Nelly Ben Hayoun - Speaker - By Promotivate Speaker Agency

Nelly Ben Hayoun

Conference Speaker Nelly Ben Hayoun - By Promotivate Speaker Agency

Nelly Ben Hayoun

A Disruptor Challenging Conventional Thinking With Totally Unique Ideas


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Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian is a dynamic super creative who will (literally) add rocket fuel to your events and campaigns – Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun- Stépanian will deliver in spades.  She is known for electrifying audiences and leaving an impression that resonates long after she has left the room. Dubbed the Willy Wonka of Design and Science, award-winning director and Designer of Experiences, Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer and a fearless and passionate provocateur combining experience, ideas, technology, radical pedagogy, music and art.

She has held an astonishing range of first-of-its-kind roles. As Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute), she founded the world’s first International Space Orchestra, a group made up of NASA space scientists and astronauts.

She is the founder of the pioneering University of the Underground, a free MA programme taught by an all-star lineup that aims to teach students how to “design experiences and events that best support social dreaming, social actions and power shifts within institutions, companies and governments”.

She has been Chief of Experiences at WeTransfer, Advisor to the United Nations Virtual Reality Labs and Vice-Chair at the International Astronautical Federation. Nelly’s musical collaborations include Damon Albarn, Bjork, Sigur Ros, Beck, Kid Cudi and most recently, with The Avalanches during lockdown.

Nelly Ben Hayoun – An Icon

In a consulting role, Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios supported creativity at Mattel and Lego. As a thank you for these collaborations, these iconic toymakers created a Barbie doll and a Lego figurine modelled after her.

Nelly has worked with NASA for over a decade. She is Vice Chair for the Cultural Utilization of Space, a member of the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee, and a permanent committee member of the International Academy of Astronautics Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

A designer of extreme experiences, in late 2023, Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian, created a spectacular electric Porsche art car and worked with 3D software experts on designing an alternative universe to drive it.

Nelly Ben Hayoun – Dynamic Super Creative Keynote Speaker

Nelly is ranked first on the Top 50 Best Female Speakers list and is a professional public speaker with over a decade of experience.

One of a kind?

Nelly has two doppelgangers who travel the world giving talks, challenging notions of space and time while questioning the politics and economics of performance and public speaking.

Selected Speaking Topics:

  • "The magnetic French designer is a force of nature and a genuine pioneer, speaking ten to the dozen while painting visionary pictures of non-standard topics such as space travel and undersea exploration. Yet unlike many stargazers, Ben Hayoun tends to pull off her visions, collaborating with everyone from NASA and the SETI Institute to Icelandic post-rock ground Sigur Rós."

    Marcus Fairs, Editor, Dezeen

  • Nelly Ben Hayoun "The magnetic French designer is a force of nature and a genuine pioneer, speaking ten to the dozen while painting visionary pictures of non-standard topics such as space travel and undersea exploration. Yet unlike many stargazers, Ben Hayoun tends to pull off her visions, collaborating with everyone from NASA and the SETI Institute to Icelandic post-rock ground Sigur Rós."
    5 / 5
  • “Nelly was simply amazing. I’m still on a high from talking with Nelly during our tour and her talk! The wealth of knowledge that she posses I love— to be honest, I haven’t talked with someone with such a high level of knowledge in such a long time, it was lovely to have her share her knowledge with us. To be honest, we haven’t had someone like Nelly come in, meaning: it was a barrage of incredibly amazing and inspiring projects and information. Nelly was a much needed jolt of inspiration and inspiring energy. She is like a force of nature with a cool French accent.”

    Vanessa Dewey, Mattel

  • Nelly Ben Hayoun “Nelly was simply amazing. I’m still on a high from talking with Nelly during our tour and her talk! The wealth of knowledge that she posses I love— to be honest, I haven’t talked with someone with such a high level of knowledge in such a long time, it was lovely to have her share her knowledge with us. To be honest, we haven’t had someone like Nelly come in, meaning: it was a barrage of incredibly amazing and inspiring projects and information. Nelly was a much needed jolt of inspiration and inspiring energy. She is like a force of nature with a cool French accent.”
    5 / 5
  • “Part designer, part performance artist, part space traveller, Nelly Ben Hayoun is an inexhaustible source of renewable energy that, if harnessed, could eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. Indescribable.”

    Michael Beirut, Pentagram

  • Nelly Ben Hayoun “Part designer, part performance artist, part space traveller, Nelly Ben Hayoun is an inexhaustible source of renewable energy that, if harnessed, could eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. Indescribable.”
    5 / 5