Sandra Sanchez

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  • Karate Olympic Gold medalist and Guinness World Record holder for winning the most medals in the Karate 1 Premier League
  • Won the World Karate Championships for the individual kata event twice
  • Recipient of over 50 medals in various international competitions
  • The current world and European karate title holder

Sandra Sanchez made history when she became not only an Olympic gold medalist in her sport but was recognised by Guinness World Records for winning the most medals in the Karate 1 Premier League. The Olympic Gold medalist also won the women’s individual kata event twice at the World Karate Championships. This was in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Years of relentless training, fundraising, and determination have seen Sandra battle through injury, prejudice, and defeat to become one of Spain’s best-loved athletes and an inspiration to all those who are chasing after a seemingly impossible dream.

But Sandra Sanchez saw success much later than most in her sport.

Although the Spanish athlete started taking Karate lessons at the age of four and had the opportunity to train at Spain’s High Performance Centre, she turned the opportunity down. She decided to rather look after her ill mother and pursue her studies.

After graduating in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity, Sandra Sanchez went to Australia where she taught karate to children. She was also given an offer to compete for a club in Dubai.

Upon her return to Spain, Sandra Sanchez found it incredibly difficult to get a place on the national team. She was, however, 32 years old when she finally gained her place, going on to win the bronze at the 2014 Karate 1 Premier League in Paris. Seven years later, she was the World and European title holder, the Grand winner of her category, and had won more than fifty medals in various international competitions. She also made international karate history when Guinness named her the world record holder for winning the most medals in the Karate 1 Premier League.

But the accomplishment she is probably most proud of was winning the Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. She was forty years old.

Sandra Sanchez -Speaker

Besides practicing, teaching, and taking part in competitions, Sandra Sanchez has become a sought-after speaker on various motivational subjects. She lives in Spain and speaks Spanish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Olympics
  • Inspiration
  • Motivation

Elisabeth Revol

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  • The woman who survived the Killer Mountain
  • The first woman to climb Nanga Parba, Pakistan, during the winter
  • Survivor of a heroic rescue attempt
  • Reached the summit of Mount Everest one year after her rescue

Elisabeth Revol, a French high-altitude mountaineer, is often referred to as the woman who survived the Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat. Her climbing partner, Tomasz Mackiewicz, unfortunately, did not.

With the support of her parents, Elisabeth Revol started climbing at the age of 19 years. The physical education teacher went on her first Nepalese climbing expedition in 2007. The following year she made a solo ascent of three Himalayan peaks within sixteen days. This she did without the use of oxygen.

Another year later and Elisabeth Revol attempted climbing Annapurna with her Czech climbing partner Martin Minarik. Due to various complications, the duo had to give u their attempt. Their descent, however, met with further deteriorating weather conditions that saw them separated. She had to continue her descent alone. Upon reaching safety, she arranged a rescue attempt for her climbing partner, but the attempt failed. He was never seen again.

In 2012, Elisabeth Revol took part in the French Adventure Racing World Championship. The event includes navigation, mountain biking, paddling, swimming, and trekking. The next year saw her make another climbing attempt in the Himalayas. The focus was a winter climb on Nanga Parbat, known as the Killer Mountain. The attempts were unsuccessful due to dangerous weather. Undaunted, she made a successful 2018 attempt together with Mackiewicz. They were the second team to succeed at this during the winter, while Elisabeth Revol became the first woman to do so.

The climb was not without its challenges or disasters. It was Elisabeth Revol’s fourth winter attempt and Mackiewicz’s seventh. Upon reaching the summit from the Diamer side, she noticed her climbing partner’s health was failing. She started taking him down. According to her, he suffered from snow blindness, was bleeding from both his mouth and nose, and had difficulty communicating. He also developed frostbite. Securing him from the wind in a crevasse, she called for help and started her descent.

A nearby Polish team was called on to launch a rescue mission. They managed to rescue Elisabeth Revol, but due to the harsh weather conditions, could not immediately go on to rescue her climbing partner.  He did not survive.

Elisabeth Revol suffered from frostbite and weighed a mere 45 kg when rescued. She did, however, manage to narrowly avoid any amputations. She encapsulates her experiences of this event in her book ‘To Live: Fighting for life on the killer mountain’.

One year later and she reached the summit of Mount Everest with the use of oxygen above 8 500 metres. She went on to climb Mount Lhotse, the peak adjacent to Mount Everest, the following day.

Elisabeth Revol – Speaker

As a speaker, Elisabeth Revol focuses on various aspects of the human mindset needed to reach your dreams even when faced with adversity. She lives in France and presents in French.

Speaking Topics

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Change management
  • Crisis Management
  • Adversity
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Overcoming Fears
  • Proactivity
  • Breaking Paradigms
  • Wellbeing

Elsa Punset

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  • Emotional intelligence expert, bestselling author, and philosopher
  • Bestselling children’s author of whom one has been published in fourteen countries thus far
  • Director at the Social and Emotional Learning Laboratory

An emotional intelligence expert, bestselling author, and philosopher, Elsa Punset has a degree in Philosophy and Letters, a Master’s in Humanities from Oxford University, and one in Journalism from Madrid’s Autonomous University. She also gained a Master’s degree in Secondary education from Madrid’s Camilo Jose Cela University.

As the content director at the Social and Emotional Learning Laboratory, Elsa Punset regularly collaborates on various television shows. Amongst these, she includes Redes, Para todos la 2, and El Hormiguero. She also hosts her own podcast Pequenas Revolutions.

The author of numerous books, her bestseller “A Backpack For The Universe”, launched in 2012, has been published in fourteen countries. She is also the author of “The Bold”, an illustrated book with stories aimed at children to help them understand and manage their basic emotions in an entertaining manner.

Elsa Punset ascribes her success to her ability to balance a brilliant academic career with her ability to connect with people and her practical approach to things.

