Albert Fabrega

  • Motorsport commentator with unique technical insights
  • Sports a vast experience in the world of F1, F2, FE, and FX
  • Presenter for various media where he explains various technological aspects relating to Formula 1 to a global audience
  • Strongly interested in the move from fossil fuels to a more sustainable future for motorsport

Albert Fabrega is a well-known Formula 1 presenter and analyst. Before his life as a media personality, he pursued a successful career as a mechanic and technician in the world of motorsport which includes Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula E, and Formula Xtreme. He makes use of his extensive experience and unique insights during his commentating and analysis of races. This ability vastly differentiates him from other motorsport presenters.

His presenting and commentating career has seen him Focus on F1 races from various circuits for the likes of Dazn-Movistar in Spain, and Fox. The latter broadcasts in Central and South America. As a result, Albert Fabrega has a large fanbase in these areas.

As the presenter of the programme ‘Las Fabregalecciones’, Albert Fabrega explains complex technical issues regarding various technical aspects of Formula 1. To do so, he uses simple props built at home to do simple, practical demonstrations.

Albert Fabrega is also the host of Tech Talk, an English programme that covers Formula 1 racing on The latter serves as the official media channel for Formula 1 racing. Here he also explains various technical aspects of Formula 1 to a worldwide audience.

Besides gaining fans across the globe for his television presentations, Albert Fabrega also enjoys a large fan base on various social media platforms. These include YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. One of his particular interests is the transition from fossil fuels towards a more sustainable future in the world of motorsport. This has led to his association with electrical vehicles.

Albert Fabrega- Speaker

Due to his popularity, experience, knowledge, and presenting skills, Albert Fabrega can present a wide range of talks. He can also do live technical demonstrations. He lives in Spain and speaks Spanish, Catalan, and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Motorsport
  • Teamwork
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Performing under pressure

Per Bergfors Nyberg

  • Experienced television journalist, presenter, and debate and panel moderator
  • Vast experience as a panel and debate moderator on live television
  • Guest lecturer at Sweden’s Fojo Media Institute

An experienced international television journalist, Swedish-born Per Bergfors Nyberg has worked in numerous newsrooms in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. His career spans over two decades and has seen him report from different areas across the globe where he has covered numerous topics including sports and current affairs.

Per Bergfors Nyberg has worked for a plethora of news outlets that include CNN, Euronews, Swedish Television, Eurosport/Discovery, CBS, and various others. Someone with a Bachelor’s degree from Piedmont College in Georgia, USA, and a Master’s Degree from King’s College, London, uses his academic background to provide depth and knowledge in his reporting.

His international career has seen Per Bergfors Nyberg host both national and international news programmes. He has reported live as a correspondent and taken on the role of editor/producer. Whatever his role, however, he has made it a priority to deliver a state-of-the-art production committed to the highest ethical standards and news judgements, no matter how demanding the situation. His focus has always been on attaining exceptional editorial and technical standards, accuracy, transparency, and speed.

The wide range of topics and stories by Per Bergfors Nyberg during his career includes several summer and winter Olympics, war and terrorism stories, politics, entertainment, and finance. His factual stories provide useful insight into any situation.

During his career, Per Bergfors Nyberg has interviewed high-ranking political figures like prime ministers, actors, newsmakers, and A-list artists as well as those directly affected by the news. He boasts a high level of technical knowledge on all aspects of live broadcasting, shooting, and the editing of television pieces.

Because of his many hours of presenting live news programming, Per Bergfors Nyberg has become an expert in moderating debates and hosting events. He has worked as a guest lecturer at Sweden’s Fojo Media Institute where he taught fellow journalists about video production and television for online publication.

Per Bergfors Nyberg – Moderator

Due to his background in journalism and debate and panel moderation, Per Bergfors Nyberg is able to deal with a large variety of topics. He currently resides in Spain and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Swedish.

Moderation Topics

Because of his background, Per easily sets the tone for a plethora of successful events. He can steer topics, making sure they do not veer off course. This helps ensure an exciting, lively debate.

Mark Levy

  • Employee experience expert and former CHRO for Airbnb
  • Helps companies unleash their employees’ talents and passions
  • Pioneer in the design of the Employee Experience
  • Due to the efforts of him and his team, Airbnb was named the #1 Place to Work in 2016

A seasoned, globally-minded employee experience leader, Mark Levy works for companies to help them unleash their employees’ talents and passions. His early career saw him work with Levi Strauss, Gap Inc., and Best Buy, amongst others. He also spent two years in Paris where he worked for Thomson/Technicolor.

His more recent work-life experience was spent as a pioneer in the design of the Employee Experience at Airbnb. Due to his efforts, Airbnb has created significant changes in the way organisations across the globe look at expanding HR functions to focus on an employee’s entire work journey. The scope includes traditional HR functions as well as a broader team focus on social impact, culture, and the workplace.

While at Airbnb, Mark Levy helped to further the company’s mission of creating a world where you can belong anywhere. This he did through the Employee Experience Mission whereby employees felt they belonged at the company. In 2016 Glassdoor recognised the work done by him and his team by naming them the #1 Place to Work that year.

Concerning his education, he has a JD/MBA from the University of Colorado. He has served on the Gap Foundation Board of Directors and is currently on the Board of First Graduates. The latter, a non-profit, helps those first in their family attend and graduate college.

Someone who knows how to build a world-class company culture while unleashing a team’s talents, Mark Levy is the current Head of Employee Experience at Allbirds. According to Mark, “Growth by design means that you are thoughtful and deliberate in how you grow. It’s important to have employees who at their core understand the values, mission, and culture of your company so that your expansion is thoughtful and built in a way that sets up teams for success.”

Mark Levy – Speaker

A sought-after conference speaker, Mark Levy believes companies need to experience a shift in mindset when considering the employee experience. And this shift needs to start with HR, marketing, customer service, and the business at large. He lives in the USA and speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • How we developed Shift to EX, Growth by Design, and Employee Belonging
  • Company culture
  • Unleashing talent in teams
  • Reshaping human resources to encompass employee experience management
  • The multi-generational workforce
  • Working with Millennials and Generation Z

Carl Bildt

  • Expert in foreign affairs and lauded futurist
  • Former Swedish Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Co-chair for the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Holds honours and decorations from various European countries

Carl Bildt is a former Swedish Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs who currently holds the position of co-chair for the European Council on Foreign Relations. A contributing columnist to the Washington Post and for Project Syndicate, he also serves as a senior advisor to Sweden’s Wallenberg Foundation. He is also on the Rand Corporation board of trustees in the United States.

