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Nick Jankel

Thought leader, leadership futurist, transformation catalyst and award-winning author

Nick Jankel Biography

A former elite scientist, Nick fuses cutting-edge neuroscience with timeless wisdom all focused on how to drive practical change. He inspires audiences to switch on and step up to engage with the future, drive digital transformation and lead in an AI world.

Nick Jankel is a highly sought-after and accomplished international keynote speaker who inspires audiences across the globe to forge the future of the digital, disrupted, and damaged world. As a futurist, leadership theorist and transformation catalyst at the pinnacle of thought leadership, Nick has advised and accelerated many ambitious organizations such as Novartis, HSBC, Unilever, Nike, No.10 Downing Street, Genentech, Smucker’s, Google, Diageo, Roche, Intel, Lendlease, P&G and the BBC.

Nick is a master at the skills and capabilities of Transformational Leadership: how to metabolize constant change into concrete value and impact, from leading the digital transformation to landing disruptive innovation. A Cambridge-educated medic, he develops highly-original thinking and powerful tools, using a blend of the latest brain science fused with profound wisdom, that inspires leaders to switch on and step up rather than freezing in uncertainty, fighting the need for tangible change, and repeating what worked in the past.

A purpose-driven entrepreneur since the age of 24, Nick initially made his name as the innovation guru behind the global launch of Xbox and the development of the most successful TV show of all time (Dancing with Stars / Strictly Come Dancing). But he realized, the hard way, that disruptive innovation always fails if executives do not have the capabilities to lead and land transformation and company cultures cannot afford real change. So he pivoted his career and business to focus on unlocking the power of transformation in organisations.

Nick is a globally-recognized expert on the future and the role of Transformational Leadership in manifesting it. He does not just illuminate what the future holds, from AI, blockchain and biotech to climate change and Gen Z – but how audience members must change themselves to forge the future they want to see. Using cutting-edge neuroscience explained in simple ways within beautiful presentations, he inspires people with warmth and finesse to leave behind old ways of thinking and acting to embrace the limitless opportunities of the Digital Age.

Unlike most speakers, Nick provides audiences with takeaway tools that they can use for a lifetime; and can include immersive experiences to start people making the change at the event. He customizes every talk with relevant case studies, stories from the frontlines, and nuggets of science. A seasoned broadcaster, Nick hosted his own network BBC TV Show, has been featured in the FT and The Sunday Times and has taught at LBS, Oxford, Yale and SciencesPo. He obtained a Triple 1st Class degree, summa cum laude, in Medicine & Philosophy from Cambridge University and is the author of a number of books on creativity, transformation, and leadership. As a philosopher, he has been invited to speak at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Festival, TEDx, PBWC SF, and SciFoo at Google Mountain View.

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Testimonials for Nick Jankel

“Nick Jankel uses his unique voice and powerful insights to inspire wonder. As an innovation & leadership guru, his ideas are as relevant to the newest startup as they are to the oldest public company.”

Former Director, White House Office of Innovation Special Advisor to President Obama

“Thank you so much for your fantastic presentation last week at our event in Athens, it was amazing. The delegates loved it. It was a total pleasure working with you and I hope you enjoyed it too.”

General Manager

European Regions Airline Association (ERA)

“I am still under the inspiration of your speech on Breakthrough. It was brilliant.”

Pascal Parant, VP, AARP

“A superb talk. It has started us on the journey of cultural change.”

Novartis

“Extraordinary creativity and thought leadership in all things to do with innovation.”

Chief Marketing Officer

Diageo

“I have received very supportive and positive feedback (lots of ‘what’s next’s) and personally found your session to be very relatable and inspiring.”

HR Director

The Collective

“Inspiring and enlightening!” 

Microsoft

had. Nick is hugely well informed and provides amazing insight in a simple, elegant and engaging style that everyone who attended the event hugely enjoyed. I consider Nick a genuine thought leader in his field.”

Chief Executive

Scottish Institute for Enterprise

“Inspired us to continue to work on ourselves as leaders and lead the change. The value of the tool was spot on! Thank you!”

“Your keynote was brilliant, the best explanation of the 3 key threat areas to traditional commerce, with a brilliantly simple suggestion with the potential for huge impact, many thanks.”

SVP, SAP

“Thank you so much for your fantastic presentation. The delegates loved it. It was a total pleasure working with you.”

GM, European Regions Airline Association

“You’ll never discover new lands unless you can leave sight of the shore. Nick acts as both a compass and a Gale Force 9 wind!”

Chief Marketing Officer

Tesco PLC

“Would like to thank you again for your inspiring keynote. We just finished the 3 days and I received a lot of positive feedback. Thank you for sharing your insights. You inspired us to continue to work on ourself and leading the way. Also the value of the story was spot on! Thank you!”

Angelique de Vries, SVP, SAP

“A compelling session with very useful thoughts I am applying.”  “

“A pronounced and profound impact. Exceptional.”

CEO, HSBC

“The synthesis of biomedical research with business case studies was certainly compelling and called to mind the more inspirational classes from my time at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Thank you again for a stimulating hour and lots of food for thought.”

