Ali Mahlodji Austria Aeroplan

Refugee, Visionary & Storyteller, co-founder of WHATCHADO

Speaker's Fee:

C £5 - £10,000

  • Inspirational Keynote From Worst to First. The Story of the refugee Ali Mahlodji.
  • Refugee who became Visionary & Storyteller, co-founder of internet sensation WHATCHADO.
  • Accomplished author of Empowerment in management. Challenges of Employee Motivation.
  • Overcoming the most difficult of starts in life, rediculed as a child with a stutter, Ali now holds court as a world class motivational speaker to companies world-wide.

Ali Mahlodji has an amazing story. Despite a speech impediment and growing up in Vienna, Austria, as an Iranian refugee, Ali Mahlodji has overcome many challenges. Today, he is the CEO of internationally aclaimed startup WHATCHADO and has a staff of 49 employees and motivates organisations world-wide.

Feeling like a stranger in his new environment, Ali often wished he had a mentor. This led to his business idea, i.e. WHATCHADO, where life stories are taken and used so that others can find what he terms ‘a soul mate’.

The refugee and school dropout believed himself an ‘error in the system’, although it did not influence his self-perception. His over forty jobs undertaken includes that of ‘cleaning lady’, manager, teacher, and founder and CEO as well as Chief Storyteller at WHATCHADO.

Ali has, during his life, suffered burnout and faced issues that most could not even contemplate. His main task, Ali believes, is to save the world, and he is serious about it. Everyone, according to Ali, should start small, with one person, thereby already saving one small piece.

His company, WHATCHADO, has interviewed thousands of people across the globe, taking down their stories, letting people speak about their lives and careers. These people are not necessarily all business people or superstars. Many are average people building a life in average, and at times less than average, circumstances. His project has collected thousands of life stories from more than 100 countries and is a source of inspiration for millions of people.

Ali, through his work, has gathered a number of achievements. Amongst these are included:

  • EU Youth Ambassador
  • EU Ambassador for the new narrative

The child with problems earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering ( the University of Applied Science in Vienna) and a diploma from the Austria College for IT/Business Administration, and has, despite his busy schedule, found the time to write a book. Empowerment in management. Challenges of Employee Motivation deals with the challenges faced by management to empower their employees to solve problems faster, react more effectively, and think more sustainably.

Ali is of the opinion everyone has a story, and each person’s story can inspire change.

“Nobody knows what the world looks like in ten years. We just have to get involved in the chances of change, and let ourselves be surprised a bit. ” – Ali Mahlodji

Ali Mahlodji – Speaker

The child ridiculed because of his stutter is a far cry from the eloquent man that takes the stage, addressing audiences on a global scale, and counting hundreds of businesses as clients. His unique approach to Human Resources and innovative approach to business, leads one to ask the question: should employees have coaches rather than bosses?

Speaking Topics

  • STORYTELLING AND THE POWER OF STORIES
    Experiences gleaned from more than 4000 life stories, or: “how to go your own way in life”. In 2015, Ali Mahlodji was appointed European Ambassador “for the new narrative” by EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. In this capacity, he is helping define and deliver the narrative of the EU throughout Europe.
    INSPIRATION from the story of Ali Mahlodji and 4000 others. CONFIDENCE in their own strengths and the path that lies ahead. GUIDANCE on how to discover their own story and tell it authentically.
  • TRY, FAIL, INNOVATE, KICK ASS & KILL THE BOSS 
  • Ali Mahlodji tells how he launched an international success story after dropping out of school and taking more than 40 different jobs in succession. He explains how he managed to put the established players in the ‘hot seat’ and what the companies of the “old economy” can learn from an innovative start-up approach.TRY & FAIL Why eating dirt, falling on your face a thousand times and getting up again once more than you fall down is an essential survival factor. INNOVATE Which approaches can render existing markets obsolete? KICK ASS How to take on the market leaders and shake up those markets. KILL THE BOSS Why employees need coaches rather than leaders, and why the new generation of leaders should strive to make themselves replaceable.
  • SIMPLICITY KILLS LEADERS – LEADING A NEW GENERATION…
    …and why focus has never been more important. Established corporations and monopolists are shaking in their shoes, because they know they are being targeted and overtaken at lightning speed by start-ups and new challengers. SAY NO & INNOVATE How to get established players shaking in their shoes. LEADING FUTURE GENERATIONS How to lead future generations with their ostensibly different rules and values. FOCUS ON YOUR DNA How you can protect yourself from attacks by new market players. CHANGING THE REAL WORLD Cases of transformations that can overthrow established industries.
  • REMEMBER YOUR INNER CHILD
    What leaders can learn from children, and what we all forgot long ago. Why is it that curiosity is a child’s daily companion, while in the corporate world, we are more interested in employing people who do not wish to actively shape the company’s destiny? CURIOSITY THROUGH “WHY” Curiosity is the motor of an innovative society. Why aren’t employees curious enough, despite having possessed curiosity in spades in childhood? LEARN TO FAIL What we can learn from a child’s willingness to fail. LEAD THROUGH REFOCUSING How can people who lack a “culture of error” and innovation at work be encouraged to strive for peak performance?
  • THE FUEL FOR INNOVATION IN A NON-LINEAR WORLD
    How zigzag career paths and an abundance of competitive advantage are driving digital transformation. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, one of the most valuable stock exchange-listed corporations, names diversity as the No. 1 driver of his company in terms of innovation and success. During the last three years, Ali Mahlodji and his team have interviewed thousands of people from a hundred countries and 300 organizations about their professions and career paths and gleaned insights into transnational cultures and work models, learning why diverse teams stand for more innovation and why – in an age of globalization – locking out diversity is a death sentence for a business.

