Jan Wörner

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  • German space and innovation expert and president of Acatech
  • Former Director-General of the European Space Agency
  • Served on numerous boards and advisory groups while gaining many international honours and awards
  • Recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit for his efforts in developing Germany into a science, technology, and engineering hub, (STEM)

Jan Wörner is a German space and innovation expert and former Director-General of the European Space Agency. He currently serves as the President of Acatech, the German Academy of Science and Engineering. The period 2007 to 2015 saw him serve as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Centre.

While studying civil engineering at the Technical Universities of Berlin and Darmstadt, he spent a year in Japan. While there, he investigated nuclear power plant safety in the advent of an earthquake. After completing his studies, he worked for König und Heunisch, a firm of consulting engineers.

In 1990, however, Jan Wörner returned to the Technical University of Darmstadt as a professor of Civil Engineering. He was also the Head of the university’s Test and Research Institute. Five years later saw him elected President of the university and firmly established as Dean of the new Civil Engineering Faculty. His tenure, which ended in 2007, saw him succeed in making Darmstadt the first autonomous university in Germany.

His exemplary career has seen Jan Wörner receive numerous awards and accolades. One of these was the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of Technical University Darmstadt for outstanding scientific performance. He was also, during this period, made a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of Lepoldina. This is Germany’s academy of sciences. Furthermore, he was part of the Berlin Vandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Convention for Technical Sciences.

The recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit for his efforts regarding science and developing German into a location for science, technology, and engineering, Jan Wörner received honorary doctorates from several universities. These include New York State University in the USA, the technical universities of Mongolia and Bucharest, École Centrale de Lyon in France, and the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance. He was also made Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

His career has also seen Jan Wörner assume the position of Vice President of the Helmholtz Association and serve as a member of various national and international bodies, councils, and committees. These include the University of Lisbon, the Arts and Music University in Frankfort, and the supervisory boards of Bilfinger and GmbH, to name but a few. He was also appointed a member of the German Government’s energy group.

Jan Wörner – Speaker

Jan Wörner has years of service within the technology and engineering field with a particular focus on space. He tailors each keynote to match his audience’s needs. He lives in Germany and speaks German and English.

Speaking Topics

As a speaker, Jan Wörner talks on many subjects within the field of space and innovation.

  • Space and Innovation
  • How to tackle global challenges
  • Safety, Resilience and Sustainability
  • Strategy sovereignty
  • Acatech as a driver for innovation

 

Axel Alletru

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  • First paraplegic SSV T3 category driver to win the Dakar rally
  • French paraplegic swimming champion
  • Turned his disability into a personal challenge
  • Bestselling author of ‘28 Principles For Bouncing Back’

Axel Alletru is a champion in more ways than one. A lifelong sportsman, his sporting career in the world of motocross came to an abrupt halt in 2010, leaving the then 20-year old a paraplegic.

As a teenager, Axel Alletru, a multiple European champion, and junior BMX vice-world champion decided to devote himself to motocross. His father had promised him a motorbike if he ever became a European champion. This he did, more than once.

As a professional rider, Axel Alletru was soon burning up the track, quickly becoming a firm favorite in the French motocross senior category. Quickly rising through the national ranks, he soon represented himself at the MX2 World Champions. But when only 20 years old, a fall at the Latvian World Championships in 2010 put a hold on his dreams and his life. He was left a paraplegic.

This major life disaster did not take away his competitiveness, however. Axel Alletru soon turned his disability into a personal challenge. Through hard work, resilience, and a driving need to overcome his adversity, he managed to excel once more.

Within three years of his devastating accident, Axel Alletru had become a French paraplegic swimming champion at the European games and a 12-times French champion. He also did not give up his racing career. He swopped to racing in rallies, competing in the SSV T3 category. He managed to win the 2021 Dakar against able-bodied participants.

Besides his sporting career, Axel Alletru has become a sought-after speaker and published author of ’28 Principles For Bouncing Back’. His book describes his journey through adversity to once again become a world champion on par with able-bodied participants.

Axel Alletru – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Axel Alletru shares his story. It is one based on resilience and sharing what his experience has taught him. His personal beliefs have given him the ability to address, accept, and overcome the challenges thrown his way. He lives in France and presents in both English and French

Speaking Topics

  • Adapt in the face of diversity
  • Resilience – Adapt to change
  • Disability – Source of Cohesion and business performance
  • Excellence – Know your limits
  • Team Cohesion – Individual performance happens through group performance
  • Performance – How to reach and maintain top performance

 

Sergio Scariolo

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  • Spanish National basketball team head coach
  • Considered one of the most successful coaches ever in international basketball  competitions
  • Two-times coach of the Spanish Olympic Basketball team
  • Head coach of Spanish A-league team Virtus Bologna

Italian professional basketball coach Sergio Scariolo is the Spanish national team head coach and coach to Virtus Bologna of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. His coaching has seen the senior Spanish national team win their EuroBasket championship and a World Cup. He is regarded as one of the most successful coaches in the history of international competitions.

