May 03 2017

Ruud Gullit

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Football Coach & Former International Player

Ruud GullitRuud Gullit is a Dutch football coach and former player. Ruud is currently an analyst for the Eredivisie on Tien TV and on Sky Sports for UEFA Champions League games. In 2006 Gullit hosted a chat show on Dutch TV interviewing, amongst others, Nelson Mandela. He also appeared as a pundit for ITV during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

“One of the most internationally recognized footballers of the last decade”


In detail

Ruud became the world’s most expensive player in 1987 when he moved from PSV Eindhoven to Milan for a then record £6.5 million. He ended his career as a professional football player with Chelsea FC where he stayed on to manage the London club. Ruud has also managed clubs such as Newcastle United FC and Feyenoord Rotterdam. Ruud is one of the most successful footballers in recent history, both as a player and a manager. Ruud has raised money for various charities participating in ambassador duties for UNICEF.


What he offers you

With his distinct looks, Ruud draws on the lessons learned on the pitch demonstrating to audiences the importance of teamwork and leadership both in business and in our personal lives. With his sound knowledge of these subjects he can adapt his presentations to suit any corporate event.


How he presents

Ruud is an experienced speaker and media personality whose inspiring presentations are always well received and highly enjoyable. Ruud is equally at home whether speaking, presenting awards or hosting an event.

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May 01 2017

Xisu Wang

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Expert on Business Opportunities in China

Xisu WangDr Xisu Wang worked with the first western companies to establish businesses in China, including EDS, Unilever and Caradon Electric, which has provided him with rare insights into the new and unique challenges involved in forming Sino-US joint ventures. Now based in Beijing and still consulting to foreign companies doing business in China, Xisu provides insightful commentary on socio-economic and geo-political issues in China.

“Xisu Wang’s views on the socio-economic issues and challenges that the Chinese Government faces in satisfying the demands of their vast and diverse population are both insightful and instructive.”


In detail

He lived his early life under the shadow of the then new Chairman Mao and Communist China. As a young man he realised that China was slowly opening up to the west, he left his position as Associate Professor and Dean of Nanjing University and became the first student from mainland China to complete post graduate studies in America, earning a PhD at Harvard University followed by an MBA at MIT. He returned to China in the late 1980s.


What he offers you

Dr Wang is a personable and knowledgeable individual who speaks with great authority on the evolution and future of China’s place in the world today, from the inside out and the outside in. He provides fascinating insights into working in China and offers organisations invaluable advice and information.


How he presents

With meticulous preparation, Dr Wang leaves no stone unturned in his highly informative and engaging presentations which are essential for any company wishing to expand into China.

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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 26 2017

FAN Gang

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Director of the National Economic Research Institute

FAN GangFAN Gang is a Professor of Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Director of the National Economic Research Institute, China Reform Foundation. He is a highly distinguished economist and an advisor to the Chinese Government and he also works with a number of leading international organisations.

Prof. Gang is renowned as one of China’s leading experts on Chinese economics


In detail

Prof. Gang is a prolific author and has written over one hundred academic papers on issues connected with the Chinese economy in addition to eight books. Most recently he was invited by Harvard University to be a visiting fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research


What he offers you

Prof. Gang shares with his audiences his unique insight into China’s economy and guides decision makers through the intricate processes involved in successfully expanding into the Chinese Market. He also offers a trenchant account of China’s recent performance and an upbeat assessment of its ability to maintain its high growth rate.


How he presents

His invaluable presentations are filled with examples and information from his experience in China and he is in great demand as a keynote speaker at leading economic summits the world over.

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Apr 24 2017

Raul Rojas

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Professor of Artificial Intelligence

Raul RojasRaúl Rojas is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at FreieUniversität Berlin since 1997. Prof. Rojas has been active in the field of Artificial Intelligence since 1986, having been a member of the Prolog Machine team at GMD-First (now FraunhoferGesellschaft).He has published extensively about neural networks, robotics, intelligent systems and the history of computing. Raul received the Technology Transfer Prize 2008 from the Berlin Technology Foundation and the Gold Medal Heberto Castillo from Mexico City for his contributions to robotics.

“A on Artificial Intelligence”


In detail

Previously, he held professorships at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and at the Technical University of Vienna.Raúl Rojas obtained his bachelor and master degrees in Mathematics from the Technical University of Mexico, and attained his master in Economics at the National University of Mexico. He received a PhD in Economics from FU Berlin in 1989, where he also obtained his Habilitation degree in Computer Science in 1994.Rojas is a Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.


What he offers you

In his presentations Professor Rojas offers audiences an in depth vision of the future of autonomous and self-driving cars. With a wealth of information from over 10 years of research and development including a fully working autonomous car he shows us a glimpse of the future and what we can expect to see on the roads in the next 5, 10, 15 and 20 years.


How he presents

Raul is a passionate and dynamic speaker who provides worldwide audiences with innovative ideas backed up with videos and slides from his current projects.

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Apr 21 2017

Duncan Wardle

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Vice President, Creative Inc. Walt Disney

Duncan WardleDuncan Wardle has worked for the Walt Disney Company for over 25 years, most recently as Vice President of Innovation & Creativity. The innovation catalysts are engaged by Disney Parks, ESPN, ABC, Pixar, Marvel and the Disney Studios, leveraging a unique design thinking process to increase the capacity for innovative and creative thinking, capturing unlikely connections that deliver unique insights, sparking revolutionary new ideas.

