Isabel Aguilera is one of the most successful business people in Spain, not only does she have an impeccable record both in marketing and sales, but she is also a leading expert on the Iberian market. In 2008, she joined the board of Indra Sistemas, the leading Spanish information technology and defense systems company.
Ajaz Ahmed is best known for being the founder of Freeserve, the UK's largest ever Internet Company. By March 2000 it had a market cap of £9bn. Freeserve was sold to France Telecom for £1.6bn in 2001, just three short years after its launch.
Alberto Alessi has been described as the 'godfather of Italian product design'. Now Managing Director of Alessi Spa, using his entrepreneurial flair he has successfully explored the frontiers of design and technology. As a result, he has repositioned the company as a design leader partnering world class designers.
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.
Muthla AlSayer is 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.
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.
Tony Anderson is an expert in Brand Building and Customer Service. After rising through the marketing ranks at British Airways and Thomas Cook he was appointed as the first sales and marketing director of easyJet. He helped launch the company that became an internet pioneer and major force in European aviation.
Author of 'easyLand' the definitive account of the EasyJet story
Professor Jamie Anderson has been named as a "management guru" in the Financial Times, and as one of the world's top 25 management thinkers by the journal Business Strategy Review. Another industry magazine recently included Jamie as one of the 'top 40 under 40' most influential young business minds worldwide.
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 Associate Director for the free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs. She joined in February 2016, overseeing the IEA's digital platforms, having previously worked as Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute. She is a regular commentator on government policy in the media.
Ian Angell is an accomplished author who applies his research to archaeology, crystallography, medicine, management, physics and social sciences. He is well known as a futurologist and in particular for his predictions for the Enterprise of the Future.
Rasmus Ankersen, an ex-footballer, bestselling author and entrepreneur, is also a speaker on performance development and organisational attitude: a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world.
Susan Annunzio is the President and CEO of The Center for High Performance (CfHP). She is a key figure in providing corporate strategy advice to organisations going through large-scale transition. A former professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, she also has a background in consulting.
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 2020 Paralympics.
Charles Armstrong is a social entrepreneur based in London. He founded The Trampery in 2009 to develop new kinds of workspace for startups and creative communities. Since then the Trampery has opened ten further 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, an eminent economic advisor was nominated by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy as the head of the Commission to promote French Growth. In 1990 he became the first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD.
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.
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.
Duncan Bannatyne is one of Britain's most recognisable entrepreneurs, as well as being a philanthropist. Duncan is most famous for his appearances as a business angel on the BBC programme Dragons' Den.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcus Bicknell is a highly successful entrepreneur and marketing executive in the television, leisure, internet and consumer products fields. He has been a non-executive director of SES (Astra) in Luxembourg, the world's biggest operator of television satellites.
Carl Bildt is the Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG), an initiative that will produce a comprehensive stand on internet governance. Carl Bildt served as Sweden's Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2014.
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 K. Biswas is one of the world's leading authorities on water and environmental management. He is the Founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore.
Raymond Blanc is one of the world's most respected chefs, totally self-taught. He is the owner and chef at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, where magnificent surroundings are combined with gastronomic excellence. It is the only UK country house hotel to have retained two Michelin stars for the past 30 years.
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.
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 and truly inspirational business leader. Founder of BBES, a boutique business development firm, she serves a wide range of markets and industries with particular focus on gastronomy, fashion, lifestyle, arts and culture. Passionate about what they do BBES has a laudable success establishing global partnerships/alliances.
One of the City of London's best-known economists, Roger Bootle specialises in macroeconomics and the economics of the property market. He is also Economic Adviser to Deloitte and a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee.
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 global authority on a new era of trust. She studies and teaches how technology is transforming human relationships and what it means for life, work and how we do business. Widely regarded as the guru on the sharing economy, or what some refer to as the collaborative economic platforms like AirBnB, Uber and TaskRabbit.
Deirdre Bounds is one of the UK's top female entrepreneurs going from start-up to exit in 10 years. She is a down-to-earth visionary and former standup-comedienne who set up the ethical travel company i-to-i.com, which became the world's largest gap year company.
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.
Paul Breitner is considered one of the most successful football players and can look back on an outstanding national and international career. Nowadays, he is a highly sought-after media personality and commentator at sports events around the globe.
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.
Boris Brott is an accomplished conductor and communicator who is adept at connecting the worlds of music and business. Founder of the Symphony Nova Scotia, he enthuses music lovers around the world. Furthermore, thousands of executives from national and international organisations have profited from his lateral approach.
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.
Steve Cadigan is the founder and CEO of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, a strategic leadership advisory that aims to help leaders and organisations worldwide develop winning talent solutions, breaking down any barriers that suffocate, limit, or create impediments to high performance and the evolution of talent.
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 the founder of the entrepreneurial social enterprise Bright Ideas Trust, a charitable organisation which encourages young entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds to start business ventures. He is co-author of one of Amazon's Top 10 business books for 2010 'What's Your Bright Idea?'
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.
Dr. Randel Carlock is an insightful coach and advisor providing personal and professional counselling services for global family enterprises and corporations based on his experience as a CEO and psychotherapist. He currently specialises in Asia, Europe and the Middle East enterprises.
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.
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.
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 made his name among senior executives for his ability to solve difficult business problems. He has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world's most successful companies advising them on their business strategies. Always a step ahead in time he is no stranger to the need of digital transformation.
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 experienced publicist, author and TV moderator in the field of eBusiness and IT security. As editor of the business magazine Net Investor 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.
Louise Cooper is a Chartered Financial Analyst, writer and broadcaster on business, economics and finance. Louise presents Wake Up to Money on BBC Radio 5 Live as well as the personal finance programme, Money Box on Radio 4. She also writes for various newspapers and has a regular Money Column for the Spectator.
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.
Dietmar Dahmen has been variously Creative Officer or Director with DDB, Ogilvy and BBDO. He now works as a creative consultant, with emphasis on up to date marketing and digital trends and solutions. Since 2011 he he has also held the position of Chief Innovation Officer with the multinational online agency ecx.io.
Lord Dannatt is a decorated soldier, and a leading authority on military and defence issues. His distinguished service in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and as professional head of the British Army, mean he is well-placed to offer penetrating insights into 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.
Edward de Bono is widely regarded as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is the originator of the term Lateral Thinking which has an official entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.
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 and is one of the most experienced business and finance presenters for CNN, 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.
Frank Dick OBE is the President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, and Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations Academy and is one of the country's best and most consistently inspiring motivational speakers.
Paul Dickerson has worn many hats - Presidential appointee in the United States government, attorney, CPA, investment banker and venture capital and private equity investor.
Bruce Dickinson is the lead singer of Iron Maiden, a commercial pilot, brewmaster, entrepreneur and creative business thinker. Bruce was a pilot and Marketing Director for Astraeus Airlines, a company which leased aircraft to other carriers. Bruce is also the man behind the company Caerdav which specialises in heavy maintenance of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft.
Fraser Doherty is the founder of SuperJam; the 100% fruit jam company. He started the company at the age of fourteen, using his Gran's recipes. Since then, SuperJam has grown to supply over 2,000 supermarkets around the world, selling millions of jars along the way.
Aric Dromi is the Chief Futurologist for one of the world's most well-known and respected vehicle manufacturers and a leading developer of premium, autonomous and electric vehicles. He looks into new ways of thinking about how things work.
Ian Dunt is Editor of Politics.co.uk, one of the most widely-read specialist political websites by MPs and the public. He writes for several publications, including The Guardian, Washington Post and appears on TV and radio shows, including Any Questions, Newsnight, and Sky's Newspaper Review.
Greg Dyke was appointed Chairman of the British Film Institute in 2008. He was previously Director General of the BBC where he started four new digital television channels, five new digital radio channels, opened two new BBC regions, launched the BBC's interactive television services and helped create Freeview.
Florence Eid-Oakden is the Founder & CEO of Arabia Monitor, a research and advisory firm focused on the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. Previously, Florence was Vice President and Senior Economist for MENA at JPMorgan and Professor of Finance and Economics at the American University of Beirut.
Andreas Ekström focuses on the Digital Revolution seen from the role of a futurist looking at all disciplines of society. He is a senior writer at the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan and an author of several books. In his acclaimed volume 'The Google Code' his journalistic curiosity turns towards the growing influence of Google in our society.
Keren Elazari is an internationally celebrated researcher, author and speaker on all matters related to cybersecurity and hacker culture. Her research and writing about security has been featured in Scientific American, WIRED and CNN.
Stella English is instantly recognisable as the 6th winner of the BBC series The Apprentice. The majority of her career was spent working on City trading floors where she rose the ladder into Senior Management and became fully qualified to trade securities and derivatives.
Porter Erisman is a leading expert on E-commerce with more than 20 years of experience working in China and an Entrepreneur. He is also the Former Vice-President at Alibaba Group, China's internet giant, an award-winning film producer and author.
As High Commissioner for the Spain Brand since 2012, Carlos Espinosa's main objective is to improving Spain’s image abroad and promoting it internationally through public and private events. He was Vice-President of Inditex, one of the world's largest fashion retailers and advisor to Acciona S.A., a Spanish conglomerate dedicated to engineering, construction and infrastructure. He was President and CEO of Daimler Chrysler Spain for 20 years and Chief Executive Officer for Mercedes Benz Spain.
