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Feb 20 2015

Malala Yousafazai

Co-Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Malala YousafazaiMalala Yousafazai is a courageous advocate for universal education and girls rights. Targeted for her brave activism, in 2012 the Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her and two other girls. After the shooting, Malala was flown from her home in Pakistan to the UK to recover. She is now back at school and continues to campaign for every child’s right to education. In 2014, at the age of just 17, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

“A global symbol for girls’ rights and global education”


In detail

Malala first came to attention in 2009 after she wrote an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban rule in north-west Pakistan. The following year a journalist from the NYT made a documentary about her life and Malala rose in prominence giving interviews in print and on TV. In 2013 she spoke at the headquarters of the United Nations to call for worldwide access to education. The Times Magazine named her One of the Most Influential People and was awarded the EU’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.


What she offers you

Malala brings awareness to world and business leaders to the social and economic impact of education. She empowers people to raise their voices, to unlock their potential and to demand change.


How she presents

Her eye-opening message and her extraordinary courage make Malala Yousafazai an acclaimed ambassador for human rights and education.

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May 02 2012

Prof. Dr. Eric Maskin

Nobel Laureate, Professor School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

Prof. Dr. Eric S. Maskin - Nobel laureate speakerEric S. Maskin is probably best known for his work on the theory of mechanism design for which he shared the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He has made contributions to many other areas of economics as well, including the theory of income inequality, the study of intellectual property rights and political economy. He is the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, and a visiting lecturer with the rank of Professor at Princeton University.

“Nobel laureate recognized for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory”


In detail

Harvard educated Prof. Maskin was the Louis Berkman Professor of Economics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Econometric Society, and the European Economic Association, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He was president of the Econometric Society in 2003. He has worked in diverse areas of economic theory, such as game theory, the economics of incentives and contract theory. He was a designer of the British Government’s carbon dioxide emissions auction and was asked in the early 1990s to give advice to the Bank of Italy on possible reforms in their system of auctioning treasury bonds. He has also served as editor of The Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economics Letters.


What he offers you

Eric S. Maskin’s work in economic theory has had a deep influence on many areas of economics, political science, and law. A vast literature on implementation, influenced by Maskin’s groundbreaking work, has since evolved. His dedication is extraordinary, lauded for his clarity, teaching skills and ability to make complex maths problems understandable. One thing that really distinguishes him is how precise and careful he is.


How he presents

A frequent speaker at international symposia, Eric S. Maskin’s presentations show one of the great minds in action, leaving his audiences inspired to tackle even the most difficult of questions.
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Feb 27 2012

Mohamed ElBaradei

Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Mohamed ElBaradei speakerMohamed ElBaradei is the former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organisation within the United Nations system, Nobel Peace Prize Joint Winner (with the IAEA) in 2005 and a keynote speaker. He has also served in various roles within the United Nations in New York, including Director of its Legal Division, head of the Division of External Relations, and Assistant Director General for External Relations.

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In detail

Dr. ElBaradei gained his initial law degree at the University of Cairo and subsequently a Master’s degree and Doctorate in international law at the New York University School of Law. He began his diplomatic career in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and belongs to a number of professional associations, including the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, and the Nuclear Law Society.


What he offers you

As a diplomat and distinguished senior member of the IAEA secretariat Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei offers audiences the knowledge gained from his vast experience into global leadership, world affairs and atomic energy.


How he presents

Mohamed ElBaradei’s concise analysis and remarks are memorable, eye opening experiences. He captivates audiences with his charisma and strength of character providing far-reaching insights that transform audiences. He is also part of our Most Popular keynote speakers list and Top Leadership speakers.
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Mar 30 2011

Dr. Mario J Molina

Leading Authority on Pollution & its Effects on the Environment, Nobel Joint Prize-winner in Chemistry

Mario J Molina speakerDr. Mario Molina was a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in elucidating the threat to the Earth’s ozone layer of chlorofluorocarbon gases (or CFCs), becoming the first Mexican-born citizen to ever receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is one of the world’s leading authorities on pollution and the effects of chemical pollution on the environment.

“One of the most prominent precursors to the discovering of the Antarctic ozone hole”


In detail

In 1995, 20 years after a seminal article José Mario Molina-Pasquel Henríquez co-wrote appeared in Nature magazine, the production of CFCs was banned in developed countries by the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement convened by the UN Environment Programme. In recent years, he has directed a joint project between MIT and local government in Mexico City to improve the dangerous air quality situation in his hometown. In 2009 he was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), an advisory group of the US’s leading scientists and engineers, and in 2004 he opened a new research center, the Molino Center, in Mexico City.


