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.

Rob Lilwall

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  • British global adventurer and successful author
  • Has appeared in two National Geographic television shows
  • Helps leaders think differently about the challenges faced in an ever-changing business environment
  • Believes in the positive aspects of change

Rob Lilwall, a British adventurer, has appeared in two National Geographic television shows. He has single-handedly traversed, by foot and on a bicycle, a distance of over 80,000 kilometres. His travels have taken him to such diverse parts of the globe as Siberia, Papua New Guinea, Tibet, and Afghanistan.

Starting out as a schoolteacher in the United Kingdom, Rob Lilwall has become a much sought-after keynote and virtual speaker. He helps both leaders and their teams change their views about challenges as well as the uncertainties and setbacks experienced in an ever-changing business environment. In so doing, he helps them thrive.

A successful author of two books, Rob Lilwall makes use of stories from his expeditions, sharing how he managed to survive camping at sub-zero temperatures in Siberia, crossed China’s Gobi desert, and hitchhiked thousands of kilometres in various areas across the glove. His stories show us that how we think about a challenge has an impact on how we address it.

Rob Lilwall, Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Rob Lilwall shares his belief that our abilities are not fixed, Each of us can grow in many ways, including growing a positive mindset and becoming more resilient and courageous. He brings to the table the mindset needed to thrive in today’s high-pressure, high-opportunity business environment. He currently resides in Singapore and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • A Growth Mindset
  • Staying positive
  • Resilience
  • Courage
  • Collaboration
  • Creative problem solving

Costas Markides

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  • A leading expert in business strategy and strategic innovation
  • London Business School Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Bestselling author and contributor to various journals
  • Focusses on business management model innovation, using creativity to achieve strategic breakthroughs, and corporate entrepreneurship

Considered one of the leading experts in business strategy and strategic innovation in the world, Costas Markides currently holds the position of Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He holds the Robert P. Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership. He has appeared on the Thinkers50 list on numerous occasions and is considered one of the world’s top management experts.

Regarding his educational background, Costas Markides has a BA in Economics from Boston University in the USA, and both an MBA and DBA in Management from Harvard Business School. His previous working experience saw him work as an associate with the Cyprus Development Bank and as a research associate at Harvard Business School. He later joined the London Business School where he has taught in numerous in-company programmes. He also serves on several academic journals’ editorial boards. Other positions held include serving on the board of the Strategic Management Society and the Academic Board of the Cyprus International Institute of Management.

A bestselling author of note who has also co-authored books with various other experts, his books cover a wide range of business topics. These include, amongst others, strategic innovation, international acquisitions, business model innovation, and corporate restructuring. He has also made many contributions to several leading management and academic journals. Examples of these include the Sloan Management Review and the Harvard Business Review. He is also a board member of various editorial boards. These include the Academy of Management Prospectives, Journal of Strategy and Management, and Sloan Management Review, amongst various others. As a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society, he took part in the Davos World Economic Forum during the periods 1999-2003, as well as 2012-2013.

With regards to his current research, Costas Markides focuses on business management model innovation, using creativity to achieve strategic breakthroughs, and corporate entrepreneurship.

Costas Markides – Speaker

An internationally recognised speaker on various aspects of business strategy, Costas Markides, a Cyprian-born native, currently resides in the United Kingdom and presents in English.

Speaker Topics

  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Management
  • Creating Energy Within An Organisation
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Diversification
  • Employee Engagement

Tom Wujec

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  • A global authority on innovation, disruptive technology, and the art of visual thinking
  • Technology pioneer, entrepreneur, writer, and facilitator
  • Academy Award recipient for his Maya software
  • Founder of the Wujec group that helps industries create and deliver breakthrough strategies

A technology pioneer, entrepreneur, writer, and facilitator, Tom Wujec is considered by many to be a global authority on innovation, disruptive technology, and the art of visual thinking. His career spanning more than 25 years has seen him create digital tools to help organise and engineer better cars, stronger buildings, and better sustainable consumer products. An example of his prowess includes his Academy Award-winning software Maya and Sketchbook pro. His role as an Autodesk Fellow and Singularity University Professor has seen him consistently work at the leading edge of growing technologies.