In 2021, Carl Bildt was appointed WHO Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator. He has also served in various international functions with both the European Union and United Nations. His primary focus was the conflict in the Balkans. As co-chairman of the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia, he became the first High Representative of the country. He later served as the Special Envoy of UN Secretary Kofi Annan in the region. He has also headed a review of the European Space Agency.

Carl Bildt holds honours and decorations from various countries. These include Germany, Latvia, France, Estonia, and the United Kingdom. He was regarded as a futurist during a time when politicians and intellectuals sought refuge from war in the power of international organisations.

Carl Bildt – Speaker

Someone who is highly respected amongst his peers, Carl Bildt is an engaging speaker who is much in demand across the globe. He is media-savvy and excellent at describing the current geopolitical situation. He lives in Sweden and presents in Swedish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • The greater Europe after Bosnia and Herzegovina, and now Kosovo
  • The future of Europe and its position in the world
  • Middle East and terrorism
  • The future of the Balkan region
  • International affairs and trans-Atlantic dialogue
  • The new economy: Beyond the hype
  • International security: Policy and patience in nation building
  • The governance of the internet

Graeme Codrington

  • An expert on the Future of Work and the disruptive forces shaping organisations and their leaders
  • Internationally recognised futurist
  • Phenomenally successful author
  • Has a track history of working with some of the world’s most successful brands

Graeme Codrington is an expert in navigating the future of work. The futurist and ‘unlearner’ helps organisations understand the forces that shape the world around us and how Covid will impact businesses around the globe over the next few years.

The last two decades have seen Graeme Codrington work with some of the world’s most recognised brands. He has traveled to more than 80 countries and speaks to about 100,000 people a year.

A bestselling author, Graeme Codrington is the successful author of five bestsellers. A board advisor and skilled scenario planner, his insights make him a sought-after speaker at various events, both in-person and online.

Graeme Codrington – Speaker

A sought-after conference speaker, Graeme delivers in-person and online sessions. His delivery is conversational, engaging, and laced with humour. His messages make a real impact on businesses and ensure successful outcomes. He lives in South Africa and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Tomorrow’s World Today
  • 5 Key Ingredients Of A Thriving Hybrid Team
  • Leading in a Changing World
  • The Future of … (customised for different industries and audiences)


Jiri Jezek

  • Former Czech Paralympic and Cycling World Champion
  • Two times  gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, a gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, and two golds at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics
  • Has competed with both disabled and able-bodied cyclists
  • Author of ‘Frajer’ and member of the UCI Athletes Commission

Jiri Jezek is a star paralympic Czech athlete who lost his right leg below the knee at the age of eleven years. Not letting his disability affect his quality of life, he had, by the age of 20, taken up competitive cycling as a hobby. Within five years, he began to emerge as one of the world’s top paralympic cyclists. He competed in his first Paralympic Games in 2000, winning two gold medals in Sydney. His success as an amateur made him intensify his training to allow him to compete at a professional level.

An influx of sponsors allowed Jiri Jezek to take part in his sport at a professional level and leave his job as a prosthetics technician. In 2004 he won gold in the Athens Paralympic road race. His life since then saw him compete at the highest level, winning numerous championship titles and races.

In 2008, Jiri Jezek won two gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics. The captain of the Czech National Paralympic Team, his medals were for the 4km pursuit, and the time trial events.

His unique ability in his sport meant that Jiri Jezek not only competed with other disabled cyclists but with professional, able-bodied athletes as well. He is also the author of an autobiography titled “Frajer” and supports various charities. He organises cycling races for children and advises in the development of prosthetic limbs. In 2011, he was appointed a member of the UCI Athletes Commission. He is also a member of the Czech Republic Fair-Play Club.

Jiri Jezek announced his retirement from professional cycling in 2017, at the age of 43 years. This was three years after suffering serious injuries during the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in the USA.

Jiri Jezek – Speaker

Considered one of the most successful athletes in history, Jiri Jezek has made a name for himself as a motivational and inspirational speaker around the globe. He lives in the Czech Republic and speaks Czech and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Testing your limits
  • Inspiration
  • Achieving your dreams


Liz Wiseman

  • Leadership expert, researcher, and executive advisor
  • New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
  • CEO of the Wiseman Group
  • Recipient of a leadership award from Thinkers50

A researcher, executive advisor, and leadership expert, Liz Wiseman has assisted executives around the globe to up their skills and managing style. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

These days the CEO of the Wiseman Group, her company is a leadership research and development firm situated in California’s Silicon Valley. Amongst her many clients, she includes the likes of Disney, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Tesla, Twitter, Nike, and Salesforce. A force to be reconned with, she has received the top achievement award for leadership from Thinkers50.

Before this, Liz Wiseman worked as an executive at Oracle Corporation. She served as vice president for seventeen years. She was also a global leader in human resource development at Oracle University.

Concerning her education, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a masters in organisational behavior from Brigham Young University. She often lectures at her alma mater as well as at Stanford University.

Someone who continuously conducts research in the fields of leadership and talent development, Liz Wiseman writes for Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and various other leading journals.

Liz Wiseman – Speaker

A sought-after conference speaker, Liz Wiseman touches on all aspects of leadership and the changes needed to make a significant change in the work environment. She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaker Topics

  • Multipliers: How the best leaders make everyone smarter – leading through change

John Sanei

  • Specialist in human psychology, neuroscience, business strategy, and its impact on the future
  • Researcher, bestselling author, and strategist
  • Associate partner at the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies in Denmark
  • A faculty member at Singularity University in San Francisco and lecturer at Duke Corporation Education in Johannesburg and London

John Sanei is widely regarded as a world-renowned future strategist. An associate partner at the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies in Denmark, the South African-born bestselling author is also a faculty member at Singularity University in San Francisco as well as a lecturer at Duke Corporation Education in Johannesburg, South Africa, and London.

Someone with an innate knack for sharing knowledge and creating connections, John Sanei’s path lies at the intersection of human science, neuroscience, quantum technology, futurism, and business strategy.