What he offers you

Mario Molina is a groundbreaking pioneer in the way air pollution affects human health who continues to teach and research. He has used his brilliance to heighten public awareness of the risks of air pollution and helps to open our eyes to the impact of our own actions, championing new thinking about our stewardship of the earth’s resources.


How he presents

With a deep understanding of science, technology, and innovation and widely praised for his breakthrough discoveries and research in the field of chemistry throughout his lifetime, Mario Molina is a much sought-after, knowledgeable and respected speaker at prestigious events worldwide.
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Mar 23 2011

Jody Williams

Joint Winner of 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), Chairman of the Nobel Women’s Initiative

Jody Williams speakerJody Williams was instrumental in creating a sweeping international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines. She received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the campaign she worked for, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). One broader aspect of her work was her pioneering use of People Power. She continues to serve the ICBL as a campaign ambassador and editor of the organization’s landmine report, and, since 2003, has held a faculty position of distinguished professor of social work and global justice at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. In 2006, she was one of the founders of The Nobel Women’s Initiative.

“Jody Williams is a renowned activist & humanitarian”


In detail

Jody Williams first trained as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), receiving a BA from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish and ESL from the School for International Training. She received a second M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She was the Head of Mission of the High-Level Mission dispatched by the Human Rights Council to report on the situation of human rights in Darfur and the needs of Sudan in this regard (established at the 4th special session of the Human Rights Council in decision S-4/101). The Mission issued its report in 2007.


What she offers you

Jody Williams has overseen the growth of the ICBL to more than 1,300 non-governmental organizations in more than 85 countries and served as the chief strategist and spokesperson for the campaign. She aims to strengthen work being done in support of women’s rights around the world. In her speeches she highlights the largely unrecognized efforts of women around the world in conflict situations to hold family and community together while struggling for peace during armed conflict. She discusses “security” in today’s globalized world, arguing that if the security needs of individuals and communities are disregarded, and all emphasis is put on “national security,” sustainable global peace and security will not be achievable.


How she presents

Named by Forbes Magazine in 2004 as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in the publication of its first such annual list, Jody Williams is an expert speaker who has presented for The UN and the European Parliament. She’s an outspoken peace activist who struggles to reclaim the real meaning of peace.
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Mar 21 2011

Prof. Peter A Diamond

2010 Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences

Peter A Diamond speakerPeter Diamond was awarded the Nobel for his seminal work on search theory, the theory of the frictions and incentives involved in the process of matching. He is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, known for his analysis of U.S. Social Security policy and his work as an advisor to the Advisory Council on Social Security in the late 1980s and 1990s. It was announced at the end of 2010 that President Barack Obama was to renominate Peter to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.

Peter Diamond refers to himself as “a card-carrying behavioural economist”


In detail

Peter Diamond earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in mathematics from Yale University and received a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After beginning his teaching career at the University of California, Berkeley, Diamond returned to the MIT faculty in 1966 and has remained at the Institute ever since. He was promoted to full professor in 1970, and was named Institute Professor — the highest honor awarded by MIT’s faculty and administration — in 1997. Among many other avenues of research he has pursued in his career, he helped develop studies from the late 1970s onward that examined the ways markets function over a period of time. In 2003, he served as president of the American Economic Association.


What he offers you

Widely considered a world expert on labour analysis and an incredibly distinguished economist, Peter Diamond has embraced the role of public citizen, conducting highly influential research over five decades on a remarkably diverse range of subjects. In addition to his presentations on market analysis, he offers tailored talks on topics such as public finance and taxation, Social Security, labor markets and behaviour economics. His invaluable presentations make him a highly sought-after speaker at prestigious events all over the globe.


How he presents

An expert on pensions and taxation with an honest, transparent, and comprehensive approach, Peter Diamond expertly helps audiences understand the ways in which unemployment, job vacancies, and wages are affected by regulation and economic policy, bringing some welcome realism and decency to current issues.
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Jan 12 2011

Prof. Christopher A Pissarides

2010 Joint Nobel Prize Winner for Economics

Christopher A Pissarides speakerProf. Christopher Pissarides was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2010, for his contributions to the theory of search frictions and macroeconomics. The first Nobel winner with Cypriot citizenship, he is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and holder of the Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics. He has served on the European Employment Task Force and has been a consultant on employment policy and other labour issues for the World Bank, the European Commission, the Bank of England and the OECD.

