Bob Geldof, speaker

Bob Geldof

A world-class speaker with a unique insight into global and humanitarian issues


A famous rock star, successful entrepreneur and key influencer in world change, Bob has also gained huge recognition for his work, receiving countless awards and honours, including a knighthood. 

Bob Geldof is a highly sought-after speaker with a vast knowledge of many global and humanitarian issues, including famine, politics, climate change and debt.


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About Bob Geldof


Career

Through his role in organising fundraising concerts and charity work, Bob has helped to raise over £150 million to tackle global poverty and famine relief. His incisive business and leadership capabilities have also earned him huge entrepreneurial success, with his various award-winning media ventures. On top of this, his long-standing career in music and his many awards and achievements gained over the years have proved Bob Geldof is arguably one of the most influential figures of our times.

Through his vast and unique experiences, Bob is able to offer a rare insight into many issues that affect individuals and businesses on every level. His outstanding successes and achievements and his passion to instigate change and make the world a better place have ensured he is one of the world's most sought-after speakers.

Born in Dublin in 1951, Bob first entered the limelight in the 1970s as a rock musician with his band, the Boomtown Rats. During the early 1980s, he turned his attention to political activism and the poverty crisis in Africa. He set up Band Aid with Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. He subsequently went on to raise money and awareness for problems in Africa by organising Live Aid, Live 8 and Sport Aid.

Bob has not only actively campaigned to fight poverty, famine and AIDS in Africa, but he has driven change to increase aid and cancel debt, to improve lives of the impoverished in developing countries. More recently, he was at the forefront of fundraising to tackle the Ebola crisis. Bob has also voiced opinion on population control, and fathers' rights.

Proving himself as a highly successful businessman, Bob has also formed media companies Planet 24, Ten Alps and Pretend. He is an adviser to the ONE Campaign, and Chair of 8 Miles, a private African-focused equity fund.

Despite sometimes taking a controversial stance, Bob has gained huge recognition for his charity work and fundraising, receiving a clutch of awards. In 1986, Bob received a knighthood. He has also been awarded the Man of Peace title, honorary doctorate from several educational establishments, Freedom of the Cities of Dublin, Newcastle and London, as well as several nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has also gained recognition for his services to music.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • 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.

Speaking Style

Engaging, charismatic and passionate, Bob draws his audiences in with his unique entertaining style that instantly inspires and motivates. A world-class speaker and raconteur, Bob uses his own experiences and lessons learned to deliver thought-provoking ideas on a wide range of topical global issues.

Speaking Topics


  • Making Poverty History
  • Making A Difference
  • The Need For Commitment
  • Future Media and Media's Future
  • Dublin to Darfur - A Passion for Progress
  • Various business subjects based on his current 8 companies

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Books By Bob Geldof


  • Is That It? (1986)
  • Geldof In Africa (2006)

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