Elsa Punset – Speaker

A speaker with the ability to address the heart of the matter, Elsa Punset gets her message across to people from all walks of life, i.e., from the boardroom right across to the classroom. She lives in Spain and presents in Spanish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Proposals for these extraordinary times: For a little over two years everything has been changing: our way of working, relating to others, and dealing with the world around us. We may not have, for the rest of our existence, such a clear and urgent opportunity to transform our lives and, with it, the world in which we live. In this talk, full of intelligent optimism, Elsa Punset asks us, with her practical style, what to do to be part of the change, manage anxiety and reinvent ourselves with the world to come.
  • Small revolutions for life and work: How are we humans? In general, they have not taught us to understand ourselves or to manage the flow of emotions that flood us every day. The truth is that we are made of small emotional habits that dictate our daily actions, and that it is difficult for us to change these habits. Elsa invites us to discover what skills can help us live better in a stressful world, but full of opportunities. In this talk, aimed at large audiences, Elsa will help, in an entertaining and interactive way, to reveal the keys to an adaptable and creative brain that we can train like a muscle.
  • Emotional Intelligence in companies – practical keys for teamwork, motivation, and creativity: Success at work depends on many factors, and one of the most important is emotional intelligence – the ability to recognize and manage one’s own and others’ emotions. For companies, Elsa gives the keys to how good emotional intelligence is reflected in greater professional satisfaction and better work performance and introduces the basic skills to communicate, innovate, solve problems, motivate oneself…Throughout the talk, Elsa highlights clues that allow, with practice, to improve these skills.
  • The world of health – practical keys to enhance empathy, resilience, and communication with patients: Why is emotional intelligence relevant for groups that take care of people’s health? A growing body of research shows that emotional intelligence skills not only make life easier for healthcare professionals but also improve patient prognosis. In these talks, Elsa focuses on seeing, in a practical and interactive way, how EIsa can help manage the daily challenges that disease presents. “We have to learn every day to choose between love and fear” – Elizabeth Kubler Ross
  • We are the emotional coaches of our children and students – early stages and/or adolescence: Manage our expectations of parents. Support them, do not live through them. This talk will be adapted to the target audience to which it is addressed: parents’ schools and/or educational community, and… It is during childhood when we sow in our children and students the foundations of an emotionally intelligent brain; their childhood is a unique opportunity to rediscover ourselves and to be able to guide our children and students so that they can consolidate basic skills that allow them to live and develop peacefully and creatively. During this talk, Elsa addresses the educational community and in an interactive and entertaining way, presents practical keys necessary to achieve an emotionally intelligent education, in the classroom and at home.

Ona Carbonell

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  • Spanish synchronized swimmer who competed in 2012 London, 2016 Rio, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Woman with the most medals in swimming history
  • Spanish MasterChef Celebrity winner
  • Well received non-fiction and children’s fiction author

Ona Carbonell started her sporting career as a rhythmic gymnast. Her passion for water, however, awakened her interest in synchronized swimming. She was part of the Spanish Synchronised Swimming National Team since the age of fourteen, where she trained at the High Performance Centre of Saint Cugat. Her career has seen her compete in three junior world championships, two pre-Olympics, and the 2012 London Olympics. She went on, from there, to compete in another two Olympics, i.e., the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Olympics.

Considered the woman who has won the most medals in swimming history, Ona Carbonell started winning medals at the age of seventeen. Besides partaking in the Olympics, she has won a silver and bronze at the 2007 World Championships, a bronze and two silvers at the same event at the Junior World Championships in 2008, as well as two gold and three silver medals at the European Junior Championship the same year.

From there she went from strength to strength, swimming her way to a gold and two silvers in the 2009 World Championship, three silver medals at the 2010 European Championship in 2010, and four bronze medals at the 2011 World Championship. From there on, she went from strength to strength, earning her place in three Olympics and world synchronised swimming history.

According to Ona Carbonell, her greatest experience as an athlete was winning the silver medal in London. But she also feels the sport has allowed her to grow as a person as it allowed her to experience so much, including traveling and meeting new people. She sees synchronised swimming as having a symbiotic relationship art, two of her passions.

In 2018, she was awarded the Best Women’s Road Award in Spain by the Elda Footwear Museum. She also took part in the Spanish MasterChef Celebrity competition the same year. As someone who could barely cook, she undertook this competition with the same gusto used for her swimming: with perseverance, dedication, and a great deal of preparation. She learned everything she could about cooking and even went for cooking lessons from the only chef she knew. Her efforts paid off, seeing her win the prize which she promptly donated to charity.

Ona Carbonell feels perfection is only achieved through hard work, perseverance, and by giving of oneself. This is her goal as both an athlete and a person, something she manages via teamwork, discipline, and a lot of effort.

Her life away from sport revolves around art, fashion, and design, with a special focus on her studies in this regard. Ona Carbonell is also an accomplished author who has written a book about her experiences. She is also a well-received children’s author with a series of books about a young girl with the ability to turn into a mermaid. A documentary on her life, ‘Ona Carbonell: Starting Over’, has received rave reviews in Spain. In it, she reveals the story of her life, her feelings about motherhood, the difficulty of maintaining a balance between a family and professional life as an elite athlete, and the problems experienced when returning to elite sport after becoming a mother.

Ona Carbonell – Speaker

As a speaker, Ona Carbonell enjoys transmitting the lessons learned from her sport and achievements. These include not only her growth as a person but her values and lessons learned as well.

Speaking Topics

  • High performance
  • Inspiring youth
  • Teamwork
  • Women in leadership

 

Vivian Li

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  • Expert in Wnt signalling, stem cell, colorectal cancer, organoid technology, and tissue engineering
  • Received a Gold Medal for her Ph.D. thesis
  • Francis Crick Institute group leader
  • Wants to use her findings and expertise in future organ transplants, especially in children with intestinal failure

Dr Vivian Li completed her Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Pathology in 2008. She received a Gold Medal for her Ph.D. thesis on research into the molecular mechanism of human colonic development and tumorigenesis.

