Noreena Hertz

One of the world's most influential thinkers.

Noreena Hertz is a renowned thought leader with an impressive track record in predicting global trends. Her best-selling books, The Silent Takeover, IOU: The Debt Threat and Eyes Wide Open, are published in 22 countries. She advises a select group of the world’s leading business and political figures on strategy, economic and geopolitical risk, digital transformation, Generation K and millennials and sits on the board of Warner Music Group.

The Observer has named her as “one of the world’s leading thinkers”, Vogue has named her “one of the world’s most inspiring women.” Her thinking served as the inspiration for Bono’s Product (Red). She has featured as the Cover Story of Newsweek.

Videos of Noreena Hertz

Noreena Hertz speaker | The World At Our Fingertips | Google Zeitgeist | 2015
Noreena Hertz speaker | How Will Society Survive Into The 22nd Century? | Campaign for UCL Launch | 2016
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About Noreena Hertz

Noreena Hertz is ITV News Economics Editor. An influential economist on the international stage whose career has spanned Europe, the United States, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, she has advised some of the biggest organisations and most senior figures in the world on strategy, decision-making and data, global economic and geopolitical trends, millennials/Generations K, Y and Z, and corporate social responsibility.

Her best-selling books, “Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World” (2013), “IOU: The Debt Threat” (2004), and “The Silent Takeover” (2003), are examples of her own prescient thinking and have been published in 22 countries. Most recently she has been exploring the world of today’s teenagers, who she has coined “Generation K”, with articles published in the UK, US, Europe and China.

Noreena has served as a member of Citigroup’s Politics and Economics Global Advisory Board between 2007-08, and as a member of the Advisory Group steering McKinsey CEO Dominic Barton’s Inclusive Capitalism Taskforce between 2012 and 2013. From 2014-16 she served on the Board of Warner Music Group.

Noreena’s insights are much sought after on leading current affairs/politics/economics television and radio programmes, and she frequently appears on such flagship programmes as Newsnight and Question Time. She has been interviewed on shows such as the US’s Charlie Rose and Sky’s Hard Talk, as well as equivalent programmes in Europe and Asia.

Noreena has been described by the Observer as “one of the world’s leading young thinkers” and Vogue as “one of the world’s most inspiring women.” She has a PhD from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is Visiting Professor at University College London. She has held professorships at Erasmus University and Utrecht University and fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics.

Over the past year, Noreena has moderated numerous events on topics ranging from A.I., to Brexit, to geopolitical risks, for organisations including the World Economic Forum at Davos, and select corporate clients.

Speaking Topics

Boom and Gloom: The Five Forces that are Transforming our World

What is the world going to look like in the next two to three years? What are the key challenges and opportunities business leaders will face?

In this landmark keynote speech, Professor Noreena Hertz outlines the key forces - geopolitical, economic, societal, technological - that she believes are transforming the world and should be on every business leader's radar.

How to Make Smart Decisions in a Complex World

Through her unique multi-disciplinary integrated approach - combining economic analysis with insights from psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and sociology - Professor Noreena Hertz seeks to make us smarter decision makers, better able to figure out what to do in a complex world. In this speech, Professor Hertz identifies thinking traps we all fall into that we are not aware of, but need to be, and comes up with exciting active thinking strategies for her audiences to adopt so as to be able to make smarter decisions in their professional and personal lives

Generation K: How to Future-Proof Your Organisation for the Next Generation of 15-25-year-olds

You may know all about millennials by now. But what about what comes next? Based on her cutting-edge proprietary research on 15-25-year-olds, Noreena Hertz shares deep insights into who this generation is, what they care about, how they behave, what they want, and how they consume. Shaped not only by technology but also the worst recession in decades - as well as a world of heightened geopolitical threat, this generation is manifestly different to those that came before.

The Robots are Coming: Thriving in an age of Digital Disruption, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Hacking

From Brexit to Trump: Managing the New Geopolitical and Economic Landscape


"On behalf of all at UCL, thank you so much for your expert hosting of our Campaign launch event. It really could not have been done better, and we were all overwhelmed by how brilliant you were. Not only keeping to time and keeping the debate on track and balanced between the panellists, but also interpreting quite a broad range of questions so that they were actually answerable. I hope you enjoyed it – you were exactly what the event needed. We have already had a lot of very positive feedback and there is no doubt that it was a great success."

