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Dec 12 2016

Mary Robinson

Published by under Politics,Women Speakers

The Seventh, & First Female, President of Ireland & Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

mary-robinsonDr. Mary Robinson has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. She has fought for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court in Luxembourg as well as in the Irish courts. A committed European, she also served on expert European Community and Irish parliamentary committees. She is currently the President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, a member of the Elders, former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid. She is chair of the GAVI Alliance Board and President of the International Commission of Jurists.

“Mary Robinson has received widespread recognition for her efforts in the international arena”


In detail

Mary Robinson (née Bourke) was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship. She has outstanding legal qualifications and has worked in the area of human rights with special expertise in constitutional and European human rights law. Among the numerous international activities relating to human rights, she served as Special Rapporteur to the Interregional Meeting organised in 1993 by the Council of Europe on the theme “Human Rights at the Dawn of the 21st Century”, as part of its preparation for the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights.


What she offers you

Mary Robinson continues to bring attention to international issues, charting a course for globalization that is fair, just and benefits all. She is widely recognised for having developed a new level of engagement between Ireland and the developing world during her Presidency. She was the first head of state to visit famine stricken Somalia, and the first to visit Rwanda after the genocide. Since leaving the United Nations in 2002, she has continued to champion developing world issues through the founding of Realizing Rights, an ethical globalisation initiative focusing on developing fair and equitable trade, strengthening responses to HIV/AIDS and shaping more humane migration policies.


How she presents

The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world, Mary Robinson is a highly respected and powerfully emotive speaker and a recognised pioneer for her work on climate change and its effects on international human rights. She is the superb example of a woman politician who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics.

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Dec 08 2016

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Published by under Politics

CEO Save the Children International & Former Prime Minister of Denmark

helle-thorning-schmidtHelle Thorning-Schmidt is a former Danish politician who was Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015 and the Leader of the Social Democrats from 2005 to 2015. Following election defeat in 2015, she announced that she would step down as both Danish Prime Minister and Social Democratic party leader. Ending her political career in April 2016, Helle is now the chief executive of the NGO Save the Children International.

“A recognised expert or leadership transition”


In detail

Helle served as a Member of the European Parliament for Denmark from 1999 to 2004. In 2005, she became Leader of the Social Democrats, leading her party through the 2007 parliamentary election, which was won by the centre-right alliance, and the 2011 parliamentary election, after which she was appointed Prime Minister by Queen Margrethe II. Helle Thorning-Schmidt holds degrees in political science from the University of Copenhagen and a graduate degree from the College of Europe.


What she offers you

Recognised for her inspirational leadership, Helle was elected as Prime Minister at a time when Denmark was feeling the significant impact of the financial crisis. Her ability to galvanize leaders across multiple parties demonstrates her collaborative leadership style, which she brings to audiences over the world.


How she presents

Highly inspiring and charismatic, Helle Thorning-Schmidt is sought after to address audiences around the globe.

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Nov 23 2016

Guy Verhofstadt

Published by under Politics

Member of the European Parliament, 47th Prime Minister of Belgium (1999 – 2008)

Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt is one of Europe’s most experienced leaders and is currently the leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the centrist-liberal grouping in the European parliament. He is also the former prime minister of Belgium. Guy argues for reform to the EU so that it focuses much more on the key problems facing both Europe and the world – the economic crisis, crime, the disparity between rich and poor, and other key political issues

“One of the architects of the current structure of power in the European Union”


In detail

Guy Verhofstadt became president of the Flemish Liberal Student’s Union (1972-1974) while studying law in Ghent. He began his political career as a Ghent city councilor in 1976. In 1982, at the age of 29, he became president of the PVV, the Flemish Liberal Party. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies – the lower house of Belgian’s Federal Parliament – in 1985, and he served as deputy prime minister and minister of budget and scientific research until 1988. Prime Minister Verhofstadt led the transformation of the PVV into the VLD, the Flemish Liberals and Democrats, in 1992, and was elected to the Belgian Senate three years later. In this role, he served as rapporteur for the Senate’s commission on the Rwandan genocide.


What he offers you

Former Belgian prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt is acknowledged as a passionate politician, a gifted speaker and a razor-sharp polemicist. He offers audiences tremendous insights into current European issues, the current political landscape and the socio and business scene.


How he presents

Guy Verhofstadt is a forthright, memorable, powerful and much sought-after speaker at prestigious events worldwide.

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Sep 02 2016

Christian Wulff

Published by under Politics

Former President of Germany

Christian WulffChristian Wulff is a German politician and lawyer. He was the 10th President of the Federal Republic of Germany between 2010 and 2012. He became Germany’s youngest president at the age of 51. Prior to his election by the 14th Federal Assembly, Wulff served as Prime Minister of the state of Lower Saxony between 2003 and 2010. While in office, he was not only committed strongly to economic-political issues, but was also highly focused on issues surrounding integration and interfaith dialogue.