After he was appointed head coach of Pesaro in 1989, the team, under his tutelage, went on to win an Italian league win in the national finals. At only 29 years of age, Sergio Scariolo was one of the youngest Italian coaches in the game’s history to attain this feat. The team also reached the FIBA Korać Cup Final in the same year. The 1990-1991 season, however, saw the club placed seventh in the season, although they managed to make the European Championship Club Final Four.

The next season saw Sergio Scariolo change clubs, coaching the Italian second division team Aurora Deseio before his hire by Fortitudo Bologna, an upcoming ambitious team. He was the recipient of the Coach of the Year Award of the Italian Serie A for his sterling efforts in 1994. A few years later, the team reached the national finals for the first time in the club’s history.

Moving to Spain to coach TAU Vittorio in 1997, Sergio Scariolo managed to help the team reach their first Spanish Championship final in 1998, going on to win the Spanish King’s Cup in 1999. Hired by Real Madrid the same year, he led the team to win the Spanish National League. They also reached the EuroLeague’s quarterfinals.

The period 2003 to 2008 saw the intrepid coach as head of the Spanish club Unicaja Málaga. The club, under his tenure, lived what they term its ‘golden age’. For example, they won the Spanish King’s Cup in 2005, their first-ever Spanish League championship, and finished in their best league position to date. They also qualified for the 2—7 EuroLeague Final Four and defeated the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies in a friendly match in 2007. It was one of the very few times any NBA team lost to a foreign club.

Sergio Scariolo did a stint coaching in Russia from 2008 to 1010, before returning to Italy as the head coach of Laboral Kutza. In 2018, however, he became the assistant coach of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. His efforts helped the team win their first NBA championship. He was the first Italian coach, and second Italian ever, to manage this feat. Because of ill health on the part of the team’s head coach, he became the interim head coach in 2011 and led the team to a victory over the Houston Rockets.

In June 2021, Sergio Scariolo returned to Italy. He was employed as the Virtus Bologna head coach of the Italian Basketball League A Series. The same year saw the team win their second Supercup ever.

On a national level, Sergio Scariolo served as the Spanish national team’s head coach twice. The team, under his command, won the gold medal at EuroBasket 2009, 2011, and 2015. They are also the recipients of the 2012 Summer Olympics silver medal, and a bronze during the 2016 Summer Olympics. He also coached the national Spanish team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and led them to victory at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Sergio Scariolo – Speaker

As a speaker, Sergio Scariolo takes you on a journey about the importance of leadership, teamwork, communication, inspiration, and motivation to ensure peak performance in a winning team. He encapsulates many of his beliefs in his two published works ‘All-Round Man’ and ‘Speaking in Silver: The Reasons of a Coach’.  He lives in Spain and speaks Italian and Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Inspiration
  • Motivation

Roland Damann

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  • Innovator, inventor, and world traveler for water quality
  • Helped standard microflotation as the norm in wastewater treatment
  • Recipient of the Innovation Award NRW
  • Currently working on a microflotation device that treats larger water bodies

An innovator, inventor, and world traveler for water quality, German engineer Roland Damann is the co-inventor of AQUATECTOR®. The system revolutionised fish farming and aquaculture across the globe.

The 1990s saw him and his team start specialising in the treatment of wastewater by using microflotation. This process, dating back to the Middle Ages, sees the bonding of hydrophobic particles to gas bubbles. These particles then rise to the surface when the gas bubbles ascend. He has, since its inception, managed to perfect the process, implementing it in over fifty countries.

His role in standardising microflotation as the norm in the treatment of wastewater resulted in him being presented with various awards and accolades, most notably the Innovation Award NRW. Roland Damann sees the honors bestowed as both incentives and obligations, spurring him on to do even more for the environment.

The microflotation system, although highly effective, only works when placed next to a large area of water. In order to clean the water, you need to pump or isolate it from lakes or seas. Although a brilliant solution, it does pose problems in high-population and large industrial areas. Such a system cannot keep up with the demand. Neither can it clean up exceptionally large bodies of water like large lakes or even oceans.

His innovative solution involves introducing microflotation directly into these large bodies of water through a floating ring which, in its middle, generates microbubbles that have a high bubble density. This would attract even the tiniest microplastic particles and transport them to the surface. According to Roland Damann, this method poses an almost 100% efficiency in removing plastic particles without the need for chemicals. It also makes little use of energy and is also a maintenance-free system.

Roland Damann and his predominantly female team are currently working on putting a prototype into operation. He refers to this disruptive innovation in environmental technology as his life’s dream. The pilot project should be operational during the course of 2022.

Roland Damann – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Roland Damann has a passion for environmental issues, especially the effect of microplastics in water sources. He gives audiences insights into the issues caused by microplastics and the innovative manner in which you can solve the problem. He lives in Germany and speaks German and English.

Speaking Topics

Roland Damann speaks on various aspects of water pollution, the problems it poses, and the possible solutions to these issues.

Ulrich Walter

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  • Astronaut, space technology expert, and bestselling author
  • Professor at the Technical University of Munich
  • Prolific author and writer published in various media and international journals
  • Recipient of various accolades including the Federal Republic of Germany’s First Class Cross of Merit

Elected German Professor of the year 2008, Ulrich Walter is a full professor of astronautics at German’s Technical University at Munich.