As the founder of The Wujec Group, Tom Wujec has created a boutique consultancy aimed at helping organisations create a positive impact on both business and society at large. The group, which creates custom workshops, consults with leading Fortune 200 companies from a variety of industries. In so doing, it helps to create and deliver breakthrough strategies. The group also assists in the training and equipping of organisations in the art of problem-solving and design thinking.

The successful author of various books on technology, design, business, and creative thinking, Tom Wujec has seen some of his works translated into sixteen languages. He has appeared before TEDx audiences six times and delivered over 400 keynotes and workshops to audiences spanning the globe.

Tom Wujec – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Tom Wujec focuses on topics in the fields of innovation, disruptive technology, and visual thinking. He lives in Canada and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Unleash Your Superpowers: How to Manage the Emerging Technologies Transforming Your Industry, Organization, and Jobs: This immersive, high-energy, and visually rich workshop helps you map the future of your work by charting how digital tools change the nature of value and where your specific industry and skills fall into this largely uncharted new terrain. This workshop turns what can be complex and overwhelming about new tech into simple, clear, and manageable action.
  • The Future of Making: Revolutionizing How We Imagine, Create, & Distribute Products – Business Disruption, Exponential Technology: Technology is moving at an extraordinary rate. But at the leading edge of innovation, designers are working in concert with it, as partners, to augment our intelligence and capabilities. As technology becomes cheaper, more powerful, and more widely available, we are now witness to a democratizing force that is letting us tackle the most challenging design problems on the planet.
  • On Teamwork: Kindergarteners Outperforming MBAs: Explaining the Famous Marshmallow Challenge – Business Disruption, Creative Collaboration: Tom Wujec’s Marshmallow Challenge is a design experiment that reveals deep lessons about teamwork, collaboration, and project management. It sounds simple – teams try to build the tallest freestanding structure they can out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, and a marshmallow. What makes it difficult is the need for teams to organize, prototype, and build the structure in a short time frame. The results are astounding children tend to outperform MBA students, due to their ability to redesign on the fly rather than plan a rigid structure and execute it, even if the structure is doomed for failure. In this interactive keynote and workshop, Wujec brings his audiences through the Marshmallow Challenge from start to finish, helping groups of all types discover the value of teamwork and the power of visualization.
  • Born in the Cloud: How Cloud Computing Is Transforming Business – Business Disruption, Exponential Technology: In this talk, chief disruptor Tom Wujec will illustrate the dramatic transformation Autodesk has made to the cloud—from delivering software products to providing comprehensive team-based service solutions. Being “Born in the Cloud” means much more than just off-loading applications to remote servers. Cloud computation creates fundamentally new value propositions, business models, and infrastructure solutions. It equips customers with new ways to do their work. With fascinating examples, Wujec shows how manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical, finance, media, entertainment, and other industries are being upended in surprising and powerful ways by cloud computing—and what that means for sales.
  • Imagination Pays: Getting a Return on Imagination – Business Disruption, Creative Collaboration: Why is innovation so important to growth? And how can we innovate more effectively and efficiently? In this customizable talk, Wujec answers these questions through striking images and practical lessons learned from his award-winning work with Fortune 100 companies. Wujec’s talk is a rare chance to see innovation at work—to see how the great companies come up with new ideas and bring them to market. Wujec shares proven approaches that encourage exploration, customer engagement, prototyping, and innovation testing. And importantly, he illustrates simple ways to measure the return of innovation success. he leaves audiences with principles that any company can use immediately: principles whose brilliance lies in their powerful simplicity.

Marc Gene

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  • Born winner best known as a Formula 1 and La Mans test driver
  • Replaced Ralf Schumacher, driving for Williams, in the 2001 Formula 1
  • Current Nissan ambassador who also test drives cars for Ferrari

A born winner, Marc Gene is known for his friendliness and willpower. Someone who started out in karts at the age of thirteen, he soon won the Catalan championship in the initiation category. He went on to win his first National Championship and 1988, going on to win the Spanish Karting Championship in the senior category in 1990. He was the youngest driver to do so.