Kevin Eyres is the former Managing Director of Linkedin Europe and Talent Champion for the Tech City Investment Organisation. At LinkedIn he led their highly successful European growth strategy. He is the founder of GreyBella Ventures and board director of several companies.
Dr. Marc Faber is a leading investment advisor and fund manager. He is probably best known as the publisher of a widely read monthly investment newsletter The Gloom, Boom and Doom an in depth economic and financial report which highlights unusual investment opportunities.
Jo Fairley is co-founder of the pioneering organic chocolate company Green & Black's, which has gone from a niche organic and Fairtrade brand to a global chocolate name. Recently, Green & Black's was voted 'Coolest Food Brand in the UK' for the fifth year running, by Coolbrands.
Australian multi-millionaire Richard is a full time "business angel" who has possibly invested in more new UK companies than any other British investor. With a penchant for private equity investment in young high growth technology startups, the list of companies he has invested in reads like the Who's Who of the UK tech companies.
Sir Tom Farmer is the former Chairman and Chief Executive of Kwik-Fit Holdings Plc, the largest independent retail organization of tyres and exhausts in Europe. Sir Tom now oversees a portfolio of retailing, commercial property and other investments including new business start-ups.
Niall Ferguson is one of our most influential commentators on Geopolitics and the Global Economy. Niall is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History.
José María Figueres served as President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. Elected to office at the age of 39, he is the youngest President of a Latin American country in modern times. Today his work revolves around the issues of innovation and competitiveness as key drivers of a new global economy.
Joschka Fischer is a Senior Strategic Counsel at ASG, where he advises clients on issues relating to Germany and the European Union from his Berlin office. Mr. Fischer served as Minister and Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1998 to 2005.
Roger Flynn is a recognised CEO and leader in transformation change having driven change in global organisations including Virgin, British Airways, Prudential and the BBC. He is now Chairman and investor in several media, travel and technology businesses.
Carl Fogarty MBE is a Superbike legend and arguably the best ever motorbike rider from Britain. He is the most successful World Superbike racer having won 59 victories and four World Superbike Championships. Now retired, he is renowned for his high corner speed riding style, combined with an aggressive competitiveness.
Anja Förster is a bestselling author, management consultant and one of today's savviest business authorities on reinventing the logic of how business gets done. She is a member of the Top 100 Jury, an initiative that awards the Best Innovator prize in Germany. Anja also lectures at the ZfU International Business School in Switzerland.
Mark Fritz is an "International", having lived and worked across the world (Singapore, Egypt, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, UK and the USA), and now lives in London. He has led international business operations and business model development across the world.
Allister Frost is the founder of Wild Orange Media where he helps businesses adapt to our rapidly changing world. He is a specialist in emerging and future online marketing techniques and works across many industries helping marketers stay abreast of technological advances to develop future-ready capabilities.
Nick Fry is the Former CEO of the Mercedes AMG Formula One Team and Founder of advisory firm Stonehaven Partners. He currently is the Head of Commercial Strategy at FNATIC, where Nick will help the leading global esports brand into the next phase of its growth which will expand upon the esports giant's global footprint.
Mark Gallagher has spent the last 15 years as a senior executive within the management of Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth. Today Mark heads a sports investment group and sits on the board of Status Grand Prix which he co-founded in 2005.
Christian Gansch is a highly respected conductor and a renowned management consultant. With two distinct perspectives of the musical world, as a musician and as a manager, he has been able to create a unique coaching concept, which demonstrates the similarities between orchestras and company structures.
Pau Garcia-Milà is a serial entrepreneur and communicator who created at age 17 his first company, eyeOS, which was later acquired by Telefónica. He also founded Ideafoster (acquired by Canvia, a portfolio company of Advent International), and StepsLife, a mobile app to store early memories for babies and children.
Stéphane Garelli is a world authority on competitiveness and has pioneered research and the theory in this field. He is Professor Emeritus at IMD Lausanne, where he has founded the World Competitiveness Center, he is also Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at the University of Lausanne.
Having charted the spectacular transformation of Europe over the last quarter century, his work focuses on the emerging geopolitical triangle between Europe, the United States and Asia, and on how we can avoid a "Clash of Civilizations" with Islam.
Kevin is an energetic and passionate leader with a proven record of managing growth, driving successful turnarounds and delivering substantial improvements in companies already considered to be market leaders. He is currently Chairman of Springleap.com, Achilles Ltd and Dorney Court Walled Garden.
Bob Geldof KBE is best known for organising the 2005 Live 8 and 1985 Live Aid benefit concerts. A self-styled campaigner he is tremendously well informed on a broad range of global and national issues. He is also a proven businessman and is co-founder of Ten Alps a successful production company.
Marco Gercke is a global thinker and writer focussing on Global Security and Cybersecurity. For more than ten years he has advised governments, international organisations and the private sector. He is Director of the Cybercrime Research Institute, an independent global think tank dealing with legal aspects.
Dan Germain is Head of Today at Apple EMEIA - Apple's latest experiential marketing strategy focused on creating customer experiences in-store. Rather like a market square, the idea is to "have hands" on product demonstrations and learning experiences. Dan was previously Head of Brand & Creative at Innocent Drinks.
Pankaj Ghemawat is one of the new generation management gurus who throws new light on corporate behaviour and particularly its global aspect. He is Professor of Management and Strategy at the Stern School, New York and Professor of Global Strategy at the IESE Business School.
Barry Gibbons earned the title of 'Turnaround Champ' from Fortune Magazine thanks to his phenomenal success in boosting Burger King's fortunes. Within a year of taking on the role, Burger King was opening two new restaurants a day around the world.
Rowan Gibson, an international best-selling author, is widely recognised as one of the world's foremost thought leaders on business strategy and innovation. The media have labelled him "Mr. Innovation", "the Innovation Grandmaster", "the W. Edwards Deming of innovation" and "a guru among the gurus".
Adrian Gilpin is the founder and driving force behind the Institute of Human Development. Adrian's work in the field of leadership development and peak performance coaching is rapidly becoming recognised by business leaders as cutting-edge.
Martin Glenn is a veteran of industry and has built up a reputation for making well-loved British brands more dynamic, competitive and international in their reach. Martin is the CEO of the Football Association and prior to this he was the CEO of United Biscuits. He has worked on some of the UK & Europe's biggest Food Brands in the last 30 years.
Seth Godin, a true agent of change, is world-renowned for his innovative marketing strategies. He focuses on the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, leadership and most of all change. Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!).
Vijay Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world's leading experts on strategy and innovation. Vijay, a The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Best Selling author, is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business and the Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School.
Patrick Grant is a Creative Director and the co-presenter of BBC's Great British Sewing Bee. He has been named in Esquire Magazine's Most Stylish Man in the World. In 2009 he re-launched the historic British sporting and military tailoring house of E. Tautz as a men's ready to wear collection.
Dr. Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs 'Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies' - considered the world's leading programme on human resources. She is also the founder of Hot Spots Movement and since 2008 she has led the Future of Work Research Consortium.
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, is a British scientist specialising in the physiology of the brain, Susan researches the impact of 21st century technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness and novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Murat Günak was Head of Design at leading automotive companies, such as Peugeot, DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen as well as Skoda and Bentley. He is currently the CEO of Mindset, an innovative idea company in Switzerland. Since 2007, he has been devoting himself primarily to the development of vehicles with electric drive.
Sally Gunnell OBE is one of the most popular and successful female sportswomen of our times. She is the only woman ever to hold four titles concurrently - Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Since retiring Sally now mixes motivational speaking with running corporate well-being programmes.
Dr. Anil K. Gupta is widely recognised as one of the world's leading experts on strategy, globalisation and emerging markets. He is the Michael Dingman Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. He is also a Visiting Professor of Strategy at INSEAD and chief advisor to the China India Institute.
Sophie Hackford is a futurist whose research entails meeting weirdos and troublemakers in off-the-beaten-track labs, makerspaces and garages around the globe. As part of her research, she consults for exec teams and boards of large companies on understanding the explosive new technologies defining the new economy.
A Monaco based entrepreneur of Greek-Cypriot origin, Stelios stepped back from the board of EasyJet in 2010. True to his beliefs in serial entrepreneurship, he consolidated the ownership of the easy brand into easyGroup, comprising several easy-branded businesses - all dedicated to offering consumers more value for less.
Monty Halls is an author, expedition leader, motivational coach, biologist, television presenter, company director and filmmaker. After five solid years on the road filming series for BBC2, and after the success of Fisherman's Apprentice in early 2012, Monty settled in Dartmouth, Devon to set up his own eco-tourism business.
Gary Hamel is one of the world's most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe. He has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the Director of the Management Innovation eXchange.
As faster technological innovation, globalization and the environmental challenge continue to be priorities, Ray is one of a few commentators equipped to explain how these massive challenges will affect our futures, the way we do business and the far reaching implications socially, economically and politically.
Sir Stuart Hampson spent 12 years as a civil servant before joining the John Lewis Partnership where he was Chairman for 14 years. During which he presided modernisations, oversaw huge expansions, modernised outlets and increased the range of products without sacrificing the partnership ethos.
Mike Harris, a true innovator and the legendary Founder of EGG plc, was also the Executive Chairman of Garlik which won the prestigious BT Flagship Award for innovation in 2008. Mike also mentors SME owners and entrepreneurs interested in developing and funding ideas and accelerating growth.