"We are still absolutely buzzing from last night’s event and how brilliant you were – it was such a tough job, especially with the rather eclectic array of questions that came through! You gave a real master class in how to turn slightly random burbling into questions that enabled the panel to give really good answers. It couldn’t have been any better and everyone is genuinely talking about how lucky we were to have you as the host. It was just so slick and professional and brilliant!"

“Most highly rated speaker by our clients in 20 years.” - Swedbank

“Noreena was excellent at our event yesterday evening.  I’ve received many comments from employees and colleagues about how insightful she was – drawing from examples that really helped stretch our employees’ thinking and challenge what we perceive doing the right thing to mean…definitely delighted with our choice.” - RBS, London

“Thank you for doing a fantastic job. The feedback on you has been all positive. We so much appreciated how much time you put into understanding who we are and coming prepared. Both the session and breakout were wonderful and I am not obligated to say that, I promise.” - GS1, 40th Anniversary Event, Los Angeles

“Thank you for an excellent, lucid and fresh talk at the WIRED event. You were a hit.” - WIRED 2011 Conference

“Thank you for your outstanding opening address… Your intervention and the ensuing ‘Questions and Answers’ set the appropriate tone for the day … the executives present found your contribution both challenging and stimulating. Your description of the challenges that we face as an iconic global company set the scene and created an atmosphere ripe for the harvesting of new ideas… many thanks for your willingness to share your ideas with us.” - McDonalds Europe, Brussels

 “Professor Hertz’ contribution touched all the participants. Professor Hertz makes every single person feel his or her responsibility towards this world and give everybody the energy and belief they can contribute to a more sustainable future. We’ve received many very positive responses on her contribution and it has been a pleasure and honour working with her.” - Green Spring Festival (Neprom), Rotterdam

“Having heard you speak yesterday there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that you are the ‘shining light of your generation’. Your knowledge and erudite speaking around such a relevant and pertinent topic set the tone for the whole event. The feedback has been tremendous, thank you so much for making it such a success.” - The Big Lottery Fund

"Really interesting points about decision making and the influencing factors" - Feedback from The Age of Radical Uncertainty Event

"Very relevent to todays event" - Feedback from The Age of Radical Uncertainty Event

"Extremely interesting and topical - fantastic choice" - Feedback from The Age of Radical Uncertainty Event

"I thought Noreena was very interesting and very thought provoking" - Feedback from The Age of Radical Uncertainty Event

"Thought provoking very good choice of keynote" - Feedback from The Age of Radical Uncertainty Event

"It was a real pleasure meeting you. Your talk was wonderful, just what we needed." - Teva Board member, December 2017

"I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your talk to the board. It was clearly the most enjoyable and insightful event of the four days of the meetings. It was obvious to me that the directors were highly engaged and that your ideas truly challenged our views." - Teva Board member, December 2017

"Your presentation literally blew my mind, it was so powerful in questioning the very basis by which we think of Generation K. It made compelling viewing and received so much positive feedback from everyone in the room" - C-Suite audience, February 2018

"It was such an honour to meet you and have you part of our community. I have never seen such an audience so engaged with a speaker. The content and insight was absolutely superb, and resonated with our audience unbelievably." - C-Suite audience, February 2018

"Words can't express how thankful I am for your valuable contribution in participating at the CFO Agenda! You are the true hero of the event and I seriously couldn't have done it without you. We are proud of the positive feedback we are receiving and delighted that this event improves ... words truly can't express how appreciative I am" - Organisers, CFO Agenda
"We received loads of great feedback from our delegates for Noreena Hertz's session on seeing risk through an opportunistic lens" - Organisers, CFO Agenda
"I very much enjoyed your speech today, which was the highlight of the CFO conference. Really inspirational." - Dirk Kahal, CFO Lidl

Books By Noreena Hertz

  • Russian Business Relationships in the Wake of Reform (1997)
  • The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy (2001)
  • The Debt Threat: How Debt Is Destroying the Developing World?and threatening us all (2005)
  • IOU: The Debt Threat and Why We Must Defuse It (2005)
  • Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World (2013)

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