Funding from the Croucher Foundation Fellowship enabled her to pursue her post-doctoral research training at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands. Her time there saw her focus on Ent pathway proteomics and the characterising of intestinal stem cell genes utilizing new transgenic mouse models.

Vivian Li has made a significant contribution regarding the identification of Wnt Signalling mechanisms at various subcellular levels. Her post-doctoral studies saw her familiarise herself with reverse mouse genetics and the latest ex vivo organoid cultures.

After completing her post-doctoral studies at the Hubrecht Institute, she established her laboratory at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in 2013. This institute is now part of the Francis Crick Institute.

Vivian Li wants to use her expertise in growing intestines to help with future organ transplants. She and her team’s various breakthroughs are published in medical journals. Her particular wish is that her techniques will help in personalising transplants in children suffering from intestinal failure.

Dr Vivian Li – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Vivian Li touches on subjects relating to the easing of human suffering An expert in Wnt signalling, stem cell, colorectal cancer, organoid technology, and tissue engineering, she currently resides in the United Kingdom and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Developmental biology
  • Human biology and physiology
  • Signalling and oncogenes
  • Stem cells
  • Tumour Biology

Sarah Furness

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  • Performance expert, strategist, and helicopter pilot
  • Former RAF squadron leader
  • Developed the H.A.B.I.T.S. Formula to help people excel under pressure while staying calm
  • Started her own company ‘Well Be It’ to help companies increase employee performance and resilience under pressure while empowering leadership

Sarah Furness a Cambridge University graduate followed her dream, becoming an RAF helicopter pilot and squadron leader. Her time in the military saw her lead operational combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Her time there taught her that people have a façade of toughness that does not necessarily reflect their inner feelings. She also realised that the ability to perform under pressure is not instinctive.

This epiphany prompted her to retrain and harness her experiences and passion to help people use their brains as a force for good. She developed her own unique Healthy Automatic Behaviours In Threatening Scenarios (H.A.B.I.T.S.) Formula. The formula helps train the mind to excel under pressure and promote self-belief and inner calm. According to Sarah Furness, people are not necessarily born with these qualities, but that does not mean we cannot all learn how to become cool and collected under pressure.

Sarah Furness has had a journey through life with her own doses of failure, loss, rejection, fear, betrayal, and self-loathing. She battled with herself on a daily basis. It was, however, when she had her epiphany that she saw her life change. She not only overcame her worst fears but came back a happier, stronger person. Starting her own wellbeing company, Well Be It, has allowed her to work with companies to increase employee performance and resilience under pressure while empowering leadership.

According to Sarah Furness, “For years I yearned to be described as NICE. These days I’ve learned to settle for IMPRESSIVE.”

On a more personal note, Sarah Furness loves running. She completed the Marathon du Médoc 3 times – once while five months pregnant, and while pushing her eight-month-old in a baby carriage the year after. She does not know the meaning of “I can’t”.

Sarah Furness – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Sarah Furness has a robust, science-based, good-humoured style of speaking that incorporates aspects of her former military life as points of reference. She lives in the UK and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • How to be fearless: Whether it’s fear of failure or fear of rejection, the answer is NOT to try and overcome those fears…it’s to embrace them. You can learn, not just to sit with your fears, you can learn to leverage them, use them as fuel for positive change, and even learn to become excited by the things that scare you most. Sarah will share exactly how you do this and why it’s easier than you think.
  • Train Hard Fight Easy: Discover the unique formula that Sarah has developed proven methods used by combat pilots which have been refined through her exploration and understanding of the human mind. You will learn practical tools including the pilot’s “work cycle” technique and applied mindfulness techniques for greater focus and productivity.
  • With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power: Sarah has seen how tough people can be. So long as they feel POWERFUL. And she’ll share EXACTLY how to set the conditions for people to get back on top and thrive in all circumstances.

 

Susan David

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  • Author of the #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller ‘Emotional Agility’
  • Developed the concept of emotional agility
  • Award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist
  • Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award recipient

Susan David, PhD, is a Harvard Medical School award-winning psychologist and creator of the concept of emotional agility. Her work focuses on the need to meet the various challenges and emotional complexities people encounter in both their private and professional lives It encompasses such aspects as engagement, leadership, adaptability, wellbeing, and culture. Her work and ideas in this regard are encapsulated in her #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller ‘Emotional Agility’. Her book has been translated into thirty languages and extensively profiled on national and international media. These include, amongst others TIME, the New York Times, and the TODAY show.

Named one of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Susan David received the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Award for “insights that have the potential to forever change the way we do business”.

Her TED talk saw Susan David receive a standing ovation and went viral, with over 60 million views on social media and 9 million at TED.com.

Susan David – Speaker

As a speaker, Susan David inspires her audiences to think, feel, and act differently while helping organisations cultivate outstanding leadership and reliance in a human-centered, engaged culture.

She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

She customizes her emotional agility talks to the following themes:

  • Communication
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Personal Growth
  • Future of Work
  • Innovation
  • Change
  • Engagement
  • Culture
  • Women in Leadership
  • Inspiring Others
  • Talent and Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Parenting and Education
  • High Performance

Blanca Huergo

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  • STEM and algorithms expert and Oxford University Student
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including the 2019/2020 Spanish Computer Olympiad

Although still an Oxford University Student, Blanca Huergo is considered an expert in algorithms. She is also a Spanish Computer Olympiad winner, a STEM expert, and teaches programming to ESO and Baccalaureate students. She is currently doing her master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Blanca Huergo was interested in the intersection of mathematics and computer science from an early age. Because of her interest, she discovered online courses and programming, which she pursued since 2014. At age 16, she started working as a data scientist at a consulting firm and competing in programming contests.