Jim Harris is one of North America's foremost, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. His best-selling book 'Blindsided!' presents a series of tools, techniques and strategies to help business leaders identify trends earlier and more accurately predict their impact.
Gabrielle Hase is a London based digital commerce strategy consultant. An experienced and innovative entrepreneur, Gabrielle has broad experience in all aspects of eCommerce, direct marketing and strategic brand management.
Sahar Hashemi is a powerful authority on innovation and entrepreneurial mindset who shares with the audience her captivating personal stories of building two famous brands; Coffee Republic and Skinny Candy. Sahar was awarded an OBE 'for services to the UK Economy and to charity' in the 2012 Birthday Honours list.
Joe Haslam is the Chairman of Hot Hotels, a sameday only hotel booking smartphone App offering Hotels from 30 Countries and 201 cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. He is also the Executive Director of the Owners and Entrepreneurs Management Program at the IE Business School in Madrid.
Sir John Hegarty is the inspirational co-founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH). He is a creative genius with a deserved reputation for developing brilliant ideas for brands. Together with Spark Ventures CEO Tom Teichman, Sir John launched, The Garage, London's latest incubator space for early stage startups.
Wayne Hemingway is an international and award winning designer with strong ethical and social values. He is the Designer and Founder of the Red or Dead fashion label and is currently Partner at Hemingway Design. Wayne has worked with local authorities to regenerate their housing stock, both in urban and coastal communities.
Lindsay Herbert is an IBM Inventor & Innovation Leader who has received international praise for her book 'Digital Transformation. Its practical and direct approach to innovation dispels the myths behind the business world's most infamous buzzword.
Robert Herjavec is an entrepreneur, technology leader, motivator and author. In 2003 he founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America's fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognised as a global leader in information security.
Noreena Hertz is a renowned thought leader and economist with an impressive track record in predicting global trends. In 2017 Noreena launched her own show MegaHertz:London Calling on Sirius XM in the US, providing insights and analysis on what is happening in Europe and also a European take on what is happening in the US.
Philip Hesketh built an acclaimed £48m business in 17 consecutive years of growth and now shares the psychology of influence and persuasion as a full-time professional speaker. Setting Philip apart are his trademark 50 Killer Questions and authentic, battle-tested takeaways transforming lives.
William Higham is one of the world's leading futurists and strategy experts. He helps organizations to understand how tomorrow's Smart Consumers will think, feel, behave and how they can benefit from this in their business. His expertise comes from 20 years' consumer experience for companies such as Sony, Virgin and Universal.
Miles Hilton-Barber has had the privilege of speaking at over 950 corporate events in 74 countries. Since the age of 50, he has set numerous world records undertaking extreme events across all seven continents including mountaineering, power-boat racing, scuba-diving, motor and supersonic flying amongst other achievements.
Peter Hinssen is one of Europe's thought leaders on the impact of technology on our society. He has moved on from a deep passion for all things technology to believing that digital is 'merely' a spark, an enabler and that networks are the true drivers of progress.
Professor Vlatka Hlupic is an award winning international thought leader, with an interdisciplinary educational background and several strands of her career. She is a Professor of Business and Management at the University of Westminster, a former Adjunct Faculty at London Business School and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Drucker Society in London.
In 1998 Brent Hoberman co-founded lastminute.com, UK's most successful ecommerce travel company. He was CEO until 2006 and then became the chairman and chief strategic officer. He admits to being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and has founded or backed a number of other companies since lastminute.com.
A senior leader at British Airways and the loyalty management company Airmiles in both New York and London, he became a pioneer of corporate mentoring in Europe. Larry has been the personal mentor to many global Chief Executives.
Marga Hoek is the international business and thought leader on sustainable business and capital and the shift form the linear economy to a circle economy. She has gained recognition over the years as a successful and innovative business leader in various CEO and executive roles. Thinkers50 has incorporated her in their radar 2019 list.
John Hofmeister is a key member of the United States Energy Security Council. He is a business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years, and has also held C-level positions in GE, Nortel and AlliedSignal. After retiring from Shell he founded and still heads a not-for-profit Energy Company.
Marc Hogan's growing reputation as an expert in the fields of communication and sales has led him to become one of the most sought after speakers. He has inspired audiences to seek out opportunities, tackle challenges and improve their communication and influencing skills.
Nick Holley is a Visiting Professor at Henley Business School and Director CRF Learning. Nick has a unique background that combines experience as an army officer, ten years as a successful futures and foreign exchange broker with Merrill Lynch and sixteen years in senior organisational and leadership roles.
Nicola Horlick is CEO of Money&Co, a crowdfunding business aiming to connect investors looking for a better rate of interest on their cash, with businesses seeking finance to grow. Nicola is also Chairman of Rockpool Investments LLP which raises private equity for companies.
Steve Howard is a leading sustainable business professional and is a recognised authority on sustainability and climate change. Steve was Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group and served on IKEA's Executive Group Management from 2011-2017.
Chas Howes served as Chief Financial Officer of SuperGroup, the company behind the phenomenally successful retail brand, SuperDry. Chas helped grow the company from a handful of stores to over 200 outlets, increasing turnover from £41million to £314million, managing its IPO and achieving FTSE 250 status within one year.
Sir Chris Hoy MBE is GB's most successful Olympic athlete of all time, with six gold medals and one silver. Sir Chris won his last two gold medals at London 2012 and then retired from competitive cycling in 2013. Subsequently Chris has successfully made the transition into the business world with the launch of his bike range HOY Bikes.
"Great Britain's most successful Olympian in 2012"
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, 'Thrive' and 'The Sleep Revolution'. She has been named in Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.
Justin Hughes founded Mission Excellence on leaving the RAF in 2002. Mission Excellence is an organisational performance consultancy focused on the development of outstanding leadership, teamwork and execution skills in corporate teams.
Paul Hughes is an internationally renowned top professional keynote speaker on Growth with a unique speaking style. Paul is leading a movement that is driven by his formula for success: the Circle of Growth.
Dan Hunt was previously Sports Director for Team Sky, Race Coach for SKY Pro-Cycling Team and formerly Great Britain's National Endurance Coach for the Track. Dan joined GB Snowsport from the Premier League where he was Head of Elite Performance. He leads the performance strategy for GB Snowsport across all disciplines.
Alex Hunter is a company incubator, angel investor, and branding expert. He is also a noted public speaker, appearing at events all over the world such as ad:tech, Future of Web Apps, Thinking Digital, Marketing 2.0, iStrategy, Tech4Africa, MARKA and Internet World.
David Hurst specialises in crisis and renewal. He spent twenty-five years working in the corporate world as an effective manager and extracted from his experience some highly innovative ideas about leadership and the dynamics of change.
Stefan Hyttfors focuses on disruptive technologies, behavioural change and next generation leadership. His work tackles global opportunities and global challenges. Stefan believes that the future is not to be predicted, it is to be created.
Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of leadership and learning, and Professor of organizational behaviour at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years. Thinkers 50 ranked Herminia #9 among the most influential business gurus in the world.
Dr Mo Ibrahim is the Founder of Celtel International and one of Africa's most successful business leaders. Originally from Sudan and educated in the Middle East and the United Kingdom, Dr Ibrahim is a respected global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished academic and business career.
Anders Indset is a Norwegian-born business philosopher and investor. He is a visiting guest lecturer at leading international business schools and involved with various tech start-ups. He is the co-founder of the management think-tank shapingwork and author of 'Wild Knowledge Outthink The Revolution'.
Wolfgang Ischinger is the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE, Munich. From 1998 to 2000 he was Deputy Foreign Minister in Berlin, then German Ambassador to the US and later to the UK.
Otmar Issing is a leading monetary economist and one of Europe's most influential central bankers. He has played a key role since the ECB was established in the late 1990s as the central bank of Europe's monetary union.
Michael Johnson is a 200m and 400m sprinting legend. The dual event world champion won a spectacular 19 international gold medals. He retired from sports in 2000 and created various business ventures, including a company that provides training and consulting to athletes and sports teams all over the world.
Luke Johnson is currently Chairman of Risk Capital Partners Ltd, a private equity company. He is also the owner of several other companies including Giraffe Restaurants, Patisserie Valerie and APT Controls. He is also Chairman of Fast Track, the UK's leading networking events and research company.
Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur. She is co-initiator of the Astra satellite system and SES Global, the world's largest satellite systems. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments SA and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe.
Gareth Jones is a renowned thought leader, 'Thinker 50' and business adviser. He focusses on organisations where creativity is a source of competitive strength. The Visiting Professor at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, he is also a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School.
Lord Jones is one of the world's most acclaimed business commentators. As Director-General of the CBI, he became well known for his candid visions for business and as Minister of Trade and Investment he changed the way UK Trade and Investment was perceived, expanding into all major international markets.
Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognised scientists in the world today. A theoretical physicist, futurist and Professor of theoretical physics, Michio is the co-founder of string field theory and continues Einstein's search for a "Theory of Everything".
Anatole Kaletsky has written for The Economist, The Financial Times and The Times of London before joining Reuters in 2012. Anatole is also chief economist of GaveKal Dragonomics, a Hong Kong-based group that provides investment analysis to 800 investment institutions around the world and manages US $ 500m of client funds.
