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Rock star, humanitarian and outspoken global development activist, Sir Bob Geldof is above all an influencer who knows how to shape opinion and get things done. Sir Bob is a world class speaker, a charismatic and masterful storyteller and a highly entertaining presenter.

  • The powerful creative force behind Band Aid, Live Aid and most recently Live 8, Bob Geldof is also a successful businessman, Nobel Peace prize nominee and recipient of an honorary knighthood.
  • World renowned famine and debt relief campaigner. Chair of the private African-focused equity fund 8 Miles.

Heralds Africa as the coming economic giant

One of the UK's most well liked entrepreneurs, James Caan was a level headed TV Dragon

  • Star of TV's Dragons' Den 2007 - 2010
  • Entrepreneur and Businessman
  • Created the James Caan Foundation


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Your workforce - Your employees

Speaking Style

Enthusiastic, informal and passionate.


James Caan is confident and passionate about his views on business and entrepreneurship. He is able to advise and inspire listeners from all walks of life.


Best known for his role as an investor on the BBCs Dragons Den, James Caan is a serial entrepreneur who now works as a government advisor and for numerous charities.

A popular philosopher who strives to engage with everyday life in original and surprising ways.

De Botton has taken the erudite discipline of philosophy and consistently applied it to everyday questions at the heart of our society: How do we co-exist with other people? How do we deal with our anxieties? How do we live well? His discussions on topics like love and pornography have led people to call him a popular philosopher, a label which he does not reject.

Business guru and broadcaster specializing in leadership and culture.

René​ Carayol is one of the world's leading business gurus. He specializes in leadership and culture drawing on his board-level experience with global organisations within the public and private sectors. He is an experienced speaker, facilitator, broadcaster and broadsheet business and financial commentator.

One of the World's Top HR Gurus, Academic Advocating a Radical Transformation in HR

Dave Ulrich is an academic advocating a radical transformation in HR. He says it's time for HR to step up and take a seat with the decision makers.

The driving force behind the successful London 2012 Olympic Games and now President Elect of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Throughout his career Sebastian Coe has demonstrated not only his talent as an athlete, politician or leader but his commitment and determination to succeed. From Olympic Gold medals and World records in middle distance running to political life and his own business interests, to securing the winning bid for the 2012 Olympics for London and then leading the team that delivered the most successful Olympics in modern times.

Mike Walsh is a leading authority on the digital future, specialising in emerging technologies and markets. He is an experienced media commentator and CEO of the innovations research lab 'Tomorrow', helping businesses locate the disruptors of the future and take action to influence the future direction of their industry

A label defying international economist specialising in global affairs.

Moyo has travelled extensively and has studied the political, economic, and financial workings of numerous emerging economies. She looks at the relationship between these countries and international business in order to identify investment opportunities. She serves on the board of Barclays Bank, SABMiller and Barrick Gold.

A highly successful entrepreneur, Josephine Fairley co-founded Green & Black's Organic Chocolate

Dedication and a belief in the Green and Black's brand, combined with determination, enthusiasm and communication skills allowed Fairley to found a successful ethical business. As a speaker, she is keen to share her secrets of success, focusing on the importance of understanding the needs and beliefs of customers.

Leadership coach and popular management based author  who has written or edited 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. Amongst these are two New York Times bestsellers, 'MOJO' and 'What Got You Here Won’t Get You There'. His latest book 'Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be' was published May 19, 2015.

Marshall is the recent winner of the Thinkers 50 2015 Leadership Award and is ranked fifth in the Thinkers 50 ranking.


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