Upon completion of his studies in physics at Cologne University, he went to the University of California, Berkeley, for a year as a postdoctoral student. In 1987 he was appointed as a member of the German team of astronauts. His astronaut training took place at the German Aerospace Centre DLR KölnPorz and the NASA Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

Ulrich Walter became the project leader of the ‘German Satellite Data Archive” of Germany’s Remote Data Sensing Centre of the DLR in 1994. Four years later he joined the IBM Development Laboratory in Böblingen where he assumed the position of Programme Manager in charge of development and consulting for the company’s software projects.

Since March 2003 Ulrich Walter has been associated with the Technical University of Munich. As chair for space and technology at the university, he teaches and conducts research in the field of applied space technology and systems engineering. His focus is on real-tie robotics in space and service robots, especially robotics assistance for the elderly. He researches and teaches systems engineering and the empirical science of developing and optimizing complex products and processes in companies. A trained project manager, he also advises companies globally in areas of quality and risk management.

Besides his research, Ulrich Walter has also hosted MaxQ, a public science program on Bavarian television, as well as the German television series “On the Way through Space with Ulrich Walter”. He has also appeared in various television specials on the National Geographic Channel. Ulrich Walter has also, since 2016, hosted SpaceTime, a weekly space documentary on the German News Channel WeltTV.

A prolific author, Ulrich Walter has written weekly science columns for the German News channel N24, published over 100 scientific articles in various international journals, and regularly publishes astronautic articles on public media.

His many achievements in his field have seen Ulrich Walter receive numerous awards and accolades. These include the Federal Republic of Germany’s First Class Cross of Merit, the Golden Werner von Braun Medal, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and various others. He was also, in 2008, elected ‘German Professor of the Year” in the class engineering sciences and informatics.

Ulrich Walter – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Ulrich Walter has no problem tailoring his talks to his audience’s needs. Making use of dramatic footage, he enthralls his audiences, leaving them wanting more. He lives in Germany and presents in both English and German.

Speaking Topics

  • In 90 Minutes around the World
  • The Home Planet – A Picturesque Journey
  • Traveling Space with Einstein – Why Astronauts Stay Younger in Space!
  • Spin-Offs: The Power of Space
  • The Future of Mankind in Space
  • Are we alone in the Universe?
  • From Vision to Mission
  • One Team, One Dream – Risks included
  • Robotics
  • Quality and Risk Management

Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet

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  • Ex-US and French fighter pilot turned corporate business and aviation/defence consultant
  • Expert in stress management, leadership, and followership
  • Champion in three sports
  • Bestselling author of D.Brief

Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet is a former world champion triathlon and duathlon athlete who started flying at the age of fourteen. The French-Canadian’s love of flying saw him become a US fighter pilot before. In 2008, he joined the French navy where, for over a decade, he gained vast experience as a fighter pilot with over 2,500 hours’ flight time and 200 carrier landings. His time as a fighter pilot saw him fly in numerous combat missions in Iraq.

His time in the military saw Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet face numerous emergencies where he needed to make snap life or death decisions when leading younger pilots into combat. His excellent leadership and success in these situations saw him earn the military cross for valor.

When not flying combat missions, Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet took part in airshows. His excellence in acrobatic flying made him a world champion once more. He is one of the very few people who have taken part in three varying sports at a world championship level.

In 2017, Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet left his military career behind and joined Air Canada as a pilot. He also started training people from various companies in adapted civil and military aviation methods. In so doing, he has helped top teams unleash their full potential in a stressful working environment. His special focus when working with companies is leadership, followership, stress management, and communication.

Due to a stroke that stopped him from flying for a year, he started his own consulting company. He is now one of the world’s youngest aviation/defence consultants on television. Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet also decided to adapt his methods of surviving as a combat jet fighter with excelling in a corporate environment in his Amazon bestseller D.Brief.

Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Pierre-Henri ‘Ate’ Chuet specialises in subjects relating to leadership, time management, briefing, and debriefing. Based in Canada, he is fluent in both French and English.

Speaking Topics

  • BEYOND THE COCKPIT: Discover what “exponential” really means – how fast the world is changing and how fighter pilots’ methods can help you keep up. Switch to a continuous improvement mindset. Create value every day with your team and turn D.briefing into a habit. Take control of your mindset and apply the step-by-step methodology.
  • TURN STRESS INTO AN ALLY: Landing on a boat at night is stressful. So is getting shot at in combat. Learn the technics used by fighter pilots to perform at their best and make good decisions every day on the battlefield. This keynote focuses on mental preparation and anticipation and the audience will leave with tools that they can apply right away in their everyday life.
  • SUPERSONIC LEADERSHIP AND FOLLOWERSHIP: In a combat patrol the job of the followers, the wingmen, is extremely difficult. Let us look at the flight leaders’ and wingmen’s golden rules and how they can help in the corporate world.

Jan Mühlfeit

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  • Global strategist and coach to executives
  • Author of the bestselling ‘The Positive Leader’
  • Television presenter and radio talk show host
  • Creator of a special seminar teaching children self-awareness and to find their personal uniqueness

A global strategist, coach of high-profile executes, and bestselling author, Jan Mühlfeit is on a personal mission to help individuals, organisations, and countries across the globe unlock human potential. His track record has seen him build and lead successful teams acquired during an extensive 22-year career at the Microsoft Corporation. There, he served in various executive positions, ending his career with the company in 2014 as the European Chairman.

