presentations are interactive, entertaining and highly informative.

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May 11 2015

Joanna Shields

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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