“His book ‘Equilibrium Unemployment Theory’ is a standard reference in the economics of unemployment”


In detail

Prof. Pissarides served as Vice President of the European Economic Association in 2009, becoming President Elect in 2010 and President in 2011. He has served as Head of the Economics Department at LSE, and he is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association and the Society of Labor Economists. He is also a member of Council of the European Economic Association and the Econometric Society. He is the chairman of the Economica board, and a member of other editorial boards. He is also a Non-National Senior Associate, Forum for Economic Research in the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey and a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Cyprus (2000-2007).


What he offers you

Prof. Pissarides provides specialist analysis of the economics of unemployment, labour-market theory, labour-market policy and growth and structural change. Through his work as a research fellow of the Centre of Economic Performance at the LSE, of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), and of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA, Bonn), he explains the importance of structural change and economic performance as indicators of the strategies required to stimulte economic growth.


How he presents

One of the pioneers of matching theory approach to unemployment theory and a distinguished speaker, Prof. Pissarides’ explanations are clear, informative and expertly delivered, making him one of the most sought-after Nobel Laureats.
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Jul 07 2010

Dr. Finn E Kydland

2004 Joint Nobel Prize Winner in Economics

Finn E Kydland speaker Finn Kydland is the Henley Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics. The prize, which he shares with Edward C. Prescott, is “for their contribution to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles”. His methods have been widely adopted in modern macroeconomics.

“Finn Kydland is a highly respected Norwegian economist”


In detail

Finn Kydland joined the UC Santa Barbara faculty in 2004. He previously earned a B.S. from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) and has taught and holds the Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship at the Tepper School of Business of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his Ph.D. He has held visiting scholar and professor positions at, among other places, the Hoover Institution and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


What he offers you

Dr. Kydland is a recognised driving force behind business cycle fluctuations and the design of economic policy and macroeconomic research. His groundbreaking work is highly visibile in his areas of expertise – economics in general and political economics. He provides global audiences with rich insights into business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy and the current global economic outlook.


How he presents

Finn Kydland is an experienced conference speaker whose high content presentations have helped transform the theory of business cycles by integrating it with the theory of economic growth.
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May 21 2010

Prof. George A Akerlof

Joint Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics

George A Akerlof speakerGeorge Akerlof is a highly regarded American economist who was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics (shared with Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz). He is the Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is perhaps best known for his article, “The Market for Lemons: Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism”, published in Quarterly Journal of Economics in 1970, in which he identified certain severe problems that afflict markets characterized by asymmetrical information.

“Disagreeing with any rules that limit the nature of the ingredients in economic models, he contributes immeasurably by simply being the kind of person he is”


In detail

George Akerlof received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1962, his Ph.D. degree from MIT and has taught at the London School of Economics. In 1966 he began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, becoming Goldman Professor of Economics in 1980. His research often draws from other disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, and sociology, and he played an important role in the development of behavioural economics. He is the 2006 President of the American Economic Association, serving earlier as vice president and member of the executive committee. He is also on the North American Council of the Econometric Association.


What he offers you

Honoured for his theory of asymmetric information and its effect on economic behaviour, George Akerlof is perhaps the most imaginative and creative applier of insights from other disciplines and his presentations provide actionable information drawing from his experience and knowledge gained in various fields. His work has had profound implications for the organization and regulation of important real markets such as the labour market, the market for health insurance, and markets for financial commodities.


How he presents

An outstanding speaker, George Akerlof is easy to work with and his presentations are original, insightful and filled with a veritable wealth of useful, relevant information based on his solid research and understanding of global economics.
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Feb 24 2010

Dr. Edward C Prescott

Joint Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, 2004

Edward C Prescott speakerDr. Edward Prescott was awarded the Nobel Prize for contributions to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles. He is currently working as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and a Professor at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. His work has altered the course of macroeconomic thinking in the past three decades.

“Edward Prescott is a major figure in macroeconomics, especially the theories of business cycles and general equilibrium”


In detail

Edward Prescott received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. He has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Pennsylvania. During 1979-82, he served on the faculties of Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Kellogg School of Management. He is a co-editor of Economic Theory and a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a former president of the Society of Economic Dynamics and Control and Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory and a former associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review and the Journal of Econometrics.


What he offers you

Lauded for a lifetime of original thinking that has addressed some of the most important long-standing questions in macroeconomics, Edward Prescott describes himself as an econometrician, namely someone dedicated to making neoclassical economics quantitative. His contributions to economics have not only fueled advances in theoretical work, but have also had profound impacts at a policy level and his audiences benefit from this wisdom.


How he presents

Having transformed the methods of macroeconomic thinking, Edward Prescott lays out theory in his presentations, so simply and clearly, knowing and understanding the importance and power of good language. His audiences don’t learn to be acolytes of Ed Prescott – they learn to be excellent researchers, to think for themselves.
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