General Counsel, LGC

“Excellent keynote, very thought provoking and exactly what we wanted.”

Direct Line Group

“Very relevant to LEGO’s values and purpose and highlighted the importance of creativity within the working environment.”

LEGO

“An amazing experience. Very, very good feedback from our leaders.”

Intel

“Nick engaged with a diverse and large audience using a range of multimedia techniques. He was engaging, humorous and also strategic in his approach. As a result, the audience was enthused and went away with a strong commitment to delivering new collaborative approaches. I would recommend Nick most strongly.”

Director of Strategy

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

“Huge Impact!  Outstanding framework and powerful tools.”

President, Kellogg's North America

“Very much enjoyed your speech. Superb insights which kept my brain whirring for the rest of the evening.”

MD, Airbus UK

Nick Jankel‘s Topics

Diversity In Technology & Innovation

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Collaborate Leadership & Co-Creation

Collaboration can deliver more with less but usually ends up in a fiasco. Nick shows leaders how to build collaborative, cross-functional teams that deliver ambitious projects whilst avoiding conflict. Nick shares how to create the right conditions for collaboration so people contribute and share freely with trust and common purpose.

Accelerating Culture-Change

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Conscious Leadership & Conscious Innovation

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The Future Of Cities, Health & Education

The triple threat of digital technologies disrupted cultures and increasingly stressed systems are opening up opportunities for transformation in our cities, healthcare and education – with smart, scalable and sustainable solutions. But transformation is being blocked by old thinking and mindsets. Nick shows what is possible to forge the future of cities / health / education.

The New Masculinity

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Take Charge of Change: Transformational Leadership In The VUCA World

Rapid change, uncertainty and complexity is driving Industrial-Age companies to fail. What got them here will not get them there. Nick explains how leaders can master themselves so they can turn constant change outside into exponential value, transforming processes, products and people at will.

Break Through Complexity

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Blast Through The Barriers To Innovation

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Agility, Adaptability & “Transformational Teams”

Rapid change demands we must all be more agile with our ideas and behaviours. But fear, friction, groupthink and entrenched habits get in the way. Nick explains how leaders can create the conditions for agility, adaptability and pace.

Creative Leadership & Transformation

Changes in the outside world threaten every organisation with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create value out of change through safe, controlled and conscious organisational ‘self-disruption’. Nick shows how to unleash the creative potential of people and prevent the organisational ‘immune system’ from crushing ideas and individuals before transformations are landed.

Leading in VUCA & Radical Agility

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The Future Of Business

Digital age tech and the 4th Industrial Revolution are opening up limitless opportunities for exponential value creation. But Industrial-Age thinking about what business is and how it is done is holding companies back.

The Future of Work

Attracting and retaining the most transformational talent is getting harder. AI and automation threaten to replace 50% of us in the decade. Rampant stress is reducing creativity and empowerment. Nick shows what is possible with the workplace and workforce of the future.

Digital Transformation & “The Create & Control Organisation”

Digital age technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution are forcing all organisations to transform inside and embrace distributed creativity and flatter leadership. Yet over 65% of all change programs fail. Nick explains how to master change and leverage emotions, mindsets and behaviour to land digital transformation.

The 4th Industrial Revolution

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Business & Brand Storytelling

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Untangle Uncertainty

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Accelerate Agility & Adaptation

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Forging The Future of a Digital, Disrupted & Damaged World

The future exists in the present – as long as we know how to spot it and leverage it. Nick shows audiences how to use futuring tools to find where value lies in the future, so we can lead transformations in our systems that deliver exponential value in the present.

Inspirational Leadership & Empowering Teams

Inspired employees are 125% more productive than satisfied ones. Nick explains how leaders can use purpose, empowerment, emotive communication, self-mastery and storytelling to inspire others to change, create and collaborate.

Resilience & Self-Mastery

Employee overwhelm and stress is crushing the potential of even the greatest companies to do Business-As-Usual let alone be agile, adaptable and creative. Nick explains how employees can mastery their own biology, time, energy and performance and so build deep resilience which minimizes stress and overwhelm permanently.

The Future Of Leadership

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Creative Leadership & Innovation Cultures

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Purposeful Leadership & Business Purpose

How to unleash the creative engines of enterprise with business purpose and leadership to maximize impact and value; why purpose is so powerful and so welcomed by customers and employees; and how to define different forms of purpose.

Influencing & Ethical Persuasion

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The Future of Health

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The Future of AI & Machine Learning

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Glimpse the Future Today

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Lead The Transformation Today

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Leading In Uncertainty & Complexity

The world is becoming fundamentally uncertain and frighteningly complex. This lack of knowability hurts our brains in the same place as physical pain. Nick explains how to transcend our wiring to lead powerfully in our bewildering times.

Influential Leadership, Persuasion & Storytelling

Matrix organizations and complex markets mean that leaders must know how to grab attention and ensure alignment without recourse to command and control. Nick explains how to ethically use persuasion and storytelling to influence people, whether customers or employees, painting pictures of possibility that inspire hearts, elevate minds and invite immediate action.

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