“One of the most respected German politicians”


In detail

Drr. Wulff studied law with a specialisation in economics at the University of Osnabrück. He joined the Christian Democratic Union of Germany in 1975. He also holds honorary doctorates bestowed by the Tongji University Shanghai, China and the Tsukuba University Tokyo, Japan. The Central Council of Jews in Germany honoured him with the Leo Baeck Prize. The German Olympic Sports Confederation awarded him the medal of honour.


What he offers you

Drawing on his vast expertise and own personal experiences as a respected politician in Germany, Dr. Wulff provides valuable observations and analysis of the current political and economic landscape. His insights into the recent economic crises around the world help corporations and governments secure their investments for the decades ahead.


How he presents

Dr. Wulff exceptional knowledge and strategic clarity make him an outstanding keynote speaker at prestigious events around the globe.

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Jan 12 2015

Lord Finkelstein

Published by under Economy and Finance,Politics

Associate Editor of The Times & Former Head of Policy for the Conservative Party

FinkelsteinLord Daniel Finkelstein OBE is a former politician and is currently Associate Editor of The Times. He is also their Chief Leader Writer and a weekly political columnist. Before joining The Times in 2001, he was adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague. His blog, Comment Central, is a personal round up of the best political opinion on the web. He is the chairman of Policy Exchange and was elevated to the House of Lords in August 2013.

“Daniel Finkelstein is a respected commentator on all political issues”


In detail

Daniel Finkelstein graduated from the London School of Economics, where he studied economics & politics. He was awarded the OBE in the 1997 honours list. Between 1981 and 1990 he was a member of the SDP, becoming Chair of the Young Social Democrats during the 1983 general election campaign. Before working for the Conservative Party, Daniel Finkelstein was Director of the think tank the Social Market Foundation for three years. Between 1995 and 1997 Finkelstein was Director of the Conservative Research Department. Between 1997 and 2001 he was political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon William Hague MP, and, together with George Osborne, Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet.


What he offers you

Daniel Finkelstein is a prominent media commentator, well known for his regular appearances on Newsnight’s political panel. He expertly provides a tour d’horizon of the current political and economic scene domestically and internationally.


How he presents

A highly respected professional, Daniel Finkelstein is an intelligent and eloquent speaker with a good sense of humour who brings a refreshing edge to the world of politics.

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Nov 05 2014

Dr. Arun Shourie

Published by under Media,Politics

Indian Politician and Prestigious Opinion Maker

Arun ShourieDr. Arun Shourie is an Indian politician, journalist and acclaimed author. He was a member of the Indian Parliament from 1998 to 2010 and is the author of numerous books and articles about a wide range of topics. The International Press Institute acclaimed him as one of the “World Press Freedom Heroes” and the Economic Times named him “Business Leader of the Year”.

“A Star of Asia”
Business Week


In detail

Dr. Shourie studied at Modern School, Barakhamba and at St. Stephen’s in Delhi, he obtained his doctorate in Economics from Syracuse University, USA. He has worked as an economist with the World Bank, was a consultant to the Planning Commission of India, Editor of the Indian Express and The Times of India and a Minister in the government of India between 1998 and 2004. The positions he held include the Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics, Minister of Communications and IT and Minister of Commerce and Industry.


What he offers you

A leading figure in India’s political, economical and social scene Dr. Arun Shourie offers extraordinary insights into how companies can establish businesses in India. His remarks are of great interest for decision makers from all over the world.


How he presents

An eloquent speaker, Dr. Shourie’s presentations are fascinating and full of feasible ideas.

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Oct 29 2014

Wim Kok

Published by under Politics

Minister of State, and Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands

Wim KokOn the 22nd of August 1994 Wim Kok was appointed Dutch Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs in the first government that bore his name. In 1998 he was re elected for a second four year term before being succeeded in 2002 by Jan Peter Balkenende. At present, Wim Kok is a Member of the supervisory boards of ING Group, Royal Dutch Shell, TNT and KLM as well as a Member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of The European Business Awards.

“We have to focus very much on growth and employment and make that the top priority of the EU in the years to come”


In detail

In 1989, he was elected deputy chairman of the Socialist International Party. He has been deputy chairman of the Socioeconomic Council (SER), vice-chairman of the Board of De Nederlandsche Bank, visiting lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies and advisor to the European Commission. Mr Kok was also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.


What he offers you

With a wealth of experience and expertise gained through his impressive career in politics and as a European political leader, Mr Kok offers decision makers great insight into the current European and global economic, social and political issues.


