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Apr 19 2017

David Rowan

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Editor-at-Large at WIRED

David RowanDavid Rowan is the Editor-at-Large of WIRED UK, the award-winning technology and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are building the future. He served as Editor-in-Chief of WIRED for almost eight years, since its launch.

“We are all ‘disrupters’ now!”


In detail

David studies all the things that are, or soon will be changing business, culture and every aspect of our lives from AI to VR. He investigates the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world and has recently spent time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest and countless other disruptive start-ups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He speaks and moderates, at international conferences and has also addressed the TEDs, he frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme. He also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine. David has curated an exhibition of British creative talent at the Government’s Cabinet Forum conference. David’s most recent awards include Techmark Technology Journalist of the Year, DMA Editor of the Year and BSME Editor of the Year in 2012.


What he offers you

David demonstrates innovative concepts and ideas for commercial success. In his presentations he considers how technology is disrupting every industry and market, how apps change consumer behaviour and why ‘social commerce’ is killing traditional marketing. He also looks at how technology has evolved and reveals the ten trends that will change your sector in the next decade – and what you should be doing now to prepare. He also explains how organisations have to adapt, and how they can foster a culture of innovation.


How he presents

David is renowned for his insightful, inspirational and thought-provoking speaking style. His presentations are lively and quick-paced. He is in great demand by corporate clients the world over.

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Mar 27 2017

Frank Gardner

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BBC’s Security Correspondent

Frank GardnerFrank Gardner is BBC’s security correspondent reporting for TV and radio domestic and international security issues, notably on Al Qaeda related terrorism. He was awarded an OBE in June 2005 for services to journalism and released his first book ‘Blood and Sand’ in 2006.

“His work always reflects the true complexities of the stories he reports.”
Vin Ray


In detail

Frank’s fascination with the Middle East began as a teenager when he had a chance meeting with Wilfrid Thesiger (who extensively travelled and photographed the Middle East). A fluent Arabist with a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Exeter University. Frank spent nine years as an investment banker in New York, London and Bahrain before switching to journalism and becoming the BBC’s Middle East correspondent based in Cairo. He has reported extensively on the so-called ‘War on Terror’ in Guantanamo Bay, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. In 2004 he survived being shot six times at close range by Al Qaeda terrorists in the Riyadh suburb, Saudi Arabia. After many months in hospital he returned to the BBC to resume his job. His book ‘Blood and Sand’ reached number three in the Sunday Times Bestseller List.


What he offers you

Frank draws on his experiences as a security correspondent to offer audiences remarkable accounts of his time in the Middle East. Having witnessed some truly terrifying situations his determination to return to his full and active life makes his story both fascinating and inspirational.


How he presents

Frank is a good communicator, knows how to handle situations spontaneously and comes across really well.

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Mar 20 2017

Will Gompertz

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BBC Arts Editor

Will GompertzWill Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and a respected commentator on The Arts.Voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine, Will was previously a Director of The Tate Gallery. During his time there, he was responsible for Tate Online – the UK’s most popular art website. He set up a TV production unit, making arts programmes for Channel 4 and ITV and he also created Tate Etc, the UK’s highest-circulation art magazine.

“We’re brought up to be intimidated by art”


In detail

Will has advised many arts and media organisations and has been a board member of the National Campaign for the Arts. As a writer he has penned numerous articles for, amongst others, The Times and The Guardian. In the summer of 2009, he wrote and performed a one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Double Art History, a light-hearted lecture on the story of modern art.


What he offers you

Will has great passion, experience and knowledge of the arts. He is a great communicator and is full of ideas about how new media can be use more effectively to share arts news with audiences. He gives an introduction to modern art in the guise of a classroom lesson.


How he presents

Will Gompertz’s passion for art is expressed with wit and verve. He is an impressive speaker who makes audiences laugh from the start with his self-deprecating humour, trying to make art funny.

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Mar 15 2017

Norbert Haug

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Journalist & Former Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

Norbert HaugNorbert Haug is a German journalist, and the former Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, including Formula One, Formula 3 and DTM. Under his direction, Mercedes-Benz enjoyed considerable success in all categories, winning multiple races and championships.

“Business is like Formula 1 – only with many more competitors”


In detail

For over 22 years, Norbert Haugwas Head of Motorsports at Mercedes-Benz. Under his leadership Mercedes, along with its partner teams, won a total of four Formula 1 Drivers and two Constructors world championship titles between 1998 and 2009. In the DTM (German Touring Car Masters), Mercedes triumphed under Norbert’s leadership between 1991 and 2012 against well-known factory teams like Audi or BMW in more races than all the competitors put together. Mercedes thus became the most victorious brand of the DTM. Out of 900 races in all the key motor sports categories, Mercedes won over 400 under the leadership of Norbert, of which 80 in Formula 1 and 140 in the DTM.


