Vala Afshar is a digital marketing evangelist author and Twitter storyteller. Vala is Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce.com. Widely regarded as a top martech and social media influencer (described as one of the best industry thought leaders by Forbes and Gartner amongst others).
Isabel Aguilera is one of the top executives in Europe according to the Financial Times and Fortune Magazine and a renowned specialist in success strategies for developing competitive leadership. She is the former CEO of Google Iberia and of General Electric Spain and Portugal.
Muthla Al-Sayer is Executive Board Member at Toolbox OS and the CEO and Founder of OmniX Lab New York, where she has shaped the vision and purpose of OmniX labs, by bringing her experience and understanding of connecting the physical space in a digital world.
Alberto Alessi is Managing Director of Alessi Spa and Head of marketing strategy, communication and design management. His design and technology expertise have seen the company become globally recognised for producing products which combine functionality and aesthetic appeal.
James Alexander is Director of FutureAgenda.org, an open source think tank and advisory delivering foresight, strategy and innovation to some of the world's leading organisations such as Apple, WWF and Mastercard. He is a Co-Founder of #voicefortheplanet, the coalition aimed at securing a global deal for nature.
Kate Ancketill is a futurist with a tech, consumer, retail and brand specialisation, making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience. As CEO and founder of GDR Creative Intelligence, Kate is the innovation partner to around 30 of the world's largest consumer brands.
Professor Jamie Anderson is an extraordinary management coach, who brings creativity back into managerial thinking. He was named one of the "top 25 management thinkers" by the journal Business Strategy Review. He's also been named as a "management guru" in the Financial Times.
Sterling Anderson is a world expert in autonomous vehicle technology. He led Tesla's Model X program from its first development build through launch and served as the Director of Tesla Autopilot from its release on the first generation platform through design, development, and launch of the second.
Giles Andrews is an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Social Lending online business Zopa. By demonstrating that Social Lending works on a large scale, Zopa changed the financial sector for good and became the world's first lending and borrowing marketplace.
Kate Andrews is the Economics Editor at the Spectator. She regularly features across the national media and writes a weekly column for the Daily Telegraph business pages.
Keith Antoine is a performance coach working in both business and sport. He divides his time between enhancing the performance management / people development skills of business leaders and preparing another batch of athletes for the challenges beyond Rio and into the Tokyo Paralympics.
Charles Armstrong is a social entrepreneur based in London. He founded The Trampery to develop new kinds of workspace for start-ups and creative communities. The Trampery has opened ten sites in London including specialist facilities for fashion, digital arts, travel and retail.
Gerald Ashley has over thirty years experience in international financial markets, having worked for Baring Brothers in London and Hong Kong, and the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. He is now a leading thinker and consultant on business risk and decision making.
Jacques Attali is an Economist, Professor, author and contributor at Les Echos, a French financial newspaper. As President of the international foundation, Positive Planet he is supporting the actions of its entrepreneurs who are fighting against the COVID19 pandemic.
"Technology will reign supreme after the Coronavirus" Jacques Attali
Stephen Attenborough is at the forefront of space tourism. He is the Commercial Director for Virgin Galactic, a company wholly owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group which is on track to become the world's first passenger carrying commercial spaceline.
James Averdieck is the founder and former Managing Director of Gü Chocolate Puds, the fastest growing food company in UK and a brand credited with revolutionising the quality of desserts. His latest venture, The Coconut Collaborative, sells luxury yoghurt made from coconut milk, free from dairy, soya and gluten.
Azeem Azhar is the current Vice President, Venture and Foresight of Schisbsted Media Group and writer of the newsletter Exponential View which concentrates primarily on technology, business models, the political economy and society
Scott Bales is a global futurist, innovation & digital strategist and serial entrepreneur in the cutting edge arena known as 'The Digital Shift', encompassing innovation, culture, design, technology and mobility in a world gone digital.
Ed Balls is a broadcaster, writer and economist. He is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and Visiting Professor at King's College London, co-Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and Vice-President and former Chairman of Norwich City Football Club.
Anna Bance is the Founder of Girl Meets Dress, a company disrupting the fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a new way of shopping. By building a wardrobe in the cloud, Girl Meets Dress gives millions of women the ability to hire designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price.
