Welcome to the first of our new regular post, Speakers in the News. If you're looking for speaker ideas for your next event, here are a round-up of speakers who are currently making headlines and appearing in media from around the world.
Former Indian central bank head, Raghuram Rajan says a 'pragmatic' Beijing is the only thing preventing US and China from 'blowing up'. Speaking at the Nomura Investment Forum in Singapore, the renowned economist is quoted by CNBC as saying that it is only this attitude "on the part of the Chinese leadership that has prevented tensions between the world's two largest economies from escalating".
Popular historian Niall Ferguson features in the new documentary 'The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the West'. Reported by The Jewish Voice to be "one that challenges your comfort zone", the film which is screening in theaters, community centers, synagogues, churches, museums and universities across the United States features Ferguson and 30 other expert observers of the global tumult including academics, authors, think-tank executives and anthropologists.
The Edinburgh Reporter has published a piece on this year’s Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival which will be taking place in Melrose from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th June and features, amongst many others, author and journalist Misha Glenny. In case you didn't already know, Misha's book McMafia, Seriously Organised Crime was recently turned into a TV series starring James Norton which stirred enormous interest in a world that many thought fictional. However, McMafia is not so much a novel claims the Book Festival website but a "meticulously researched investigation into the rise and operation of hugely powerful criminals in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union".
Dee Caffari MBE is currently taking part in Leg 8, Day 16 of the Volvo Open Race. Sail-World reports that she and her crew on the Turn the Tide on Plastic has just dropped in rankings. However, the world record holder is reported as saying that she "won't stop fighting until the finish". Dee was the first woman to sail solo around the world in a westward direction, facing prevailing winds and currents in her non-stop journey. We're routing for her!
French freeclimber Alain Robert, dubbed 'The French Spiderman' has been foiled in his attempt to climb the 123-storey Lotte World Tower in Seoul. Security forced him to abandon the climb 75 stories up. Robert, who climbs bare-handed and without ropes is quoted as saying "it was a bit like cat and mouse... finally, I decided to surrender". According to Y7News, he went on to say that the purpose of his climb was to thank Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in for "what is happening now between South Korea and North Korea" referring to the meetings that have taken place between the leaders of the two countries in the last couple of months." Robert has scaled more than 100 structures without ropes or other safety equipment, setting a record for "most buildings climbed unassisted" according to Guinness World Records.
Steve Wozniak is to give the keynote on day one of Europe's leading FinTech event, Money20/20 Europe, according to Global Banking & Finance review. There are a reported 470 speakers who will take to the platform over the three day event covering "everything from PSD2, blockchain and cryptocurrencies to identity, the rise of the superapps, retail banking and much more".
The Sun website reports that Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid have revealed that there will be a Good Evening Britain for the first time ever later this month. Apparently, the show's timing has been changed to accommodate World Cup coverage and the show will air a special one-hour evening edition at 9:15pm on June 28th.