Amongst his various positions at Microsoft, Jan Mühlfeit counts those of Vice President of the Microsoft Public Sector Team in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and Vice President of EMEA Corporate And Government Strategy.

Using his in-depth knowledge and expertise, Jan Mühlfeit has since then created a set of seminars dealing with unlocking human potential in all its forms. Coaching individuals to large corporate teams, he helps them uncover their personal strengths and to find the best in others. He has worked with large and small companies in this regard. Amongst them, he counts the likes of Deloitte, Microsoft, UniCredit, Volvo, and Skanska. His methodology, rooted in positive psychology, also includes insights into the world of business, politics, sports, and entertainment.

Jan Mühlfeit, together with Katerina Novotna, has also created a special seminar for children and parents. It guides children to become more self-aware while finding their personal uniqueness. This has led to him, together with Katerina Novotna, writing two bestsellers, i.e., ‘Unlock Your Child’s Potential’, and ‘Family As A Team’.

Coinciding with his time at Microsoft and ending in 2010, Jan Mühlfeit was a moderator of the CT24 morning talk show ‘Rendez-vous’. He also recently hosted the Czech show ‘Hidden Potential’. He is also the host of his own talk show, ‘Premier League Thinking’, broadcasted on the Czech station Youradio.

During his career, Jan Mühlfeit has served on several advisory boards, including, amongst others, those for several European governments in the fields of national competitiveness, education, and ICT. He has also counselled on various WEF, OECD, and EC projects.

Jan Mühlfeit – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Jan Mühlfeit brings to the table his wealth of experience from a business background spanning more than twenty years. His main focus is on understanding and unlocking human potential in all aspects of society, including the business sector. He lives in the Czech Republic and speaks English, Russian, Czech, and Slovak.

Speaking Topics

  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Personal development
  • Leadership
  • Effective management
  • Personal uniqueness
  • Unlocking human potential through strengths
  • Creating strength-based teams
  • Globalisation
  • Technology
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

James Taylor

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  • Award-winning entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker
  • Expert in unlocking creativity, increasing production, and innovation acceleration
  • An ‘ethical futurist’: meaning focusing on business improvements in the ‘here and now, not the future’
  • Advisor and business coach who helps companies and entrepreneurs launch innovative products and services
  • Host of some of the world’s largest online summits

Starting out as a jazz musician, James Taylor recorded several best-selling jazz albums and toured the world. This period saw him perform with  artists such as pop singer Mick Hucknall, the Spice Girls’ Mel C, and French-Italian jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.

But business stayed his passion, and for over more than twenty years, James Taylor has one aim in life: to help unlock the creative potential in one billion people. His career in this regard has seen him advising CEOs, entrepreneurs, governments, and even leaders from Silicon Valley to Singapore on how to build innovative organisations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity. Amongst his many clients, he includes the likes of various industry associations, Fortune Global 500 companies, and government policymakers. He was also the star of a BBC documentary showcasing his life and work.

A creativity expert par excellence, James Taylor, through his writing, podcast show, and YouTube series has taught hundreds of people in over 120 countries about the art of science and creativity. He has also hosted multiple global summits and interviewed more than 750 of the world’s leading creative minds. His forthcoming book focusing on the creative process is titled SuperCreativity: Augmenting Human Creativity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”.

As an international keynote speaker and recognised inspiration speaker, he has addressed conferences across the globe, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and presented to the likes of such companies as Apple, IBM, TATA, Sony, Cisco, and many others.

James Taylor has also played host to many events, hosting some of the world’s largest online summits. Amongst these he includes the International Authors Summit, the creative Life Summit, and Event Professionals summit.

Himself an entrepreneur, James Taylor started his own business at the age of seventeen. He went on to launch, build, and sell various businesses in the entertainment, publishing, technology, and education industries in Europe and the USA. Amongst his many awards, he includes the ONTRApreneur of the Year Award from U.S. business and marketing automation leaders ONTRAPORT, and S.D. Southern Prize from ATCO, a Canadian energy services company.

With regards to education, James Taylor holds an M.B.A. and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

James Taylor – Speaker

As a speaker, James Taylor takes his audience on a journey where they discover backstage secrets known to the world’s most creative individuals and innovative organisations. He describes himself as an ‘ethical futurist,’ not a ‘futurist’ as his story and messages resonate immediately with business performance here and now and not in the future.

He blends his inspiring stories with cutting-edge research and actionable takeaways to show how any individual or organization can increase their productivity and innovation by augmenting human creativity with artificial intelligence.

