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Leadership Advisor, Futurist & International Speaker. Helping leaders to navigate global complexity
Diego Gilardoni is a leadership advisor and futurist providing strategic counsel to the C-Suite at the intersection of global business, corporate foresight, communication, and culture.
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What Diego Gilardoni's clients say
"We had the pleasure of having Diego as a keynote speaker at our annual Sports Industry Summit 2018. He provided great insights on the broader picture behind China’s investment into sports. Diego provided the 100+ delegates with actionable on-stage advice on how to best drive business relationships with Chinese clients. We got great feedback from all attendees – very well done!"
"I have seen Diego giving a speech on global communication and nation branding at the National Image Research Center of Tsinghua University in Beijing. I really enjoyed his presentation: insightful, crispy, entertaining, and, most importantly, able to convey an effective and meaningful message to both Chinese and Western audiences."
"One of the most brilliant speaker ever had at our CEO luncheon."
"Diego is an incredibly engaging and knowledgeable speaker who is adept at illuminating how China’s complex historical and cultural context impacts the intricacies of the business culture and consumer mindset today. We had the pleasure of welcoming him as a keynote speaker at our 2018 Annual Convention in Shanghai. There he addressed a crowd of more than 200 independent hoteliers of luxury hotels from around the world, providing thoughtfully tailored insights and opportunities to capture the rising affluent Chinese class."
"With a combination of broad knowledge, cross-disciplinary approach, business insights, and an engaging communication style, Diego provided us with a framework to help us better understand the changing global business environment. He also provided us with sharp insights on how to adapt to these realities by developing a truly global mindset."
"Diego’s personal experience in working across cultures and his broad knowledge of global issues and dynamics made a significant contribution to our program aimed at developing innovative strategic thinking in international business. His lecture, through a lively and creative integration of theory and practical examples, was very well received by the participants, managers and executives who are constantly faced with the challenges posed by an increasingly complex global business environment."
"I have had the opportunity of working and sharing the platform with Diego on various conferences and events. He is a great communicator with the ability to break down and simplify complex information."
"Diego is an engaging storyteller and eloquent speaker―whether in Europe, North America or Asia. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a stage with him to witness how he holds an audience, makes insightful points and proves to be a pleasure to hear."
"Has a very pleasant way of engaging his audience with humor, charm, and substance"
"Diego stands as a global thought leader whose advanced perceptive abilities are able to shed constructive light on seemingly insurmountable societal and business issues"
"An excellent public speaker who understands how to connect in a meaningful way with his audience"
"Diego offers a rare combination of very valuable first-hand insights together with an analytical mind"
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Diego Gilardoni's 2023 biography
Diego Gilardoni International Speaker
A truly global speaker with a global mindset, Diego brings a rich and eclectic professional experience spanning different sectors, cultures, and continents at the nexus of global business, communication, and international affairs.
By building on a cross-disciplinary and international background as a journalist in Europe and in the US, and as a business consultant in China, Diego today wears many hats, as an executive advisor, strategist, author, cross-cultural business consultant and trainer, academic lecturer and a sought-after public speaker.
Thanks to his ability to draw wide, original, and insightful perspectives at the intersection of global business, communication, reputation, culture, strategy, and international affairs, in the last few years Diego has been invited to speak at corporate events and international conferences around the world.
He has also given a TEDx Talk on global communication and he is the Author of “Decoding China. Cross-cultural strategies for successful business with the Chinese”
As an expert in communication, reputation, and global affairs, Diego was appointed member of the International Advisory Board of the National Image Research Center of Tsinghua University in Beijing, the leading Think Tank providing advice to Chinese institutions and corporations on public and corporate diplomacy strategies.
He is also active as an academic lecturer and he was recently Visiting Professor in global business and corporate diplomacy at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
He earned a degree in History at the University of Fribourg, in Switzerland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business (with a focus on global reputation and corporate diplomacy) at the University of Oxford, where he also completed the executive Oxford Scenarios Programme at Saïd Business School. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Advocacy in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and is a certified intercultural management consultant and trainer.
As an internationally recognized speaker, Diego draws on his cross-disciplinary knowledge and global experience to provide thought-provoking strategic intelligence to clients to help them imagine the future, anticipate risks and opportunities, and make sense of the geostrategic, technological, and cultural complexities impacting global business in an increasingly fragmented world.
Diego has lectured in different universities, including the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
A cultural broker between East and West, he is the author of Decoding China (2017) and was a member of the International Advisory Board of the National Image Research Centre at Tsinghua University.
A former journalist turned international advisor, Diego Gilardoni operates at the nexus between leadership, strategic foresight, communication, and global business with extensive experience across continents and cultures.
As a strategic foresight advisor pursues one mission: helping leaders and organisations navigate a VUCA world by achieving clarity around a future-proofed vision.
As a leadership communication advisor, Diego works with leaders to shape their strategic message by helping them create clarity around their vision.
As an expert in global business and intercultural management and communication, Diego works with international organisations to help them become truly global by turning cultural differences into a strategic asset.
Diego gave a TEDx Talk on global business and communication and is a sought-after speaker with extensive international experience.
Recent events of note include the Istanbul Global Leadership Forum, the Oman Business Forum, the World Communication Forum, the PWC Global Sports Summit, the EU-China Forum, the convention of The Leading Hotels of The World, and the annual conference of the China International Public Relations Association.
In June 2020, he was invited to speak at the “Recovery Summit”, the first and largest global virtual conference of the Covid Era, along with Nobel Laureates, international CEOs, and some of the most influential global thinkers of our time.
He is the author of Decoding China (2017) and has lectured in different universities, including the Judge Business School in Cambridge and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
Diego is a Graduate in History from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business from the University of Oxford and an Executive Certificate in Advocacy in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
He is an international Futurist and Strategic Foresight Practitioner certified by the Institute for the Future of Palo Alto, the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, and the Saïd Business School Oxford Scenarios Program.
As a recognised expert in Global Business and Culture, Diego holds certifications in Intercultural Management and Organisational Culture from Hofstede Insights, a global leading consulting and research firm in the field of culture and management.
Diego is a certified Executive Coach from the Academy of Executive Coaching in London and a certified Visionary Leadership Coach from the Oleg Konovalov Visionary Leadership Coaching Certification Program. He also holds a certification in Neuroleadership from the Neuroleadership Institute in New York.
Diego Gilardoni's 2023 talks & topics
Exploring the future to anticipate change
How to use the methodology of Strategic Foresight and Futures Thinking to anticipate the future and develop future-proofed leadership to manage change by anticipating it
Mega Trends and their impact on Global Business
Understanding the impact that the complex correlation of geopolitical, economic, technological, and cultural forces has on global business
Global Business in a Fragmented World
Analyzing the impact that the current geopolitical recession has on global business and on the global economic context, and the possible future developments
Navigating Global Complexity with a Global Mindset
Explaining how international companies can become truly global by adopting a global mindset rooted in cultural intelligence that allows them to turn cultural diversity into a strategic asset
The Diversity Dividend
How to leverage the power of diversity through intelligent inclusive strategies enabling better decision making and, by extension, better leadership
Strategic Narrative for better leadership
Effective leadership communication requires the ability to use the power of language to shape a strategic narrative that captures the vision and the mission of an organization. To craft a simple, yet not simplistic, message a leader needs to embrace complexity, because simplicity is nothing but resolved complexity.
Diego Gilardoni's 2023 speaking fees
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