In 1992, Mar Gene competed in the Spanish Formula Ford championship in a single-seater. He qualified in the fifth position. The next year saw him trying his luck at the European championship. He was the Formula Ford World and European runner-up.

In his bid to compete in F1, Marc Gene took baby steps to achieve his ambition. He first took part in Formula 3 and then Formula 3000. In 996, he managed to finish as Champion of the 11 Golden Cup FISA Superformula. Two years later he won the Open Fortuna by Nissan, achieving six victories and three fastest laps. This victory was his introduction to Formula 1.

The year 1999 saw Marc Gene make his debut with Minardi. He was the best rookie of the season and got the team’s only point to date. The following year saw him with Minardi once more, although he felt trapped in a team with no technical or financial resources. When Sir Frank Williams asked him to join the English team as a test diver, he jumped at the chance.

The same year, i.e., 2001, saw Marc Gene make his debut driving for Williams. He managed a creditable fifth position in the Monza GP where he replaced Ralf Schumacher. He spent two years with Williams.

Joining the Ferrari team in 2005 as a test driver, Marc Gene closely worked with both engineers and drivers. Two years later saw him sign with Peugeot to compete in the 24 hours Le Mans. He was the first Spanish driver to complete the mythical resistance test in 2009.

A few years later, i.e., in 2012, he signed with Audi for whom he finished in second place in the Le Mans. Currently a Nissan ambassador, he was the team’s official driver in both 2015 and 2016. He combined this task with that of a Ferrari test driver.

Reading, besides cars, is Marc Gene’s greatest passion. He regards himself as a simple man born with a desire for knowledge. He has a degree in economics and was an auditor at the PWC company. He intends on completing an MBA once officially retired from motorsport.

Marc Gene – Speaker

As a conference speaker, the engaging Marc Gene focuses on a variety of topics that include the world of motorsports, the importance of teamwork, and numerous others. A true polyglot, he speaks six languages, i.e., English, German, Italian, French, Catalan, and Spanish. He resides in Spain.

Speaking Topics

  • Motorsport Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Success Maximisation
  • Motivational
  • Teamwork

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Conference Speaker Neil deGrasse Tyson by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Leading astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator
  • Head of the Hayden Planetarium and the first occupant of the Frederick R. Rose Directorship
  • Helped the Bush administration put forward and implement plans regarding the future of the Aerospace industry
  • Recipient of twenty-one honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a leading astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. The fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City, he is the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History research associate.

Educated in public schools in New York City, Neil deGrasse Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard University. From there he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Columbia.

President Bush appointed Neil deGrasse Tyson to serve on a twelve-member commission in 2001. Their task was to study the future of the U.S. Aerospace industry. The final 2002 report contained various recommendations for both Congress and various government agencies regarding the future of transportation, space exploration, and national security.

Two years later, i.e., 2004, saw Neil deGrasse Tyson once more appointed by President Bush to serve on a nine-member commission. The task was to implement the U.S. Space Exploration Policy. It was dubbed the Moon, Stars, and Beyond commission. In 2006, he was appointed to serve on NASA’s advisory council. The council guides the space agency in aligning its visions with budgets.

Someone with dozens of professional publications to his name, Neil de Grasse Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine and is a New York Times bestselling author with fifteen books written thus far. One of these, Origins, is the companion book to the PBS NOVA four-part mini-series Origins. In it, he serves as the on-camera host. He also appeared as the on-camera host of the spinoff programme NOVA ScienceNow.

In 2009, Neil deGrasse Tyson identified professional standup comedians who could assist in bringing science to commercial radio. This was for the NSF-funded pilot programme StarTalk which has become a popular podcast while running for three years as a television series on the National Geographic Channel. The programme, during its first year on television, was nominated for a Best Informational Programming Emmy Award.

This was not his only television work, however. He has also served as Executive Science Editor and on-camera host and narrator for Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. The series was a continuation of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series and aired on the FOX network. It appeared in almost two-hundred countries and was translated into forty-five languages. The show won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and two Critics Choice awards. He also appeared in the next season of Cosmos on the National Geographic Channel and Fox network.