John Kao, dubbed "Mr. Creativity" and "a serial innovator" by The Economist, is a leading authority on innovation, business creativity, organizational transformation and emerging technologies. John is passionate about how leaders learn to innovate, and he has taught extensively in both public and private sectors.
"The innovation Sherpa"US Government
Sony Kapoor is an influential economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner. Sony advises central banks, large investors, European governments, developing economies and multilateral institutions on Economic Strategy and Financial Policy.
Garry Kasparov is widely considered the greatest chess player that ever lived. He is the founder and inspiration behind the Kasparov Chess Foundation whose mission is to introduce chess into the educational system worldwide. He is also a writer and political activist and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal.
Nisha Katona is a dedicated curry evangelist and founder of Mowgli Street Food. Nisha has appeared in various television programmes including Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and a regular slot on ITV's Lorraine in which she demonstrates her fool proof, simple recipes with ease and an infectious passion for her food.
Guy Kawasaki was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. Guy is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley).
Spencer Kelly is a respected technology presenter and computer scientist who's been in the business for over 20 years. After a seven-year stint as a breakfast radio host, Spencer joined the BBC as a Presenter on Click and has travelled the world to seek out not only the most advanced tech but simple devices which make a huge difference.
Laurence Kemball-Cook is the award-winning founder and CEO of Pavegen Systems, an innovative clean-technology company. A strong believer of the impact of disruptive technologies, he is a regular commentator on technology and entrepreneurship events.
Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to leading corporations and governments.
Rakesh Khurana teaches a doctoral seminar on Management and Markets as well as The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance in the Harvard MBA program. Rakesh's current research grows out of the same interests in the social context of business leadership and the allocation of leadership positions.
W. Chan Kim is the Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, Professor of Strategy and International Management, and the Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor of International Management at INSEAD, France.
Lord King was Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013. He steered the Bank of England through the deepest financial crisis and together with other central bankers, Lord King prevented a great depression by creating economic stability in the banking sector.
Brett King is a best-selling author, a well-known industry commentator, the host of the BREAKING BANK$ radio show on Voice America, and the founder of the revolutionary mobile-based banking service Moven. King was voted as American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012.
Kanya King is an internationally renowned entrepreneur. Today the MOBO awards is one of the most televised urban music awards shows in the world reaching over 400 million viewers in 200 countries. The MOBO platform has helped launch many of today's biggest international musical talents and is an iconic platform.
Anne Lise Kjaer is the CEO and Founder of Kjaer Global. She utilises her design background to predict and simplify the complex trends of future, business and innovation. An expert in business branding and embracing change, Anne-Lise can guide any organisation through turbulent times.
Jonas Kjellberg, founding creator of Skype is co-founder of Gear Up, a framework to help people to transform ideas into a high-potential venture in real time. He is also the CEO of Gourmetli which disrupts the existing food industry by connecting buyers and sellers of locally produced delights and global gourmet specialties.
Joshua Klein is a fervent hacker who will hack anything that moves. His latest project, though charmingly low-tech, has amazing implications for the human-animal interface. Right now, he is working at Frog Design as a Principal Technologist, while developing mobile/social applications, health care-related systems and other tools that improve people's lives.
Klaus Kobjoll is regarded as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Germany, famous for his established Country Hotel and Creative Centre Schindlerhof. He is the winner of the European Quality Award for Independent SME's 1998, Paris.
Christian Koeck is a visionary in health policy and management. A regular contributor to national and international industry journals addressing a range of healthcare issues, he is firmly committed to improving the quality of healthcare throughout the world.
Fred Kofman, Ph.D. is Axialent's co-founder and President, EVP of Development at LinkedIn and President of Conscious Business Center International. He is also a "influencer" of LinkedIn and one of the most widely read columnists.
Thomas R. Köhler is an internationally recognized expert on Digital Trans-formation and Cybersecurity. He is the founder and initiator of various IT companies holds a patent in IT Security and advises leading companies in the automotive sector, financial services, retail and telecommunication.
Rem Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in the Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA and AMO a think tank focused on social, economic and technological issues.
John C. Kornblum was the US Ambassador to Germany from 1997 until 2001. He has been the special envoy for the Dayton Peace Agreement. Since the end of his service as US Ambassador to Germany, he was Chairman of Lazard & Co. Germany and serves on the supervisory board of ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG and Bayer AG.
The prolific author of many definitive marketing reference works, Professor Philip Kotler is widely regarded as the world's leading expert on strategic marketing. In 2008, the Wall Street Journal listed him as the 6th most influential person on business thinking.
Rémi Krug is a tireless ambassador for the House of Krug, whose passion for his craft and pride in his remarkable product remain undiminished. He recently founded RK Conseil, a consultancy aimed at sharing his particular experiences in the luxury goods world and assisting others to explore value creation by "learning from luxury".
Ray Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal, and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the USA, calling him the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison, America"
Ricardo Lagos is a lawyer, economist and social democrat politician, who served as President of Chile from 2000 to 2006. Since 2007 he has served as a Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations. He inaugurated his own foundation in 2006 called Democracia y Desarrollo ("Democracy and Development") in Santiago.
Martha Lane Fox, a leading entrepreneur and champion of digital inclusion, is well-known as the co-founder of Lastminute.com. She is currently founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, a charity fighting for a fairer internet. Martha is also non-executive director of Twitter and a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.
Julia Langkraehr built three multi-million pound retail businesses in three European countries and is now a strategic coach. In 2014 she founded Bold Clarity which provides facilitation, coaching and training to entrepreneurs, CEOs, their leadership teams and peer groups.
Jaron Lanier is one of most celebrated technology writers in the world, and is known for charting a humanistic approach to technology appreciation and criticism. Often associated with Virtual Reality research, he coined the term 'Virtual Reality' and in the early 1980s founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products.
Bas Lansdorp has a passion for ambitious projects. He is co-founder and CEO of Mars One, a Dutch foundation that aims to land the first humans on Mars in 2032. To prepare for this settlement, the first unmanned mission is scheduled to depart in 2022.
Jim Lawless is one of the most inspirational and highly sought-after business speakers in Europe. He is the only authority on change and personal development to have put his life on the line to prove his theories. As CEO of Taming Tigers, Jim has advised companies globally on creating organisational Cultural Change and elite teams.
Graeme Leach is CEO & Chief Economist of 'Macronomics', a, geopolitical, macroeconomic and future megatrends research consultancy launched in 2016. He has worked globally, acting as the figurehead for 35,000 international business leaders.
Judith Leary-Joyce is an authority in the area of Personal Development, Confidence Building, Talent Development, Inspirational Manager and Employer of Choice, she uses both her speaking and facilitation skills to deliver an engaging and uplifting presentation.
In 1995, Nick Leeson's unchecked risk-taking caused the sensational collapse of Barings Bank. He was sentenced to a six-and-a-half-year jail sentence in a Singaporean jail, in conditions that defy belief. Whilst in prison he was diagnosed with cancer but recovered against all the odds, determined to begin a new life.
Allan Leighton is a highly successful entrepreneurial businessman, widely regarded as one of the UK's top business leaders. He is currently Deputy Chairman of Selfridges & Co, George Weston Ltd and Loblaw Companies Ltd; and Non Executive Director of BSkyB Group plc. He is Patron of Breast Cancer Care.
Carl Leighton-Pope has carved a successful business career as an entrepreneur in the dynamic yet demanding worlds of music and entertainment. From the early 70s through to the present, Leighton-Pope has always been at the forefront of the music business and at various times has been agent for many leading performers.
Patrick Lencioni is the Founder of The Table Group, a consulting firm that specialises in executive team development and organizational health. Recognised as a true pioneer in leadership and business, Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author.
Jay Leno hosted the Tonight Show until 2014. In 2009 he launched his own talk show, The Jay Leno Show on NBC. He had - and has - a colossal work ethic, one that has led to great success. One of the country's premier comedians, Jay has appeared in hundreds of comedy shows around the United States for the past 20 years.
Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated futurist, Founder and CEO of the Futures Agency, a global network of over 30 leading futurists. He focusses on near-future, 'nowist' observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business, media, technology and communications.
Uri Levine is a passionate serial entrepreneur and disruptor, co-founder of Waze, the world's largest driving traffic and navigation app. The app, now used by more than 250 million drivers around the globe, was acquired by Google in June of 2013 for $1.1 billion.
Ginger Lew, CEO of Three Oaks Investments LLC, served as Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council until October 2011. She provided economic policy advice on a broad range of matters, including innovation, commercialisation, small business, capital access and formation of entrepreneurship policies.
Lawrence is best known for his prime-time TV special on channel 4 called Fear of Flying and this led to a strategic partnership with easyJet where his company runs their hugely successful 'fearless flyer' program under their brand.
Magnus Lindkvist is a futurologist who weaves together the most important and exciting current trends to forecast what life, society and business might look like in the future. His talks are a multimedia-infused boost of intellectual inspiration about topics ranging from trendspotting and innovation to the business world of tomorrow.
Martin Lindstrom is recognized as one of the world's leading business, branding, and culture transformation experts. His cutting-edge research in behavioural psychology and his New York Times-bestselling books are reshaping how organisations approach innovation, culture, and business transformation.
Tamara Lohan is the entrepreneur behind the 'aspirational but still accessible' travel brand Mr & Mrs Smith. Tamara, CTO of the company, leads the development team who power the cutting-edge technology behind the website, the booking engine and the iPhone app. She has also launched the brand extension Smith & Family - for family travel.