Nigel Barlow is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, author and coach on Innovative Thinking. Recently he has focused on how you can stay human in a digital world. In his keynotes, Nigel helps his audience to "Open their minds to creative re-thinking".
José Manuel Barroso is one of Europe's leading political figures. From November 2004 to October 2014 he was the President of the European Commission. From 2002 to 2004 Barroso was Prime Minister of Portugal. He participated in several international missions and played a key role as mediator of some of the most recent peace accords. In addition, he was a member of various advisory groups to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Steven Bartlett is an Award-winning entrepreneur, the founder & former CEO of Social Chain, a leading, global team with a track-record for leveraging owned media, technology and insights to build brands that earn a meaningful share of people's lives.
"The Millennial Dropout who controls social media"
Michael Bayler "tells truth to power" for leadership in many of the world's largest companies. As a strategist, a published author and a speaker, he delivers guidance, inspiration and, above all, fresh clarity and confidence. In such "interesting times", Michael is a uniquely direct and trustworthy guide.
Dame Inga Beale is a British businesswoman with over three decades of experience in global financial services. She was awarded a Damehood for services to the economy and for her contributions to driving the inclusion agenda for women.
John Beasley is an innovative and disruptive marketer, who has spent the last 12 years at the cutting edge of industry progression, as Vice President at Monster Energy and at Red Bull.
Cally Beaton is a media executive, entrepreneur and performer. Whilst working on Comedy Central Cally developed her other life as a standup comedian. Despite joining the circuit after already establishing an impressive corporate career, the move has seen her perform at clubs around the UK and front her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Jordan Belfort was the CEO of brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont and in the 1990s built one of the most dynamic and successful sales organisations in Wall Street history. During that time, he soared to financial heights, earning over $50 million a year, a feat that coined him the name "The Wolf of Wall Street".
Dr James Bellini has a considerable reputation as a thought-provoking speaker and moderator at top-level management conferences and business schools around the world. James is a respected futures analyst and writer with a strong focus on social, economic and technological trends up to Horizon 2025.
Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more than 1,400 students.
Todd Benjamin is well known to television audiences across the globe. For 26 years he worked as an anchor, correspondent, and financial editor for CNN. Todd is a senior advisor to an international management consultancy which works with major companies to transition to a low-carbon energy.
Nicklas Bergman spent 25 years as an entrepreneur and technology investor focusing on investments and business development in emerging technologies. He searches for new opportunities which arise from the ever changing technological landscape.
George Berkowski is a seasoned digital entrepreneur who is currently Chief Product Officer at GoCompare. He is also the co-founder of DeepAR.ai, an augmented reality technology platform that enables any app or website to add Snapchat-like masks, lenses, filters and special effects with a simple software development kit.
Carl Bildt is Co-Chair of the European Council of Foreign Relations. Since 2021 he has been the World Health Organisation's Special Envoy for the Access to COVID19 Tools. Previously, Carl Bildt served as Sweden?s Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994, Foreign Affairs Minister and chaired the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
One of the 2014 'Power 50' in European digital financial services and a NextBank Fintech 'titan' who was named as one of WIRED magazine's global top 15 favourite sources of news from the business and finance world. David is a Director of Consult Hyperion, a consultancy specialising in electronic transactions.
Prof. Asit Biswas is one of the world's leading authorities on water and environmental management. He is Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Glasgow and was a member of the World Commission on Water, and co-founder of International Water Resources Association and World Water Council.
Lord Ian Blair of Boughton was appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police just months before the 2005 terrorist attacks in London. His tenure as Britain's top police officer was marked by change and turmoil in the service at all levels. Ian's police career spanned 35 years and included several senior leadership positions.
Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A leading management expert whose impact has been felt for over three decades. Ken is a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.
David Blanchflower is currently a professor of economics at Dartmouth College in the US. As a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, he was one of the few economists to correctly call the depths of the recession gripping the economy and has spoken out about the caution of his fellow MPC members.
Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator. He currently serves as CEO and Chief Innovator of the Innovation Institute of America and has travelled to over 65 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets.
