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Aug 04 2017

Brandon Johnson

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Leadership and Service Industry Expert and Award Winning Author

Brandon JohnsonBrandon W Johnson is a leadership and service industry speaker, trainer, and consultant.He has been voted the Nº1 Global Guru of the Hospitality Industry in 2017. In 2015 (#28) and 2016 (#18),he was named a Top 30 Global Guru for the Hospitality Industry.

“Renowned as the Positive Energy Guy”


In detail

Brandon’s diverse background in operations and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry, non-profits, and higher education has led him to believe strongly that success in business and life is about 2 main things:It’s all about Positive Energy. It’s all about HEART.He has also been named an “Emerging Leader” by Twin Cities Business Magazine and his book was named“Business Book of the Year” by the Midwest Book Awards. He has more than twenty years of experience in operations and leadership positions in the hospitality industry, non-profits, training organisations, entrepreneurship and higher education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism and a master’s degree in management technology.


What he offers you

Brandon delivers a critical message for business professionals about how to create and develop a winning attitude and culture that creates a place where employees love to work and your guests/customers love to come again, again and again.


How he presents

Brandon’s message of positive energy and heart has a lasting positive impact on any organisation and culture. He is engaging, energeticand has an awesome humorous style.

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Jun 16 2017

Yael Zofi

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Virtual Team Expert and Cross Cultural Coach &Speaker, Global Business Consultant

Yael ZofiYael Zofi is a global business consultant who has transformed modern workplaces for more than 25 years with her ground-breaking work in cross-cultural communications and virtual team management. Her impact is evident at global companies, such as JP Morgan Chase and General Electric and Pfizer.

“Connection is a common denominator across the human experience, and it goes beyond time and space transcending all boundaries.”


In detail

While the world was just waking up to the limitless possibilities (and pitfalls) of remote workforces and virtual teams, Yael was already consulting with some of the world’s largest global players to set up and establish best practices for their newly emerging global workforces. To handle her in-demand status and to better serve her growing list of clients, she founded AIM Strategies®, Applied Innovative Management®, a human capital consulting firm focused on connecting people’s management challenges with strategic business solutions.Yael identified patterns and solutions to the common problems these companies were having with their new global virtual teams.


What she offers you

Yael has created many team-based assessment tools, facilitated global strategy retreats, designed international talent management programs, and facilitated merger integrations with six global organizations.


How she presents

With 25+ years of consulting experience, Yael has applied behavioural science techniques and has helped countless leaders and teams focus on transformational initiatives that improve their bottom line and enable stronger human connection in the virtual workplace. Yael’s reputation as a dynamic and informative business keynote speaker will inspire any audience.

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Mar 06 2017

Chris Kane

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Thought Leader & Creative Transformer of Business Premises and Performance

Chris KaneChris Kane masterminded the BBC’s relocation strategy, culminating in creating Media City UK in Salford; restructuring BBC Broadcasting House in London; transforming the BBC’s property portfolio; along with his prior experience as VP Corporate Real Estate at Walt Disney.

“He is a respected Spokesman and Thought-Leader”


In detail

With exceptional experience at the cutting edge of commercial real estate development in the public and private sectors, Chris has rewritten the model for redevelopment, incorporating the consumer’s perspective. The BBC’s commercial property function was transformed from an economic basket case to a shining example of how to unlock value, reduce costs and develop a physical environment that nurtures talent. More of a magician than a mechanic, his innovative approach to developing high value, large-scale commercial property projects has resulted in unprecedented results, creating space for people to be more productive.


What he offers you

As a passionate visionary and futurist, Chris identifies new trends to advance the evolution of the workplace which is increasingly recognised for its ability to add value to the organisation. His big-picture vision, and courage to take calculated risks, inspires business leaders to step outside their comfort zones to adopt innovative, smart approaches, which transform the work experience for today’s and tomorrow’s generation.


How he presents

Naturally engaging, he uses candour and humour to inspire his audience. His warm Irish lilt makes him especially easy to listen to.

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Jan 27 2017

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut, Physician, Scientist & Photographer

roberta-bondarRoberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, Roberta expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission.

“Society needs heroes to rejuvenate, re-energize and renew itself with visions of the possible. That’s what heroes do.”


In detail

For more than a decade at NASA, Roberta headed an international research team, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses on earth, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Roberta is a member of the Governing Council of icipe, a pan-African institute researching the influence of climate change on the spread of insect borne diseases. She is Co-Founder and President of The Roberta Bondar Foundation, created to inspire all ages and to view and to engage our natural environment in a positive light through the lens of photography.