Blanca Huergo, besides her studies, trains others to be successful in this field through various initiatives. These include the Women’s Computer Olympiad, an association that prepares adolescents across Spain for free to compete at an international level and whose board of directors she chairs, her online course Competitive Programing, and C1b3rwall Academy.

Blanca Huergo has won numerous awards at both a local, national and international level. Amongst these, she includes a silver medal at the Ibero=American Informatics Olympiad in 2020, a gold and award for best programmer for the second year in a row at the Spanish Computer Science Olympiad in 2019/2020, first position in the eighth Asturian Computer Science Olympiad, the Datathon Divisadero in 2019, and the category of Python at the 2019 Spanish Computer Science Olympiad.

With over fifty courses and certifications completed in computer science, algorithms, and AI from various highly regarded institutions, Blanca Huergo worked in data science for Merkle Spain where she developed consumer propensity models optimised codes for efficient data processing. At Empathy.co she designed an e-commerce time series prediction system that identified seasonal trends and long-term patterns often hidden from users.

Blanca Huergo co-founded and chairs the non-profit association Women’s Computer Science Olympiad to teach high school students competitive programming to create a community of young developers. Her role sees her help organise national competitions from which the Spanish team for the European Olympiad is selected annually.

Blanca Huergo – Speaker

As a speaker, Blanca Huergo wishes to encourage younger people to consider programming as a vocation, equip them with the tools needed, and connect them to the industry. She lives in both Spain and the UK and speaks English and Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • Data science
  • Encouraging women in the field of programming
  • The gender gap in STEM
  • Gender equality
  • Diversity – youth and adolescents

Monica Flores Barragán

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  • A global leader in human capital solutions who promotes alliance diversity between governments
  • Globally recognised as a top 10 promoter of diversity
  • President of ManpowerGroup for Latin America
  • Former President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico

President of ManpowerGroup for Latin America, Monica Flores Barragán is a leader in human capital solutions who promotes alliance diversity between governments. She is responsible for the company’s operations in eighteen countries, its 3,700 staff members, and 350,00 outsourced employees. She aims to match the supply and demand challenges faced by the labor market.

A former President of the America Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, Monica Flores Barragán is a member of different education, government, and business institutions’ councils. She is also the President of the ManpowerGroup Foundation, STEM counselor, and author of ‘How to get your first job’. Her book helps young people integrate into the formal job market.

Recognised as one of the top business entrepreneurs in Latin America, Monica Flores Barragán received global recognition as one of the world’s top 10 promoters of diversity. Amongst her awards and accolades, she counts the Outstanding woman of the Year 2011 Award given by the Senate of the Mexican Republic, and the Outstanding Woman of the Year in Mexico and Latin America in Business by the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants in 2016.

With regards to her speaking engagements and panel participation in Europe, Asia, and America,  Monica Flores Barragán has covered a variety of topics related to her area of expertise. As such, she has spoken at the World Economic Forum, World Federation of People Management Associations, World Business Forum, Global Summit for Women, and many others.

With regards to her educational background, she is an actuary who received her degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has a master’s degree in philosophy as well as in business management.

Monica Flores Barragán – Speaker

As a speaker and panellist, Monica Flores Barragán has addressed audiences across the globe on topics that include the future of work, workforce management, and business solutions. She lives in Mexico and speaks Spanish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • 7 steps to conscious inclusion
  • Complex skills, the key to talent in the 21st century
  • Lead work teams
  • Where are our investment opportunities?
  • The challenges of the new world of work
  • Human capital solutions

Elke Geraerts

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  • Human capital expert
  • Doctor in psychology building the bridge between science and practice
  • CEO of Better Minds at Work
  • Bestselling author

Elke Geraerts is someone with boundless curiosity and passion for people. These characteristics, together with her Ph.D. in psychology, resulted in a flourishing academic career. She held various positions at the universities of St. Andres, Rotterdam, Maastricht, and Harvard. Her time in academia attracted international attention due to her solid research work.

Drawn to the business world and due to her scientific insights into mental resilience, Elke Geraerts started Better Minds at Work. This international consultancy company focuses on increasing employee mental resilience, energy, and productivity and currently includes approximately fifty psychologists, doctors, and consultants.

Due to her ability to translate new psychological insights into fresh and accessible daily applications, Elke Geraerts inspires both individuals and organisations to hone their mental resilience and become the best version of themselves. Her big breakthrough was when her book, Better Minds, became a bestseller. Another of her publications, The Mental Reset, sees her inspire people to move towards a post-pandemic era with healthier, more successful habits.

Elke Geraerts – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Elke Geraerts has addressed audiences across the globe, from Kyoto to Cape Town, Sydney, San Francisco, Lima, and Dubai. She captivates her audiences with her unique blend of expertise, humour, enthusiasm, and academic insights. She lives in The Netherlands and presents in both English and Dutch.

Speaker Topics

The Mental Reset – How hybrid work and life strengthen resilience: 2020 and 2021 represented one of the greatest resilience experiments in our lives. What if we embrace this crisis as an opportunity for true transformation? What if we reset our habits so we can face challenges stronger than we ever did before? What if we take this momentum as a head start for ourselves, our teams, and our organisations?

In this talk, Elke Geraerts inspires you with insights that you need to prepare for a post-pandemic era. She shows you how hybrid work and life may render you more productivity, energy, and inner peace at the same time. She takes the time with you to reflect on how this hybrid context strengthens resilience for yourself, your teams, and your company. And on top of that, she shares her ideas about what you can exactly do to advance (self) leadership, foster connection within your team, focus on what really matters, and touch the right future-proof chords. A must-experience if you want to get ready for the post-pandemic reset!

