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Apr 05 2017

Julius Van de Laar

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Political Strategist & Campaigning Consultant

Julius Van de LaarJulius van de Laar is a digital media strategist who advises clients on campaign strategy, positioning and message development, social and digital strategy. He served as President Obama‘s Youth Vote and Regional GOTV Director during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign in Ohio.

“One of the top 40 up-and-coming talents in German politics” Capital magazine


In detail

Julius van de Laar has worked as a campaign and strategy consultant for profit and non-profit organisations.After studying Political Science and Communication in the USA, Julius dedicated two years to serving as a full-time campaigner on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. As Chief of Staff in Ohio, Julius also worked for Barack Obama’s second election campaign. Ohio is one of the key swing states – and was ultimately decisive in returning Obama to the White House for a second term as President of the United States. After Obama’s election victory, he brought his expertise as an external consultant to the 2009 German Bundestag election campaign. He subsequently held the post of Director and Spokesman of the German section of the campaign organization Avaaz.


What he offers you

Media strategist Julius will share a behind the scenes look into some of the most effective online and social media tactics, presenting case studies and concrete tools that are used today by leading political campaigns. Speaking about innovative campaigning strategies and provide a first-hand account on how campaigns empower millions to become active in the political process by giving a voice to anyone with an internet connection.


How he presents

Julius is an engaging and innovative speaker able to apply his insights and experience to the work of others with wit and passion.

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Apr 03 2017

Jim Stengel

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President/CEO of The Jim Stengel Company

Jim StengelJim Stengel is the former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble.In 2008, Jim left his prestigious role at P&G. This bold move was Jim’s first step on a new mission and he founded of The Jim Stengel Company, both a think tank and a consultancy.

“One of the world’s most respected business executives”


In detail

P&G sales doubled during Jim’s tenure as GMO. Highly regarded, his leadership was recognised when P&G was honoured as the 2008 Cannes International Advertising Festival Advertiser of the Year for the first time in company history. He was recognised in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007 by Advertising Age as the number one “Power Player” in marketing. In 2005, he was recognised as Grand Marketer of the Year by Brandweek magazine, the same year P&G was named Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age magazine. Jim was named to the first-ever Fortune Executive Dream Team in 2011.Jim loves building capability with business leaders, especially the next generation. In 2009, he was appointed adjunct professor of marketing at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


What he offers you

Jim Stengel reveals the secrets to sustainable growth by connecting brands and people on a global scale. Groups of all sizes have benefited from his insights on leadership, marketing, innovation, disruption, and the role of the CMO and CEO.He shares his passion for growing business through a focus on higher ideals.


How he presents

Jim’s presentations are inspirational, interactive and engaging, drawing high marks from participants. He tailors his talks to the occasion and takes any requirements needed for his clients into careful consideration.

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Mar 31 2017

Howard Webb

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Former Premier League Football Referee, Technical Director of PGMOL

Howard WebbHoward Webb is a former English football referee who operated in the Premier League and has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2005. He became a household name when he officiated as a referee during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the final, in South Africa. He has gone on to become one of the country’s top respected referees in the domestic football premiership and with FIFA for international duties. Howard has retired from his distinguished referee career after being appointed Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited in 2014.

“One of the world’s top football referees”


In detail

In 2007 Howard was selected as England’s representative to referee in UEFA Euro 2008. He has also officiated in the following competitions – European under 21 Championship, FA Cup Final, Carling Cup Final, FIFA under 21 World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and Superliga in North America. 2010 has been a high profile year for Howard –he was the referee at the Champions League Final and one of 14 European referees (and the only British representative) to officiate at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.


What he offers you

Howard is a fascinating motivational speaker as in choosing to be a referee, he is no stranger to controversy and in his presentation he provides a thought provoking insight into a world where making an impact is part of the game. He talks about how referees face intense scrutiny at all times and the pressures of having only seconds to weigh up facts and make the right decision, and the immense pressure of being under the spotlight of the media circus.


How he presents

Howard’s ability to tell his story in a very grounded, simple and authentic way enables him to touch everyone in his audience.

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Mar 29 2017

Frederik Pferdt

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Head of Innovation & Creativity, Google Inc., Adjunct Professor, Stanford University

Frederik PferdtFrederik Pferdt is Google’s Chief Innovation Evangelist. His passion is to develop the capacity to innovate in everybody and believes creativity exists in all of us. He leads a talented team which helps Googlers solve anything creatively by building a thriving innovation culture.

“Freestyle brainstorming is the basis of innovation”


In detail

Frederik is co-founder of “The Garage”, Google’s hacker/ designer/maker space and created the CSI:Lab (Creative Skills for Innovation), which develops innovators and generates hundreds of new-to-the-world ideas with teams from YouTube to Chrome. As an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s D.School, he empowers students through user-centred, prototype-driven design. He was nominated as a visiting scholar at the Center for Design Research, Stanford University and research scholar at EdLab, Columbia University where he researched the convergence of design, technology and education.Frederik holds a Master of Science in Business from University of Konstanz. His creative views oninnovation culture, leadership and future technology were widely featured in national and international media and have helped to transform an array of Fortune Global 500 organisations.