“Its about creating better ideas faster and enjoying the process along the way”


In detail

Duncan graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 1986 and began his career with Disney. Prior to heading up the Innovation & Creativity team, Duncan was Vice President of Global PR and has served Disney in an executive capacity in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Los Angeles and most recently Shanghai.


What he offers you

Thinking Differently – Do you ever wonder why most of your best ideas come to you in the shower? Have you ever wanted to be faster and more nimble to market? Or wondered how Walt Disney came up with the idea of Disneyland or how Pixar comes up with the ideas for so many of their movies? Or perhaps found yourself amazed at how some companies develop killer insights that enable them to break into major new categories. Building on over 25 years of experience with the Walt Disney Co. Duncan creates an immersive, engaging forum that will not only answer these questions but leave you with the tools to take on your challenges in new and different ways that deliver tangible results.


How he presents

Acknowledging the 3 preferred learning styles: auditory, visual and kinesthetic, Duncan fully immerses the audience in a participatory workshop/forum to ensure they take away real tools they can use. He is also a very engaging, entertaining and motivational speaker.

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Apr 21 2017

Frank Rinderknecht

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CEO of Rinspeed & Unconventional Business Visionary

Frank RinderknechtSo what kind of car you would like? One that shrinks for easy parking? A four-seater that turns into a pick-up at the touch of a button? Or would you like seats that lean into the curves? Well, they all exist. Swiss inventor Frank Rinderknecht comes up with a different curiosity every year. With his company Rinspeed, he has a habit of unveiling a world’s first and most innovative that is guaranteed not to go unnoticed. In 2010, Rinspeed revealed its quirky BamBoo concept, which is bound to evoke plenty of admiration when it makes its debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show.

“We want to set trends–we don’t want to follow”
Frank M. Rinderknecht


In detail

In 1979 Frank founded Rinspeed Inc. and appeared for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show. Today Rinspeed is a successful automotive consulting business which creates special products and conversions and is internationally renowned for extraordinary concept cars. Rinspeed also focuses on the use of new materials and eco-friendly energies and engines. The Swiss are among the world’s pioneers in the area of hydropower – his car creations sQuba is a zero emission car.


What he offers you

The pioneering Swiss car designer shows how dreams become reality. Frank analyses the structures of communication and leadership in organisations and employs the model of extraordinary concepts in the corporate life. His presentations also offer insights into his belief that emotions are an important factor of success – they inspire creativity and innovation and generate new ideas.


How he presents

Through wit and intelligence Frank will be a thought-provoking, out-of-the-box thinking speaker at your event.

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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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Apr 17 2017

Sydney Finkelstein

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Steven Roth Professor of Management; Faculty Director, Tuck Center for Leadership

Sydney FinkelsteinSydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on Leadership and Strategy. He is also the Faculty Director of the flagship Tuck Executive Program.

“One of the world’s top ranking management gurus”


In detail

Professor Finkelstein is a Consultant and Speaker to senior executives around the globe, as well as an Executive Coach, focusing on leadership, talent development, corporate governance, learning from mistakes, and strategies for growth. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and listed on the “Thinkers 50”, the world’s most prestigious ranking of leadership gurus. He has been featured in the FinancialTimes, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Business Week, the London Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Inc, Fast Company, and CNBC, and is a regular columnist for the BBC.


What he offers you

Professor Finkelstein is a recognised thought leader on leadership, strategy, and corporate governance, and is listed in the “World’s Top 25 Leadership Gurus.” He regularly consults with firms on strategy and leadership.


How he presents

Professor Finkelstein tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience.

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Apr 14 2017

Reinhard Sprenger

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Leading Authority on Management Development and Motivation, Best-Selling Author

Reinhard SprengerReinhard Sprenger is the “The Management Pope” – a renowned European management expert and advisor on shaping future management and guiding culture in enterprises. A lecturer at the Universities of Berlin, Bochum, Essen and Cologne, his ideas of self-accountability have shaken up the management world both in Europe and the US.

“Germany’s most read author on Management” – Der Spiegel


In detail

Reinhard Sprenger studied philosophy, psychology, economics, history and sports at the Ruhr University Bochum, receiving his PhD in 1985 from the Free University Berlin. His books have sold more than half a million copies in Germany alone. The continued success of his books has made him one of the most-read management authors. His previous positions include being Executive of Human resource development and Training at 3M in Germany and scientific advisor for the Ministry of Culture in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. His expertise has been sought from numerous national and international firms such as Coca-Cola, 3M, Mobil Oil, Philip Morris, Daimler Benz, Hewlett Packard and Siemens.


What he offers you

Reinhard Sprenger embraces the vision of an individualised company, which places people as the main focus. “Leading” according to Reinhard, means above all encouraging, finding the right task for the individual to provoke superior achievement. He squarely confronts the notion that trust is a necessary foundation for individuals and organisations to maximise their potential over time


How he presents

His high-powered verbal style includes trailblazing formulas such as “guidance cannot be ordered, guidance is selected”. His forward-thinking approach to change in international management structures leaves his international audiences inspired.

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