Speaking Topics

  • SUPERCREATIVITY™: Augmenting Human Creativity In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence – Business is changing at the speed of light. Today exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are creating new disruptive business models almost overnight. In this new world, one where McKinsey & Co predict that 45 percent of jobs will be automated in the next 20 years, there is one distinctly human competitive advantage you and your people must leverage – your creativity. In this tailored, entertaining, and highly visual one-of-a-kind keynote, James Taylor takes the audience on a journey to discover the backstage secrets of the world’s most creative individuals and innovative organizations.
  • SUPERPRODUCTIVITY™: Accelerating Growth During The Great Reset – As we recover from a global pandemic, too many countries and companies remain locked in a cycle of low or flat productivity growth. The old methods for increasing productivity just don’t work in our hyper-connected world. In SuperProductivity™, award-winning creativity and innovation keynote speaker James Taylor shares how any organisation can improve productivity by 20-25% through maximising collaboration.  “Only when our people are aligned and connected around a shared vision and mission can they achieve higher levels of productivity and unlock their full creative potential.”
  • Unlock Your Creative Potential – James Taylor’s immersive in-person or virtual workshops will help your team unlock creative potential, accelerate innovation, increase productivity, and adapt to change.

 

Marco Roveda

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  • Sustainability pioneer, social entrepreneur, and biodynamic agriculture promoter
  • Founder of Italy’s first organic yogurt company
  • Built the first passive solar-powered house in Italy
  • Bestselling author

Marco Roveda is someone who mixes theory and practice. Although he graduated as a surveyor, he promptly went on to study biology. But amazingly, his first professional achievement was in architecture.

At only twenty years of age, Marco Roveda founded a construction company, and two years after, another. Yet he found that economic success did not offer him happiness. He needed more. This led to him leaving behind everything and settling in a small rural town where he rediscovered the simple life. Dedicating himself to the simplest of manual activities, he engaged in harvesting hay and cutting wood, giving his thoughts free reign to wander where they would.

The early 80s saw him fuse his love of nature and business. Marco Roveda started one of the first organic farming and organic yogurt businesses in the country. The company, Fattorie Scaldasole, was founded at a time when awareness grew about environmental issues and the risk associated with pesticides. He also built the first passive solar-powered house in Italy in 1981 on his Fattorie Scaldasole commercial farm which currently hosts the country’s first solar tracking photovoltaic park.

Due to his efforts in the agricultural sector, many have followed his lead. His efforts have resulted in various awards and accolades. These include the Ernest & Young and Milan Chamber of Commerce “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the “Quality of Life” category in 1997. In 2008, the World Economic Forum awarded Marco Roveda the Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award, while he was named a member of the WorldShift Council on the G20 in 2010.

Marco Roveda is also the author of “Why we’ll make it” and other well-received published works. He is also the founder and president of the LifeGate Group. The aim of LifeGate is to embrace sustainability in all their life choices and become protagonists of a new social order

Marco Roveda – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Marco Roveda talks about all aspects of the need for sustainable growth, whether in the private, public, or agricultural sectors. He lives in Italy and speaks Italian and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Business Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Environment
  • Ethical issues & Society
  • Sustainability

Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja

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  • Elite ex- British solider and mountaineer accomplished in living life in the death zone
  • Completed Project Possible – climbing the world’s 14 highest peaks in under seven months
  • MBE recipient for outstanding mountaineering and rescue efforts
  • Founder of Nimsdai – allowing climbers a 1:1 experience with an experienced mountaineer
  • Author of “Beyond Possible”

A naturalized British citizen with a distinguished military career behind his name, Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja spent six of these years as a Gurkha. The other ten were spent as a member of the UK Special Forces (SBS). Since then, he has become a historic mountain climber with an ever-growing list of world record-breaking feats to his name. He is also known for conducting high-altitude rescue operations.

Although a Nepalese by birth, Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja did not grow up in the shadow of the Himalayan Mountains. His young life saw him living in the flatlands of the country with no wish to climb mountains. His focus, instead, was to enter the ‘family business’, i.e., become a Gurkha in the British military like the rest of his family. This dream came to fruition in 2003 and when, at the age of eighteen years, he joined the Gurkhas.

But the younger Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja was not satisfied with his success. With his mantra of #alwaysalittlehigher, he joined the UK Special Boat Service (SBS). He was the first Gurkha to do so. Mainly made up of Royal Marines Commandos and specialising in classified undercover raids, the unit is regarded one of the British military’s most elite.

His time in the SBS awaked his interest in mountaineering. It soon became a passion. In 2012, while on leave, he set out on a trek to Everest Base Camp. This experience fueled his ambitions for the mountains. He climbed his first summit shortly after. It was the 6119-metre Lobuche east.

His primary focus though was still his life with the military. His unit carried out many operations which ultimately lead to him taking on a role where he became the subject matter expert for extreme cold-climate warfare within the mountains. This period also helped him develop the skills needed to quickly evaluate situations and act in a manner that ensured the welfare of others while delivering the objective. He has thoroughly used these skills throughout his climbing career.

Although still in the military, his #alwaysalitthlehigher mindset became the driving force to climb mountains across the globe. It also led to his first Everest ascent. What made this achievement more remarkable was his selfless act of solo rescuing a stricken mountain climber high in the mountain’s death zone. This incident also made him decide to always climb with oxygen when navigating extreme heights so that he would always be able to help others.

A year after his Everest ascent, he led a Gurkha team on their first-ever Everest expedition. His main aim was to set a World Record doing so. He accomplished this in five days. And spurred him on to do the same with other mountains.

Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja discovered that he had a natural physiological advantage when it came to mountain climbing. His body was much quicker at acclimatizing to high altitudes than most other climbers. This awareness fueled his ambitions further and ultimately led to him leaving the British military and pursuing a new dream. Nobody felt he could achieve it.