Fast becoming recognised as one of the best chefs around, Heston Blumenthal is the chef-proprietor of the Fat Duck restaurant in Berkshire. The Fat Duck was voted "Best Restaurant in the World" in 2005. He was awarded his first Michelin star in 2000 and has since received a further two.
Bisila Bokoko is a pioneering, truly inspirational and an award-winning businesswoman with an impressive track record of taking international companies from local to global. Founder of BBES, a consulting firm, she serves a wide range of markets and industries with particular focus on gastronomy, fashion, lifestyle, arts and culture.
Ann Booth-Clibborn is the BAFTA nominated TV producer behind the most successful format of the 90's, Changing Rooms which innovated a brand-new genre of TV shows across the world. Ann went on to create You Are What You Eat, and Lost Gardens and worked with the BBC Country File team to re-invigorate their format.
Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research centre which enables a few exceptional mathematicians, philosophers, and scientists to think about global priorities and big questions for humanity.
Rachel Botsman is the leading thinker and author on trust in the modern world. By distilling complex ideas into clear and compelling content, she gives us the tools to understand trust, what it means, how it works and why it is so important for every aspect of our lives.
One of today's top female international business speakers, Caprice Bourret started her own company called By Caprice in 2006 and her collection, designed and modelled by Caprice was an instant success. Caprice is currently busy expanding her business internationally which includes Lingerie, Swimwear and Home.
Kyran Bracken MBE is a rugby World Cup winning hero who was capped for England 51 times, 3 of them as captain. Kyran now concentrates on television and broadcasting and won the hugely popular television show Dancing on Ice. Kyran is entrepreneurial and he now owns and runs a touring ice skating show, among other business interests.
Baroness Brady is also a Senior Non-Executive Director of Syco and Arcadia Boards and Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party. Additionally she is Chairman of Mentore, a business to help accelerate development of female talent in their organisations to increase diversity at board levels in companies across the UK.
Sir Richard Branson is the eccentric and outspoken Chairman of the Virgin Group. An experienced daredevil, Branson has raced powerboats across the ocean and has set distance records in hot air balloons. His unconventional style of living is only a part of his undeniable knack for beating impossible odds in business and in life.
Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD. Since January 2014 he is also leading the world-renowned IMD World Competitiveness Center. His research and consulting activities focus on the international aspects of financial regulation, and in particular on the effects of bankruptcy, short sales, insider trading, and merger laws.
Rodney Brooks, the former director of MIT's Computer Science and AI LAB, came to fame when he successfully founded iRobot. He has now cofounded Robust.AI, a robotics start-up which aims to build the world's first industrial-grade cognitive platform for robots.
Brené Brown is a research Professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She is also a visiting Professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Editor of the Information Systems Network.
Dr David Bryon is the former Managing Director of bmibaby, which grew to become one of the Europe's largest low cost airlines. He now enjoys a successful media career that includes a popular after-dinner comedy routine, professional business speaking, awards evening host, conference facilitator and TV presenting.
Marcus Buckingham, a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work. Building on two decades of experience as Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People & Performance research.
Professor Hans-Jörg Bullinger is an internationally renowned expert and researcher in the fields of technology, innovation and information management, e-commerce and the Internet. He is currently President of the Fraunhofer Society, the leading organisation for technical and organisational innovations in Europe.
Geoff Burch has a wealth of experience in illustrating the thinking required to find business success. He is equally at ease delivering presentations at conferences, and as a highly amusing after dinner speaker. Geoff covers everything from sales and negotiation to customer care and how they can be improved.
Will Butler-Adams is the CEO of Brompton Bikes, a company which designs, manufactures, markets and distributes folding bikes. He joined Brompton Bicycle in 2002 and, since taking over from the firm's founder Andrew Ritchie as MD in 2008, he increased the production of bikes from 7,000 to 30,000 per year.
James Caan is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs and built up a multi-million pound fortune from Recruitment. He is the CEO and Founder of Hamilton Bradshaw, a private equity firm which specialises in turnarounds and development opportunities in the UK and Europe.
Dr. Vince Cable was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997-2015. He was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and in 2010, Vince Cable was chosen by David Cameron to become Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, a post he held until the General Election of 2015.
