Nick Jankel

Nick Jankel

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

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

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About Nick Jankel

Cambridge-educated thought leader Nick Jankel switches on people all over the planet with the limitless opportunities of the Networked Age... and how to leave behind redundant Industrial-Age thinking, mindsets, and processes that block us from fulfilling our potential as leaders and as organizations. A former elite scientist, Nick has spent close to 30 years developing a rigorous brain-based methodology and complete toolset for personal and organizational transformation - the hardest tasks in the world - that ensure his clients such as Unilever, HSBC, Kelloggs, Zalando, and Nike are match fit for the future. 

Having initially made his name as an 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), Nick realized that the ability of people to think and act differently are always the keys to long-term success. A purpose-driven entrepreneur since the age of 24, he has dedicated his life to mastering the skills and qualities needed to drive change and thrive in a VUCA world. He believes that transformational leadership - the ability to change what you do and how you do it to stay on top - is your only source of continuous competitive advantage and the only factor in your complete control. 

Nick is a renowned thinker on AI and blockchain (featured on BBC), generational changes (FT), the Future of Work (CHRO Summit) and global risks (RSA Journal) who see threats to business-as-usual as invitations up our game as leaders. His original ideas and tools inspire audiences to unlock the power of transformation in their products, processes, and people so that they can avoid shrinking margins, brand irrelevance, and difficulty recruiting the best talent - and can instead turn rapid changes in their external environment into business value, whether through digital transformation or disruptive innovation. 

Nick is a sought-after and highly-accomplished international keynote speaker who has spoken all over the world to audiences at: LEGO, SAP, Google, Smucker’s, Fujitsu, Roche, Novartis, Diageo, and The Economist Summit amongst many others. A seasoned broadcaster, Nick hosted his own BBC TV Show, has been featured in the FT and The Sunday Times, and has taught at LBS, Oxford, SciencesPo and Yale. 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 cultural commentator, he has been invited to speak at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Festival, TEDx, PBWC SF, and SciFoo at Google Mountain View. 

Nick does not just illuminate what the future holds - from AI, blockchain and biotech to climate change, co-living, and political instability - but how audience members must change how they think to forge the future they want. Nick provides audiences with take-away tools and experiential exercises to drive agility, adaptability and digital transformation. He customizes every talk with relevant examples, stories from the frontlines, and nuggets of science and wisdom to help audiences develop adaptive strategies, business model innovations, purpose-driven organizations and systemic change. 

Speaking Topics

Transformative 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. 

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. 

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. 

Digital Transformation & Corporate Culture Change 

Digital age technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution are forcing all organizations to transform inside. Yet over 65% of all change programs 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 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. 

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 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 organization with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create value out of change through safe, controlled and conscious organizational ‘self-disruption’. Nick shows how to unleash the creative potential of people and prevent the organizational ‘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 mastery their own biology, time, energy and performance and so build deep resilience which minimizes 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 is 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 there 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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