Project Possible was aimed at doing something no one else had ever done before. He wanted to climb the world’s fourteen highest peaks in seven months. The record at that time was just under eight years. He achieved his aim in a little over six months with a few weeks to spare. Project possible was documented as the Netflix Documentary “14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible”. Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja also went on to write a book about his experiences titled ‘Beyond Possible”.

Although someone with a relatively short mountain climbing career, Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja has managed to rack up an impressive number of world records. He was also awarded an MBE for outstanding achievement in extreme high-altitude mountaineering for his 2016 rescue for saving the Gurkha expedition from failing as well as his Project Possible record achievement in 2017.

The next chapter in his life saw Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja start ‘Nimsdai’. A conglomerate of his name and ‘dai’ which means brother, his enterprise has as its aim the sharing of knowledge and how to approach big mountain climbing. It also allows mountaineers to team up with ground-breaking expedition leaders and to provide commercial climbers the chance to undertake high-altitude special projects.

Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja – Speaker

An accomplished speaker, Nirmal (Nimsdai) Purja tells a story of challenge, hard work, and lessons learned that creates parallels with many different industries while appealing to a wide audience range. He tailors his talks to suit audience requirements by focusing on those areas relevant to their goals or business.

He lives in the UK and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

Achieve your new possible – Some of the many subjects covered include:

  • Go beyond possible
  • Always a little higher
  • Leadership & teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Human endeavour
  • Don’t fear the fear
  • Never give up
  • Failure is the route to success
  • Keeping motivated & level-headed
  • Stay humble
  • Stay true to your vision without overlooking the risks

Kailash Satyarthi

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  • Global activist for children’s rights and joint 2014 Nobel Prize Winner
  • Founder of the Save the Children Movement
  • Regarded as the architect of the Global Campaign for Education
  • Founded the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation

A tireless global advocate for children’s rights for over forty years, Kailash Satyarthi left his lucrative career as an electrical engineer to start ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’. i.e., the Save the Children Movement. He aimed to rescue children and their families from slavery while helping them reintegrate into mainstream society. Under his leadership, the movement has rescued over 100,000 children thus far in India alone.

In 1988, Kailash Satyarthi conceived and led the largest civil society network aimed at the most exploited children. This was the Global March Against Child Labour. The initiative, which affected 103 countries, had one aim: an ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. It became the only universally ratified convention in the history of ILO.

Kailash Satyarthi is also regarded as the architect of the Global Campaign for Education. The aim is to end the global education crisis. He is also credited for the first civil society/business coalition with the establishment of Rugmark, which later became known as Good Weave. This was the first of its kind certified social labeling mechanism for carpet manufacturing that guaranteed no child labour was employed.

In 2014, Kailash Satyarthi, together with Malala Yousafzai, received the Nobel Peace Prize for the struggle against the suppression of children and young people and the right of all children to education. Two years later he founded a novel initiative, Laureates and Leaders for Children, which brings together Nobel Laureates and global leaders in their field to build a sense of urgency, collective responsibility, and a strong moral voice to influence political will about children’s rights and safety. His efforts gained international recognition and resulted in a child protection and welfare-related clause in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Kailash Satyarthi also launched the 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign later the same year. The aim was to mobilize 100 million youths to create a better future for 100 million children who had heretofore been denied rights and liberties.

Although he has taken on many roles during his time of service to children, such as serving on the board for various boards and committees focused on children’s rights, he went on to found the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation in 2004 where he plays a very active role. The foundation works towards building a world free of violence against children and works on many issues that affect vulnerable children and their families.

Kailash Satyarthi – Speaker

As a speaker, Kailash Satyarthi is seen as a pioneer in the fight against child exploitation and the battle against illiteracy. He has received many awards and honours besides the Nobel Peace Prize. Amongst these he counts the Medal of the Italian Senate received in 2017, the Defenders of Democracy Award in 2009, the Alfonso Comin International Award in 2008, and the Heroes Acting to End Modern Day Slavery by the US State Department in 2007.

He lives in India and presents in English. Besides appearing at conferences in person, Kailash Satyarthi also presents virtual keynotes and webinars.

Speaking Topics

  • The Global Movement Against Child Labor: When Peace Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi began fighting child exploitation more than 25 years ago, it was estimated that there were 250 million children under these circumstances. Today, that number has dropped to 150 million. Although the decline is large, there is still a lot of work to be done. In this keynote speech, Kailash will talk about the global movement against child labor, what actions are being taken worldwide, and who is participating in it.
  • Free & Compulsory Education is a Human Right: As the initiator of the Global Campaign for Education, the world’s largest coalition of educational campaigns, there is no one better than Kailash Satyarthi to speak about why free and compulsory education is a Universal Human Right that is not always respected. Satyarthi will present his experiences in the fight against illiteracy worldwide, a job that won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. In the conference, we will learn what are the fundamentals of the movement “education for all” that Kailash leads as well as what they are the main reasons that cause a large part of children around the world to be unable to access free and compulsory education.
  • Corporations & Child Labor: Speaker Kailash Satyarthi was the creator of the first social labeling and certification mechanism for companies in South Asia that do not use child labor. He was also the initiator of the Global March against Child Labor in 1998 and the founder of the “Bachpan Bachao Andolan” movement in India. With all these experiences on his back, Kailash is an authority on the current state of the fight against child labor and what role corporations have in all of this. In this speech, he will focus on the mechanisms that companies use to capture child labor and how they can be dealt with to prevent them from doing those practices and finally eradicate child labor.

