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.
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.
Mary Portas is widely recognised as the UK's foremost authority on retail and brand communication, Mary has a multitude of expertise; businesswoman, advertising executive, retail expert, Government adviser, broadcaster and consumer champion. The British media crowned her "Queen of Shops".
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.
Richard Quest is CNN's foremost international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. QMB destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television.
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.
Professor Chris Roebuck has an innovative and highly effective approach to leadership in both private and public sectors. Chris is experienced as a mentor, training and developing executives by putting in place mentoring programmes in leading global organisations to world class standards.
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 founding UK Editor in Chief of WIRED magazine, an award-winning technology and innovation magazine that stays ahead of the trends transforming our world. He has visited countless companies and met with entrepreneurs including founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Xiaomi, Spotify, Nest and other ambitious startups.
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.
Alex Sbardella is a retail technology expert, specialising in the practical application of the latest innovations to solve retail's biggest challenges. He is the Senior Vice-President of Global Innovation at GDR, one of the world's leading retail consultancies.
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.
Andrew Scott is Professor of Economics and former Deputy Dean at London Business School. He is also a Fellow of All Souls, Oxford University and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. His research focuses on longevity, an ageing society and fiscal policy and debt management.
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.
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.
Baroness Joanna Shields OBE is a tech industry veteran with a successful track record building some of the world's best-known companies. She is currently CEO of BenevolentAI, a world leader in the development and application of artificial intelligence to understand the underlying causes of disease, accelerate and develop new medicines.
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 VP, Technology & Innovation Thought Leadership for Huawei and as a founder and strategic advisor Daniel has focused on developing technologies like AI, AR, blockchain, news aggregation and social media. He continues to serve as an advisor to Good Trust, building the future of how to manage your digital afterlife.
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.
Guy Singh-Watson is an inspirational and admired figure in the world of organic farming, who still spends more time in the fields than in the boardroom. As the founder of Riverford Organic Farmers, Guy has, has over the last 30 years, taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 80,000 customers a week.
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand, as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal's Financial News.
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.
Roger Steare is internationally recognised as one of the leading experts advising the Boards and executive teams on building high performing, ethical organizations. His work with BP after the Gulf of Mexico disaster has been crucial to the company's recovery plan, with Roger's decision-making framework and leadership training endorsed within the US Department of Justice Consent Agreement of 2016.
Jim Steele is an internationally respected speaker and business adviser who has inspired people within some of the world's leading companies to perform at their highest level and maintain their resilience no matter what challenges come their way.
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."
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. Don is also the President and CEO of Strickland Associates and serves as Adjunct Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London.
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.
Matthew Syed is one of the world's most influential thinkers in the field of high performance. He explores a thought-provoking approach to success and high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world, looking at the scientific correlation between mindset and performance.
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.
Anthony Thomson is an entrepreneur and banker responsible for establishing the first UK high-street bank in 150 years. Co-founder of Metro Bank and Atom Bank, he based his first startup brainchild, Metro Bank, on the principles of excellent customer service and convenience.
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.
Lord Adair Turner was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority from 2008-13, the regulatory body which oversees the financial services industry in the UK. He was also Chairman of the UK Government's Climate Change Committee from 2008-12 and is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
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 Ubers 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.