What he offers you

Frederik’s passion is to unleash the capacity to innovate in everybody. He believes creativity exists in all of us. He trains people on how to build a better future through technology, fast and helps leaders to think exponentiallyand to steertheir businesses to the forefront of success.


How he presents

Frederik’s presentations are a whirlwind of ideas and inspiration that will energise and intellectually refresh the audience.

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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 24 2017

Emily Grossman

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Science Communicator, Writer, Educator & Trainer

Emily GrossmanEmily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens’ College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She trained as an actress, and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, public speaker, writer and educator.

“A passionate advocate for gender equality in science”


In detail

Emily can be seen on the panel of experts for Sky 1’s celebrity panel-show, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo andshe is a regular contributor to Discovery Channel’s How Do They Do It?She spent a season as the resident science expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and she has appeared as a biology expert on Channel 4’s Food Unwrappedand as a maths examiner on BBC1’s The One Show. She has also been interviewed on This Morning, BBC Breakfast, CNN, and Sky News. Emily has presented a series of fun videos for the Royal Institution; one of them, How to Stop Yourself Being Ticklish, has received over 200,000 hits and was featured on Radio 2’s Jo Whiley Showand the independent’s i100 top 100 trending videos.


What she offers you

Emily regularly delivers talks and fun workshops in schools, universities and at live events. She speaks about cutting edge science topics such as stem cells, regenerative medicine, obesity and epigenetics. Emily sharesher thoughts on women in science, gender equality, imposter syndrome, secrets of success, science careers. Emily speaks about maths and the use and abuse of statistics in the media.


How she presents

Emily shares her own personal story, and the importance of feelings in science… and in all areas of life. Emily creates bespoke talks created for any audience

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Mar 22 2017

Einar Hareide

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Former design director at Saab Automobile AB and
Mercedes Benz designer

Einar HareideEinar Hareide is a Norwegian industrial designer, leading an award winning studio Hareide Design. Prior to that, he was a design director at Saab Automobile AB and later employed by Mercedes Benz. Since 2002 he has been an Executive Design Adviser for Bogwart AG. Einar has worked with companies from wide range of industries. His clients include Volvo Cars,SJ/Bombardier,
Kongsberg Maritime and Rolls-Royce Marine.


In detail

Einar has an inspiring story to tell about his journey from a small island on the coast of Norway (Hareid) to end up as design director at Saab utomobile in Sweden at the age of 30. Experiencing first hand the period when Saab was a small car company with a slightly rebellious and a highly respected image to becoming a part of giant General Motors, a modern equivalent of David’s fight against Goliath. Einar started his career as a designer at Saab Automobile in 1986. In 1989 he was employed by Mercedes Benz and was responsible of the design of the 1994 E-Class that became the first Modern Mercedes with round headlamps. In 1991 he was asked to come back to Saab to be in charge of exterior design and in 1994 he was promoted to the position of design director with total responsibility for the exterior, interior and color&trim of all Saab Cars. During that period he was responsible for the design of the new generation of Saab cars that includes the Saab 9-3 series (1993) and Saab 9-5 series (1998). In 1999 He founded Hareide Design. The studio work has been internationally recognized by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), and received more than 20 awards.


What he offers you

How do you create customer value in a world where products are becoming services, how can you get paid for a service that can be for free somewhere else, and how do you create true value to your customers? Einar answers those questions and demonstrates how important is design thinking and creating a culture of innovation that is active instead of re-active. He shows the importance of creating a long-term internal strategy for product and service development without being governed by what the competition is doing. Einar also covers areas connected with IoT (The Internet of Things) and robots entering production (Industry 4:0) and demonstrates how this affects design, production and the human being.


How he presents

Einar’s presentations are supported by unique visualization and animation tools, leaving the audience mesmerised and highly inspired. He has held many lectures in both in English, Swedish and Norwegian, to students and universities and to large multi international companies, as well as product launches for the car industry among others.

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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 17 2017

Ross Brawn

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Hugely Successful F1 Mogul

Ross BrawnRoss Brawn OBE is perhaps one of the most successful team principals Formula One has ever seen. Ross has worked with the sport’s leading teams and overseen some of the sport’s most talented drivers.

“Brawn is the most successful technical director in Formula One history”


In detail

Beginning his career in motorsport at March Engineering in 1976, Ross quickly moved up the ranks before being employed by Sir Frank Williams for the newly formed Williams F1 team. He has worked for a number of Formula One teams notably as the technical director of the championship-winning Benetton Formula and Scuderia Ferrari teams. He took a sabbatical from the sport in 2007, but returned to F1 for the 2008 season as Team Principal of Honda F1. He became the owner of the Brawn GP team, which acquired the Honda team in early 2009. Brawn GP was bought out by Mercedes-Benz in November 2009 in a deal reported to be worth £110m.He retired from the sport at the end of 2013.


What he offers you


Ross Brawn is a hugely knowledgeable motorsport speaker with extensive experience of the technical and physical side of the sport,he will intrigue and enlighten guests in any aspect of what makes Formula One so special.


How he presents

Ross had enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers ever seen within F1, making him a highly desirable personality to talk at events as a motorsport speaker.

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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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