 

Fernando Torres

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  • Referred to as ‘El Niño’ due to his meteoric rise in the world of football
  • Spanish footballer, World Cup Winner, and two-time European Champion
  • Recipient of the Bronze Ball, Golden Boot, and Prince Asturias Award for Sport
  • Expert in motivating people who are under pressure

Given the nickname ‘El Niño’ for his meteoric rise in the world of football, Fernando Torres made his debut in the Spanish League at the age of 18 years. By the time he turned nineteen, he captained Atletico Madrid. He is one of only two players who was a World Cup Winner, a European champion with both his club and the national side, and holder of the Europa League trophy – all at the same time.

A former Spanish footballer, World Champion, and two-time European champion with the Spanish national team, Fernando Torres holds various national and international titles with several football clubs. He is especially linked to Atletico de Madrid, the club he started out with while still a child before making his debut in the club’s first team at the tender age of 17 years.

It was at the British Club Chelsea, however, that Fernando Torres reached the heights of European football, winning the Champions League in the 2011 – 2012 season and going on to win his first Europa League the next year. He has also played for Liverpool FC where he was their top scorer for two seasons. At “The Reds”, he gained individual recognition when FIFA included him in the 2008 and 2009 FIFAPro World 11. He received the Bronze Ball for his efforts.

In 2019, however, he returned to his roots after spending one season of his 18-year career with the Japanese Club Sagan Tosu. His last season as a competitive player saw Atletico de Madrid win the 2017/1018 Europa League and finish second in the Spanish National League.

With regards to his career highlights, he made history as part of the Spanish National Team which won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was awarded the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer. The same team had won the European Championship two years earlier when they beat Germany in the final. He was also the recipient of the Prince Asturias Award for Sport in Oviedo as a member of the Spanish National Team in 2010.

Besides being an outstanding sportsman known for his commitment, sacrifice, and effort, he has the ability to always push for the best in both himself and teammates when under pressure. These qualities have allowed him to become an authoritative voice leading top teams.

Fernando Torres – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Fernando Torres knows what it takes to achieve top performance and the sacrifices needed for success. He lives in Spain and presents in both Spanish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance
  • Leadership
  • Winning Teams

Carlos Moreno

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  • Expert in complex systems and innovation processes pertaining to cities
  • Smart city scientific advisor on national and international levels
  • Professor at Sorbonne University, Paris
  • Recipient of various awards and accolades for the work done in his field

Professor Carlos Moreno the Scientific director of the Chair Entrepreneurship – Territory – Innovation at France’s Sorbonne University. He specialises in the study of complex systems and the development of innovation processes. His work in the field of innovation and unique approach to urban issues has earned him international acclaim.

A scientific advisor at both national and international level, Carlos Moreno includes amongst those he serves the Mayor of Paris as a Smart City special envoy as well as being appointed to the Academic Board of the Strate Design School in Singapore. The latter occurred in 2018.

His research sees Carlos Moreno addressing the heart of issues faced by cities, metropolises, and territories in the 21st century. In doing so, he has gained a unique perspective on their function and issues faced and solving problems using an innovative approach. As a result, many of his concepts have been used the world over. He features many of his ideas in his various publications.

His work has seen Carlos Moreno receive various awards and accolades. Amongst these, he includes the Foresight Medal from the French Academy Architecture in 2019, and the Obel Award from the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation in 2021. Prior to this, he was named Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2010.

Carlos Moreno – Speaker

An internationally recognised speaker on all aspects of smart cities and innovation, Carlos Moreno talks on the various challenges and viable solutions regarding the cities of the future. He is of French-Columbian origin, lives in France, and presents in English and French.

Speaking Topics

  • Human Smart City
  • Metropolisation of cities
  • Innovation
  • Connecting ties and transformations in the urban life
  • Cities of the future
  • Technological disruption and its impact on urban lives

Felipe Gomez

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  • Business administrator, entrepreneur, and virtuoso using multimedia to enhance his message
  • Established one of the most successful tech consulting companies in Latin America
  • Named Outstanding Delegate to the World Summit of Young Entrepreneurs twice thus far
  • Dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, and virtuosity

Felipe Gomez is a lifelong entrepreneur. He founded Ink in 1995. The company became a pioneering multimedia, interactivity, and internet company in Columbia. The company’s success was such that it expanded into Ecuador and Costa Rica, ultimately becoming one of the most successful Latin American companies expanding into seven countries in the region. Amongst positions held in this company he counts that of Director of Central America and the Caribbean, and a member of the Board of Directors.

Going forward to 2003, and Felipe Gomez became the Founding President and a member of the Board of Directors of Farmacity Colombia. This was the country’s first large-format pharmacy chain and soon had a network of over fourteen stores within two years.