Ali Mahlodji

Motivational Speaker Ali Mahlodji
  • Inspirational Keynote From Worst to First. The Story of the refugee Ali Mahlodji.
  • Refugee who became Visionary & Storyteller, co-founder of internet sensation WHATCHADO.
  • Accomplished author of Empowerment in management. Challenges of Employee Motivation.
  • Overcoming the most difficult of starts in life, rediculed as a child with a stutter, Ali now holds court as a world class motivational speaker to companies world-wide.
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Ali Mahlodji

Motivational Speaker Ali Mahlodji
  • Inspirational Keynote From Worst to First. The Story of the refugee Ali Mahlodji.
  • Refugee who became Visionary & Storyteller, co-founder of internet sensation WHATCHADO.
  • Accomplished author of Empowerment in management. Challenges of Employee Motivation.
  • Overcoming the most difficult of starts in life, rediculed as a child with a stutter, Ali now holds court as a world class motivational speaker to companies world-wide.

Ali Mahlodji has an amazing story. Despite a speech impediment and growing up in Vienna, Austria, as an Iranian refugee, Ali Mahlodji has overcome many challenges. Today, he is the CEO of internationally aclaimed startup WHATCHADO and has a staff of 49 employees and motivates organisations world-wide.

Feeling like a stranger in his new environment, Ali often wished he had a mentor. This led to his business idea, i.e. WHATCHADO, where life stories are taken and used so that others can find what he terms ‘a soul mate’.

The refugee and school dropout believed himself an ‘error in the system’, although it did not influence his self-perception. His over forty jobs undertaken includes that of ‘cleaning lady’, manager, teacher, and founder and CEO as well as Chief Storyteller at WHATCHADO.

Ali has, during his life, suffered burnout and faced issues that most could not even contemplate. His main task, Ali believes, is to save the world, and he is serious about it. Everyone, according to Ali, should start small, with one person, thereby already saving one small piece.

His company, WHATCHADO, has interviewed thousands of people across the globe, taking down their stories, letting people speak about their lives and careers. These people are not necessarily all business people or superstars. Many are average people building a life in average, and at times less than average, circumstances. His project has collected thousands of life stories from more than 100 countries and is a source of inspiration for millions of people.

Ali, through his work, has gathered a number of achievements. Amongst these are included:

  • EU Youth Ambassador
  • EU Ambassador for the new narrative

The child with problems earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering ( the University of Applied Science in Vienna) and a diploma from the Austria College for IT/Business Administration, and has, despite his busy schedule, found the time to write a book. Empowerment in management. Challenges of Employee Motivation deals with the challenges faced by management to empower their employees to solve problems faster, react more effectively, and think more sustainably.

Ali is of the opinion everyone has a story, and each person’s story can inspire change.

“Nobody knows what the world looks like in ten years. We just have to get involved in the chances of change, and let ourselves be surprised a bit. ” – Ali Mahlodji

Ali Mahlodji – Speaker

The child ridiculed because of his stutter is a far cry from the eloquent man that takes the stage, addressing audiences on a global scale, and counting hundreds of businesses as clients. His unique approach to Human Resources and innovative approach to business, leads one to ask the question: should employees have coaches rather than bosses?