Michael Caines, MBE, is a truly original British chef, who has created innovative and original dishes which have earned him two Michelin stars and numerous awards and accolades. Michael's career almost ended abruptly when he was involved in a serious car accident which required his right arm to be amputated.
Currently Chairman of the award winning online printing giant moo.com. and on the board of online pharmacy ChemistDirect, Simon was CEO of some of the UK's most innovative and preeminent businesses, including pioneering a new way of watching movies with LOVEFilm and turning Mothercare around.
Tim Campbell is a passionate and recognised advocate of inclusion. With a focus on Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, he has established a ground-breaking charitable foundation, currently chairs an outstanding school board and regularly speaks on these topics at international conferences.
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. He now splits his time between writing, speaking, fundraising, politics and campaigns.
René Carayol MBE is not just one of the world's leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500's top CEO's and their executive teams, but he has also been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses.
Luis Carranza is an entrepreneur and founder of Fintech Worldwide and Census. Luis started his career in digital innovation in the marketing sector and transitioned to Financial services technology. His project, Census, is a Blockchain-based technology that allows people to earn value from their data.
Jordan Casey became known publicly; when in February 2012 he became one of Europe's youngest iOS app developers by releasing a mobile game onto the iTunes store. The game called Alien Ball Vs Humans subsequently went to the number 1 on the iTunes charts.
Caroline Casey is an award-winning social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. and founder of #valuable, a catalyst for an inclusion revolution that exists to position disability equally on the global business leadership agenda.
Pat Cash is best known as the flamboyant winner of Wimbledon 1987. Nowadays he works as TV commentator and presenter and is developing his business interests which include the Pat Cash Tennis Academy.
Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning journalist and former Head of the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street under Prime Minister David Cameron. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, and she now sits in the House of Lords as an independent peer.
Calum Chace has a background in business strategy, marketing and journalism working as a marketer, strategy consultant and CEO. His experience of a 30-year career in business marks his work. Today Calum is a sought-after keynote speaker, blogger and best-selling author specialising within the area of artificial intelligence.
André Noël Chaker is a speaker, writer, performer, an entrepreneur and a business executive all rolled into one person. As an entrepreneur, André has been a leading force in many science, technology, gaming and sports related start-up ventures.
Dr. Jung Chang is the author of the best-selling books 'Wild Swans - Three Daughters of China' (the most read book about China) and 'Mao: The Unknown Story' (co-written with Jon Halliday). Both books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and together sold some 15 million copies.
Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. He is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today's fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem.
"The most influential consultant alive" Fortune Magazine
Liam Chivers manages some of the biggest influencer names in the world, responsible for billions of video views and millions of social media followers. Liam is a popular speaker and commentator, in demand on a range of platforms for his insights and experience, including the BBC documentary Celebrity: A 21st Century Story.
Dr. Timothy Chou was the president of Oracle On Demand, the fastest-growing business inside Oracle. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Embarcadero Technologies (EMBT) and as a member of the advisory board of WebEx (WEBX). In addition, he has been a lecturer in computer science at Stanford University for more than 15 years and continues to give seminars.
Shelby Clark is a social entrepreneur who is intrigued by the power of connecting people online to positively impact the offline world. Shelby has been called a pioneer in "Collaborative Consumption" or the "Sharing Economy", changing consumer behaviours, compelling people to share everything from cars to apartments to lawnmowers.
Kenneth Clarke held the posts of Secretary of State for Health, Education & Science and Home Office before becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer in May 1993. In May 2010 Clarke was appointed as Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor in the coalition government, a position he held until September 2012.
Often named the funniest man alive, John Cleese is both a versatile comedic actor and a leading business motivator. He went from being "the tall one" on Monty Python's Flying Circus to being a ubiquitous presence in films, television and advertising.
Rita Clifton has been called 'The Doyenne of Branding' by Campaign magazine, 'Brand Guru' by the Financial Times, and the Daily Telegraph described her as 'The Brand Leading the Brands'. A former Chief Executive and Chairman at Interbrand, Rita is now Vice Chairman and Strategic Director at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Dan Cobley served as Google's Vice President of Brand Solutions and as the company's MD in the UK & Ireland. After almost a decade at Google, Dan started a new venture, a FinTech fund and incubator, aimed at building new, disruptive companies within financial services.