Rachel Lomax is a British economist who was the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 until 2008. With her experience in the public and private sectors and a deep knowledge of UK government operations and financial system, Rachel joined the Board at HSBC in 2008, becoming a Senior Independent Director in 2015.
Bjørn Lomborg is President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think-tank that researches the smartest ways to do good. For this work, he was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. He is also a visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School.
Gian Luigi Longinotti-Buitoni is the founder and CEO of LIFE Corporation which developed advanced technologies in the field of wearable electronics and sensors. Gian has led some of the world's most prestigious consumer products companies and has a remarkable ability to transform products like Ferrari into irresistible brands.
Professor Ricardo Lopez Murphy is probably best known as a former consultant with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund whose vision and foresight as Argentina's Finance Minister found support from a large section of the International Business community.
Roberta Lucca is Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer at BAFTA-winning games company Bossa Studios. Her YouTube channel Beta Lucca, widens her support to aspiring entrepreneurs. Roberta has built and launched over 20 digital/mobile products, games, and brands.
David MacLeod is co-Chair of the British Employee Engagement Task Force launched in 2011. In 2008 David and Nita Clarke were asked by the Government to produce a research paper on the importance of employee engagement and in 2009 his published work 'Engaging for Success' was described as the definitive work on this subject.
David Magliano MBE has led digital innovation across the Wizarding World franchise of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts for Warner Bros.. Previously he was Managing Director of consumer revenue at the Guardian and was Director of marketing for both London's Olympic bid and England's failed bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Christian Majgaard was LEGO's strategic brand and innovation wizard and global top executive in the 80's and 90's where he stood behind the creation of the LEGOLAND theme parks, Mindstorms robots, the Harry Potter and StarWars licenses and many other marketing successes.
As one of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Lucy Marcus represents a new generation of global decision-makers from business, government, politics and civil society who have demonstrated outstanding leadership.
Costas Markides holds the Robert P. Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership at the London Business School. In recent years, Costas has turned his attention to how management ideas can be used to address social issues. In 2011, 2009 and 2007 Thinkers50 placed him among the list of most influential thinkers.
Lital Marom is a serial entrepreneur, corporate innovation driver, frequent keynote speaker and seasoned lecturer. She led the global strategy and sales of multibillion-dollar corporations. Now she brings her experience and on-going immersive research to executive teams.
Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a Professor of Earth System Science at University College London. He is a founding director of Rezatec Ltd a geospatial analytics company which provides big data solutions for companies, NGOs and Governments.
Renée Mauborgne is The INSEAD Distinguished Fellow and a professor of strategy at INSEAD, the world's second largest business school. She is also Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. She served on President Barack Obama's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Brian McBride is the Chairman of the Trainline. He also holds positions on the boards of Kinnevik AB Wiggle.com, Lazard's and Standard Life. He focuses on helping companies develop digital strategies in consumer-facing businesses tackling rapidly evolving markets.
Martin McCourt has spent over 40 years working at the heart of British-based manufacturing, design and marketing for quality brands such as Dyson, Mars, Duracell, Toshiba and Pelikan. In 2019 he joined the Board of Weber as a nonexecutive Director and strategic adviser..
Mark McCulloch is a Brand, Marketing expert with a career spanning 20 years working for and with brands such as Pret a Manger, lastminute.com, Loaded Magazine, YO! Sushi and Peter Gabriel's trailblazing music streaming site WE7 (now Blinkbox music).
Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, is a globally recognized expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile environments. Her thinking is highly regarded by readers and clients who include Pearson, Covidien, Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Electric, Alliance Boots, and the World Economic Forum.
Jim McKelvey is an entrepreneur, inventor and artist widely known, together with Jack Dorsey as the co-founder of Square, a new mobile payment platform. The revolutionary service enables anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. Square has now more than 600 employees and is valued at $6 billion.
Hamish McRae is one of the country's most respected financial journalists and commentators on future trends in economics, business and society. Author of the acclaimed bestseller "The World in 2020", Hamish is Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper, Principal Commentator for the Independent Online and Columnist for the Evening Standard.
Benjamin Mee is the Director of Dartmoor Zoo and the author of 'We Bought A Zoo', the bestselling book that inspired the Hollywood movie of the same name starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. In 2007 he reopened a dilapidated zoo under the new name of Dartmoor Zoological Park.
Estelle Métayer is one of the world's leading experts on Competitive & Strategic Intelligence. She was President and founder of Competia, a leading training organisation for executives and analysts in Strategic Intelligence. In 1998 Competia launched Competia.com which became the world's largest community, portal and magazine for strategy professionals, with over 1 million hits each month.
Julie Meyer is a leading investor in digital, high-growth, early stage businesses around the world. She has driven many continent-wide initiatives for creating wealth and growth in the European economy. Julie believes that 'Individual Capitalism' is the force of the 21st century. She trusts people's ingenuity to solve the world's problems at both the macro and micro levels.
David is a former member of the UCI World Tour pro cycling peloton and one of only two British cyclists to have worn the leaders jersey in all three Grand Tours. He is also a former Olympic team captain, an author, media commentator, film maker, coach, creative designer and an entrepreneur.
Gina Miller is a prominent businesswoman and passionate philanthropist who is also one of the UK's highest high-profile campaigners. As well as Brexit, Gina has commented and campaigned on the transparency of pensions and investment advice as well as on social and equality issues.
Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. He is passionate about integrating the digital informational experience with our real-world interactions.
Cor Molenaar specialises in the development of e-marketing strategies and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Bridging the gap between marketing and technology, he advises organisations on the commercial application of Internet and CRM.
Conscious of the growing interest from Human Resources in measuring competence at work, Karen is Founder and Director of Moloney Minds, a company she set up in order to concentrate on thinking, writing, speaking and working with a smaller group of select clients worldwide.
Lady Michelle Mone is the Founder of Ultimo, the UK's leading designer lingerie brand. Having now sold Ultimo to one of the world's largest underwear manufacturers, Michelle is now working on various new projects. She is the multi-award winning Start-Up Business Tsar to the British Government.
Marco Montemagno is the founder and CEO of Blogosfere, Italy's biggest web log network. In September 2013 he launched his new start up called SuperSummit, a free live online events platform where international experts share their knowledge. Marco is also assistant professor at the Cattolica University, Milan.
Paul Moore was the only senior risk & compliance executive in the UK banking sector to speak out publicly after the financial crisis about what he saw from the inside of a bank. Prior to HBOS, Paul was a Partner at KPMG advising banks, insurance companies and asset managers on risk, governance, regulatory compliance and ethics.
Kevin Morley is a gifted and accomplished communicator and motivator, his understanding of integrated communications, and the driving forces within the market, enabled him to achieve a remarkable turn-around in the fortunes of the Rover Car Group.
Edwin Moses is one of the most respected and recognized athletes of our time, renowned for his 122 consecutive wins in the 400-meter hurdles. He currently works as a financial consultant specialising in investment management consulting.
Chris is a highly experienced board level brand and marketing leader. He has already created 3 multi-billion dollar brands with a track record of delivering award winning launch campaigns, broadscale business transformation and sustained bottom line growth through product, service and communications innovation.
Sir Stirling Moss OBE is the greatest all-round racing driver of all time and a true icon of the motor racing world. In his professional career he drove 84 different types of automobiles in 495 events, finished in 366 of them and won an amazing 222 times.
Dhiraj Mukherjee is an experienced digital business executive and entrepreneur, with a proven track record in corporate and start-up environments. The co-founder of the billion-dollar company Shazam is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at PWC, an angel investor, mentor to emerging technology startups and advisor to venture capital firms.
Neil Mullarkey is a unique communication expert. He was Centenary President of the famous Footlights and is best recognised from his performances in Whose Line Is it Anyway, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, QI and two Austin Powers movies.
Dr. Eva Marie Muller-Stuler is the Chief Data Scientist for IBM MEA. She leads the Centre of Excellence for Data Science at IBM MEA and shares her passion for translating data into structured information as well as implementing sustainable large scale A.I. projects, globally.
John Naisbitt is widely acknowledged as the World's Leading Futurist. He is Chairman of the Naisbitt China Institute, a non-profit organisation which analyses China's key economic, cultural and political transformations and their impact on the global business landscape.
Sandra Navidi is the founder and CEO of BeyondGlobal, a company, which provides strategic advice to financial institutions and corporations seeking to optimally position themselves in international capital markets. Formerly, she was Director of research strategies at Roubini Global Economics.
Sir Richard Needham was Director of Dyson for 16 years. He was largely responsible for the development of the Company's overseas sales operations. He has unrivalled access at the highest levels into both public and private sectors in Asia, Europe and the US.
Andrew Neil is a Publisher, Broadcaster and company Chairman working out of London, New York, Dubai and the South of France. He is currently Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings Media Group, publishers of The Spectator, Spectator Business and Apollo, the world-renowned art magazine.
Amid the madness and hyperbole surrounding the new economy, Dr. Kjell A. Nordström is a guru of the new world of business. In the last 6 years, Thinkers 50, the global ranking of management gurus, placed him and his partner Jonas Ridderstrale among the list of most influential thinkers.
