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Global Keynote Speaker
Nick Jankel is an influential and internationally recognized thought leader on how leadership, technology (e.g., AI, Blockchain, CRISPR), and innovation can— and should—transform business and society in an increasingly complex, disrupted, and digital world.
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"A standing ovation! I am already sharing the insights with my leadership team. Thank you!"
"Nick transformed our event with an engaging and evocative talk that hit all the nails that we put out there. It set a perfect scene for the remainder!"
"An inspiring and eyeopening keynote. So helpful to regain trust that even in an unpredictable and rapidlychanging world, we all can succeed by changing ourselves, challenging our assumptions, reflecting, adapting, learning from mistakes, making creative responses, and acting fast."
"Wonderful! The talk was motivating, thoughtful, and so well delivered. Many colleagues said they felt seen for the first time."
"Highlight of the 2-day conference and made it worth going to. Thought-provoking, insightful, and very enjoyable."
"I saw the room go from a bit tired to very inspired. Totally engaging and fully immersive. You wouldn’t want to miss a second of it. It was powerfully supercharged right from the start, felt across the auditorium."
"Exactly what we wanted. Our CEO has being quoting Nick’s thinking to our leaders."
"An eye-opener and also a “wake-up call” that these are unusual times and there is an urgent need to find a better way forward!"
"Extremely thought provoking with a big challenge to me as a people manager to move from managing to leading!"
"Very inspiring and clear, full of content not just a formula."
"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."
"An inspirational speech about the coming transformation. Both the content and the delivery were really strong: relevant, clear, concise and powerful. I highly recommend Nick as a speaker."
"A fantastic speaker with passion and enthusiasm, highly engaging and able to simplify complexity."
"Nick inspired us to work on ourselves as leaders and lead the change. The value of the transformation tool was spot on!"
"As a transformation guru, Nick’s ideas are as relevant to the newest startup as they are to the oldest public company."
"Innovative and expert speaker who knows well how to gain attention and inspire his audience."
"A very inspirational keynote."
"Nick’s expertise on the subject of transformation is clear. He broke complex ideas into simple relatable concepts and did this in a highly compelling fashion. In particular, the way Nick correlated transformation, performance and diversity had a big impact on me."
"Nick’s passion for the topic brought everyone along with him and made the audience want to understand more.."
"Nick makes you think about the important things. Put your head up, not down, particularly in difficult times!"
"Happy, impressed and excited! I would like to take these thoughts and ideas into my organization to move forward with transformation and mindset shift."
"An outstanding framework and powerful tools. A huge impact!"
"I consider myself a DEI champion and I had not heard anyone explain diversity challenges like Nick did."
"A very inspiring and thought provoking presentation."
Nick Jankel's 2023 biography
About Nick Jankel
He is a sought-after and highly experienced global keynote speaker and leadership futurist who motivates, inspires, and, above all, transforms audiences to switch on and step up all over the world. He helps simplify complexity, take the pain out of change, and blast through the barriers that block innovation and transformation.
Nick is the co-founder and the CEO of global leadership consultancy Switch On Leadership, where he advises CEOs and top teams at organizations like Unilever, LEGO, Syngenta, and Microsoft and supports Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 organizations to unleash transformational leaders who drive adaptive change, breakthrough innovation, and business transformation.
Nick draws upon his advanced leadership curriculum, disruptive innovation methodology, and unique transformation approach to meet keynote briefs—covering important topics like purpose, change mindsets, leadership storytelling, and the Future Of Work. Sensitive to cultural diversity, he has delivered customized keynotes and workshops from San Francisco to Shanghai. His ideas are routinely called imaginative, rigorous, crucial, and transformative.
Nick has been a geek about change all his life, captivated from age 13 by the central challenge of leadership and innovation: how to change ourselves and, in doing so, change our organizations and the world. As well as lecturing at Yale, Oxford, SciencesPo, and LBS, Nick has been a transformation coach on two TV shows, coaching celebs (MTV) and addicts (BBC). He has written five books on leadership and transformation, which have won awards and been translated into Chinese. Nick has been featured in the Financial Times, The Times, and The Economist and has advised national governments on innovation.
Originally a medic, Nick received a Triple First (summa cum laude) in Medicine and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge before studying clinical medicine at UCL. Nick shifted into consumer psychology and brand strategy for Playstation and Nike at TBWA/Chiat Day, a top 5 global ad agency specializing in disruption. At age 24, Nick was blown away by the democratizing force of digital technology and left the safety of employment to become a serial purpose-led entrepreneur.
Founded in 1999, his first start-up was a creative management consultancy that initially supported dot coms to transform business plans into successful customer-focused innovations. As the boom went to doom, Nick pivoted the company to become a world-class disruptive innovation consultancy. Evolving a sophisticated innovation methodology that fuses scientific rigor with creative imagination, he has since led c.100 breakthrough innovation projects for orgs like Microsoft, Diageo, Disney, Novartis, Vodafone, Genentech, and the BBC—which resulted in the most successful TV show in history.
After years of navigating mindsets and cultures resistant to innovation, he expanded his work into leadership development. He has since developed a rigorous and inspiring Self-to-System leadership curriculum that can ensure leaders wield powerful innovation and transformation to their full potential. Over 100,000+ leaders—from organizations like Intel, Syngenta, Unilever, BootsWalgreens, AstraZeneca, Zalando, and HSBC—have used elements of the curriculum to master both the inner and outer games of leadership.
The leadership and innovation programs and products that Nick delivers sit atop Bio-Transformation®, an original theory for unlocking concrete change in individuals and organizations as fast as humanly possible. Nick’s life’s work, Bio-Transformation® leverages the latest brain, behavioral, and complexity sciences—along with wisdom and practices from various traditions—to help leaders work with, not against, human biologies and cultures to drive lasting change.
As well as his work innovating business innovation and leadership services, Nick founded a purpose-led multimedia production company that developed network TV shows on transformation in Los Angeles and London, a peer coaching web app, and an innovative mindfulness experience (for BBC Learning) that toured the UK and was visited by 250,000 people. A social enterprise, the company also delivered accessible coaching and leadership programs aimed at unemployed youth from marginalized Black and Asian communities across impoverished areas of the UK.
Nick has since optimized these early prototypes within his company’s Leadership Innovation Lab, which designs scaleable tools and toolkits to empower and elevate leaders. They are currently in stealth mode developing a Generative AI-driven platform to provide the leaders who want to change the world—but can’t access cutting-edge coaching and leadership development—with personalized interventions that support them.
Nick has been a server at McDonald’s, a science teacher in Zimbabwe, and a bookseller at Daunt Books. He has triumphed over entrepreneurial burn-out, learned to master a debilitating chronic pain condition called fibromyalgia (running the New York Marathon without stopping), and has survived three recessions—and counting—as a serial purpose-driven start-up founder. He is a dedicated father of two boys and is married to his business partner.
Nick Jankel's 2023 talks & topics
Nick Jankel's 2023 speaking fees
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