The recipient of twenty-one honorary doctorates, Neil deGrasse Tyson also received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. It is the highest award NASA gives to non-government citizens. His efforts toward the public appreciation of the cosmos have seen him recognised by the International Astronomical Union in their naming of an asteroid in his honour. Zoologists have honored him by naming a native Indian frog species after him as well. He was also voted the Sexiest Astrophysicist alive by People Magazine in 2000.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson – Speaker

As a speaker, Neil deGrasse Tyson leaves no stone unturned, focusing on diverse topics spanning the realms of science, religion, philosophy, and many others. He lives in the United States and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • The Value in Science
  • Examining Science And Religion
  • The Trouble With Philosophies
  • Passion In Teaching
  • Motivations For Ambitious Achievements
  • Reacting To Change
  • The Global Science Race
  • Humanity’s Connection With Science
  • Defining Human Intelligence
  • Urgent Asteroid Warnings

Greg Brandeau

Conference Speaker Greg Brandeau by Promotivate Speaker Agency e1658235299612
  • Expert in innovation, disruptive technology, and the art of visual thinking
  • Silicon Valley veteran with over 25 years of experience
  • Former Pixar Senior Vice President of Technology leading various company transformations
  • Executive Vice President and CTO of Disney Studios
  • Founding partner at Paradox Strategies

An expert in innovation, disruptive technology, and the art of visual thinking, Greg Brandeau is an accomplished technology leader and Silicon Valley veteran with over 25 years’ experience under his belt. A founding partner of Paradox Strategies and accomplished author, he filled the role of Chief Technology Officer for The Walt Disney Studios and of Vice President of Technology at Pixar Animation Studios.

His early career saw Greg Brandeau work with Steve Jobs at NeXT Inc. He served as the company’s Director of Operations. NeXT focused on creating powerful computers aimed at the business and education markets. The company was later sold to Apple Computer. He later joined another of Job’s companies, Pixar, where he started off as the Vice President of Computer Operations.

In 2004, Greg Brandeau became the company’s Senior Vice President of Technology. His role saw him oversee the development of innovative technology, establishing Pixar as an entertainment powerhouse. The company was responsible for the creation of several of the highest-grossing films of all time and won several Academy Awards.

Part of his role during this period saw Greg Brandeau lead the transformation of the digital ‘pens and pencils’ used by artists at Pixar in the creation of films, improving the quality of the company’s complex networks, financial systems, grid computing, and backup support.

Upon the sale of the company to Disney, Greg Brandeau became Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Disney Studios. His responsibilities saw him lead the development and implementation of technology strategies, innovations, and investments supporting film, music, and theatric operations. He focused on developing new disruptive technology and execution strategies as well as acquiring and deploying technology investments to support Disney’s visual content growth and development.

Greg Brandeau is the founding partner of Paradox Strategies, a company that leverages cutting-edge research and applied learning to help leaders around the world harness the powers of innovation and diversity, grow their organizations, and positively impact the lives of employees, customers, and communities.

With regards to other career milestones, Greg Brandeau has served on Glu Mobile’s Board of Directors, was a member of the Infrascale and Calit2 Advisory Board of Directors, and a member of the Visiting Committee of the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Greg Brandeau – Speaker

A sought-after conference speaker, Greg Brandeau focuses on various aspects of technology, innovation, leadership, and management. He lives in the United States and presents in English.

Speaker Topics

  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Technology

Dr. R. Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto Conference Speaker by Promotivate Speaker Agency e1656420162289
  • World-renowned neuroscience and perception expert and bestselling author
  • Studies new innovation – a new way of seeing
  • Founder and CEO of The Lab of Misfits
  • Three-times main stage TED speaker who has made valuable contributions to various media

In order to thrive, companies need to ‘innovate in order to remain relevant’, according to Dr. R. Beau Lotto. He is a neuroscience professor and founder and CEO of The Lab of Misfits. The lab is the world’s only experiental design studio that also functions as a real neuroscience lab. The Lab of Misfits creates unique experiential experiments in the real world that place the public at the centre of discovery so as to expand perception. According to Beau Lotto, “…  the brain never sees the world as it actually is, only the world that is useful to see.