Alan O'Neill has over 30 years of experience from the board room to the front line. The Change Agent - has supported iconic brands to achieve amazing results. In a dynamic World, Alan knows what it takes to drive change in a business - from top to bottom and back to front.
Professor Eddie Obeng is Founder Director of Pentacle the world's first virtual business school and the first organisation to offer an integrated management approach specifically designed to meet the challenges of our fast changing, complex 21st Century.
Praised as a "coach to many of the world's top CEOs, philanthropists and entertainers", Tom Oliver has shared his secrets on leadership, innovation and creativity with Bono, the Dalai Lama, the Rockefeller family and Richard Branson. He is also an award-winning global social entrepreneur, singer, songwriter and producer.
Cory Ondrejka is a leading authority on the economic and technological impact of virtual worlds. He was the co-creator of the virtual world 'Second Life' and Vice President of Engineering at Facebook where he was responsible for Facebook's mobile turnaround. Currently he is the CEO and Co-Founder of a software company called mori inc.
Olivier Oullier is the President of EMOTIV, the world leader in portable, scalable, and cost-effective brain measuring and cloud-based analytics solutions. Prior to joining EMOTIV, he was a Member of the Executive Committee and the Global Head of Strategy in Health and Healthcare of the World Economic Forum.
Ash Pal is a world expert and thought-leader on digital disruption and the role of digital transformation. He advises corporations on how to see the digital future and what to do next and focuses on best and emerging thinking for leaders tackling digital disruption - not only the tried and tested but the new and differentiating.
Prof. Dipak R. Pant advises governmental, non-governmental and business organisations on policy and planning issues for environmentally sustainable and socially sound developments. A tireless world explorer, he is regarded as the pioneer of 'Extreme Lands Program' which conducts ethnographic field surveys and economic studies.
Theo Paphitis is one of the UK's most high profile businessmen. His empire spans retail, property, finance and consumer goods. Through his appearances on BBC Two's Dragons' Den, Theo has advised many young entrepreneurs and invested in several innovative businesses and brands.
Belinda Parmar OBE is leading an empathy revolution at work and has helped changed some of the world's biggest banks and energy companies in Europe. She is currently Empathy-In-Residence at Centrica, one of the world's biggest utility companies.
A barrister, broadcaster and asset manager, Alpesh Patel reaches 280 million viewers through his newspaper review on the BBC, discussing politics, economics and social issues. Appointed as Dealmaker for the British Government covering India and China, his role is to find innovative technologies and help the companies of outstanding entrepreneurs to go global.
Jeremy Paxman is an award-winning journalist, who began his career covering the Northern Ireland troubles in the 1970s, then joined Tonight and Panorama as an investigative reporter. After a spell as a foreign correspondent, he moved inside the studio on the Six O'Clock News and Breakfast Time.
Dr. Ian Pearson works for Futurizon as their futurologist and concentrates on mapping the progress of new developments throughout information technology, considering both technological and social implications. As a futurologist he speaks across the whole field of industry and commerce, government and society.
Don Peppers is a founding partner of the Peppers and Rogers Group, the world's leading customer-focused management consulting firm. Accenture's Institute for Strategic Change ranked him as a top thinker and writer on management topics. He was also selected as a member of the International Direct Marketing's Hall of Fame.
Göran Persson is the former Prime Minister of Sweden. He was leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, stepping down after the 2006 General Election. Since leaving the political realm, Persson holds the position of Chairman of Sveaskog, a leading Swedish forestry business.
Bertrand Piccard is a well-known explorer and holder of two world records: flying round-the-world in a balloon and piloting the first ever solar plane, capable of flying perpetually without fuel. He was also the visionary and driving force behind the Solar Impulse Project which created this solar plane.
Francois Pienaar is a remarkable athlete, trained lawyer and an ambassador for multi-racial sports and civil rights. He reached the highest peak in rugby union: he captained his country South Africa, to World Cup victory in 1995. He was depicted in Clint Eastwood's blockbuster Invictus.
Bob Pritchard has over 30 years of international marketing experience across a Who's Who of large and small businesses. This expertise and his forthright, entertaining and interactive presentations have resulted in Bob being one of the most in-demand business and marketing speakers in the world.
Danny Quah is Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy - NUS, Singapore. Prof. Quah's current research takes an economic approach to world order - with focus on global power shift and the rise of the east, and alternative models of global power relations.
Heather Rabbatts is the first woman to serve on the FA Board. She also heads the FA's Inclusion Advisory Board and has been an active campaigner for equality and in particular race and gender equality. She continues to lead and advise organisations on growth, change and talent.
Amin Rajan is CEO of CREATE, a pan-European network of prominent researchers undertaking high level advisory assignments for the UK government, City institutions, multinational companies and international bodies such as the EU, OECD and ILO. He was awarded the Aspen Institute's Prize in leadership (1998) for his research.
Gordon Ramsay is a highly renowned British celebrity chef who owns several Michel star awarded restaurants. He is probably best known from the Channel 4 TV series Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares which proved hugely successful and was awarded a BAFTA.
Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. He was co-founder of the online movie and television streaming service Netflix. Recently, Marc co-founded Looker Data Sciences and currently serves as an advisor, CEO, coach and/or board member to numerous other start-ups.
Anssi Rantanen is the Finnish CEO of Growth Tribe. Growth Tribe is Europe's first and leading growth academy. Anssi has helped 50+ companies implement growth strategies during their Google career, from startups to listed companies. He has founded three companies in the last 10 years.
After 25 years in the jewellery business, Gerald Ratner is one of the well-known and successful retailers of his generation. He is currently CEO of the UK's largest online jewellery business GeraldOnline. Formerly, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Ratners Group.
Carlo Ratti is an architect and engineer who teaches at MIT, directing the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati. Prof. Ratti serves as both a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and special adviser on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.
Viviane Reding completed 3 terms as member of the European Government and became Vice President and EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship in 2010. Following her victory in the European elections in May 2014 she has taken up her seat in the European Parliament.
Richard Reed is well known as the co-founder of innocent drinks and is one of the UK's most commercially successful entrepreneurs. His enterprise, JamJar Investments provides entrepreneurs with capital investment and consultancy all born from his experience making innocent a huge commercial success story.
Dr. Richter is a global business expert and the Founder and Chairman of Horasis committed to enacting visions for a sustainable future. As one of the leading analysts of international business and emerging economies, he influences major business and governmental decisions with his public commentary.
Chantal Rickards was spokesperson for BAFTA, Los Angeles, running high profile events and talent led initiatives. Adding philanthropy to her expertise, Chantal now speaks on how philanthropic and cause related content is being used to shine a light on pressing global issues from Hollywood to London and beyond.
Dr Jonas Ridderstråle is one of the world's most influential and respected business thinkers and speakers. Since bursting onto the international scene with the bestselling book 'Funky Business' in 2000, Jonas has remained at the forefront of the new generation of management thinkers.
Al Ries is a leading PR and marketing authority. Chairman of Ries & Ries, he counts numerous global organisations among his clients. A learned and current authority, he shares his vision through his impressive collection of authoritative publications.
Jeremy Rifkin is a Professor at the Wharton School, Currently, Mr. Rifkin is advising the European Union and other governments as well as Fortune 500 companies, on actions that should be taken immediately to address the triple threat of the global financial crisis, energy crisis, and climate change.
So 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.
As Partner in Maxxim Consulting, his main focus is helping clients develop engaged, high performing workforces aligned to corporate centre strategy and business objectives. Previously he was Vice President and Global Leader of IBM's Human Capital Management consulting practice, based in London.
Nigel Risner is a human development specialist and peak performance coach, whose high-energy message leads individuals and organisations to incredible success. He delivers over a hundred talks a year in his unique, energetic style across the world.
Sir Gerry Robinson is a British businessman and is the former (non-executive) Chairman of Allied Domecq and the ex-Chairman/Chief Executive of Granada. He also served as chairman of the Arts Council England for several years. In January 2007 he presented a three part series Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? following on from the acclaimed BBC series I'll Show Them Who's Boss.
Martin Roll delivers the combined value of an experienced global business strategist, senior advisor and facilitator to Fortune 100 companies, Asian firms and family-owned businesses on how to build and manage strong, global brands as well as the leadership and transformation of high-performing, marketing-oriented businesses.
Levi Roots is the creator of 'Reggae Reggae Sauce', one of the success stories from the BBC Entrepreneur programme, Dragon's Den. His late entry into the culinary field came because of commitments to music. Levi was touring the world, performing with icons such as James Brown, Dennis Brown, Michael Rose and Black Uhuru.
Jez Rose is a leading authority on changing mindset, achieving sensational results and concluding in the level of excellence in customer service. The founder of the International Superhero Association, his passion for customer service was born from having worked for the Walt Disney Company.
Lord Rose is recognised as one of the leading lights in British retail. Since leaving M&S in 2011, he has worked similar magic for other businesses and is currently an independent non-executive director and chairman designate of the online retailer Ocado.
Dr. Nouriel Roubini is a professor of economics at New York University's Stern School of Business. He is also CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC, and Co-Founder of Rosa & Roubini Associates. Dr. Roubini studies international macroeconomics, political economy and the mechanisms of economic growth.
David 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.
Frank Salzgeber is a leading expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and trends. He is Head of the ESA Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office of the European Space Agency ESA.
