Nicole Brandes has worked with some of the world’s most powerful opinion leaders. Amongst her different roles, she includes that of the Swissair Executive Committee and heading the Care Team in the Halifax plane crash. In her role as executive director, she built up the VIP Club at UBS, ran a foundation for Queen Silvia of Sweden, and received an award for her role in the marketing of the oldest privately owned bank in Sweden. Nicole also established a successful communications department for two well-known companies dealing in hedge funds and private equity.
Nicole’s current role as international management coach, author, and thinker of the future of business has traveled to over 100 countries across the globe, talking to companies crossing all sectors, successfully giving executives guidance about digitization, disruption, and its many complexities. She sees her role as one where she helps people develop leadership skills aimed towards the future. According to Nicole, digitalization and people’s yearning to ‘belong’ is steadily increasing, and those in positions of leadership need to master the interpersonal skills to deal with this. A partner in the Zukunftsinstitut, Nicole Brandes has her hand on the pulse of new business technologies and trends and their effects on business.
Nicole’s area of expertise is something very close to her own heart, as she is of Asian and European heritage. Her areas of study include languages (University of Zurich and Grenada), an MBA in Strategic Management, and a postgraduate degree in Communication. She added to her skill set by studying Taoism with the grandmasters, learning from them the laws of success.
Amongst her many clients, she includes such greats as Microsoft, Salesforce, and Google (amongst many others) and has taken to the stage for TEDx, Futures Day, and the Alpine Symposium.
“Human skills are the key to a new way of leadership – one that is inspiring, creates room for creativity and connects people. Because this is what makes us different from machines.” – Nicole Brandes
Nicole Brandes has penned a number of books. The most recent, “We-Q”, was nominated the Business Book of the Year.
Nicole Brandes is considered one of the world’s top experts in intercultural management, understanding how people from different cultures may clash when dealing with a global economy. As a speaker, Nicole inspires, educates, and unites people. Nicole is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French. In addition, Nicole Brandes is a highly experienced conference moderator and host for high level technology related events.
“Nicole Brandes fascinates and delights! It (her talk)sensitises managers for the future and pulls along. An absolute pleasure with lasting effect.” – Werner von Allmen, CEO Swiss Excellence Forum
“One of the best speeches on China I've ever heard. Brilliant, informative and eloquent. I really enjoyed it.”
“Nicole Brandes brings the key to the table: How to manage the human driving forces in a connected world, powerful and inspiring.”