How he presents

Mr Kok is an engaging speaker with a strong political background and great insight into future issues affecting European and global financial markets.

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Oct 27 2014

Jean Chrétien

Published by under Politics

Former Prime Minister of Canada

Jean ChrétienFormer Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien was the twentieth Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003 and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1990 to 2003. He led Canada during a crucial period in its history, maintaining the unity of the nation, ushering in a Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico and presiding over an economic boom which continues to this day. His career spans more than 40 years in public service, through six prime ministers.

“His anecdotes offered both wisdom and humor, while his global insights provoked thought and discussion”
Republic Financial Corporation


In detail

Trained as a lawyer and serving as Canada’s twentieth prime minister, he made his mark as a legislator and statesman. He was first elected to Parliament in 1963, at the age of twenty-nine. Four years later he was given his first Cabinet post and, over the next thirty years, he headed nine key ministries holding many positions in the government including Minister of Finance, State, National Revenue, as well as Industry, Trade, and Commerce.


What he offers you

Drawing upon his experiences, Mr Chrétien is in the privileged position to be able to offer audiences unparalleled insights into world politics and current affairs. When it comes to politics, no one better knows the players and the strategies than Jean Chrétien.


How he presents

He is a captivating speaker on the most pressing global and geopolitical issues facing organisations today.

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Oct 24 2014

Giuliano Amato

Published by under Politics

Former Prime Minister of Italy and Vice President of the Convention on the Future of Europe

Giuliano AmatoGiuliano Amato is a Global Law Professor at the NYU Law School and part time Professor at the EUI in Florence. From June 1992 to April 1993 and from April 2000 to May 2001 he served as Prime Minister of Italy.From 2002–2003 he was Vice Chairman of the European Constitutional Convention, where he played a key role in debating and deciding the future of Europe.He was also the Minister of Interior from May 2006 to 2008 with Romano Prodi’s Government. In 2012 he has been appointed as President of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

“The man who drafted the new European Constitution”


In detail

Mr Amato began his political career in 1958, when he joined the Socialist Party, for which eventually he was an M.P. from 1983 to 1993. An academic nicknamed “Subtle Doctor” for his ability to see the fine points of an argument, apart from many other assignments, he was Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister’s office, from 1983 to 1987, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Treasury, from 1987 to 1988, then again Treasury Minister, from 1988 to 1989. Still active in politics he has been a member of the Senate/Upper House of the Italian Parliament since stepping down as Prime Minister in 2001 and most recently he has begun to campaign for the creation of a great reformist party, with a more coherent and modernised structure.


What he offers you

A strong political leader Mr Amato is credited with his first tenure as Prime Minister and he also paved the way for his country’s first-intake entry into Europe’s single currency. As a speaker he offers audiences great insight into the challenges of being a political leader and he is in the privileged position of being able to offer decision makers from all businesses an expert view of the political and economic future of Europe.


How he presents

A confident speaker and recognised political figure Giuliano Amato is highly sought after by decision makers from all areas keen to benefit from his experiences as a world leader and international politician.

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Oct 22 2014

Edouard Balladur

Published by under Politics

Prime Minister of France 1993-95 & Mentor of President Sarkozy

Edouard BalladurEdouard Balladur serves as an advisor to the French Government, presiding over the Constitutional Reform Committee. Recognised for his strong economic stance, the “franc fort” and his positive approach to European Monetary Union, Edouard Balladur was Prime Minister of France until 1995. He has made contributions to transatlantic relations as both a practitioner and a scholar. During the last 10 years Edouard Balladur has received numerous awards and distinctions, including: Prix Jacques Rueff d’économie, Prix Andese, Médaille d’or du mécénat de l’Académie francaise and the Prix Louise Michel, Prix Euromoney for Minister of Finance of the year (1987).

“The mentor of Nicolas Sarkozy”


In detail

In 1962 he joined the Office of Radio and Television Broadcasting (ORTF). He started his career in 1964 as advisor of Prime Minister Georges Pompidou. He was Prime Minister of France in the early 1990s, bringing about extensive market reforms as Minister of the Economy in the 1980s. He has been a leader within the Gaullist movement for many decades. He is credited with having drawn the mainstream of French Gaullists back into a pro-European Union stance and into abandoning anti-American attitudes.


What he offers you

A remarkable man, Edouard Balladur puts an ambitious perspective before Europe and America: to combine their forces in a Union of the West, building on their existing arrangements for unity, adding new ones, and putting aside their prejudices against each other. He offers a series of practical steps to build a Union of the West. His proposals take on added importance now that his protégé, Nicolas Sarkozy, has come to hold the presidency of France.


How he presents

A true visionary, Edouard Balladur demostrates strong qualities in his highly respected presentations. He has great flexibility, rapidity and a feeling for how to communicate.

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