Paolo Scaroni, former CEO of Eni SpA and current VP of Rothchild Investment Bank, has recently been appointed as the new Chairman of AC Milan, heralding the "dawn of a new era". He is taking over at a critical moment in the club's storied history and is eager to return AC Milan to its former glory.
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. He is a frequent guest on television and radio and has served on several government committees.
Howard Schultz is a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur. Having bought out the two founders in 1987 and taken the company public in 1992, he is currently chairman, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company. Howard has taken Starbucks from a mere 11 retail stores to in excess of 1,300 stores.
Prof. Klaus Schwab is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Since its creation in 1971, the Forum has become the world's foremost global partnership of business, political, intellectual and thought leaders committed to improving the state of the world. It has also been a driver for global reconciliation efforts as well as a catalyst of numerous international initiatives.
Klaus Schweinsberg is an acknowledged expert, author and top international management adviser on strategic leadership and economic policy. Founder and Chairman of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership, he also teaches at several universities.
Billy Schwer spent 20 years at the top of his field in arguably the most gruelling and demanding sport there is - Boxing. Using the lessons he learnt during his time in pursuit of the world championship, he has built a successful business as an Inspirational & Motivational Speaker and Performance Coach.
Ken Segall is a creative director with a highly successful career in technology marketing, branding, product naming and strategy. He worked closely with Steve Jobs for over 12 years spanning NeXT and Apple. He started the i-frenzy by naming iMac and helped develop Apple's famous Think Different campaign.
Euan Semple advises organisations how to maximise the benefits of "Social Business". He offers an inspiring, yet reassuring, perspective on these changes based on his unique experiences as one of the pioneers of the use of social tools in the workplace.
Oliver Shah is the Business Editor of the Sunday Times. He was named business journalist of the year at the 2017 Press Awards for his investigation into Sir Philip Green's £1 sale of BHS. He was also named business journalist of the year at the 2017 London Press Club Awards.
Feargal Sharkey first found fame as the lead vocalist of punk band The Undertones, famous for hit singles such as Teenage Kicks. Since then Feargal has worked in the business side of music including, for a number of years, being head of UK Music, which represents the UK's commercial music industry.
Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery. For nearly 20 years, many of the most well-known organizations on the planet. have chosen Robin Sharma for their most important events, when nothing less than a world-class speaker will do.
Jack Shaw has been a Technology Futurist for over 30 years - helping businesses to understand the strategic implications of emerging technologies. In 2016 he became Executive Director of the American Blockchain Council and of their forum, the Blockchain Executive LinkedIn Group.
Dr. Ian C. Shepherdson has been described by the London Times as one of "the best economists in the City". His research and forecasts are read by investors, policymakers and dealers around the world. Dr. Shepherdson was named top U.S. forecaster of 2003 by the Wall Street Journal.
Dame Jenny Shipley is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and currently a director of a number of companies in NZ and offshore. She was a driving force in the successful decade of economic and social reform in NZ and Director of China Construction Bank, one of the big four former State owned banks in China.
Daniel Sieberg is a senior-level executive, entrepreneur and best-selling author/speaker who has travelled to nearly 70 countries during his time at companies including Google, Civil, CBS News, ABC News and CNN. He is also the author of 'The Digital Diet'.
Robin Sieger is a best selling author, broadcaster and the founder of a multi-disciplinary training company with offices in the UK and the USA. Robin, the former head of the BBC Entertainment, is a leading success strategist and developed a reputation within media and circles as a peak performance 'guru'.
Lars Silberbauer Andersen joined Viacom in 2018 as their Senior Vice President of MTV Digital Studios, leading teams in New York and Los Angeles to drive the MTV brand on digital and focus on the development of digital originals. He is also the former Global Director of Social Media & Search Marketing at the LEGO Group.
Brian Sims is a world class professional salesman. He moved into international motorsport from the corporate sector and became one of the sport's most successful sponsorship sales exponents. His achievements include securing the multi-million dollar deals that brought FedEx, Gillette and Marconi into Formula 1.
Emma Sinclair is often described as a 'force of nature' in the world of business and entrepreneurialism. Amongst a long list of distinctions she remains the youngest person to have floated a company on the London Stock Exchange. Her ability to inspire change led her to become UNICEF's first Business Mentor in 2014.
Simon Sinek is described as "a visionary thinker with a rare intellect". The author is best known for discovering and popularising his theory of the "Golden Circle," a naturally occurring pattern grounded in the biology of human decision making and motivation. He leads the movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
Paul Sloane is well known as a thought provoking, entertaining and motivational speaker. He is the author of 17 books on lateral puzzles, creative problem-solving and lateral leadership. He helps organisations gain competitive advantage through innovation.
Tim Smit is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public for an exhibition in 2000. The press dubbed it "the Eighth Wonder of the World."
Anders Sorman-Nilsson has helped executives and leaders prepare and strategise for foreseeable and unpredictable futures. He is the founder and creative director of the Sydney and Stockholm based strategy think tank Thinque that helps leaders convert disruptive questions into proactive, future strategies.
Charles, Earl Spencer is a historian, broadcaster and journalist. Earl Spencer lives at Althorp, built by the Spencer family in 1508. He has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that Althorp continues to thrive and adapt to modern times.
Dr. Reinhard Sprenger is the "The Management Pope" - a renowned European management expert and advisor on shaping future management and guiding culture in enterprises. His ideas of self-accountability have shaken up the management world in Europe and the US.
Scott Steinberg is one of today's best-known leadership, strategic innovation, and future trends experts. A pioneer in the field of digital transformation, the Fortune 500 calls him a "defining figure in business + technology" and "top trendsetter to follow."
Stefan Stern has been writing and commenting on business, leadership and management for almost three decades. His career in journalism has included stints at Euromoney, the BBC, Management Today magazine, and the Financial Times, where he was the management columnist.
Joseph Stiglitz is a leading economic educator and the former Chair of The Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. In 2009 Thinkers 50, the global ranking of management gurus, placed him among the list of most influential thinkers.
Dr Gregory Stock, a biotech entrepreneur, bioethicist and best-selling author is a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomics and other advanced technologies now reshaping medicine. He founded the influential Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA's School of Medicine.
Andrew Strauss was one of England's most successful cricket captains of all time. Andrew captained England to their first Ashes series win in Australia for 24 years, becoming one of only 3 Captains ever to successfully lead England to Ashes victories home and away.
Don Strickland is a former Senior Executive at Apple, CEO of PictureWorks and CEO of IPIX. He has successfully built businesses internationally for both large public companies and private start ups. As a CEO, Don has consistently combined new technologies and business models to reinvent companies and grow stockholder value.
Lord Sugar is a British businessman, philanthropist and star of the BBC series The Apprentice. In 2009 Lord Sugar received a peerage and took up a role in Gordon Brown's Government, advising the administration on business issues.
Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, which has allowed him to co-found a behavioural science practice within the agency. He works with a consulting practice of psychology graduates who look for 'unseen opportunities' in consumer behaviour which can have enormous effects on the decisions people make.
Kate Sweetman believes that the world is overdue for a major leadership upgrade: full stop. Too many companies are relying on old "software" as they try to incorporate new technologies, business models, and, yes, millennials. Her research shows a new way forward.
Hamish Taylor is an authority and now an advisor on Leadership, Innovation and Branding. He has an award winning record of driving innovation and change in a number of high profile businesses where he held senior positions including Procter & Gamble, Eurostar and British Airways.
Chicco Testa is the Managing Director of Rothschild Spa. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Allianz Spa, Chairman of the Board of Telit Communications Plc, Vice Chairman at Intecs Spa and Chairman of the Board of E.V.A.- Energie Valsabbia - a company developing hydropower and solar generation plants.
John Thackara is a writer, advisor and event producer. He curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, later across India, and was commissioner of the UK social innovation biennial Dott 07 and the French design biennial City Eco Lab.
After 25 years in corporate roles and with an impressive global client portfolio including Deutsche Bank, RBS, NHS, FCA, World Gold Council and American Express, Sian helps organisations implement strategy and achieve their objectives, and individuals grow their potential to lead others.
Dr. Daniel Thorniley is a leading authority on global emerging markets. The former Senior Vice President of The Economist Group, a position he held for 19 years, is now Senior Consultant to over 200 companies in East-Central Europe, Russia, The Middle East and Africa as well as a member of the Global Advisory Board of Aecom.
Jeff Thull is a thought leader of sales & marketing strategies. As President and CEO of Prime Resource Group, he has designed and implemented business transformation and professional development programs for companies such as Shell, Siemens, HP, Honeywell, 3M, Microsoft, Siemens.
Perry Timms is known for his energy, passion and insight around the world of people and work, particularly what lies in the future. Active on all social media platforms, Perry has advised and helped several companies take their steps into the social media world.
Oliviero Toscani work is internationally recognised and includes corporate images, often highly controversial, and advertising campaigns. He is the creative force behind some of the most successful brands including Benetton, Esprit, Valentino, Chanel and Fiorucci. Currently Oliviero runs a research facility for modern communication called 'La Sterpaia'.
Fons Trompenaars is the Founder and Director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, an intercultural management firm. Known world-wide for his work on the subject of culture and business transformation, he helps Fortune 500 companies solve their business and cultural dilemmas and increase global effectiveness and performance.
Bruce Turkel is the Founder of Turkel Brands, a global brand management firm that has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks and Bacardi, to name just a few.
