Nick Jankel: Biography highlights

Nick is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker who inspires audiences across the globe to forge the future by unlocking the power of transformation.

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Intense evolutionary pressures are causing one Fortune 500 company to be replaced every two weeks; whilst the average length of a company’s existence is dropping to just 7 years. With a Triple First Class science and philosophy degree from Cambridge University—and over 20 years hard-won experience advising exponential unicorns and ambitious blue-chips on the frontlines of disruption—Nick Jankel is a highly sought-after professional speaker whose life’s work is to ensure people have the tools they need to adapt to relentless change and the mindsets they need to successfully transform their organizations and themselves.

As a transformation guru, Nick was selected to host his own global BBC TV series; is regularly interviewed on AI, tech and creativity on international news; and has advised No.10 Downing Street and The White House. At the pinnacle of the industry, Nick is a virtuoso speaker who blows away audiences with cutting-edge neuroscience amplified by sticky ideas, concrete tools and beautiful materials. He has delivered to rave reviews at LEGO, Google, NHS, M.O.D., Boots, BUPA, Schroders, Diageo, SAP, RBOS, Tesco, Wal-Mart, The European Commission and Merck to name but a few.

With new research showing that transformational leaders deliver 6x the results of average ones, Nick’s talks help people become transformational so they can cut through the treacle that stops change and blast through the barriers that block innovation. He does this by sharing tools and thinking from Bio-Transformation Theory®, the fruit of 30 years committed effort.

A transformational futurist, Nick does not just illuminate what the future may hold— from AI to blockchain to regeneration—but how people must respond to it creatively and confidently. He goes deeper than most to motivate audience members in their hearts as much as minds: he switches on people so they step up and embrace necessary adaptation rather than resist, retreat and repeat old habits that sabotage success. A genuine thought leader, Nick has talked at world-class universities including Yale, Oxford, SciencesPo, UCL and London Business School; and his academic paper is in the top 1% of citations.

His pioneering ideas on transformation have been featured in The Times, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times and The Guardian; and he has been invited to share them at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Festival; the tech mecca TOA (Berlin); Wisdom In Business (AMS); The Economist Summit (SF); The Financial Times Futures (LDN); CHRO Summit (LA); and SciFoo (Google HQ). A prolific and talented writer, Nick is the author of a number of influential essays and best-selling books on personal and organizational transformation.

Nick set up his first company, aged just 24, to disrupt the marketing industry and grew it exponentially, without funding, to reach 50 staff working with big brands like Microsoft, Vodafone, Diageo, Unilever, Disney and Shell on strategic innovation projects key to their future. Here he made his name as the innovation expert behind the creation of the most successful TV show of all time (BBC’s Dancing with Stars) and was named UK Ambassador for Entrepreneurship in recognition.

By age 29, he had learnt the hard way that innovation fails if leaders do not have the skills and mindsets needed to transform their enterprises; and if cultures resist and repress change. He doubled-down on Bio-Transformation Theory®, fusing the very latest brain science with profound wisdom and practical psychology in hybrid innovation, leadership and culture change programs that actually work (for companies like Novartis, Nike, HSBC and Intel). Committed to systemic transformation as much as personal change, he has led systems change projects with orgs like WWF, Oxfam, FCO, NHS, Rockefeller and Young Foundations and educated non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs on 4 continents.

Nick is Chief Executive of transformation company Switch On, which blends both purpose and profit; Chairman of pioneering next-gen sustainability constancy FutureMakers; and a Founding Fellow of The Academy of Professional Speakers.

Bio-Transformation Theory® consists of a world-class innovation process for transformational results; an extensive transformational leadership curriculum covering conscious, purposeful, creative, inspirational, collaborative and systemic leadership; 90+ proven and printable transformation tools to drive change across teams; and 40+ brainbased yet wisdom-wired transformation practices that have inspired over 5 million people through TV shows, books, cutting-edge meditations and more to heal their pain, shift baseline moods, think new thoughts and break and make habits as fast as humanly possible.

If requested, Nick can provide audiences with take-away tools and include experiential exercises that start the change happening today. He customizes every talk to help deliver on your ambitions and is always keen to add value for a win-win-win.

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ASDA

“Great talk at ASDA house today, very thought provoking, timely and inspirational. Now reflecting and having a think about how I can get out of my box! It’s a long time since a speech held my attention for the full duration – awesome!”

Senior Manager
White House Office of Innovation Special Advisor to President Obama

“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
European Regions Airline Association (ERA)

“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

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

Pascal Parant, VP, AARP
Novartis

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

Diageo

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

Chief Marketing Officer
The Collective

“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
Scottish Institute for Enterprise

“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
SAP

“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.”

Senior Vice President
European Regions Airline Association

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

General Manager
Merck

“Nick Jankel goes deeper and clearly made an impact on me and on others. Looking forward to seeing the seeds grow in my mind, heart and my organization.”

Executive Vice-President
Tesco PLC

“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

“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
HSBC

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

A pronounced and profound impact. Exceptional.”

CEO
LGC

“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
Direct Line Group

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

LEGO

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

Intel

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

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

“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
Kellogg's North America

“Huge Impact!  Outstanding framework and powerful tools.”

President
Airbus UK

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

Managing Director
Microsoft

“Inspiring and enlightening!” 

Ministry of Defence

“A uniquely inspiring experience with clear insights for leading transformation.”

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