John Sanei has traveled the world, gaining global recognition in his areas of expertise. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and royalty. He is also Africa’s first Singularity University Faculty Member. Someone who consistently stays on top of trends, he strives to publish a new book each year. His latest book, ‘Who Do We Become?’, was launched in  2022. He also hosts the critically acclaimed podcast “The Expansive Podcast”.

When not lecturing, writing, engaging via his podcast, or busy with research, John Sanei spends his time convincing people to rescue dogs.

John Sanei – Speaker

As a speaker, John Sanei decodes future trends, ignites ideas, connects with audiences, and leaves an empowering perspective long after he has left the stage. He currently resides in Dubai and presents in English.

Speaker Topics

  • Learn About The Metaverse: How do we ensure a symbiotic relationship between humans and technology in tomorrow’s world? John delves into the human, web, and business realities of the future. Join John Sanei as he explores a vision of limitless possibility within the digital, social, and economic environments.
  • Create Organisational Change Within Your Company: How do you create lasting change in your organisation? Embark on a journey of transformation as he guides leaders and teams through challenging terrain o the path to business success. Delve into the neuroscience behind our emotions, discover hidden biases, and how to design victory conditions for your organisation.
  • Level Up Your Company Culture: Why am I here? John Sanei does a deep dive into the most human of all questions: ‘what is my purpose?’ Join him as he unravels what it means to be a business leader or entrepreneur using extensive research into future business strategy, human behaviour, and psychology. Learn how to apply purpose as behaviour and ignite change within your organisation.
  • Inspire Trailblazing Leadership: Delve into the biggest question facing modern leaders – How do you build a successful business today while planting seeds for tomorrow? Leadership is an ever-evolving skill and what works today might not apply in the future. Join John Sanei as he unpacks the shifting landscape of business as we move from the industrial to the quantum age. Discover how to inspire and ignite trailblazing leadership today.
  • Create Emotional, Financial, And Future Wellbeing: Emotional well(th) unpacks the shifting organizational psychology needed to redesign organisations to be truly agile to deal with the current and new rules of business. In this talk, John Sanei shares the latest research on the neurosciences redesign required to deal with challenges, the shifting organizational psychology needed to redesign organisations to be truly agile, and how to build parallel teams needed to deal with the current and new rules of business.
  • Humantra: John Sanei discusses both external and internal technology and shares how our human operating systems need an upgrade. He unpacks global geopolitical and economic cycles to forecast what is coming next. He also shares how we can best prepare ourselves, our children, and our businesses to meet the most uncertain future we have collectively faced.

Greg Jacobson

  • Leading happiness strategist specialising in positive mindset training and developing meaningful relationships
  • Bestselling author of ‘Think Yourself Happy’
  • Founder and executive director of Happily Achieving
  • Focuses on living a better quality life with meaning

The world’s leading happiness strategist, Greg Jacobson specialises in positive mindset training and developing meaningful relationships. The course of his career has seen him teach thousands of organisations and high-performing people to achieve more, be happier, engage better, meet objectives faster, and become better overall team players.

The bestselling author of Think Yourself Happy, Greg Jacobson founded a successful company with no startup capital only to find that, after working 120-hour work weeks without a break that he realised he was missing out on his own life. This realization spurred him on to change his focus and live a better quality life full of meaning and contribution.

The founder and executive director of the non-profit Happily Achieving, Greg Jacobson these days focuses on teaching people how to live an outstanding quality of life. His results have thus far been outstanding, with attendees reporting how he has transformed their lives.

Greg Jacobson – Speaker

A highly sought-after speaker, mentor, and consultant, Greg Jacobson uses both his experience and unique skill set to produce excellent results for governments, non-profit organisations, and some of the world’s most respected companies. Amongst his clients, he includes Thompson Hotels, the Ritz-Carlton, Westin, and JW Marriott. He has collaborated with Olympians, professional athletes, Fortune 500 executives, and many more.

Greg Jacobson lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Service Excellence
  • Happiness & Success
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Employee Engagement & Retention
  • Developing Team Connections
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Winning Mindset
  • Executive Development
  • Mindfulness & Being Fully Present
  • Creating Meaningful Relationships
  • Helping to eliminate Stress, Worry & Sadness at school, work, and at home internationally (50+ countries)


Tomas Sedlacek

  • Czech economist, university lecturer, and bestselling author of Economics of Good and Evil
  • Named one of the ‘Young Guns’ and one of the ‘five hot minds in economics’ by the Yale Economic Review
  • Economics advisor to the previous Czech president Baclav Havel
  • Chief macroeconomic strategist at CSOB

Tomas Sedlacek has gained international recognition due to his award-winning bestseller  “Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street. The book has been translated into twenty-one languages thus far. A Czech economist and university lecturer, he has been named one of the “Young Guns” and one of the “five hot minds in economics” by the Yale Economic Review.

Currently serving as Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at a national Czech bank CSOB, he is a member of the group Narrative of Europe commissioned by Manuel Barroso and a Council Member of the World Economic Forum focusing on New Economic Thinking. He is also a former member of the Czech Republic’s National Economic Council and was an economic advisor to the country’s former president Vaclav Havel. He was only 24 years old at the time. He later became a member of the National Economic Council, the advisory body to the Czech Prime Minister.

Besides lecturing at the Czech Republic’s Charles University, Tomas Sedlacek also works as a columnist for a leading Czech newspaper. He is a widely sought-after media commentator who travels the world debating questions relating to current economics.

Tomas Sedlacek – Speaker

A much sought-after conference speaker, Tomas Sedlacek believes that the field of economics has both a good and evil side. He lives in the Czech Republic and presents in both Czech and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Globalization
  • Europe
  • Macro-economics
  • Economic Trends
  • Growth
  • Society
  • Philosophy of economics

Stefaan van Hooydonk

  • Expert in workplace curiosity, workplace culture, change, future of work, individual and organizational growth, and success
  • Consultant to global corporations, leadership teams, and individuals
  • Founder of Global Curiosity Institute
  • His innovative approach to learning, people, and technology has gained him global recognition

The founder of the Global Curiosity Institute, Stefaan van Hooydonk consults global corporations, leadership teams, and individuals in order to build stronger curiosity muscles. This he does by baselining both individual and workplace curiosity, supporting them in designing and carrying out curiosity improvement projects and learning initiatives.