Hybrid Working – Optimizing the integration between work and life: Those who are making the transition to hybrid working, are experiencing many challenges. In addition to your organization’s interests, employees also have their individual needs. There is no one-size-fits-all plan. Designing an optimal hybrid work plan that blends seamlessly with one’s personal life requires reflection, open communication, clear expectations, clear agreements (at home and work), and last but not least, psychological safety.

In this session, you will gain insights into the crucial drivers of productivity: energy, focus, coordination, and collaboration. You will discuss with colleagues your needs to experience maximal fulfillment and happiness at work and develop an action plan.

Mental Capital – A brain gym to deal with stress and change: The COVID crisis has challenged us in our mental resilience and luckily most of us are still standing. Yet, another resilience experiment is about to happen as we transition to new ways of (hybrid) working. This double challenge on our resilience requires a proactive strengthening of our brain. During this session, we will share all our insights on mental resilience and how you can deal swiftly with the challenges imposed on us by the pandemic and the new ways of working. Expect an eye-opener that makes it crystal clear that investing in your own brain leads to more agility, energy, and happiness and less stress and anxiety. With the bestseller Better Minds (initially published as Mentaal Kapitaal) as a common thread, you learn how your brain exactly works and you discover techniques to strengthen your energy and focus and to get through this change with sufficient motivation. In a 48-hour challenge, we will push you to apply a number of tips and tricks in practice straight away. A must-see to thrive in these challenging times!

Authentic Intelligence – How to future-proof yourself and your team: The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the digital revolution and is creating an earlier-than-expected tipping point that is likely to transform business forever. Hence the voices asking whether we humans can still compete against robots and artificial intelligence are getting louder. In this highly topical speech, Elke points out that it is time to demystify technology and shift the focus back onto human beings. She examines which uniquely human qualities can be used to secure our professional future, and which assets you really should embed in your organization’s DNA if you want to ensure your viability in this disruptive world. An inspiring presentation for organizations that already have both feet firmly planted in the future and want to use this pandemic as a transformational momentum.

Cecilia Laschi

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  • Mother of OCTOPUS, the first soft robot built from silicone
  • Pioneer in the field of biorobotics
  • Multiple patent holder
  • Widely acclaimed author of papers appearing in international journals

The Mother of OCTOPUS’, the world’s first soft robot built from silicone, Cecilia Laschi is a full professor at the National University of Singapore and professor on leave at the Biorobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy. She is a University of Pisa computer science graduate, received a Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Genoa, and was a JSPS visiting research at Tokyo’s Waseda University.

Although varied, Cecilia Laschi focuses her research on the field of biorobotics. She currently works in soft robotics where she uses soft materials for building robots. This is the case with OCTOPUS, a soft robotic made from silicone. She is considered a pioneer in this field and has contributed to the development of these robots at an international level. She also works in the field of humanoid robotics and neurorobotics. In other words, using robots for neuroscience research.

Her work has seen Cecilia Laschi become the patent holder of many inventions. Amongst these, she includes a highly stable underwater robot, an autonomous variable buoyancy device, and a robot with soft arms for locomotion and grip purposes.

An author and co-author of over 300 scientific papers, Cecilia Laschi is published in international journals the world over. She also fills the role of Chief Editor of the speciality section on soft robotics of frontiers in Robotics AI. She is also on the editorial board of several international journals such as Science Robotics and the IEEE RA-L. Besides writing, she serves as a reviewer for many journals. Amongst these Cecilia Laschi includes Nature and Science.

Notwithstanding her full schedule as a professor, researcher, writer, and reviewer, Cecilia Laschi still finds time for other endeavors. She is a member of the Italian National Group of Biomedical Engineering, a senior IEEE member, and serves as an elected AdCom member and Co-Chair of the TC on Soft Robotics for the Robotics and Automation Society, amongst various others.

In 2018, Cecilia Laschi went on to found and chair the first IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics held in Italy.

Cecilia Laschi – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Cecilia Laschi gives insights into the newest developments in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence and their various applications. Although she hails from Italy, she currently resides in Singapore and presents in Italian and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership
  • Robotics & AI
  • Computer Science
  • Soft robotics
  • Humanoid and neuro-robotics
  • Marine robotics
  • Biomedical applications
  • Neurorobotics, combining robotics and neuroscience

 

Deborah Berebichez

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  • Leading international scientist, television host, and microelectronics and quantum computing expert
  • First Mexican woman to obtain a PhD in physics from Stanford University
  • Inventor of a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications
  • Strongly involved in the education of young women in science and technology STEM

The first Mexican woman to graduate from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Physics, Deborah Berebichez is the co-host of Discovery Channels ‘Outrageous Acts of Science’. She uses her knowledge of physics to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats on the show. She also appears as an expert on the History Channel. FOX, MSNBC, Travel Channel, and various others.

The Lead Scientist in Microelectronics and Quantum Computing at VTT, a leading European research institute, Deborah Berebichez counts amongst her responsibilities the setting of the research agenda for their quantum computer and quantum-adjacent technologies. She also guides business relationships with those companies that use VTT’s quantum facilities to help facilitate various innovative products.

Before joining VTT, Deborah Berebichez was the Chief Data Scientist at Metis. While there, she directed the educational focus in data literacy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Deborah Berebichez has an extraordinary academic background. She worked with Nobel Laureate Steve Chu in cooling atoms with laser light and completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and New York University’s Courant for Mathematical Sciences. The latter saw her conduct research in the area of waves and optimization. She published in the area of photonics and invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications.

Her work in science and education has seen Deborah Berebichez recognized by TED, DLD, WIRED, the Association for the Advancement of Science, and various other organisations and institutions. She is also an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador for her work in inspiring and empowering young women to learn science and improve the state of STEM education in the world. She also has a 3D-printed life-size statue in the #ITHENSHECAN Dallas exhibit. Amongst her various accomplishments, she includes that of John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, winner of the Leading Hispanics in STEM STAR Award, and a recipient of the Top Latina Tech Blogger Award by the Association of Latinos in Social Media.