The experiments conducted by Beau Lotto and his team at the Lab of Misfits help uncover the key human values that enable a more conscious life. Focusing on how a brain perceives challenges of uncertainty helps people to see things differently. In so doing, they gain valuable insights of immense value. Using a neuroscience approach, they can reveal the next innovation – a new way of seeing.

Besides his work at the Lab of Misfits, Beau Lotto is a sought-after speaker who has worked with the likes of L’Oréal, The London Science Museum, The Charles Koch Institute, and many others. He is also a successful author and has addressed audiences spanning multiple related genres. Amongst these, he includes the G8, Wired, Big Think, and the Oslo Freedom Forum. A three-rime main stage TED speaker, Beau Lotto has contributed to the BBC, National Geographic, PBS, and Netflix. His latest book, Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently, explores the surprising science of creativity and unveils the unexpected relationship between perception, reality, and innovation.

Beau Lotto – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Beau Lotto talks about issues relating to perception, uncertainty, neuroscience, and emotional intelligence. He lives in the United Kingdom and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Uncertainty: The future is unknown. It always has been and always will be. Whether technological innovation, wars, climate change, voting … or a pandemic, every decision an organisation and leader makes is, in one way or another, directly related to uncertainty.
  • ‘Adapt or Die’: In nature, the most successful systems do not just adapt, they are adaptable. Indeed, adaptability is the ‘skill’ most sought by leaders and organisations. If you do not adapt, you will be selected out.
  • The Certainty Trap: To adapt requires stepping into uncertainty. The problem is that we hate it. Indeed, we evolved to hate it. This is because during evolution if you could not predict, you were selected out. So now, when we face uncertainty, we often panic. Or we create contrived structures, ways of being, and physical and emotional silos of predictability. Beau call this the ‘Certainty Trap’. The Certainty Trap is the fundamental barrier to Doing Better.
  • Doing Better by Being Better: Adapting to uncertainty is born out of a way of being … a practice … that one engages in every day at work, at home with one’s children, with one’s partner, friends, with the cashier in the grocery store. Leaders fail because they do not know how to ‘Be Better’ to ‘Do Better’.
  • Perceptual Intelligence: Perception Matters! Perception underpins everything it is to be you as an individual, leader, and organisation. Behavioral change begins with perceptual change. Only by understanding how and why you see what you do can you adapt to and lead others into uncertainty. Becoming Perceptually Intelligent and practicing the Spiral Process of Discovery in conflict enables leaders and their teams and organisations to succeed when others fail.

Justin Cohen

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  • World leader in unlocking human potential both at home and in the workplace
  • Bestselling author, television host, global speaker, and business strategist
  • Expert in sales, motivation, leadership, and customer service.
  • Inductee to the Southern Africa Speaker Hall of Fame

A bestselling author and global speaker, Justin Cohen hosted a CNBC Africa television show where he interviewed many of the world’s top experts on success. He was also the host of M-Net’s The Single Wives SA.

With a postgraduate degree in psychology and a doctoral candidate at Middlesex University, London, Justin Cohen has the professional expertise to back up his speaking engagements on leadership, service, sales, and motivation.

The successful author of four books and eight audiobooks, Justin Cohen is a leading authority on human potential. He has, over the past 20 years, presented in close to thirty countries across the globe, spanning virtually every industry.

A Certified Speaker Professional and Southern Africa Speaker Hall of Fame inductee, Justin Cohen does not shy away from any topics presented to him. It is his mission to help make people and businesses realise their fullest potential.

Justin Cohen Speaker

As a speaker, Justin Cohen delivers engaging, humorous, and inspiring keynotes. He motivates audiences while leaving them with practical tools that help bring about better results. He lives in South Africa and presents in English. His travel requirements are from London.

Speaking Topics

  • Bounce Forward Better
  • Winning with Relationships
  • Pitch To Win
  • The Psychology of Success
  • What’s your story?
  • The Power of Connection
  • Leadership Inside Out
  • Setting and Scoring Goals
  • The Psychology of Sales Superstars

Ronan Harrington

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  • Mental health and resilience expert with an inspiring story of how to lead under pressure and overcome adversity
  • One of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of the Arts
  • Lead Futurist to the British Foreign Office at the age of 24
  • Former leader of Extinct Rebellion, the global environmental movement

A gifted speaker with a remarkable life story, Ronan Harrington saw his life crumble overnight. From someone who held a senior leadership position at the British Foreign Office and Extinction Rebellion, he suddenly had to leave these positions due to being diagnosed with a debilitating, lifetime, chronic health condition.