Stefaan van Hooydonk started his investment consulting career in China. He went on to set up an executive education branch at a China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. He ran it for five years. From there he set up learning teams and innovative corporate universities across the globe. Amongst these, he includes Philips in the Netherlands, Flipkart in India, Nokia in China and Finland, and Cognizant in the United Kingdom. His last role, i.e., that of Chief Learning Officer for Cognizant, saw him oversee the learning and development of more than 300k associates worldwide. His innovative approach to learning, people, and technology has gained him global recognition.

With regards to his educational background, Stefaan van Hooydonk holds a master’s degree in Economics and Chinese as well as postgraduate degrees in Marxist Economics from China, Cross-Cultural Management from France, and an Executive MBA from Rutgers University. He is also a certified executive coach. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy, has an interest in food forestry, runs marathons, and practices meditation on a daily basis. He is also the author of the bestseller ‘The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto’.

Stefaan van Hooydonk – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Stefaan van Hooydonk shares ideas on creating a winning culture in any work environment while supporting curiosity and creative thinking. He resides in Belgian and speaks English, Chinese, French, and Dutch.

Speaking Topics

  • Curiosity: The Key Element for Creating a Winning Culture (For Senior Executives): Every person is born with a healthy dose of curiosity. Some people can maintain this level through adulthood, many however see their original strength diminish over time. The same happens with systems like start-ups. Early start-ups have a high predisposition to exploration, only to see that this mindset deteriorates once the company expands, focuses on efficiency, conforms to rigid standards, and finds it harder to learn from mistakes.

Curious organisations are winning organisations. They are intentional about how they balance exploration and exploitation. Curious organizations are more successful than incurious ones, especially in times of change. Not only are they constantly looking for ways to improve their current operations, but they are also constantly scanning the industrial horizon for new opportunities.

In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important in our professional life and our organizations, and reflect on strategies to get better at it.

  • Leading with Curiosity (For People Managers): The shadow a manager casts on the team is one of the biggest drivers of productivity, engagement, and the feeling of well-being of the team. Those managers who do this well, uplift the team. Those who don’t stifle it. The key to effective task management and people leadership is curiosity.

Curious leaders are good at operationalizing the present as well as securing the future. They create psychological safety for the team to thrive. Curious leaders represent a high level of cognitive, empathic, and self-reflective curiosity. They are curious about the world around them, the people they work with, and their own internal conscious and unconscious drivers. They go out of their way to engage with their team, also in times of stress. They stretch their teams to excel in the present and embrace the future.

In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important for leaders, professionals, and teams, what the barriers are and what leaders can do to get better at intentional curiosity for themselves and the people in their care.

  • Master Your Curiosity to Master Your Life (For Professionals): Every person is born with a healthy dose of curiosity. Some people can maintain this level through adulthood, many however see their original strength diminish over time.

Those individuals who maintain high levels of productive curiosity are called A-players. They are intentional about how they show up curiously to the world and to the people around them. They are not afraid to question themselves or challenge the status quo with humility. They learn more than others and are better equipped to face changes around them. In many organisations, these A-players are the minority. Why is this?

In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important in our professional life, what its barriers are, and reflect on strategies to get better at it.

  • The Power of Curiosity (For HR Professionals): Curiosity is hot. The world as we know it is not the same anymore in the post-covid era. In times of change, Leaders are starting to realise that they need to be both pursuing operational efficiency as well as openness toward an unknown future. Those companies that balance both exploitation and exploration will remain competitive. Yet why is this renewed focus on exploration and curiosity so hard for companies? Intentional Curiosity is of paramount importance in times of change. The implications of this fundamental change for HR are vast. Not only does HR need to embrace this concept within their own ranks and reinvent themselves, but they also need to embark on a journey to ensure curiosity is embedded in recruitment, onboarding, talent management, and talent development processes.

In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important for the workplace, what the barriers are, and what HR can do to get better at intentional curiosity for themselves and the people in their care.

  • The Power of Curiosity in L&D (For Learning and Development Professionals): Curiosity is hot in L&D. Curiosity is the initial spark that ignites learning and growth, creativity, and innovation. It also creates deeper relationships and allows people to become intently aware of their values, beliefs, and biases. In times of stability, curiosity and exploration are marginalised, in times of volatility like we are now, it comes to the forefront. Many L&D teams are already exploring how to redesign their strategy with curiosity at the centre and best practices are emerging.

The implications of the changing industrial landscape and consequently the way people grow and learn are indeed vast for L&D. L&D leaders and their teams have the opportunity to step up and embrace this concept within their own ranks and reinvent themselves. They can also embark on a journey to mobilize the leaders and employees to get better at curiosity with novel learning solutions. Furthermore, more broadly they have the opportunity to redesign the way their organisations and professionals learn, unlearn and relearn.

In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important for the workplace, what the barriers are, and what L&D can do to get better at intentional curiosity for themselves and the people in their care.

Ian Goldin

  • An acclaimed expert in globalism and development
  • Leads programmes at the Oxford Martin School on tech. and economic change, the future of work, and the future of development
  • Created an interdisciplinary research centre to address critical global challenges
  • Activist, change agent, policy maker, world traveller, and idea generator

A Professional Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from 2006 to 2016. He currently leads the Oxford Martin Research Programmes on technological and economic change, the future of work, and the future of development.

His tenure as the school’s director has seen Ian Goldin establish 45 research programmes. In so doing, he has managed to bring together more than 500 academics from across Oxford covering over 100 disciplines. The focus was to create a leading interdisciplinary research centre addressing critical global challenges.

As the initiator and vice-chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, Ian Golding brought together 10 international leaders from various sectors that includes government, business, media, academia, and civil society to address short-term preoccupations regarding politics and business. It also looked into identifying ways and means to overcome gridlocks in key international negotiations. The report, published in 2013, is titled ‘Now for the Long Term’.

The period 2003 to 2006 saw Ian Golding hold the position of Vice President of the World Bank. Prior to this, he was the bank’s Director of Development Policy. He held the position from 2001 to 2003. He served on the senior management team and led the collaboration with the United Nations and other partners and key countries. His role saw him play a vital role in the bank’s research and strategy agenda.