Speaking Topics

  • STORYTELLING AND THE POWER OF STORIES
    Experiences gleaned from more than 4000 life stories, or: “how to go your own way in life”. In 2015, Ali Mahlodji was appointed European Ambassador “for the new narrative” by EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. In this capacity, he is helping define and deliver the narrative of the EU throughout Europe.
    INSPIRATION from the story of Ali Mahlodji and 4000 others. CONFIDENCE in their own strengths and the path that lies ahead. GUIDANCE on how to discover their own story and tell it authentically.
  • TRY, FAIL, INNOVATE, KICK ASS & KILL THE BOSS 
  • Ali Mahlodji tells how he launched an international success story after dropping out of school and taking more than 40 different jobs in succession. He explains how he managed to put the established players in the ‘hot seat’ and what the companies of the “old economy” can learn from an innovative start-up approach.TRY & FAIL Why eating dirt, falling on your face a thousand times and getting up again once more than you fall down is an essential survival factor. INNOVATE Which approaches can render existing markets obsolete? KICK ASS How to take on the market leaders and shake up those markets. KILL THE BOSS Why employees need coaches rather than leaders, and why the new generation of leaders should strive to make themselves replaceable.
  • SIMPLICITY KILLS LEADERS – LEADING A NEW GENERATION…
    …and why focus has never been more important. Established corporations and monopolists are shaking in their shoes, because they know they are being targeted and overtaken at lightning speed by start-ups and new challengers. SAY NO & INNOVATE How to get established players shaking in their shoes. LEADING FUTURE GENERATIONS How to lead future generations with their ostensibly different rules and values. FOCUS ON YOUR DNA How you can protect yourself from attacks by new market players. CHANGING THE REAL WORLD Cases of transformations that can overthrow established industries.
  • REMEMBER YOUR INNER CHILD
    What leaders can learn from children, and what we all forgot long ago. Why is it that curiosity is a child’s daily companion, while in the corporate world, we are more interested in employing people who do not wish to actively shape the company’s destiny? CURIOSITY THROUGH “WHY” Curiosity is the motor of an innovative society. Why aren’t employees curious enough, despite having possessed curiosity in spades in childhood? LEARN TO FAIL What we can learn from a child’s willingness to fail. LEAD THROUGH REFOCUSING How can people who lack a “culture of error” and innovation at work be encouraged to strive for peak performance?
  • THE FUEL FOR INNOVATION IN A NON-LINEAR WORLD
    How zigzag career paths and an abundance of competitive advantage are driving digital transformation. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, one of the most valuable stock exchange-listed corporations, names diversity as the No. 1 driver of his company in terms of innovation and success. During the last three years, Ali Mahlodji and his team have interviewed thousands of people from a hundred countries and 300 organizations about their professions and career paths and gleaned insights into transnational cultures and work models, learning why diverse teams stand for more innovation and why – in an age of globalization – locking out diversity is a death sentence for a business.
Biography

Client Testimonials

"At the age of 12, he stuttered and was unable to say one straight sentence without tremendous effort. That made him a welcome victim for his classmates. Behind his back they mumbled: "He can not even talk." The sentence accompanied him through his youth . Today, he is CEO of a company with 49 employees and is everything but speechless when he is on stage throughout the world . At times also in his leather pants, after all, he grew up in Vienna."

"Nobody knows what the world looks like in ten years. We just have to get involved in the chances of change, and let ourselves be surprised a bit. "

Client Testimonials

"At the age of 12, he stuttered and was unable to say one straight sentence without tremendous effort. That made him a welcome victim for his classmates. Behind his back they mumbled: "He can not even talk." The sentence accompanied him through his youth . Today, he is CEO of a company with 49 employees and is everything but speechless when he is on stage throughout the world . At times also in his leather pants, after all, he grew up in Vienna."

"Nobody knows what the world looks like in ten years. We just have to get involved in the chances of change, and let ourselves be surprised a bit. "

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WIE MAN SEIN EIGENER SUPERHELD WIRD | Ali Mahlodji | TEDxGraz (German)
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Client Testimonials

"At the age of 12, he stuttered and was unable to say one straight sentence without tremendous effort. That made him a welcome victim for his classmates. Behind his back they mumbled: "He can not even talk." The sentence accompanied him through his youth . Today, he is CEO of a company with 49 employees and is everything but speechless when he is on stage throughout the world . At times also in his leather pants, after all, he grew up in Vienna."

"Nobody knows what the world looks like in ten years. We just have to get involved in the chances of change, and let ourselves be surprised a bit. "

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