What he offers you

Roberta’s highly motivationaltalkspunctuated by her stunning photographsfocus on change, social responsibility and our environment. Roberta brings added value with her maturity, wisdom gained from “in the trenches” life experiences, broad educational background and depth of personality.


How he presents

By customizing each speech and keynote Roberta will ensure that any event will be extraordinary.

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Jan 16 2017

Ron Dennis

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Former Team Principal, Team McLaren Mercedes & Chairman & CEO, McLaren Group

ron-dennisRon Dennis was head of the world-beating McLaren Formula 1 team from 1980 to 2009. Having announced his decision to step down as McLaren team principal in 2009, he makes it very clear – he is not retiring, but going to work harder, so that McLaren can “power through this recession”. Lauded as one of Britain’s most successful managers, he is known for combining an obsessive attention to detail with a powerful long-term vision.

“Formula One’s kingmaker…a man rated as F1’s supreme operator'” – The Observer


In detail

At just 21, Ron Dennis headed up engineering and mechanics for Australia’s triple world Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham. He created the McLaren International team in 1980 when he merged his own company, Project Four, with Team McLaren Limited. The outfit dominated Formula One in the 1980s and at either end of the 1990s, with four consecutive constructors’ titles. McLaren has competed in Formula One since 1966, but it was under Dennis that it achieved dominance in the 1990s, becoming the most successful Formula One team in history at that time, with 148 Grands Prix wins. The team has also claimed eleven Formula One Drivers’ World Championships and eight Formula One World Constructors’ Championships.


What he offers you

Ron Dennis, the ultimate Formula One street fighter, shares with his global audiences his experience and knowledge of how to lead in the fastest, most competitive global marketplace of all. Ron’s McLaren has been called a frictionless machine and he reveals how to create a culture that brings together the top talent from your industry and unites them behind a common goal.


How he presents

Ron Dennis’ truly captivating and highly motivating presentations are not to be missed. His insights into to the establishing of a world class company, that continually pushes forward the frontiers of technical design and application in many fields of advanced engineering, are relevant to every industry.

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Sep 28 2016

Ben Hines

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Former Leader at Barclays, Musician and Founder of Moving Performance

Ben HinesBen Hines is the Founder and Director of Moving Performance. He has worked with some of the world’s leading companies, and after founding Moving Performance in 2009, he was able to bring together his two passions: people development and music. Ben uniquely combines his 13 years of commercial experience in the financial and legal sectors with his own musical abilities as a semi-professional orchestral French horn player.


In detail

In his earlier career Ben led high-performing teams in the financial and professional service industries. As strategic marketer for Barclays PLC he created and implemented numerous innovative segmented product solutions across multiple countries extending Barclays’ international coverage. With CPA Global, a leading legal services provider, he advised and brought significant change to how the company structured itself to maximise its key markets.


What he offers you

In his presentations, Ben uses music to help both executive boards and emerging leaders to reflect on their strengths and those of others, to move toward more collaborative and productive outcomes. He works across the world facilitating leadership programmes and as a conference keynote speaker.


How he presents

Ben has an amazing ability to bond teams around a cause through music. It is a beautiful, uplifting and long-lasting experience. Ben offers a bespoke service to meet the need of any organisation.

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Jun 24 2016

Chris Ryan

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Former SAS Member

Chris RyanChris Ryan made a miraculous solo escape travelling the 300km (200 miles) from Iraq to Syria on foot with no food and little water. This remarkable feat of determination was triggered when the SAS mission that he was on was compromised. Since leaving the SAS, he has written a number of best selling novels, is a military consultant to a computer games designer and co-devised and consulted on ITV1’s military action drama ‘Ultimate Force’. In 2005 Chris presented ‘How not to Die’ for Sky and was also the military consultant to Codemasters stealth-based first-person computer game – IGI2: Covert Strike

His eight day escape is the longest known in SAS history


In detail

In 1984 he joined the 22nd SAS, the regular regiment, and completed three tours whose operations and exercises took him all over the world. He also worked extensively on the counter-terrorist field serving as an assaulter, sniper and finally Sniper Team Commander on the Special Projects team.


What he offers you

If ever there was an example of winning against the odds, this is it. Hearing his survival experience is truly inspiring and boosts your own motivation.


