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Aug 23 2017

John Pomfret

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Award-Winning Journalist

John PomfretJohn Pomfret is an award-winning journalist and writer who has divided his time between the US, China, Europe, Africa and the Middle East since the 1980s. He has been a foreign correspondent for fifteen years. He currently is the editor of the Post’s Outlook section and is the newspaper’s expert on immigration.

“Renowned expert on China and immigration”


In detail

John was one of the first American students to study in China following the Sino-American rapprochement and he has been a correspondent in China for the Associated Press and The Washington Post, from the late 1980s until the early 2000s.He has won numerous journalism awards for his work in China and in Washington. For the past five years, John has devoted himself to the first narrative history of America’s relationship with China from the 18th century until the present day. He is the author of the 2006 best-seller, ‘Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China’. Selected as one of the best books of the year 2006 by The Washington Post, ‘Chinese Lessons’ won the prestigious Shorenstein Prize for Coverage of Asia in 2007 and was a finalist for the 2007 Kiriyama Prize.


What he offers you

John puts vivid human faces on the complex changes overtaking China. He offers audiences unrivalled familiarity with all aspects of the new China, from its social life and politics to the meteoric emergence of its business community and market economy.


How he presents

John is a relaxed, engaging and articulate speaker. He tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience.

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Aug 18 2017

Lois Pryce

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Travel Writer, Journalist & Founder of Adventure Travel Film Festival

Lois PryceLois Pryce is an author, public speaker and journalist who has written for the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, New York Times and CNN.She is also a co-founder of the Adventure Travel Film Festival, which takes place annually in the UK and Australia.

“One of Ten Great Female Travellers”
The Telegraph


In detail

It all started in 1986 after setting off with three school friends on a week’s ride around Cornwall… WITH NO GROWN-UPS!,sleeping in farmers’ barns and living in fear of nothing except the spiders that crawled out of the hay bales. Fifteen years later, Lois found herself working in the music department of the BBC in London. In 2003 Lois left her job at the BBC in London to ride her motorcycle from Alaska to the tip of South America. Upon her return she wrote the book of this trip, ‘Lois on the Loose’, which was published in the USA and the UK and translated into several languages.In 2006 she set off from London to motorcycle the length of Africa, taking in the Sahara, the Congo and Angola. Her second book, ‘Red Tape & White Knuckles’ is the story of this adventure.In 2013/14 she made two solo tours of Iran on her motorcycle which is the subject of her latest book, ‘Revolutionary Ride’.


What she offers you

Whether you’re lookingto motivate your employees with a true-life tale of achieving your dreams, learning from Lois’ insights into risk or diversity or you’re simply after some unique after-dinner yarns, Lois’ presentations can be tailored to your specific requirements, and no group is too large or too small.


How she presents

Her talks and presentations about her adventures have garnered a reputation for being both inspirational and entertaining, and have taken her around the world to a diverse range of clients.

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Jul 14 2017

Helen Fielding

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Novelist & Screenwriter

Helen FieldingHelen Fielding is an English novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, and a sequence of novels and films beginning with the life of a thirty-something singleton in London trying to make sense of life and love.

“The face behind Bridget Jones”


In detail

‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ and ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’were published in 40 countries and sold more than 15 million copies. The two films of the same name achieved international success. ‘Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy’was published with record-breaking first-day sales in the UK. Late 2016 saw the release of the third movie: Bridget Jones’s Baby. Helen studied English at St Anne’s College, Oxford and was part of the Oxford revue at the 1978 Edinburgh Festival and began work at the BBC in 1979 as a regional researcher on the news magazine Nationwide. In 1985 Helen produced a live satellite broadcast from a refugee camp in Eastern Sudan for the launch of Comic Relief.From 1990 – 1999 she worked as a journalist and columnist on several national newspapers and The Telegraph.


What she offers you

An experienced media personality and creator of “Bridget Jones”, Helen shares her experiences of becoming one of the worlds’ most read authors. With humour she approaches many human angles of communication and her motto is“keep it real” as well as “rather human than perfect”.