What he offers you

In his talks and interviews, Norbert inspires with his authenticity and passion. He isvery skilful at establishing easy to understand analogies between the challenges of motor sports and everyday work.


How he presents

An engaging and entertaining speaker, Norbert uses a mix of stories and anecdotes from his career combined with stunning images to challenge and inspire audiences to greater things.

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Feb 06 2017

Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Celebrated Philosopher, Intellectual and Bestselling Writer

bernard-henri-levyBernard-Henri Lévy is a master philosopher, journalist, activist and best-selling author of over 30 books, including works of philosophy, fiction, and biography. An advocate of ethics and justice, he broke ground as the leader of the New Philosophers in the 1960s. Maintaining his outspoken streak of activism, he served as a war reporter extensively covering the Middle East and Afghanistan. His eyewitness accounts include philosophical insights about genocide, terrorism and the nature of history have made him a celebrity on the French and international scene.

“One of Europe’s most celebrated thinkers”


In detail

Lévy gained renown for his documentary film about the Bosnian conflict, Bosna! after starting his career as a war reporter for Combat. He has undertaken several diplomatic missions for the French government and has travelled to the world’s most troubled areas. In 2008, Lévy received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in December 2009, Foreign Policy magazine ranked him 31st among the “100 Top Global Thinkers.”


What he offers you

Bernard-Henri Lévy’s distinctive intellectual mind, combined with his trademark sense of elegance, inspires a new generation of minds to explore, question, and challenge modern thought the world over.


How he presents

Bernard-Henri is a very charismatic, controversial and phlegmatic character who epitomises a passion for life. His lust for searching out the truth has made him truly a unique orator in regular demand on the global stage.

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Jan 02 2017

Giles Duley

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Professional Photographer

giles-duleyGiles Duleyworked for 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries in both the US and Europe. Giles now focuses his work on humanitarian projects. Giles works with well-respected charities such as Medecins Sans Frontiers, IOM and UNHCR to highlight lesser-known stories deserving of public attentionandaction. Although documenting challenging, and at times, horrific situations, Giles captures the strength of those who fight their adversity rather than succumb. His photographs draw the viewer to the subject, creating intimacy and empathy for lives differing from ours only in circumstance.

“Do you ever have one of those mornings, when you just can’t be bothered to put your legs on?”


In detail

In 2011, whilst on patrol with 75th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army in Afghanistan, Giles stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). He was severely injured, losing both legs and an arm. Despite the fact that the horrific accident left Giles a triple amputee, he continues to dedicate his life to telling stories through photography. His work has been exhibited and published worldwide in many respected publications. In 2010 he was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award and was a winner at the Prix de Paris in 2010 & 2012. His self-portrait was selected for the 2012 Taylor Wessing Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.


What he offers you

With stories that are by turns moving, inspiring and amusing, Giles looks at the passion for his work that helped him overcome his injuries. He offers a look at a world few see first-hand, putting things in perspective, but also offering lessons in personal commitment, goals, and work values. He considers what businesses can learn from the power and importance of telling a story as well as his own resilience and determination.


How he presents

In his moving talks, Giles tells stories of lives lost and found — including his own. Humorous, engaging and a fascinating story teller, Giles offers fresh insights and hard-won truths gathered over his years as a photographer.

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Jul 04 2016

Hani Soubra

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Former Regional Director BBC Worldwide, Media & Communication Expert

Hani SoubraHani Soubra is an experienced media and communication expert who worked in the Arab world for the last 20 years. With an extensive knowledge of the Gulf region, Hani has contributed significantly to debates in the field of politics and economics. For 13 years he was Regional Director for BBC Worldwide, handling their development in the MENA region across all BBC platforms.

“An eye-opening commentator on Middle East related issues”


In detail

Hani studied Economics at the American University of Beirut and earned an MBA from the University Glasgow. He is an acclaimed author on politics and current affairs in the Middle East and a lecturer at the University of Middlesex, Dubai campus. In addition, he taught masters students Media and Creative Industries and is currently teaching global Journalism for undergraduates. As a public speaker, Hani lectures on media, culture, politics and current affairs at universities and forums around the world.


What he offers you

The personification of the youth of the Middle East, Hani’s informed opinion and in depth analyse of Middle East and global political issues make him a sought after commentator at events around the globe.


