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Oct 16 2015

Jürgen Stark

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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

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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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Mar 11 2015

Dr. Ven Anantha-Nageswaran

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International Consultant Economist

Ven Anantha-NageswaranDr. Ven Anantha-Nageswaran is a reputed Global Investment Strategist. Also, he is an expert in social enterprise investment in emerging economies. He has been an angel investor in several socially relevant enterprises and is a Geo-Economics Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, a networked public policy think-tank and education institution which he co-founded in 2009. He teaches International Economics and Financial markets at the Singapore Management University and at IIM, Bangalore. Since 2011, he has been an independent consultant.

“Renowned expert on global economic and investment strategy”


In detail

Ven obtained a doctoral degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 for his work on the empirical behaviour of exchange rates. His impressive career includes work experience and positions held at several top-tier international banks including UBS as a Currency Economist; Credit Suisse Private Banking as Regional Head of Investment Consulting & Global Strategy; and Bank Julius Baer initially as Head of Research for Asia in 2006, and subsequently as the group’s Chief Investment Officer in 2009. He has written extensively for financial dailies in India (MINT, Financial Express, Business Line and Economic Times). He is also a frequent guest on all the major international television networks.


What he offers you

Ven provides audiences with sound analysis of the dynamics of economics and finance in today’s business world. Decision makers from all industries will benefit greatly from his valuable insights and his incisive global economic outlook.


How he presents

Ven’s high content tailored presentations are always well received. His messages are concise and informative delivered in his personal, yet highly professional style.

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Mar 04 2015

Dr. Sung Wong Sohn

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Renowned Economist and Expert on Shared Economy

Sung Wong SohnDr. Sung Wong Sohn is recognised as one of the most accurate global economic forecasters. He is Vice Chairman of the multinational retailer Forever 21 and a California State University Professor of Economics and Finance. He serves on the boards of numerous corporations. The Wall Street Journal named him The Most Accurate Economist in the United States – one of the most prestigious honors in economics profession.

“One of the best economic forecasters”
The Wall Street Journal


In detail

Educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School, Dr. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. In 2002, he was named to the Time Magazine’s Board of Economists. Dr. Sohn has also been a tenured college professor in Pennsylvania State University System. Over the last years, he has been named one of the best and most accurate economic forecasters.


What he offers you

In his presentations Dr. Sohn shares insightful perspectives and competent advice on the international economy and global financial issues. He particularly focuses on the topic of collaborative or shared economy being one of the keys to achieve economic growth through more efficient utilisation of existing resources.


How he presents

His high content presentations and excellent rhetoric skills make Dr. Sung Won Sohn a highly sought-after speaker at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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Mar 02 2015

Sangeet Paul Choudary

Technology Analyst and Global Business Advisor

Sangeet Paul ChoudarySangeet Choudary is a widely renowned technology industry analyst, C-level advisor and former head of corporate innovation. He is founder and CEO of Platform Thinking Labs, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD Business School and an advisor at 500Startups, the leading start-ups accelerator in Silicon Valley. Sangeet has worked with executives, entrepreneurs and innovators in fields as healthcare, defense, civic planning, agriculture, entertainment, education and many more, using the lens of Platform Thinking to reframe and reimagine solutions.

“I believe that networked platforms will reconfigure society and business forever”


In detail

Sangeet was head of innovation and new ventures for Intuit Asia-Pacific, a founding member of TxtWeb and was responsible for managing Yahoo’s largest M&A investment in South Asia. He is the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit and industry advisor to the Global Platform Data Project at Stanford University, the first large-scale effort to quantify the business impact of platforms globally.


What he offers you

In the age of Airbnb, Uber and Coursera, platforms are rapidly disrupting traditional industries. In a connected world, the platform approach is increasingly more important, and yet, poorly understood. In his presentations Sangeet advises decision makers from a wide range of businesses how networks transform every industry and social systems.


How he presents

Passionate about technology and networks, Sangeet’s theoretical depth and storytelling is well received by audiences around the globe.

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Feb 18 2015

Karel van Wolferen

Published by under Economy and Finance

Expert on Asia, Author and Commentator on Global Economy

Karel van WolferenKarel van Wolferen is an award winning writer with over 40 years experience in Japan and East Asia. He is best known for his seminal study ‘The Enigma of Japanese Power’ which is considered to be the most ground breaking work on Japan’s political and economic system. He is also an acclaimed commentator on globalisation, economic development, the political and economic future of Europe and the Future of Asia. Recently he has written on the changed role of the USA in world affairs and what that means for Europe and Asia.

“One of the most distinguished intellectuals on Asia and global affairs”


In detail

An emeritus professor for Comparative Political and Economic Institutions at the University of Amsterdam, his articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde and Die Zeit amongst many others. In the 70th Karel joined the NRC Handelsblad as a correspondent for East Asia and covered major events in the region. In addition, he was President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Karel was awarded the Netherland Prize for Journalism.


What he offers you

Best known for his accurate analysis of global political, economic and business issues, Karel van Wolferen is also a highly accomplished facilitator and conference chair.


How he presents

Karel van Wolferen is an engaging and dynamic speaker who inspires audiences with his unique analyses and thought-provoking insights.

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