Graeme Codrington is an expert on the future of work and the disruptive forces that are shaping it. He is the co-founder and partner of TomorrowToday Global, a firm of futurists and business strategists that advises business schools and CEOs around the world.
Lord Sebastian Coe KBE acclaimed world renown heading the bid and organisation of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As President of the IAAF, he secured the 2017 World Athletics Championships for London.
Pete Cohen has not only established himself firmly as one of the top names in the personal development field, but also is becoming a top name in broadcasting and publishing. He has presented his own show on TV called The Coach and was the resident Life Coach on GMTV for 12 years.
Tim Cole is an expert on Internet, Digital Transformation, Social Web and IT Security. As editor of Smart Industry - the IoT Business Magazine he has a proven track record for journalistic objectivity, as well as the ability to critically evaluate the impact of technology on business processes and markets.
Ben Collins is most famous for his role as the Stig, but he is also respected as a focussed and successful businessman. Ben has put every known supercar to the test, racing the world's greatest cars, from the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari 430 Scuderia to a London Routemaster.
Patrick Collison is an Irish entrepreneur from County Limerick and co-founder and CEO of Stripe which he started with his brother John Collison in 2010. He was the winner of the 41st Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2005 at the age of sixteen.
Joel Comm is an entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author, and new media innovator. An expert on harnessing the power of social media and mobile applications to expand your brands reach and engage in active relationship marketing. He is a contributor to Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur and the Social Media Examiner.
David Coulthard enjoyed a long and spectacular career as a Formula One driver during which he drove for three of the most successful teams in the history of the sport: Williams, McLaren and Red Bull Racing. He is also a successful entrepreneur and ambassador to several high profile global businesses.
BJ Cunningham possesses the winning combination of business and creative credentials. He is a successful entrepreneur and acknowledged thought leader in the field of branding. In his most recent business enterprise, he now runs the luxury shoe designer Georgina Goodman.
Bruce Daisley is the former VP for Twitter and the bestselling author of Eat Sleep Work Repeat, a guide to identifying the misconceptions that exist in the workplace and work culture and his thoughts on how to address them.
"One of the most talented people in advertising" Campaign Magazine
Lord Dannatt is a decorated soldier, and a leading authority on military and defence issues. His distinguished service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and as professional head of the British Army during the most difficult years in Iraq and Afghanistan, mean he is well-placed to offer penetrating insights into defence and security policy, military leadership and strategy.
Sir Howard Davies is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Phoenix Group since 2012. In addition, he is the Chair of the British Government's Airport Policy Review and a Professor of Practice at the French School of Political Science in Paris. He was previously the Director of The London School of Economics and Political Science.
One of Europe's most recognised philosophers, Alain de Botton writes essayistic books that have been described as a "philosophy of everyday life". His books have been best-sellers in 30 countries. Alain has also opened a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.
Hernando de Soto is currently President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) based in Peru. The ILD has been described as one of the most important think-tanks in the World and Mr de Soto as the "World's Greatest Living Economist". In 2004 he received Cato Institute's the Milton Friedman Prize.
Award-winning Nadine Dereza is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable business and finance presenters. She currently presents for CNBC, and has previously worked for CNN, SABC, BBC and Sky TV. As London Markets Correspondent for Financial Times and Summit TV, she was awarded Financial Journalist of the Year.
Hilary Devey is the Inspirational Founder, Chief Executive and Chairman of The Pall-Ex Group, UK's No. 1 palletised freight distribution network. She is also a respected business commentator and television host appearing as a Dragon on the BBC's business Programme Dragons Den.
Catherine DeVrye is an inspirational communicator with proven hands-on international management experience in the private and public sectors - as both a corporate business woman and small business owner.
Vito Di Bari is an acclaimed futurologist and an authority on innovation. Mixing Italian strengths of creativity and design with strong scientific analysis, he explains future mega-trends and scenarios of our fast-pace changing world.
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. He has been named one of "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders" by Fortune Magazine. Peter is focused on some of the world's grand challenges on driving breakthroughs in products, companies, industries and humanity.