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.
Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, writer and broadcaster who works with businesses to address global challenges, with a particular focus on sustainability, energy, mobility, finance, land-use, plastics and the circular economy, and climate change.
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.
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.
Levison Wood is an army officer, writer, photographer and explorer who, after co-founding his own business, decided to trek the length of the River Nile, the first person documented to do so. Over nine months he journeyed through desert and jungle. The mission was documented by Channel 4.
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.
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.
Howard Yu is the LEGO Professor of Management and Innovation in the prestigious IMD Business School in Switzerland as well as the Director of its signature program, the three-week Advanced Management Program (AMP), an executive education course.
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 the President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc., and Chairman of the Harley-Davidson Board of Directors. He has served as board member since 2007 and established the company's Brand and Sustainability Committee.
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.