Ian Goldin was the Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa from 1996 to 2001. He served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela during this time. His time with the bank saw him successfully transform it into a leading development agent in the 14 countries situated in Southern Africa. He also served on several government committees and boards and was the South African Olympic Bid director.

He has also, before this, been the principal economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, and programme director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris.

Ian Goldin is the chair of the initiative to transform economics and an honorary trustee of Comic Relief. He regards himself as an activist, change agent, policy maker, world traveller, and idea generator.

Ian Goldin – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Professor Ian Golding touches on myriad subjects regarding future trends, economics, globalization, and more. He lives in the UK and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Future Trends
  • Risks and Opportunities
  • Finance and Economics
  • Globalisation
  • Disruption
  • Government Policy
  • Governance
  • Technology
  • The World After Corona: Globalisation, Risk, and the Future

Eduardo Borensztein

Conference Speaker Eduardo Borensztein by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Expert in sovereign debt, exchange rates, international finance, macroeconomics, and emerging markets
  • Consultant with various international institutions with a focus area that includes Central Europe, South Korea, China, and Latin America
  • Regional Economic Advisor for Inter-American Development Bank
  • Co-author of the 2007 ‘Living with Debt: How to Limit the Risk of Sovereign Finance’ report

Eduardo Borensztein is an expert in sovereign debt, exchange rates, international finance, macroeconomics, and emerging markets. His main focus thus far includes such diverse areas across the globe as Central Europe, China, Latin America, and South Korea.

A consultant with international financial institutions, Eduardo Borensztein’s vast experience has seen him work with various institutions across the globe. He is currently the Regional Economic Advisor of the Southern Cone Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. His responsibilities include the macroeconomic monitoring and formulation of development strategies for Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina. He was, before this, the Advisor in the front office of the Research Department of the IMF until 2008.

His responsibilities at IMF saw him work on macro risk management, debt, and external vulnerability. He was also a member of the Editorial Committee of IMF Staff Papers, and an Advisor to the Editor of Finance and Development.

Before IMF, Eduardo Borensztein was a visiting scholar with the Research Department of the InterAmerican Development Bank. While there during 2005 and 2006, he co-authored the 2007flagship research report – Living with Debt: How to Limit the Risk of Sovereign Finance. He also led projects on the development of domestic bond markets, and local currency and contingent financial instruments. He was also an advisor to the Chief Economist.

His working life before this saw Eduardo Borensztein work as Chief of the Strategic Issues Division of the IMF research apartments which also saw him work in the Asian and African departments. He was an advisor to the Argentinian Secretary of Finance in 2003 and has worked at the Central Bank of Argentina and FIEL. FIEL is a private research institute in Buenos Aires.

His career has seen Eduardo Borensztein focus his research on such areas as sovereign debt, currency crises, financial and foreign exchange markets, and transition economies. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Buenos Aires.

Eduardo Borensztein – Speaker

Eduardo Borensztein currently resides in the USA and is the founder of Borensztein Consulting based in Washington DC. He speaks on various issues surrounding macroeconomics and transition economics evolution. He presents in English and Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • The evolution of output in transition economies: Explaining the differences
  • The macroeconomic determinants of commodity prices

Mauro Porcini

Conference Speaker Mauro Porcini by Promotivate Speaker Agency e1661248727672
  • Senior vice president and first chief design officer at PepsiCo
  • A leading thinker in the application of design strategies to business growth
  • Innovator, communicator, designer, and author
  • Recipient of numerous awards and accolades

A leading thinker in the application of design strategies to business growth, Mauro Porcini is widely regarded as a world-class innovator, communicator, designer, and manager. He worked for Philips Design and found his own agency Wisemad. He then went to work at 3M, one of the world’s most innovative multinationals, taking up the role of chief design officer.

Since 2012, however, Mauro Porcini has worked at PepsiCo. He is the company’s senior vice president and first chief design officer. His innovations within this global food and beverage giant have seen him responsible for leading innovation by design across the company’s food and beverage portfolio. His influence extends from physical to virtual expressions of the brand. This includes products, packaging, retail activation, events, and digital media.

A bestselling author and sought-after keynote speaker, Mauro Porcini is also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He received the DRIVENxDESIGN Chairman’s Better Future Award in 2018, the Business and Culture Award from the Italy American Chamber of Commerce, and the US Design Brand Leader Award. The latter two were given to him in 2016.

Mauro Porcini has also been lauded by various media. Il Giornale named him ‘One of the 10 Iiitalians that will change the world’ in 2015, while GQ Italy listed him as one of the ’30 Best Dressed Men of 2015’. Fortune Magazine, in 2012, listed him in the ’40 under 40’ ranking, Ad Age named him in their ‘Creativity’ list, and the PoliMi of the University of Milan recognised his accomplishments with the AlumniPolimi Award.

Part of the ‘Italian Talents in a Foreign Country’ community of the Aspen Italia Institute since 2013, Mauro Porcini was recognised by Fast Company as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’ and ‘Master of Design’. The World HR Forum presented him with its ‘Award for Leadership and Innovation’. The Wall Street Journal’s CFO called him ‘the man putting 3M in design’ in 2011.

With regards to PepsiCo, the company’s PepsiCo Design function, led by Mauro Porcini, has been awarded over 700 design and innovation awards from various institutions across the globe.

Mauro Porcini – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Italian-born Mauro Porcini touches on all aspects of design and innovation in building brands and successful companies. He currently resides in the USA and speaks both Italian and English.

Speaker Topics

  • Human-Centered Innovation: Reshaping the way you innovate products, brands, and culture – Putting the human factor at the centre of everything.

Stephane Garelli

  • A world authority on competitiveness in the business sector
  • Founder of the World Competitiveness Centre
  • Professor Emirate in two fields at IMD, Switzerland
  • A bestselling author with books translated into several languages

Stephane Garelli, widely regarded as a world authority on competitiveness, has pioneered both research and theory in this particular field. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at the same university.

Someone actively engaged in the business world, Stephane Garelli was, amongst many other positions held, Chairman of the Board of Directors and a shareholder of ‘Le Temps’, a leading French language Swiss newspaper, He was also Chairman of the Board of the Sandoz Financial and Banking Holding, and a Member of the Board of the Banque Edouard Constant.