But Ronan Harrington refused to allow a health condition to rule his life. These days an expert on the neuroscience of resilience, he is a guest teacher on the KPMG Leadership Programme and resilience expert at Tough Cookie.

His life over a decade ago was vastly different. One of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of the Arts, Ronan Harrington was the lead Futurist in the British Foreign Office. He was only 24 at the time. During this period, he authored a report on the world of 2030, and how the British Government should deal with it.

With regards to his education, Ronan Harrington has a Masters in Public Policy from Balliol College, Oxford University. After completing his degree, he went on to become one of the youngest executives in the City of London. He was Director of Futures, Strategy, and Animation at RPC.

Taking a sabbatical from the world of business, he became the leader of the political strategy for the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion. His role saw him coordinate the global protest movement in more than sixty cities across the globe.

His role as a guest contributor to the KPMG Executive Leadership Programme and as a resilience specialist to Tough Cookie, the mental health company, Ronan Harrington advises large corporations on the creation of healthy, high-performance cultures.

As a speaker, Ronan Harrington counts amongst his audiences Meta (Silicon Valley HQ), Winmark Professional Services Forum, and HR TechX 2022, amongst numerous others.

Ronan Harrington – Speaker

A highly interactive keynote speaker, Ronan Harrington talks with the kind of authority that only comes from living the experience. He lives in Ireland and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Resilience (main topic area): Drawing on his own experience as leading a global movement and as a direct consequence, being diagnosed with a chronic health condition, Ronan will give the audience insights into the neuroscience of resilience, and how to keep going in the face of adversity.
  • Leadership: Drawing on his senior leadership experience at the British Foreign Office and Extinction Rebellion, Ronan will explore how to lead under pressure and what organisations can do to create healthy, high-performance cultures.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: As a resilience specialist at the Mental Health Company Tough Cookie, Ronan will share a moving story of how he managed his own mental health having been diagnosed with a chronic health condition, and what practical tools we can all apply to be happy in mind and body.

 

Fabián González

Conference Speaker Fabian Gonzalez by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Spanish productivity and time management expert
  • Experts Entrepreneurs School co-founder
  • Bestselling author
  • Podcast host with over thirty thousand followers and subscribers on Instagram and YouTube

Fabian Gonzalez is an administrative engineer and international business specialist who holds an MBA from Gloucester University in the United Kingdom. The co-founder of the Experts Entrepreneurs School, he is also a bestselling author who focuses on various aspects of entrepreneurship.

The host of the Professional Brand podcast, Fabian Gonzalez also mentors entrepreneurs and has a community of over thirty thousand followers and subscribers on Instagram and YouTube.

According to Fabian Gonzalez, he owes his achievements to his time management ability. This, he says, was due to his father’s military education, his training in the field of engineering, and his self-discipline. Because of this foundation, his interest in productivity and time management started from an early age. Add this to his ambitious nature, and he was unstoppable in his pursuits.

After working as an analyst, coordinator, and leader in different custom agencies, he had an epiphany in 2010. He left everything behind and, together with his life, left for the UK to seek a better future. While working in a fast-food chain, he kept asking himself what he really wanted out of his life. And he followed his dreams.

These days Fabian Gonzalez is a man who wears many hats. He is a writer, teacher, international speaker, and mentor to many experts and entrepreneurs. He ascribes his success to discipline, perseverance, and time management.

Fabian Gonzalez – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Fabian Gonzalez focuses on time management and productivity in the workplace. He lives in Spain and presents in Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • Personal Brand: how to write your own book, how to create a content plan, how to speak in public
  • Brand Ambassadors
  • Entrepreneurship: how to sell more and better, how to manage the finances of your business
  • Personal productivity
  • Business management

Jan-Jaap Verhoeve

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  • Climate change and sustainability expert
  • CCO of Plan A and co-founder of the Greentech Alliance
  • Responsible leader at BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
  • Inspiring leaders across the globe to a more sustainable future

Jan-Jaap Verhoeve is the CCO of Plan A. This Berlin-based company is developing an end-to-end platform that uses machine learning and science to enable businesses across the globe to manage and improve their carbon and ESG performance.

