Noreena Hertz: Biography highlights

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 23 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.


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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.

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 23 countries. Most recently she has been exploring the world of the post-millennials, 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 This Morning and Sky’s Hard Talk, as well as equivalent programmes in Europe and Asia. , has hosted her own show on Sirius XM, the United States’ biggest radio network with 64 million listeners, and served as ITV News’ Economics Editor where she led ITV’s economics coverage through a fascinating, fast-paced period that included the Referendum and its aftermath, the invoking of Article 50 and a General Election.

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. She is Honorary Professor at University College London.

Over the past year, Noreena has delivered keynote speeches and 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.



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Noreena Hertz, Economist & Author - The World At Our Fingertips (Google Zeitgeist 2015)
Noreena Hertz, Economist & Author - The World At Our Fingertips (Google Zeitgeist 2015)
Campaign for UCL Launch - How Will Society Survive Into The 22nd Century?
Campaign for UCL Launch - How Will Society Survive Into The 22nd Century?
Noreena Hertz - www.SpeakersAssociates.com
Noreena Hertz - www.SpeakersAssociates.com
Noreena Hertz: Taking Time to Think is the Secret to Making Good Decisions | Money | WIRED
Noreena Hertz: Taking Time to Think is the Secret to Making Good Decisions | Money | WIRED
How to use experts—and when not to - Noreena Hertz
How to use experts—and when not to - Noreena Hertz
– Loneliness as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day | Noreena Hertz | SVT/TV 2/Skavlan
– Loneliness as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day | Noreena Hertz | SVT/TV 2/Skavlan

Most highly rated speaker by our clients in 20 years.

WIRED 2011 Conference

'Thank you for an excellent, lucid and fresh talk at the WIRED event. You were a hit.'

McDonalds Europe, Brussels

'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.'

The Big Lottery Fund

'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.'

RBS, London

'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.'

GS1, 40th Anniversary Event, Los Angeles

'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.'

Green Spring Festival (Neprom), Rotterdam

'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.'


'I very much enjoyed your speech today, which was the highlight of the CFO conference. Really inspirational.'

Dirk Kahal

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