How he presents

Hani is an energetic and passionate speaker with a clear view of current affairs. His presentations are well received by any audience.

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Mar 04 2016

Paul Mason

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Award Winning British Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

Paul MasonPaul Mason is Channel 4 News’ Economics Editor covering all aspects of the UK and global economy, markets, labour and commerce. He previously served in the same role for BBC2’s influential Newsnight. Before he became Economics Editor, Paul was Channel 4 News’ Culture & Digital Editor in September 2013. He is the author of several books, and a visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton.

“A widely respected commentator on economics, society and culture”


In detail

Paul has been twice shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, won the Wincott Award for Business Journalism in 2003, the Workworld Broadcaster of the Year in 2004, and the Diageo African Business Reporting Award in 2007. His report on the social movements behind Bolivian President Evo Morales was cited when Newsnight was awarded the Orwell Prize in 2007. He was named the Royal Television Society’s specialist reporter of the year in 2012 for his coverage of the economic crisis and social unrest in Southern Europe. In the early 1990s, Paul spent nine years covering business in specialist magazines and newspapers before sidestepping into TV


What he offers you

Paul Mason is an intelligent and vastly experienced journalist with a great track record in scoops. He offers audiences profound insights into the current global political and economic landscape. In his presentations he focuses on the social changes, new global revolutions and a guide to our future.


How he presents

Paul’s presentations are authoritative, comprehensive, and pitched at the correct level. He is an approachable and engaging speaker with a simple, direct, no-nonsense delivery and some very interesting insights and predictions.

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Feb 12 2016

Michael Heppell

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International Speaker and Best -Selling Author

Michael HeppellMichael Heppell is a world class business speaker, renowned personal development trainer and international best-selling author. He has taken his message of achieving brilliance as your benchmark across the world to hundreds of thousands of people, from individuals to multi-national corporations. His advocates include major corporations, such as: Microsoft, HSBC, Vauxhall, Virgin, among others.

“One of the UK’s leading experts on Customer Service”


In detail

Michael’s path in to personal development started at the age of 16 when he became involved in youth work as a volunteer. In 1999 he established his own company; Michael Heppell Ltd. Michael has been and is set on a course of personal development study, which has seen him dealing with national and international world leaders in the field. It has taken him from The World Thinking Conference in Singapore to Australia, always researching the latest techniques and ideas. In 2003 Michael’s first book, ‘How to Be Brilliant’ was published and is becoming internationally acclaimed for making the route to Brilliance accessible for all.


What he offers you

Michael uses his vast insights to help companies develop a competitive advantage by focusing attention on the needs of their customers and their people. His many years of practical experience working with those who have their desire to set brilliance as their benchmark, who want to take massive action and are ready to make a change, make his presentations truly unique.


How he presents

Michael’s inspirational and motivational presentations are delivered in a very energetic way, which literally has the audience on the edge of their seats. He creates a bespoke presentation depending on the needs of any organisation.

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Jan 25 2016

Jeremy Bowen

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BBC Middle East Editor

Jeremy BowenJeremy Bowen is a journalist with a vast knowledge and experience of the Middle East. He provides reportage, commentary and analysis on events in the region. He has reported from more than 70 countries, covering conflicts in the Gulf, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya and Rwanda for almost 30 years. He’s been shot at by tanks, robbed at gunpoint by bandits, and been at the scene of explosions and natural disasters. He has interviewed civilian and military leaders from all over the Middle East and is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the region.

“BBC’s long-serving and widely respected Middle East Editor”


In detail

Previously a special correspondent for BBC News, Jeremy reported on the death of Pope John Paul II from Rome, and covered the devastation caused by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. Prior to that he took a break from conflicts and disasters and was the face of BBC Breakfast at its launch. Jeremy was the first British journalist to interview Muammar Gaddafi after the start of the Libyan civil war. He has received several awards, including the New York Television Festival’s Best News Correspondent and Best Breaking News Report for his coverage of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination.


What he offers you

Jeremy Bowen provides riveting anecdotes from a life reporting on the front line at some of the most fraught conflicts of the past twenty years. Jeremy has covered hostilities from over 70 countries ranging from El Salvador, Somalia to the West Bank and his current role as the BBC’s Middle East Editor enables him to cast a welcome light onto one of the most complex areas of the world.


How he presents

Used to the pressure of reporting on live television, Jeremy is a relaxed and confident presenter and is equally at home whether hosting an event or speaking about his own personal experiences.

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