Besides the positions mentioned above, Stephane Garelli also served as the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and the Annual Davos meetings and was the permanent senior advisor to Hewlett-Packard European management.

Amongst the various institutes of which he is a member, he includes, amongst others, the China Enterprise Management Association, the Board of the ‘Fondation Jean Monet pour l’Europe’, The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Mexican Council for Competitiveness. Stephane Garelli is also on the advisory committee of the Thai Management Association, and a member of the International Olympic Committee commission on Sustainability and Legacy.

Besides these already impressive accomplishments, Stephane Garelli is a bestselling author with his latest book, ‘Are You a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur’ published in several languages.

Stephane Garelli was a member of the Constitutional Assembly for his local state Vaude in Switzerland from 1999 to 2002.

Stephane Garelli – Speaker

A conference speaker of note, Stephane Garelli brings actionable ideas regarding the future of business to each of his talks. He resides in Switzerland and presents in both English and French.

Speaking Topics

  • THE LEGACY OF A “K” RECESSION: 2022 will be a time to look at the world differently. Previous recessions’ underlying question was their duration: from V, the shortest, to L, which never ends. From this perspective, all firms were in the same boat. There was what economists call an aggregate of economic data.

Today it is different. It is a “K” recession. One part of the economy is on the brink of bankruptcy, such as air transport, tourism, events, and culture, while another, e-commerce, food, and of course pharmaceuticals, is booming. Economic forecasting is thus complicated since you must deconstruct the figures sector by sector to get a clearer picture.

The first consequence of a K-shaped recession is to concentrate power, especially financial power, in a small number of companies. Apple has a higher stock market value than the combined valuation of the 2000 companies with the smallest capitalization of the S&P (the Russell Index). The overcapitalization of some groups, particularly in the digital sector, raises the issue of a weakening of competition, mainly through abuses of dominant position.

The other is that state aid is blurring the real impact of the recession for some artificially supported companies. These are the so-called “zombie” companies that would probably have disappeared even without the crisis.

  • THE MONEY MUST CONTINUE TO FLOW: The lesson from past crises is that money must continue to flow into the economy. Since 2008, central banks have pursued a loose monetary policy (quantitative easing) and low-interest rates. However, this time, governments have joined the effort by making credit and cash available to companies endangered by the successive lockdowns.

The traditional fiscal rules, such as a maximum public debt of 60% of the GDP, have disappeared – and for a long time. The OECD estimates that its members’ total public debt reached some 137% of their combined GDP in 2020. Governments are estimated to have spent some $6000bn to maintain the economy afloat during the pandemic.

Beyond debt, the risk of such a policy is to fuel inflation. From 2022 we will see central banks returning to more “conventional” policies.

  • ARE WE HEADING TOWARD MORE STATE CAPITALISM? Governments have thus stepped in and made a considerable amount of money available to save companies. However, it comes at a cost, and the “empire” strikes back.

Governments will be more interventionist. They will add stringent conditions to their support, such as interfering with strategic options or preventing such practices as the distribution of dividends and companies’ acquisitions. Working with governments and understanding how they function will be a priority for companies’ leaders.

The world is becoming more political.

  • THE NEW NORMAL: While experiencing the Covid crisis, the economy is opening a new chapter in globalization.

The last one was characterized by one global market with cost-efficiency and high profits. It could be summarized as “Just in Time”. The new chapter is characterized by a decoupling of economies and a duplication of technologies. The aim is to reduce the overdependence on supplies from other nations. The objective is to develop a “Just in Case” model, more secure, more resilient, and more expensive.

Besides, since crises may continue to occur in the future, a new concept is emerging disaster management. It implies the management of events with low probability (a pandemic) but very high impact. It will imply the allocation of resources blocked for a long time (such as stocks of masks, vaccines, etc.), and thus more cost.

  • THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN AT RISK: The imbalance between supply and demand has created a shortage economy. The difficulties of securing supplies in the global value chain have impacted all sectors, from semiconductors to cars, from wood to smartphones.

Shipping, which represents 80% of global trade, has suffered from the congestion of harbors and the lack of employees, including truck drivers, to transport the goods on land. Prices have surged, fueling the expectation of renewed inflation.

Such a situation may ease down in the coming month. Meanwhile, companies are struggling.

  • TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ARE BREAKING THE ENTRY BARRIERS: Global technology companies now can extend their business reach far beyond their initial industry sector. Amazon is a world leader in cloud technology; Google and Facebook in digital advertising, Tesla in batteries and solar panels, and Amazon now produces more watches than the entire Swiss industry.

The entry barriers in many businesses are thus falling and can also affect public institutions, for example, in the case of the creation of digital money.

The challenge: who will be my competitors tomorrow, and where will they come from?

  • THE PROBLEM OF PRIVATELY OWNED GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURES: Besides, the development of new infrastructures, buoyed by the pandemic, remains essentially in private sector hands. It is the case of e-commerce, e-banking, e-payment, or advertising on the Internet and social media. The debate will heat up about who should monitor, and ultimately rule the information that these infrastructures detain. The ownership of private and business data will be one more source of tension between companies and nations worldwide.
  • A BLACK HOLE ECONOMY? A few large companies concentrate on technology and financial power. The market capitalization of the ten largest global technology companies is now more than the combined value of their equivalent in the banking and pharma sectors.
  • Technological giants do not only innovate, but they have also engaged in a strategy of buying promising start-ups, often above market value. They use about 25% of their financial resources to buy successful innovative young companies all over the world.
  • They are engulfed in a sort of economic black hole managed by a few companies. As a consequence, many nations now run the risk of losing promising young companies which would have had the potential of becoming large national champions.
  • THE END OF LOW-COST GLOBALIZATION? During the past 30 years, globalization has brought significant efficiency, a vast product supply, and low inflation to the world economy.

However, today, the shortage of supplies, bottlenecks in delivery, wage increases, and inflation indicate that low-cost globalization has reached its limit. In addition, the harmonization of global taxation and the proliferation of regulations will increase the cost of operation.

Thus, the new business model will emphasize the security of supply and resilience over price efficiency. Reliability is becoming the name of the game.