Plan A offers award-winning, certified software for companies concerning carbon accounting, carbon reduction, and ESG reporting. Their methodology is underpinned by world-class scientific methods and technology. Their product offers automated data processing for Scope 1,2,3 net-zero target setting, decarbonization planning, sustainability regulation tracking, and automated ESG and sustainability reporting.

Besides his work at Plan A, Jan-Jaap Verhoeve is also the co-founder of the Greentech Alliance. Greentech Alliance is a community of over 1,300 startups that are connected to over 500 advisors from various sectors. These include VC, media, and business.

Jan-Jaap Verhoeve is also a responsible leader at BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. The foundation promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders across the globe to work towards a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future.

Jan-Jaap Verhoeve – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Jan-Jaap Verhoeve touches on topics ranging from green technology to climate change to corporate sustainability. He lives in Germany and presents in English and Dutch.

Speaker Topics

  • Green Technology
  • Climate Change
  • Corporate Sustainability

Patrick Kramer

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  • Biohacker: expert in digitization and cyborg technology
  • Body hacker who carries digital implants in his own body
  • Founder of Digiwell and a founding member of VivokeyTechnologies
  • Believes in wearable technologies to safeguard your identity and other personal details

Dr. Patrick Kramer is one of the world’s most influential thought leaders on the next level of digitization – mankind as Homo Deus. He is a body hacker who constantly experiments with new technology on his own body and carries digital implants inside himself.

With many years of experience in leading international consulting and information technology firms, he has also conducted advisory work and specialized in performance enhancement. Patrick Kramer founded ‘Digiwell – Upgrading Humans!’ in 2014 with a focus on human transformation.

His vision has changed over the years, to one where digital transformation in humans would be through implants under the skin instead of on the skin. His work and insights into inbody technologies have resulted in Patrick Kramer being recognized by various international media. Amongst these, he includes PC World, RedBull Media, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired magazine, to name but a few.

As a founding member of VivokeyTechnologies, Patrick Kramer helps provide a secure identity platform worn under your skin. The implants, he believes, could replace bank payment and access cards, and allow you to carry your digital identity around with you.

Patrick Kramer – Speaker

A sought-after speaker of note, Patrick Kramer inspires individuals and audiences with insights into current cyborg technology. His talks include tips on how we can better ourselves through innovative technologies. He may even show how to do an implant while on stage!

Patrick Kramer resides in Germany and presents in both English and German.

Speaker Topics

  • Digitalisation
  • Biohacking
  • Future
  • Internet of things
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Research
  • Vision
  • Innovation
  • Der Mensch als Homo Deus (The human as Homo Deus)
  • Live 2.0 – Augmented Humans
  • Digital Transformation 2.0 – Humans

He also offers the following two masterclasses

Masterclass 1: Digital Transformation: It gets under your skin! The world’s first and only masterclass on the topic of “Digitisation of the Humans”. Technical, social and medical. Questions in focus: What kind of implants are there? How do they differ? What can you do with them? Are they dangerous? What to look out for? etc. No question remains unanswered! You want an implant yourself? I’ll implant it for you as part of the Masterclass. Discussion and group work on the importance of human digitalisation for your industry/company #BusinessCase

Masterclass 2: Biological Transformation: High Performance@Work Approaches and methods for performance improvement and self-optimisation (#Longevity)

  • Energy hacking: More energy at work and in everyday life
  • Mindhacking: Better concentration and focus
  • Workplace-hacking: The workplace for optimal performance
  • Travelhacking: Never again jetlag, hacking the hotel room
  • Food hacking – from insects to oil in coffee to spermidine… with these foods to more productivity
  • And many more tips and tricks for high performance

 

Jan Wörner

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  • German space and innovation expert and president of Acatech
  • Former Director-General of the European Space Agency
  • 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, French, Japanese 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.