Mark Turrell is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Technology Pioneer. He is a pioneer in the theory and practice of collaboration, collective intelligence, entrepreneurship, complexity and contagion. His latest book 'Scaling' will help organisations grow businesses in a non-linear way.
Joe Twyman was the Head of Political and Social Research (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at the polling company YouGov before starting his own polling organisation, Deltapoll. He is one of the country's best-known pollsters, largely due to his ability to make statistics and polling both relevant and entertaining.
David Ulrich is a leading authority on leadership and human resources. He is currently the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at The RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organisations and leaders deliver value.
Chris Valasek is Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect at Cruise Automation and former Security Lead at Uber’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh. He made worldwide headlines for his remote hack of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee where he obtained physical control of the vehicle.
Kirk Vallis is Google's Head of Creativity Development. He helps Googlers across the world to understand what it is about the approach, but vitally, the behaviours, that teams and individuals exhibit that time and again result in an awesome piece of innovation, a fresh way to solve a problem, or simply positive change.
Hans van Grieken is the EMEA Technology Research & Insights Leader and part of Deloitte's global Emerging Tech Executive Council. Hans is the lead or co-author of a number of recent Deloitte global and regional digital transformation research papers.
Oscar van Weerdenburg is a senior coach and global consultant working with a wide range of blue-chip companies who operate in a complex multicultural environment. His aim is to make people curious about cultural differences, to allow them to see that it can be energising to explore different perspectives on the same situation.
Juan Pablo Vázquez Sampere is an expert on Disruptive Innovation. He is an Associate Professor for the Operations & Technology area at IE Business School, his research is focused on using innovation to increase the success rate of both entrepreneurs and corporate ventures. Juan Pablo is the founder of Stratemic, a boutique consulting firm focused on Disruptive Innovation. In 2006 he became a faculty member at IE Business School.
Peter Vessenes founded CoinLab, the first venture-backed Bitcoin company. He also co-founded the Bitcoin Foundation, and holds the fundamental patent for deanonymizing Bitcoin transactions. His latest venture is a company called Heir Apparent, started by hip-hop artist Pusha-T and tech veteran Summer Watson.
Silvia Vianello is the award-winner of the Top Middle East Woman Leader at the Asian Leadership Awards, was featured in 2018 in the prestigious Top 100 Forbes Italian Women list and won the award as Pioneering Woman Leader Award at the World Woman Leadership Congress.
Tony Visconti has worked with some of the most dynamic and influential names in pop history producing as well as occasionally performing on many of the world's most respected albums. Tony Visconti is an expert on successful talent management and channeling creativity to produce outstanding results.
Magnus Walker is one of life's originals. Serial entrepreneur, fashion designer, TV presenter, motivational speaker, and one of the world's most prolific Porsche collectors, the dreadlocked, tattooed hoarder of individual creativity is a very modern incarnation of idiosyncratic success.
For the past 30 years, Humphrey Walters has been inspiring and motivating individuals, teams and corporations in leadership and management and his concept of "The Business of Winning" much of it built on experience, sport and yacht racing.
Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner of China India Institute focusing on creating winning global strategies that leverage the transformational rise of China and India. She has spent the last twenty years consulting for and managing multinational business operations in China and the US in several different industry sectors.
Duncan Wardle is the former VP of Innovation & Creativity for Disney, where he founded the Creative Catalyst team. He developed a design thinking toolkit enabling both individuals and teams to increase their capacity to innovate. After 25 years at Disney, Duncan has gone on to found iD8&innov8.
Hans-Joachim Watzke is a German entrepreneur and football official. He currently serves as CEO of Borussia Dortmund. He restructured and streamlined the football club by means of rigid cuts and a smart financial plan, setting the course for Borussia's successful future.
Ruby is upfront, sassy and with a reputation for posing questions no one else would think to ask. After three decades working on stage, TV and radio, Ruby Wax now provides workshops to corporate leaders enabling them to come to a deeper and more direct level of communication with their clients and colleagues.
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organisations prepare for complex futures.
Andreas S. Weigend is one of the world's leading innovators, an expert in social and mobile technologies, consumer behaviour and digital marketing. He directs the Social Data Lab, teaches at Stanford University and UC Berkeley and his research centres on how ongoing social data revolution impacts consumers, companies, and society.
Richard West has held senior commercial positions in Formula 1 with McLaren and Williams. For the past 12 years he has worked as a professional international keynote speaker for many of the world's leading companies specialising in the subjects of Teamwork, Leadership and Change.
Fabian Westerheide is an entrepreneur of the digital industry, author and investor. Fabian is CEO of Asgard, a family- owned Venture Capital firm based in Berlin. His passion lies in Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Martin Wezowski is the Chief Designer and Futurist at SAP's Innovation Center Network & Chief Innovation Office. He is crafting future outlooks, strategies and products; he defines and runs innovation frameworks to find out what's next for SAP and the future of work.
Marco Pierre White is fondly known as "The Godfather of modern cooking" and has been dubbed the first celebrity chef, enfant terrible of the UK. After going into retirement in 1999, he hit our screens in 2007 to take the helm as Head Chef of Hell's Kitchen in the UK.
Will Whitehorn was once described as Sir Richard Branson's "right hand man". In 2011 he stepped down as President from Virgin to pursue a portfolio career that includes a number of Directorships. Still a trusted advisor to Sir Richard, Will is also a Non-Executive Director of Stagecoach Group Plc and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
A globally respected economist, Professor Oliver Williamson is renowned for his theories on organisational governance, conflict resolution and transaction cost economics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2009. Currently he is the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Business, Economics and Law at the University of California.
Sarah Willingham is a British entrepreneur, investor and personal finance expert. She is best known for her management in high street restaurants such as Planet Hollywood and Pizza Express and as an investor in growing businesses on Dragons Den.
Neville Wilshire is an award-winning and successful businessman, who is now a familiar face to millions of viewers as the star of BBC's The Call Centre. His book, 'Happy People Sell', shares his unorthodox management style including compulsory sing-a-longs, matchmaking attempts and arm wrestling bouts.
Michael Woodford MBE is a British businessman who was formerly President and CEO of Olympus Corporation, making him the first non-Japanese person to be appointed as the company's CEO. However, he was dismissed after just four months in the position when he uncovered explosive financial irregularities.
Simon Woodroffe OBE is the creator of YO! Sushi, the conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain. Simon was an original Dragon in the premiere series of BBC's Dragons' Den. He then launched YOTEL, the world's most radical hotel and is now working on YO! Home, his re-invention of the city apartment and more YO!
Sir Clive Woodward is the former coach who led England's rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003, and former Director of Sport of Team GB culminating in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
As the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), James Woolsey is a well respected expert on national and international security. Since 2006 he has been actively addressing the issue of climate change and how international security can be strengthened through reduced oil dependency.
Debbie Wosskow OBE is recognised as one of the most prominent serial entrepreneurs in the UK, known for successfully launching and scaling businesses in the areas of digital disruption, the sharing economy and female empowerment.
James Woudhuysen helps clients master new trends in society and innovation, so as to implement major shifts in corporate strategy, marketing, branding and design. He broadcasts about the future of the workplace on Radio 4's You and Yours. He is on the editorial boards of New Design and the Journal of Consumer Behaviour.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple's first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 2009 Steve Wozniak joined Fusion-io, a data storage and server company as their chief scientist.
Martine Wright lost both legs in the Circle line bombing on 7 July 2005, yet she considers herself lucky. Following this event, Martine began the arduous process of rebuilding her life. Martine became Vice Captain of Team GB Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team and proudly chose to wear the number 7 shirt to commemorate 7/7.
Dr. Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on international politics, economics and energy. He is Founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and serves as CNBC's Global Energy Expert. He is both a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the 1997 United States Energy Award for "lifelong achievements in energy".
Jane Young, as the founder of Scramblr, enables creative teams to set up their own online studios. Prior to this she founded the London-based boutique digital agency Kanbee, delivering online and film projects. Jane is also a blogger at resonanceblog.com.
In 1976, Muhammad Yunus founded the Grameen Bank. The success of the Grameen model, lending to the poor, has inspired efforts throughout the developing world and even in industrialised nations including the USA. In 2009, Thinkers 50 placed him among the top ten most influential thinkers.
Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra he has recorded the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies.
Dr. Ernesto Zedillo is a Mexican economist and politician who served as President of Mexico from 1994 to 2000. He is director of the Center for the Study of Globalization and professor in the field of international economics and politics at Yale University.
Jochen Zeitz is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative that has been formed by a group of global business leaders to create a future where business is to be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit. Prior to this, Zeitz served 18 years as Chairman and CEO at PUMA.
Danah Zohar is best known for her ground-breaking work on the spiritual intelligence, SQ. She examines how SQ creates integrity, morality and individuality and makes the difference between competitors and winners. She was instrumental in Shell's highly successful transformation in the United States.
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and a Founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC, a US based advisory and investment firm. As the youngest Defence Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr's founding.
Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author and tech media personality. She is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, developing technology, content and live events all with the mission of putting intelligent, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial women and girls at the centre of pop culture and media.
Sergio Zyman is the Chairman and Founder of Zyman Group and the former Chief Marketing Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Over the course of 30+ years of hands-on marketing experience, Sergio has conceived a revolutionary set of principles that are proven to translate marketing strategies into positive business results.
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