Deborah Berebichez – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Deborah Berebichez has addressed audiences the world over. She uses her background and education to make complex topics approachable to a wide ranger of audiences. Currently residing in Helsinki, Finland, she presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • The Quantum Leap of Quantum Computing: What is quantum computing? Why do we need quantum computers? Which kind of businesses use them? How will quantum technology change the world?

Deborah Berebichez is the Lead Scientist in Microelectronics and Quantum Computing at VTT, one of Europe’s leading research institutes. She will take you to a world of clean-rooms and airtight chambers, of new algorithms and quantum speedups, and seemingly impossible feats such as quantum teleportation. You will learn how this amazing new world of quantum computing offers an exciting future: better materials and drugs, more secure cryptography, and more accurate prediction of weather and climate. You will also understand how various businesses are preparing to remain competitive in the quantum age.

  • Changing the World One Equation at a Time: Deborah grew up in a conservative community that discouraged girls from pursuing a career in science, technology, or engineering. In high school, she was told that if she were too smart, she would never be liked and that it would be better for her to pursue a feminine career. But she wanted to understand how the world works, so she defied her parents and friends and studied physics becoming the first Mexican woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford. In this inspirational presentation, she shares the ups and downs of her path, which led her to become a physicist, a TV host of science programs, and a mentor to young women who want to become scientists. Deborah shows how all of us can remove barriers and help young people do science and technology today.
  • How to Empower Your Business Through Data Literacy: In today’s volatile business environment, where it is tempting to make decisions based on personal opinions, gut feelings, or groupthink, companies need data-literate employees who can make data-driven decisions more than ever: data-driven companies outperform their competitors. This talk is focused on how to create a data-literate workforce. Deborah, formerly Chief Data Scientist at Metis, will discuss how to build an environment where people and data work together for better business. In this talk, you will gain actionable insights on:
  1. The proven benefits of a data-driven culture
  2. How to create a company-wide, data-driven business environment
  3. Examples of success and pitfalls to avoid when training employees in data-literacy
  • Things about the Future and the Future of Things: Our lives are full of things. Alarm clock, shower, coffeemaker, clothes, phone, watch, car, computer, desk, chair—every day we interact with more things than people. If things could talk, they would be our best friends.  And soon they will be. Because the things in our lives have started to talk to us, helping us make each day a little better, from the watch that monitors our health to the car that drives itself. This interconnected world—the Internet of Things (IoT)—offers new possibilities for personal growth. It also offers exciting business opportunities and some unique challenges regarding privacy and security.  In this talk, Deborah presents the wonderful future that IoT is bringing to us and explains how it will transform every aspect of our lives. She also discusses the important challenges to security and privacy that come with this new reality.
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Data Science but Were Afraid to Ask: What is data science? What does it mean that big data is transforming our lives? Why is data science the “sexiest job of the 21st century”? This talk provides you and your company a non-technical introduction to data science from basic concepts and techniques to how businesses and governments are using data to find out more about everyone all the time. Deborah also discusses a common problem with data science: many companies are disappointed that their investments in data science are not resulting in increased profits. Deborah explains how restructuring your organization to empower all its employees with data-centered policies can affect the change you need.
  • Statistics and the Art of Deception: Data scientists use statistics to reach meaningful conclusions about data. Unfortunately, statistical tools are often misapplied, resulting in errors that cost both time and money. By being aware of the most common mistakes involving statistics, we can become better and more productive data scientists. To illustrate the kinds of problems that often arise, Deborah presents examples of egregious misuses of statistics in business, technology, science, and the media and analyzes them through a review of basic statistical concepts. She explains how to weed out the most common errors and reduce the chance of being fooled by statistics.

Roberta Cocco

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  • Digital transformation activist
  • Helped in the creation of initiatives promoting women in the digital field
  • Municipal Councilor for Digital Transformation and Citizen Services for Milan municipality
  • Freelance journalist and author

A public relations and marketing expert, Roberta Cocco graduated in Foreign Languages and American literature from the University of Milan. From there, she went on to complete a Master’s Degree in marketing communications and Public Relations at ISFOR.

While still a student, Roberto Cocco started a job in market research at the market research office of La Rinascente department stores. She also became a member of the Organising Committee for the Italia ’90 world cup tournament.

Her career with Microsoft Italia started in 1991. Roberto Cocco quickly began climbing the corporate ladder. Appointed Director of National Development for Microsoft in Western Europe in 2014, her role saw her cover twelve countries, driving the planning and execution of programs that demonstrated the company’s role as a global corporate initiative that works responsibly and applies its acumen and technological expertise in serving communities. This experience has helped her establish important relationships with different institutions.

Roberto Cocco left the private sector in 2016, taking on the role of Municipal Councilor for Digital Transformation and Citizens Services for the Milan municipality. Her main objective is to leverage digital transformation and offer better services to its citizens.

In 2004 Roberta Cocco helped with the creation of futuro@Ifemminile. This is a Microsoft social responsibility project managed by Roberta. The initiative aims at developing women’s potential through technology. She is also part of an international task force on gender activities that is in partnership with various international public and private organisations. These include UNESCO, ITU, and United Nations Women. The initiative evolved into the creation of Pink Cloud, a top project for encouraging girls into STEM across Italy.

Her work has seen Roberta Cocco receive a knighthood, i.e., that of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. This was in 2010.

A freelance journalist who writes for several women’s magazines and blogs, Roberto Cocco has also co-authored two well-received books.