How she presents

A charismatic and charming personality, Helen loves being on the platform. She is a true professional and always well prepared. She prefers short presentations followed by lengthy interaction with her audience. Humour is her trademark.

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May 15 2017

Doug Allan

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Photographer, Documentary Filmmaker, Diver andAuthor

Doug AllanDoug Allan is a freelance wildlife and documentary cameraman who films both topside and underwater. He has been captivating audiences across the UK with his sell-out tours, sharing his extraordinary filming challenges and successes.

“An Award-Winning Natural History Photographer”


In detail

Doug’s photographic awards include seven Emmys, four BAFTAs and five Wildscreen Pandas. He spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, marine biologist, base commander and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, receiving both the Polar Medal and the Fuchs Medal for his science and support work. In 1984 he changed direction to full time filming.In his 30 year filming career, he’s been involved with more than 65 films, freelancing for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and others. He was principal cameraman on many prestigious award-winning series includingOperation Iceberg, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Human PlanetandLife, Planet Earth.Doug has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


What he offers you

Dough shares with audiences worldwide his experiences while film making and the craft of nature photography. Doug’s legendary expertise in Polar Regions and other extreme environments make him a charismatic guest speaker at educational institutions, corporate events and on expedition cruise trips.


How he presents

Doug customiseshis presentations so they are suitable for any audience of any age. All are lavishly illustrated with slides that he has taken during his travels.

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May 08 2017

Aarathi Prasad

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Biologist, Writer and Broadcaster

Aarathi PrasadAarathi Prasad is a science writer and broadcaster, and has presented and written for programmes including Is It Better to Be Mixed Race?, the Health and Biology episodes of Brave New World and the 4thought filmShould We Raise Children in Mixed Marriages?on Channel 4, and The Quest for Virgin Birth on BBC Radio 4.

“A well renowned scientist”


In detail

Aarathi has a PhD in molecular genetics from Imperial College London, and subsequently worked on a Cancer Research UK-funded post-doctoral project using chemical genetics to identify early therapeutic targets in cancers.She was a recipient of the Wellcome Trust Mentoring Award for Emerging Talent, and has been a science advisor to the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. She has written for publications including the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, Prospect and Wired magazines, and Euroscientist, and she has judged the Science and Natural History category in the Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards.


What she offers you


In her presentations, Aarathi shares her insights on how human beings are in control of their destiny. She wants us to drop our prejudices about sex, sexual difference, reproduction and foetuses and look to a future where anyone, regardless of age or sex, can become pregnant.


How she presents

A breath of fresh air, Aarathi explains hervivid, personal and panoramic journey through the health and beliefs of one fifth of humanity.

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Apr 28 2017

James Chau

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Journalist

James ChauJames Chau is a journalist who currently anchors the news for China Central Television. He also presents his own current affairs programme, World Insight, which airs internationally every weekend. James has reported on major stories including the 9/11 attacks, China’s entry to the World Trade Organisation, Hu Jintao’s first White House visit and the bird flu outbreak. Through 2003, he covered SARS and later, filed live reports from Indonesia in the immediate aftermath of the Tsunami.

“A leading voice on international issues and current affairs”


In detail

After a car accident in 1996 that caused a spinal fracture, James after treatment, finished his exams at City of London School where he was a Bakers Company scholar and started writing for newspapers, magazines and, as he describes, “just about anyone who would read me”. This continued when he became the first ‘Varsity’ News Features Editor at Cambridge University. James was an intern at Vogue and the Sunday Mirror, where his double page feature on the plight of women in Eastern Europe and the Middle East was published at the end of his first week.


What he offers you

James Chau speaks knowledgably about various aspects of worldwide affairs and current affairs. With a wealth of national and international experience in broadcasting and journalism, James is an excellent communicator.


How he presents

James Chau is a charismatic speaker, and his content rich speeches are delivered with authority and an engaging sense of humour.

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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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