The period 2009 to 2014 saw Felipe Gomez become the president of Compass Group Colombia. It is a world leader in food and support services. From there he went on to take on the role of Director of Innovation and New Business Development for the entire Latin American region.

Felipe Gomez has twice been named an Outstanding Delegate to the World Summit of Young Entrepreneurs, i.e., in Paris in 1998 and New York in 2000. This event is organized by the United Nations and the Harvard Leadership Institute.

His speaking career has seen Felipe Gomez address conferences across the globe. Amongst these, he includes appearances at universities such as Stanford, CESA, Universidad de Los Andes, and Darden School of Business as well as international events in Miami, Mexico, Austria, New York, and many others.

Felipe Gomez – Speaker

Felipe Gomez, a dynamic, creative speaker,  enthralls his audiences while making use of multi-media and a virtuoso performance to promote audience engagement. He lives in the United States and presents in English and Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • Attitude – E: Attitude-E presents the six elements of an entrepreneurial attitude, that whoever works them in a disciplined and systematic way will be able to achieve extraordinary results.
  • Virtuoso: Virtuoso is a conference/concert that teaches the three elements necessary to be virtuous in everything we do. With a grand piano on stage, the attributes that great musicians have and how these can be applied in all situations of our lives are explored.
  • Six Wows: Between June and December 2016, Felipe and his family undertook a fascinating trip around the world. They visited eighteen countries and twenty-seven cities. They took nineteen flights, four trains, two ships, and drove more than 3,000 kilometers.

During the trip they visited fascinating places, they met exceptional leaders and above all, they learned six lessons that serve us for our life and our work, because, in the end, everything in life is a journey.

Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas

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  • Industrial engineer and founder and CEO of the NGO Ayúdame3D
  • Makes prosthetics using 3D technology
  • Collaborator on various causes focused on the inclusion of those with disabilities

An industrial engineer by profession, a trip to Kenya changed the life of Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas forever. Using his home 3D printer, he decided to help those at the Bamba Project orphanage in need of a prosthesis.

Although he managed to help five people, he realized that he could not stop there. As a result, Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas, the founder and CEO of Ayúdame3D, has seen his company grow and become a consolidated social entity with its own ecosystem that includes over 100 3D experts, the Helpers3D. Together with his team, he has received numerous accolades. Of these, the most recent is from Tevla magazine for its SuperKids project.

Leaving his career in tech toy development, Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas these days dedicates himself to Ayúdame3D and the development of this NGO which focuses on the development of humanitarian aid via technology, more especially 3D printing.

His life before this saw Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas, besides designing tech toys, take on the role of president of the Erasmus Student Network URJC association and collaborate in various causes that include, amongst others, SocialErasmus and ExchangeAbility which focuses on spreading the value of volunteering amongst social students and the inclusion of those with disabilities.

In his own words: “We must find a way to contribute to improving the planet, contributing to society with our work.

Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Guillermo Martínez Gauna-Vivas focuses on the ways that we can make a concrete difference in the lives of others. He lives in Spain and speaks Spanish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Technological development as a social purpose: How to motivate companies to use creative thinking to solve problems in both the local environment and on the other side of the world.

Meik Wiking

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  • A leading world expert on happiness science and the Scandinavian ‘hygge’ concept
  • CEO of the think tank the Institute For Happiness and founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies
  • Research associate at the World Database of Happiness
  • Internationally renowned best-selling author of ‘The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living’

A leading world expert on the concept of happiness science, Meik Wiking understands why some people are happier than others and how to measure happiness. He understands what it takes to make a good life and achieve a sense of well-being not only at work but in your home life too.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Institute For Happiness. The think tank is a leader in its kind with a focus on happiness, wellbeing, and quality of life. He is also a Danish research associate at the World Database of Happiness, and a founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies.

An internationally renowned author, he is the author of the New York Times best-seller ‘The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living’. The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ roughly translates to happiness. His works have been translated into over thirty-five languages spanning the globe.

Meik Wiking also has wide exposure in various media. He has, thus far, been interviewed by over 500 media outlets across the globe. These include, amongst others, China Daily, BBC, CNN, The New York Times, and many more.

Meik Wiking – Speaker

As a speaker of note, Meik Wiking is known for his ability to convey complex theories and ideas to audiences. His over 200 public speaking engagements thus far have seen him address audiences in over 40 countries. Amongst these, he includes his TEDx talks in Copenhagen, Google Talks in New York, and his appearance at the Global Dialogue for Happiness during the World Government Summit in Dubai. He lives in Denmark and presents in both English and Danish.

Speaking Topics

  • Why Are Some People Happier Than Others? Taking off from the most interesting results in happiness science, Meik Wiking presents a thought-provoking keynote on happiness, quality of life, and the good life.

The audience will learn why Denmark is often crowned as one of the happiest nations in the world and how factors such as income, genes, relations, social media, age, marriage, children, and work influence our feelings and our level of happiness. And how do you even measure something as abstract as happiness anyway?

  • What do happy people have in common?

Meik Wiking also talks about how to create better surroundings for the good life. Why are some people happier than others? And what creates better job satisfaction?

In his keynotes, speaker Meik Wiking manages to combine a professional insight with lots of humour, vitality, and presence.