  • NEW BUSINESS MODELS: New business models flourish and surf on new technological platforms. The “free” model offers services as a counterpart to accessing personal data (Facebook), and the “subscription” model locks consumers into a long-term relationship (Spotify). The “licensing” model only offers the use of a product, but not its ownership (Microsoft, Netflix). These business models change the relationship between companies and consumers. One objective is to lock consumers in a proprietary relationship, providing an ecosystem of products and services.

In short, “you have the choice, provided that it is mine.”

  • CONSUMERS HAVE THEIR OWN PRIORITIES: Consumers are not passive and force new business models upon companies.

The circular economy is one example of how consumers force companies to introduce sustainability and environmental protection in their value chain and business proposition. It is part of a more significant movement advocating ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) policies. Companies should consider society’s priorities for broader issues such as climate change, transparency, or ethics.

More precisely, the security of products (through certification processes, including health and sanitary standards) and transparency will gain in importance.

Consumers will be adamant about better knowing and monitoring how a product is manufactured and distributed until it reaches them. And they will hold companies accountable for managing this innovative approach to the value chain.

  • THE COMPANY OF TOMORROW: The company structure of tomorrow will be hybrid, combining the different new requirements from clients, employees, and governments.

In addition, it will imply being more receptive to the demands of civil society, which imposes new priorities, such as climate change, biodiversity, ethics, and transparent governance.

Profit will remain a fundamental objective; however, it will need to be combined with societal goals.

Such a multidimensional new structure will put a lot of stress on management and employees and will probably call for new competencies.

  • A YOUTHQUAKE? The emergence of the millennials as consumers and employees forces companies to reassess their approach to products and markets

This new generation is driven by:

“Meism”; a self-centered approach to life,

An eagerness for transparency, which means that nothing should be confidential,

A willingness to improve the state of the world, primarily through sustainable development,

A conviction that “free is cool”, which implies a reassessment of profitability models for companies.

This new paradigm reinforces Peter Drucker’s statement: ” Changes in society now have more impact than management changes.”

Companies that ignore this new fact will face strong headwinds from consumers, society, and governments.

  • A MINDSET FOR COMPETITIVENESS AND SUCCESS: This world competitiveness landscape implies new attitudes and new approaches to managing people. It is not only being good at “what you do” that counts, but also being good at “what you are.”

Winners will need to deal with more uncertainty and a higher degree of discomfort. They should nurture a healthy sense of ambition for their organization and themselves. Resilience and the ability to quickly re-invent oneself are crucial to success.

Companies need to stimulate a mindset of imagination (why not?), energy (why not now), and commitment (why not me).

Companies are increasingly questioned, especially by the millennials, about their contribution to society, beyond their financial results. The “legality” of the actions of companies – conforming to the law – is no longer enough in a world where public opinion also demands “legitimacy” – adapting to a higher standard.

In such a world, companies will need to answer the broader question: “why us”?

  • TIME TO BE BOLD! Therefore, economic crises are a period of reinvention for products, business models, and work structures.

The winners of tomorrow are those who will identify the numerous opportunities in a fast-changing environment quickly. They will also implement their ideas faster than others.

Even if the pandemic will not stop at a precise point in time (and it is the difference from a war), it will accelerate change and innovation in companies. It will also imply spending more time on mindset and values, especially if employees will increasingly work remotely.

In short, it is time to be bold!

Arnaud Jerald

  • World record-holding free diver in bi-fins
  • His first free dive, at age 16, saw him reach a depth of thirty metres
  • Broke the freediving world record seven times
  • Undertook the world’s deepest free dive to a depth of 120 metres in August 2022

Tuesday 9 August 2022 saw Arnaud Jerald executed the deepest ever free dive in bi-fins. He descended to a depth of 120 metres, i.e., 393.7 feet. It was the seventh world record dive of his career.

Arnaud Jerald is no stranger to adversity. Due to his dyslexia, he found navigating his school career difficult. His father, however, introduced him to freediving while still quite young. He attended his first freediving course at the age of 15 and reached a depth of thirty metres. This was an exceptional performance when taking his age into account.

A new world opened in front of his eyes at the bottom of the ocean. Arnaud Jerald had found himself and a place where he felt safe and at home. He felt he could, for the first time, really breathe. He had found his calling.

Arnaud Jerald started taking part in competitions upon completing his studies in 2017. He very quickly started setting new records. By the time he turned 21, he had reached a depth of 100 metres, making him the youngest free diver in history to do so. According to him, it is incredible to think that more people have made a trip to the moon than those who had dived to a depth of 100 metres in one single breath.

He broke his first world record in 2019 with a 108 metres dive. He beat his own record in 2020 when at the age of 24 years, he set a new world record by diving to a depth of 112 metres in Kalamata, Greece. His first time participating in Vertical Blue, commonly regarded as the ‘Wimbledon’ of freediving, Arnaud Jerald once again broke the world record with a dive of 116 metres. He broke the record a few days later by diving one meter deeper.

In 2022, Arnaud Jerald once more returned to Vertical blue, setting a new record in bi-fins. Diving to a depth of 119 metres, he broke his sixth world record. A few days later, however, on 9 August 2022, he set the new world record with a dive of 120 metres.

Arnaud Jerald – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Arnaud Jerald touches on topics he closely relates to. These include resilience, goal setting, leadership, and accepting responsibility for yourself. He lives in France and speaks French and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Resilience in challenging situations
  • Leadership
  • How to set goals in line with your vision
  • Be the Champion of your own World
  • Become the actor of your own safety

Reinaldo Sousa Santos

  • Expert in happiness, well-being, and motivation at work
  • Member of the National Technical Commission
  • Author of Being Happy At Work
  • Believes that happiness contributes to productivity and work satisfaction

Reinaldo Sousa Santos, a professor in human resources management, is also a trainer and consultant in the area pertaining to people management and organizational behaviour. A member of the National Technical Commission, he is one of those responsible for the setting up of a standard dedicated to happiness and organizational well-being.

A well-published scientific researcher, Reinaldo Sousa Santos is also the author of the bestseller Being Happy At Work which was published in 2021. He focuses on specifics such as well-being, trust, respect, leadership, empathy, fairness, resilience, and a positive environment as key elements in personal well-being and its importance in the work environment.

According to Reinaldo Sousa Santos, people’s expectations have significantly changed over the years within the organisational milieu. Furthermore, each individual’s expectations differ. According to him, Success is a consequence of happiness. It is not success that brings happiness. It doesn’t come from things to people.Furthermore, he believes that “A good decision involves the organization and performance with people and their well-being and if these two dimensions do not find a balance point, we do not have a stable relationship”.