How he presents

In his relaxed manner he will capture your every thought with his spell binding story.

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Jun 15 2016

Navi Radjou

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Innovation & Leadership Strategist

Navi RadjouNavi Radjou is an innovation and leadership advisor based in Silicon Valley. He is a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and has served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation. Navi is a regular columnist on Harvard Business Review and has co-authored the bestseller ‘Jugaad Innovation’ which was shortlisted for 2013 Thinkers50 CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award.

“Thinkers50 Innovation Award 2013 for re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation”


In detail

Navi served as Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Previously, he was a VP/analyst at Forrester Research in Boston and San Francisco and advised senior executives on breakthrough growth strategies. Navi has consulted with leading organizations including E&Y, TCS and Microsoft and has addressed speeches at the WEF, Harvard and the MIT. He was featured in the NYT, Wall Street Journal and The Economist amongst others and his 2014 TED Global talk on frugal innovation was viewed over 1 million times. Navi studied at Ecole Centrale Paris and the Yale School of Management.


What he offers you

Navi advises leading organisations and helps them to compete and win in the global economy. He helps leaders find good ideas with bigger impact, bring innovative products and services to growing segments and tap undiscovered markets. He also identifies cutting-edge growth strategies from emerging markets that can help the world’s top companies innovate and grow faster and better in a complex environment.


How he presents

An energetic and passionate speaker with a clear view of global markets, Navi’s ideas are fresh and his delivery is filled with stories and humour.

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May 04 2016

Jamil Qureshi

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Founder of JQED, Speaker and Author

Jamil QureshiJamil Qureshi is one of today’s foremost practitioners of performance enhancing psychology. As the founder of JQED and creator of Mind Shaping, Jamil has enjoyed working with a rich diversity of the most talented business and sports people in the world. Ranked among the most influential figures in British sport in 2009, Jamil was voted in the top 100 most powerful men in golf last year by his international peers.

“We are all inherently self-limiting and are unwittingly sabotaged by hidden fears and insecurities created by past experiences”


In detail

Jamil has worked with business leaders and companies in over 24 different countries last year alone helping teams to fulfill their potential by orchestrating change and performance programmes. He has developed and delivered management and leadership programmes at board level for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Emirates Airlines, Serco, Orange, and Royal Bank of Scotland Having spent fifteen years working with the world’s elite, he is in a genuinely unique position to define ‘the difference that makes the difference’. Jamil is one of only a few external psychologists ever to be allowed to study astronauts on the NASA Space Programme.


What he offers you

In his talks, Jamil shares with his audiences his practical insights into the psychology of attaining high performance as an individual or team. His knowledge in the area of optimizing human potential comes from his experience of working with top performers in the world of sport and business, many of which have been in the top ten in the world in their chosen profession, and indeed in a few cases, number one.


How he presents

His talks are fun, sometimes interactive, but always engaging and thought provoking. Jamil delivers all his talks in ‘learning points’ to ensure audiences obtain real value from the content and can take away the content in the most personally beneficial way.

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Apr 08 2016

Alpesh Patel

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Market Guru and Global Entrepreneur

Ash PalAlpesh Patel is a barrister, broadcaster and asset manager who reaches 280 million viewers through his newspaper review on the BBC, discussing politics, economics and social issues from the Arab Spring to US and Chinese elections. He has been appointed as Dealmaker for the British Government covering India and China. His role is to find the most innovative technologies, from cybersecurity and cleantech to mobile apps and healthcare, and help the companies of outstanding entrepreneurs go global.

“The UK’s best known internet trader”


In detail

Alpesh was appointed by the Foreign Secretary as the youngest member of the UK-India Roundtable to examine ways of improving bilateral relations between the two countries and report directly to the Prime Minister. His role was to advocate creative solutions from areas of academic exchanges to bilateral trade to tourism. He has written for the Financial Times since 1999, and provided regular market views for Barclays, Merrill Lynch and HSBC, as well as investment talks for American Express and Goldman Sachs He is a former Visiting Fellow in Business of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a trustee of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.


What he offers you

In his presentations Alpesh Patel combines practical wisdom with academic insights. What makes Patel special is not just his insightful observations of social and economic trends, but the engrossing way he presents them.


How he presents

Alpesh is an accomplished speaker, gauging his audience perfectly which makes him an extremely engaging speaker, bringing his audience with him every step of the way. He comes across as charismatic and knowledgeable with a relaxed style to his lively and entertaining talks.

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