Nick Jankel

Nick Jankel

Leadership Futurist and Transformation Catalyst

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. 

Videos of Nick Jankel

Nick Jankel speaker | Showreel | 2018
Nick Jankel speaker | The Future Of Leadership | 2018
Nick Jankel speaker | Born for Breakthrough: Conscious Change in Leadership & Life | TEDxHolyhead, 2017

Speaker Profile

About Nick Jankel

Nick Jankel is an award-winning author, Cambridge educated thought leader who is at the very top of his game. His highly original ideas on everything from AI to transforming companies, inspire leaders to thrive in today's complex and volatile world.

His talent as a leadership expert and futurist enables those at the top to harness his powerful tools from storytelling to business purpose to forge the future.


Nick has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 24, before which he worked as a scientist. He is now at the pinnacle of leadership expertise having dedicated his life to mastering the skills and qualities needed to thrive in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.

Having initially made his name as an innovation guru behind the global positioning of Xbox and the development of the most successful TV show of all time, Nick realized that leadership and culture are the keys to long-term success.

Nick now runs cutting-edge transformational leadership and culture-change programmes for global brands including Novartis, Nike, HSBC, No.10 Downing Street, Oxfam, Genentech, Intel, Zalando, Unilever, Lendlease, P&G, BBC and the White House. He has also presented speeches at LEGO, Google, Tesco, RBS, SAP and Roche.

Speaking and presenting

As a keynote speaker, Nick delivers cutting-edge science, enlightening insights and real-life stories from the front lines of breakthrough to engage, inspire and wow his audience.

He tailors each speech to fit his unique audience and their goals and offers experiential exercises and powerful takeaway tools.

In his speeches, Nick illuminates what the future holds and also highlights how we must lead continuous breakthroughs to forge the future we want.

The 4th Industrial Revolution

Jankel is also a renowned thinker on the 4th Industrial Revolution, Connected Capitalism and Global Risks, where he invites people to harness the challenges of new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and blockchain to improve as leaders by harnessing creativity, caring and critical thinking.

The Switch On Way

Nick’s advanced leadership and innovation methodology, The Switch On Way, provides a rigorous and proven pathway for unleashing transformational change in any business, system or society.

Achievements and publications

Nick has 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 and leadership including "Switch On" and "Spiritual Atheist".

Speaking Topics

Transformative Leadership (in the VUCA World)

Rapid change, uncertainty and complexity are 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.

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.

Digital Transformation & Corporate Culture Change

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

Agility, Adaptability & High-Performance 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.

Influential Leadership, Persuasion & Storytelling

Matrix organisations 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.

Systemic Leadership & Futuring

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 the value lies in the future so we can lead transformations in our systems that deliver exponential value in the present.

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.

Collaborate Leadership & Dynamic Teams

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.

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 master their own biology, time, energy and performance and so build deep resilience which minimises stress and overwhelm permanently.

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.

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. Nick explains how to unleash the creative engines of enterprise with business purpose to maximize impact within a regenerative economy.

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 their future of cities/ health/education.


"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

"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

"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)

"A compelling session with very useful thoughts I am applying." - CEO HSBC
"I am still under the inspiration of your speech on Breakthrough. It was brilliant." - Pascal Parant, VP, AARP

"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

"A superb talk. It has started us on the journey of cultural change." - Novartis

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

"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

"An amazing experience. Very, very good feedback from our leaders." - Intel

"Extraordinary creativity and thought leadership in all things to do with innovation." - Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo

"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

"Inspiring and enlightening!" - Microsoft

"Over the years we have had some phenomenally high calibre speakers and well-known celebrities and I would put Nick right up in the top percentile of speakers we've
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

"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

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