Reinaldo Sousa Santos – Speaker

Drawing on his twenty-plus years of experience in the field of human sources, Reinaldo Sousa Santos addresses fundamental aspects of people management in his talks. He focuses on two specific aspects: performance and well-being. According to him, people’s needs constantly change. Furthermore, he believes that authentic happiness combines emotions, involvement, and meaning. People want a meaningful life. Thus, your personal well-being in your work environment would lead to fulfillment in your professional life.

Reinaldo Sousa Santos lives in Portugal and presents in both English and Portuguese.

Speaking Topics

  • Being happy at work: People and managing people – the concept of happiness and addressed the importance of, in a work context, aligning results and expectations.

Davide Brivio

Conference Speaker Davide Brivio by Promotivate Speaker Agency e1662027883308
  • One of the world’s most successful motorsport managers
  • Current Alpine F1 Team Manager
  • Former Yamaha World Superbike and Suzuki MotoGP manager
  • Managed his Motorcycle Grand Prix teams and riders to 6 riders titles, 4 constructor’s titles, and 6 team titles

Although he studied programming at the Villa Greppi Institute in Monticello, Italy, Davide Brivio’s passion for motorcycles kept him from pursuing a traditional career path. He began covering motorcycle races for a small Italian magazine before joining an agency and ultimately becoming the press officer for Fabrizio Pirovano. He went on, from there, to manage Pirovano’s team before joining the Yamaha team during the world motorcycle championship series in 1992 and 1993.

In 1994 he became the Italian Yamaha team manager, a position he held until 2002 when he joined the Iwata brand in MotoGP. He stayed with the team until 2010. Davide Brivio is credited as the person responsible for signing Valentino Rossi to the brand in 2004. The two had known each other relatively well before Davide Brivio had joined the team and, what started out as a conversation between friends, ended up with a signed contract. With Rossi joining the team, Iwata once became a leading contender in motorcycle racing.

The year 2011 saw Davide Brivio once more change teams when he joined Ducati although he soon missed his job as team manager. He joined Suzuki where he faced one of the most important challenges of his career thus far. The team wished to return to MotoGP although they did not have the resources of rivals such as Yamaha or Honda. By changing his approach, he adopted a strategy that focused on younger, newer talent. His strategy proved successful, with the team achieving their first victory the next year.

After three decades in the world of motorcycle racing, Davide Brivio was ready for a new challenge. His steadfast character and ability to lead saw him offered the team manager role of F1’s Alpine team. His position there is just under that of Laurent Rossi, Alpine F1’s CEO.

Davide Brivio – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Davide Brivio brings his wealth of experience garnered from the world of racing to the table. He touches on aspects such as team building, team performance, leadership, and much more. He resides in Italy and presents in both English and Italian.

Speaking Topics

  • Teamwork, Motivation, and Leadership
  • History of Success
  • Customer Service – the client-centric organisation
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Change Management & Sustainability
  • Managing Risk and Safety
  • Creating an agile, innovative culture focusing on performance and effective risk management

Tom van Arman

Conference Speaker Tom van Arman by Promotivate Speaker Agency e1661857982878
  • Smart city strategist and future city maker
  • Creating inclusive and responsible future cities
  • Founder of Tapp, an award-winning smart design agency
  • A speaker who reaches a wide range of audiences

Tom van Arman left the USA in pursuit of his dreams. He wanted to design the cities of the future. After becoming an architect and urban planner in London, UK, he moved to Amsterdam, a city regarded by many as the smart city capital of the world.

The last twenty years have seen Tom van Arman use IoT, AI, APIs, and open source data as design tools to create more livable, inclusive cities.

Tom van Arman founded Tapp in 2010. The award-winning smart city design agency enables local governments and industries to bridge the gap between the built environment and the new digital landscape. He regularly works with local governments, energy companies, and mobility partners to provide prototype solutions to 21st century problems.

In 2020, Tom van Arman developed the world’s first privacy-by-design crowd insights monitor for policymakers and authorities. It helped manage public spaces during the COVID pandemic and UEFA Cup 2020 Playoffs.

Tom van Arman has more recently consulted on responsible urban technologies for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions Institute, a former navy seal base Marineterrain Amsterdam Living Lab, the Amsterdam Chief Technology Office, Amsterdam Smart City, and Amsterdam Economic Board.

Tom van Arman – Speaker

A passionate speaker, Tom van Arman counts amongst his numerous and wide-ranging audiences international conferences, colleges and universities, research organisations, and governmental authorities, to name but a few.

He talks about all aspects relating to smart cities. These include urban planning, innovation, open data, and more. An American by birth, he currently resides in the Netherlands and presents in English.

Speaker Topics

  • Responsible Sensing: Cities are becoming saturated with smart city solutions like object detection systems, facial recognition software, Wi-Fi trackers, and crowd monitoring systems that collect vast amounts of private data from citizens. In this talk, Tom showcases the many ways cities can collect valuable insights while protecting the digital rights of their citizens.
  • Futureproof Cities: Uber and Airbnb radically changed cities faster than the city official and planning could have imagined. During the pandemic, citizens had to work from home, and learn remotely. Tom talks about the major changes to employment, housing, transport, and energy that will occur until 2030 that will affect the daily lives of residents.
  • Smart Citizens? “I’ve got nothing to hide” – 85% of the public does not care about the proliferation of urban technologies which means we are leaving the big decisions up to the government and big tech. In this debate, Tom asks: who do you trust with our urban technologies – the politician or the billionaire? What kind of future city do we want (or deserve?)
  • Citizen-Centric Design: People are familiar with Cookies and other trackers online, but where is the “I Accept” buttons for public squares or sidewalks? Our collective spaces are becoming more monitored by smart cameras and sensors. In this talk, Tom demonstrates simple smart city approaches that are participatory and citizen-centric by design.
  • Data as the new design tool: Our desire to design and build more energy-independent, zero waste, socioeconomic sustainable, food & water secure cities will new data-driven new microgrids and smart contract infrastructures. Tom shows you how tomorrow’s architecture will not be based so much on style but revolutionary new SYSTEMS.