Founding partner of Umbrellium
Usman creates responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives throughout the world. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. All the concepts that Usman creates makes our environment more beautiful. Usman is an expert Speaker on design, creativity and the future of cities. His full bio is here: -
Chief economics commentator at the Financial Times
Martin Wolf is mostly known as an expert Keynote Speaker on finance but Martin also speaks about the topic of climate change. Martin believes that it will take painful economic action and bold leadership in order to tackle climate change, and how it is now more relevant than ever. Martin is an expert Speaker on finance and climate change. His full bio is here: -
Former CEO and president of Semco
Ricardo is internationally recognised as a catalyst of change for employee-empowered leadership. Ricardo successfully transformed his own organisation to adopt innovative management practices in order to advance leadership and organisational effectiveness. Under his leadership at Semco, grew from $4 million in revenue to over $160 million in about 20 years.
Now, Ricardo speaks to companies world-wide about how to implement the Semco-Style Strategy and he has helped hundreds of organisations reshape their business to be more profitable, yet dynamic, innovative and people-centric. He has changed the way people work! Ricardo is an expert Speaker on the future of work and leadership. His full bio is here:-
Susan Culleton Hayes
Managing Director of Hayes Culleton
Susan Hayes is most commonly known as the ‘The Positive Economist’. She approaches the world of economics with optimism and clarity. Susan provides a deep understanding of even the most obscure topics and makes them accessible and engaging to all audiences with humour and vivacity. She has written four books on finance and money management. Susan’s core tenets of “Focus on What You Can Do” and “Practical and Implementable” means she gives her audiences a game plan to achieve the outcomes they want. Susan is an expert Speaker on deciphering the world of economics for everyday audiences.
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Founder and visionary
Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organisations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. Simon is an excellent Leadership and Future of work Speaker. His full bio is here: -
Lisen Stromberg –
Partner and COO of the 3% Movement
Lisen Stromberg is a workplace culture strategist and author. She empowers people and companies to create productive, inclusive workplaces that deliver at the highest level. In her current role as partner and COO of the 3% Movement, Lisen is working to change the ratio of women and other diverse talent in creative leadership in the arts. She is also an independent award-winning independent journalist whose work can be found in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek. Lisen is an expert Speaker on Diversity in the workplace. Her full bio is here: -
Environmental Advisor, Writer and Broadcaster.
Professor Chris Baines is widely respected as a leading independent environmentalist. He provides professional environmental input to major regeneration projects and focusses primarily on green infrastructure and conservation. “We’re an urban nation, with a hunger for nature. Over the last 40 years or so, all kinds of research, into recovery times, stress relief, mental and physical health, has reinforced the message that people need nature in their lives”. Chris is an expert Speaker on climate change and the environment. His full bio is here: -
Explorer, Collaboration Catalyst & International Motivational Speaker.
Unbroken by blindness in 1998 and a paralysing fall in 2010, Mark is acknowledged by leaders in organisations worldwide as an expert in resilience, innovation and collaboration.
Simon Sinek posted the following after having a lunch with Mark and his fiancee Simon: 'I love these two, they inspire me so much. Mark Pollock and Simone George are working to bring people together to solve the most complex problems. Right now, they are working to cure paralysis...and they are making incredible progress'. Mark is an expert Keynote Speaker on resilience, persistence, innovation and collaboration.
His full bio is here:
Kevin Slavin –
Founding Chief Science and Technology Officer at The Shed
As an entrepreneur, Kevin Slavin has successfully integrated digital media, game development, technology, and design. At MIT,
Kevin founded the Playful Systems group at MIT’s Media Lab.
Now, Kevin is the Chief Science and Technology Officer at The Shed, an Art Centre which opened this year in in New York. The Shed commissions, produces, and presents a wide range of activities in performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture.
Kevin is also famous for his TED talk, ‘How algorithms shape our world’. He talks about the existence and the very real possibility of things getting out of hand where we no longer have control as humans over AI.
Kevin is widely admired for his creativity and vision, he is the mastermind behind ideas, projects, and companies that are transforming culture, design, media and entertainment using big data, next-generation technologies, and the frontiers of science. Kevin is an expert Speaker on AI, next-generation technologies Design and Big Data. His full bio is here: -
British cave diver
One of the British cave divers who played a leading role in the Thailand, Tham Luang cave rescue in 2019. John specialises in rescues through the Cave Rescue Organisation, South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue, and the British Cave Rescue Council. John is an excellent Speaker on working under pressure, collaboration and achieving the impossible. His full bio is here: -
Philosopher, Hippie, Tech Innovation, UN Doctor
Larry Brilliant helped eradicate one of the worst pandemic’s in history. As a TED Prize winner and Keynote Speaker Larry Brilliant has spent his career solving the ills of today — from overseeing the last smallpox cases to saving millions from blindness — and building technologies of the future. Now, as Chair of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, he’s redefining how we solve the world’s biggest problems. John is an excellent Speaker on innovation and leadership. His full bio is here: -
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At the recent ABN AMRO Insights Live event that took place in Rotterdam, two Oration Speakers presented
Mr Ricardo Semler and Arko Van Brakel.
A wonderful photographer called Ms Hannie Verhoeven got some great audience feedback. We thought we would share some of the photos here:-
Great interview in the Sunday Times this week on Nassim Nicholas Taleb 'The Age of Uncertainty (and how to survive it)'. His new book 'Skin in the Game:Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life' is published on Tuesday 20th of February.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent twenty-one years as a risk taker before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical, and (mostly) practical problems with probability. Although he spends most of his time as a flâneur, meditating in cafés across the planet, he is currently Distinguished Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.
His books, part of a multivolume collection called Incerto, have been published in thirty-six languages. Taleb has authored more than fifty scholarly papers as backup to Incerto, ranging from international affairs and risk management to statistical physics. Having been described as “a rare mix of courage and erudition,” he is widely recognized as the foremost thinker on probability and uncertainty. Taleb lives mostly in New York.