Roberta Cocco – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Roberta Cocco focuses on women in leadership, digital transformation and innovation, and digital rights. She lives in Italy and speaks Italian and English

Speaking Topics

  • Digital Transformation and Innovation
  • Digital Rights
  • Women Leadership and Empowerment

Dawn Metcalfe

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  • Communication expert helping develop skills and behaviours enabling success
  • Founder of PDSi in the United Arab Emirates
  • Bestselling author on books about effective communication, career advancement, and changing behaviours

Dawn Metcalfe, a communication expert, helps teams, individuals, and organisations develop skills and behaviours needed to succeed in today’s world. This implies they should hear and be heard effectively, speak up, and embrace change. In other words, to communicate effectively, motivate others, and lead with impact.

A highly successful author, Dawn Metcalfe has worked and lived in eight countries. Her career has seen her work with people from across the globe and organisations of all sizes and industries. She has taught teachers in China and Japan, been on the fast track to becoming a UK headteacher, been a medical education consultant, and set up her own successful business, PDS, in the United Arab Emirates.

Her experience has taught Dawn Metcalfe one thing: effective communication is difficult, no matter your age, culture, background, or experience. And poor communication can cost a business billions of dollars per year. Her mission is to help people overcome communication difficulties, build no-fear workplace cultures, and help shape the workforce of the future.

Dawn Metcalfe has written about this extensively for Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, Training Magazine, Arabian Business, and various others. She is also a regular Forbes contributor.

The author of three bestselling books on effective communication, career advancement, and changing behaviours, Dawn Metcalfe started PDSi. The business aims to help drive both behavioural and cultural change.

Dawn Metcalfe – Speaker

Dawn Metcalfe is not only a sought-after keynote speaker. She is also a lively moderator and panellist. As a speaker, she wishes to help people of all ages, from students just starting on their career path to seasoned pros. She is based in the UAE, speaks seven languages, and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • A culture of candour is everything: Are you creating or killing it?
  • Motivating others in times of change
  • Possibilities – how to bridge the gap from education to work for career success
  • Hugs, smiles, and team-building exercises don’t transform teams. Conflict does.
  • How to build a no-fear culture
  • How to channel conflict into change
  • HardTalk in healthcare: When avoiding difficult conversations could be a matter of life or death
  • HardTalk: How to effectively engage in the difficult conversations holding you back
  • How to create a stand-up and speak out culture

Patty McCord

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  • Innovator, culture and leadership consultant, and former Netflix Chief Talent Officer
  • An expert in staffing, diversity, communications, and international human resources
  • Author of ‘Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility Hardcover’

Patty McCord, former Netflix Chief Talent Officer, coaches and advises companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership. The Principal of Patty McCord Consulting has many years of experience working with business leaders and aspiring management, helping them realise and practice leadership. As an innovative businessperson, she pushes the boundaries regarding how we think about the way we work.

Her twelve years at Netflix saw Patty McCord, together with the company’s management team, help create the Netflix Culture Deck. Once posted on the Web, the presentation took on a life of its own. The presentation, to date, has received over 5 million views. Essentially, as someone in charge of operations, it meant she was involved in the creating and eliminating of patterns, systems, and structure so that the end document resulted in certain behaviours and operating modes.

Her time with Netflix, as well that with Pure Atria Software before that, also saw her participate in the Initial Public Offering (IPO). During her career, Patty McCord has gained experience in working with small startups as well as large corporations. Her working background has included such diverse areas as staffing, diversity, communications, and international human resources.

Patty McCord is the author of the bestseller ‘Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility Hardcover’. The Washington Post named the book “one of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018 when it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams.

Patty McCord – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Patty McCord, with her diverse business background, focuses on topics about the future of work, workplace diversity, equality, and human resources. She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • The Future of Work: As our world becomes increasingly dynamic and connected, the classically standard ways in which we work have simply become irrelevant in today’s workforce. Many companies are struggling not only to understand and accept this certainty but more importantly to identify the key catalysts behind this transformation. Patty McCord explores how demographics, technology, and consumer transparency have already changed the way we work, explains why the idea of a “permanent employee” is no longer a realistic prospect, and encourages audiences to look to the future. In this innovative, informative, and forward-thinking presentation, McCord emboldens audiences to embrace change and provides critical insight for companies that want to be ahead of the game as the future of work continues to advance.
  • Reinventing HR: No one in recent history has disrupted the grounds of human resources quite like Patty McCord. In this presentation, McCord engages audiences by delving into the compelling and innovative ideas that made her Netflix slide deck on company culture go viral. She shares thoughts on how to rethink terms like “fired” and “quit” to understand the realities of changing jobs in a way that honors service and teaches people to manage their own careers. She believes that by thinking like inventors, saying no to “best practices”, and aligning what people do to the business and the customers, companies can take the policing out of policy to make work more productive and meaningful.
  • Diversity and Equality in the Workplace: As the head of Diversity Programs at Sun Microsystems in the early ’90s, Patty McCord held many talks, programs, initiatives, and celebrations to promote equality and diversity. Today, gains towards increased diversity and equality in our society have been startlingly lacking. In this presentation, McCord challenges the audience to change their way of thinking about these issues. Sharing data is a start, but there is hard work ahead to achieve real transformation. First, if equal pay is an issue at your company—fix it. Without a correction to current conditions, we are guaranteed to see the same problems lag forever. McCord acknowledges that the three most female-centric departments in companies are Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance. She calls on women in leadership positions to ask—how come we haven’t yet fixed equal pay? We OWN it!

Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility: Patty McCord served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 14 years and helped to create the famous Netflix Culture Deck. Since it was first posted on the web, the Deck has been viewed more than 15 million times, and Sheryl Sandberg has said that it may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley. A veteran of established enterprises and start-ups alike, McCord has vast experience building winning cultures. McCord will discuss how building a culture of freedom and responsibility strips away the constraints that can thwart high performers so your teams can be lean, nimble, motivated, and happy

Nancy Vermeulen

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  • Space ambassador, private astronaut trainer, visionary thinker, and entrepreneur
  • Commander of a Mars simulation in Utah, USA
  • The first person in Europe to develop a non-government training programme that trains prospective space travellers – “Space Training Academy”
  • Successful author of “Iedereen Ruimte Vader”

A commercial airline pilot instructor who holds a Master’s in theoretical physics and astronomy, Nancy Vermeulen was Commander of a Mars simulation in Utah, USA, and took part in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) astronaut selections of 2008. Her mission is to bring the universe closer to people and vice versa. As a result, she was the first person in Europe to develop a non-government training programme to prepare prospective space travelers for space voyages. The kick-off was in 2011 when Nancy trained a Virgin Galactic prospective astronaut. In 2018, she founded the “Space Training Academy”.

Nancy Vermeulen began her space adventure in 2008 when she took part in the ESA astronaut selection process. Only one in ten candidates was female at the time. In preparation for the training programme, she learned to scuba dive, took part in high altitude training, and became an aerobatics pilot.

The commander and chief organiser of the “MDRS90” mars simulation mission, Nancy Vermeulen both developed and presented the project to NASA’s Mars Society. She obtained permission to train a team in a “Mars simulation mission” at Utah’s “Mars Desert Research Station”.

It was when Nancy Vermeulen met Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson that she became inspired to apply her knowledge and expertise not only to science but to the public at large. This led to her training a future prospective Virgin Galactic astronaut and start her speaking career. In 2018, Nancy Vermeulen founded the “Space Training Academy”.

Besides her work as an astronaut trainer and public speaker, Nancy Vermeulen also finds the time to write. She is the author of ‘Iedereen Ruimte Vader’, which translates to “Everyone An Astronaut”, a book about how anyone can become an astronaut.

Nancy Vermeulen – Speaker 

Nancy Vermeulen is a conference speaker and moderator sought after on international platforms. She inspires and motivates audiences to achieve their dreams. She lives in Belgium and presents in English and Dutch.

Speaking Topics

  • The Sky Is Not Your Limit: Belgian pilot and space travel expert Nancy Vermeulen inspires many with her immense perseverance and talent. During this event, she motivates you to do what you are good at and shows you that tomorrow’s world is already in progress today. Be inspired by Nancy’s compelling life story.
  • To Mars Or Not To Mars, That Is The Question: Expect to get a whole new view on the world, space, and the economy from this keynote speech by space expert and astronaut trainer Nancy Vermeulen. Not only will she explain what we have learned so far from our journeys into space, but she will also help you understand which obstacles we still need to overcome to make human interplanetary spaceflight a reality. Get ready to discover the future of space travel and the impact it might have on your daily life.
  • The Future Is Yours: During this lecture, Nancy shows you that tomorrow’s world is already in progress today. Technological developments make competitive positions different. Did you know, for example, that many professions will no longer exist in the near future? During “The future is yours” Nancy encourages you and your guests to think outside the box to find solutions in a rapidly changing world. We live in a world of technological advancement and that brings unique challenges for us all.
  • The Universe And The Historical Quest For The Ultimate Truth: Every being creates an image of the world based on his/her perception. Humanity’s worldview has changed rapidly throughout history and has had great socio-economic consequences. What changes can we expect and what is our role in these? In this lecture, Nancy Vermeulen shares her vision of “our place in our world and the universe”. She combines science with philosophy and an outlook on life.

 

Katarina Blom

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  • Is an internationally acclaimed TEDx speaker, positive psychologist and author of books on happiness and mental wellbeing
  • Happiness psychologists focusing on sustainable wellbeing during times of change
  • Co-founder of ‘Habitud’, the first psychology gym in Sweden
  • Nominated for Speaker of the Year in 2016 and 2019
  • Successful author

Katarina Blom, the co-founder of ‘Habitud’, Sweden’s first psychological gym, and one of the country’s most popular speakers, was nominated for Speaker of the Year in 2016 and 2019. Over 2 million people across the globe saw her TEDx lecture. A happiness psychologist, Katarina focuses on how we can create sustainable well-being during times of change.

A world in constant change means it is important that we know how our brain works, as it tends to slowly change over time. Katarina Blom believes that, with the help of psychology, people become empowered with the tools needed to change and create habitats that last and support our wellbeing.

Besides regularly appearing on podcasts and talk shows, Katarina Blom is the co-author of two books, i.e., ‘Seriously Happy – an introduction to positive psychology‘ and ‘Lonely or Strong – how to create successful teams’. She is currently in the process of writing her third book ‘The We-Brain – the surprising science on how our connections make us happier, healthier, and more resilient’.

Katarina Blom – Speaker

As a speaker, Katarina Blom is passionate about dispelling myths and rumours about what makes us happy. Instead, her entertaining, interactive presentations show what science and research teach about human wellbeing. Participants also receive insights on how to easily create change in their daily lives. She lives in Sweden and presents in Swedish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Seriously Happy: What is happiness, really? Here, Katarina kills myths about happiness and instead shows what science has to teach us about well-being. What can we influence when it comes to happiness – and what is set in stone? Why isn’t positive thinking effective? And which one factor is the most important for well-being? In this lecture, we learn how to strengthen ourselves and others through taking positive action.
  • Well-being through values: Did you know that 45% of what we do every day is done on a regular basis, we do it without even thinking or blinking? Which one of these routines and habits has the greatest effect on our well-being? And how can organizational values support the well-being of every co-worker, in the shape of daily routines? In this lecture, the organization’s values are taken down from the wall and into everyday life – what are the principles that guide a value-based behavior change? How do we create a positive change today that sustains in the long term?
  • A sustainable working life in times of change: What are the common pitfalls a stressful organization can fall into? How are the brain and our actions affected by stress and feeling secure, respectively? And what exactly do we need to do to strengthen each other in order to jointly navigate times of change? Happiness psychologist Katarina guides you through stress and towards increased sustainability in the workplace through research and interactive exercises.