Rahaf Harfoush Speaker

Rahaf Harfoush

A strategist, digital anthropologist, and best-selling author who focuses on the intersections of emerging technology, innovation, and digital culture

Rahaf Harfoush: Biography highlights

An engaging and passionate speaker, Rahaf Harfoush has been sharing her insights on technology and innovation since 2006 and has spoken at over 70 keynotes worldwide.

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She excels at making trends and research easy to understand and uses case studies, stories and anecdotes to deliver presentations that are entertaining, informative and funny. Rahaf also has extensive experience in moderating panels and MC’ing events.

Rahaf speaks about talent from several angles.

In her New York Times best-selling book, “The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers,” Rahaf explored how big data and predictive analytics can be used proactively to improve recruitment, learning and development, and organizational culture. Using examples from companies like Google, UPS, and Bank of America (to name a few) she explains how “Evidence-Based Leadership” means that data has become an important leadership priority.

In her most recent book, “Hustle and Float” Rahaf shifts her focus to the societal implications of our contemporary work culture and explores the pressures being faced by knowledge workers as market conditions demand an increasingly innovative and agile workforce. She examines the history of our notions or productivity and creativity (how we worship these contradictory ideologies), and reveals how our beliefs about work can get in the way of our performance. She focuses on the tips needed to create innovation-centric cultures, and looks at organizations who are experimenting with unconventional ways to get the best our of their workers without sacrificing their health or happiness.

Finally, as a Digital Anthropologist and the executive director for the Red Thread Institute of Digital Culture, Rahaf explores how technology and being constantly connected is impacting our ability to consume and process information, and what this means for workforces. Consider that 63% of employees in a recent Manpower survey indicated they regularly “don’t read everything completely”. Rahaf looks at the strategies needed to fine-tune our digital behaviour in order to ensure that the platforms we use are serving us, instead of draining our attention and energy. She explores concepts like the implications of filter bubbles, our evolving relationship with information consumption, the dangers of algorithms and more. This is a thought-provoking analysis of the way we engage with the information around us.

  • Can help organizations translate innovation trends into strategic opportunities.
  • Teaches “Innovation & Emerging Business Models” at Sciences Po’s MBA program in Paris.
  • Co-author of “The Decoded Company: What if we understood our talent better than we understand our customers?” It was listed on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
  • Member of Barack Obama’s digital media team during the 2008 presidential elections and saw first hand how social networking revolutionized political campaign strategy.
  • Named in the Hay 30, is listed in the top 30 young thinkers who will shape the world in the next 30 years.
  • Selected out of 1300 people to be one of 100 to represent Canada and France at the G20 think tank summit to present her ideas to policymakers and government leaders.
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Available for:

After Dinner Engagement
Emcee
Moderator
Panelist
Speaking (physical)
Speaking (virtual)
Workshop Leader

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Adora's interview with Rahaf Harfoush 2
Adora's interview with Rahaf Harfoush 2
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Rahaf Harfoush "How Social Media Strategy Built the Obama Brand" @ The CMA's next:2010 Convention
Rahaf Harfoush "How Social Media Strategy Built the Obama Brand" @ The CMA's next:2010 Convention
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Rahaf Harfoush | Biography (EN)
Rahaf Harfoush | Biography (EN)
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D3 2014: Rahaf Harfoush - Swimming, Not Sinking, in an Ocean of Information
D3 2014: Rahaf Harfoush - Swimming, Not Sinking, in an Ocean of Information
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RAHAF HARFOUSH - Hustle and Float
RAHAF HARFOUSH - Hustle and Float
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The Dallas Festival of Ideas Signature Event: The Innovative City
The Dallas Festival of Ideas Signature Event: The Innovative City
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Rahaf Harfoush | 4ª Convención de Industriales 2018
Rahaf Harfoush | 4ª Convención de Industriales 2018
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El Ser Creativo 2010: Rahaf Harfoush
El Ser Creativo 2010: Rahaf Harfoush
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BLC Education Conference: Rahaf Harfoush - Yes We Did - Social Media in branding
BLC Education Conference: Rahaf Harfoush - Yes We Did - Social Media in branding
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LIFT10 - Rahaf Harfoush: Organizations and Social Media
LIFT10 - Rahaf Harfoush: Organizations and Social Media
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Rahaf Harfoush Social Networks
Rahaf Harfoush Social Networks
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Digital DNA   Rahaf HARFOUSH TEDxESCP[2].wmv
Digital DNA Rahaf HARFOUSH TEDxESCP[2].wmv
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Rahaf Harfoush CTV newsnet
Rahaf Harfoush CTV newsnet
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Harnessing the Power of Social Media: Ivey Idea Forum with Rahaf Harfoush
Harnessing the Power of Social Media: Ivey Idea Forum with Rahaf Harfoush
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Rahaf Harfoush: De 'yes we can' a 'yes we did'
Rahaf Harfoush: De 'yes we can' a 'yes we did'
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RAHAF HARFOUSH
RAHAF HARFOUSH
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[Strategy@Work] Rahaf Harfoush, Digital Anthropologist
[Strategy@Work] Rahaf Harfoush, Digital Anthropologist
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The Undergraduate Awards 2012 Campus Day: Kane Sarhan and Rahaf Harfoush
The Undergraduate Awards 2012 Campus Day: Kane Sarhan and Rahaf Harfoush
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Rahaf Harfoush Discusses Business Opportunities With Social Media
Rahaf Harfoush Discusses Business Opportunities With Social Media
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Business Keynote Speaker Francesca Gino: How Rebel Talent Embraces Conflict
Business Keynote Speaker Francesca Gino: How Rebel Talent Embraces Conflict
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The value of Analytics according to Rahaf Harfoush
The value of Analytics according to Rahaf Harfoush
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Rahaf Harfoush Explains Why Productivity Kills Creativity
Rahaf Harfoush Explains Why Productivity Kills Creativity
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CrossKnowledge Trailer: Rahaf Harfoush
CrossKnowledge Trailer: Rahaf Harfoush
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Spotlight on Learning Conference: Rahaf Harfoush
Spotlight on Learning Conference: Rahaf Harfoush
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5 Theses for Rahaf Harfoush
5 Theses for Rahaf Harfoush
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Rahaf Harfoush: The Future of Work Is Human
Rahaf Harfoush: The Future of Work Is Human
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RAHAF HARFOUSH - The Dallas Festival of Ideas Signature Event: The Innovative City
RAHAF HARFOUSH - The Dallas Festival of Ideas Signature Event: The Innovative City
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The Evolution of the Creative Worker | Rahaf Harfoush
The Evolution of the Creative Worker | Rahaf Harfoush
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Workshop Community: Digital Anthropology: Rahaf Harfoush
Workshop Community: Digital Anthropology: Rahaf Harfoush
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The Information Ecosystem: Why We’re Overwhelmed | Rahaf Harfoush
The Information Ecosystem: Why We’re Overwhelmed | Rahaf Harfoush
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How Productivity Metrics Stifle Creativity | Rahaf Harfoush
How Productivity Metrics Stifle Creativity | Rahaf Harfoush
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What is a 'Micropreneur'?: Rahaf Harfoush
What is a 'Micropreneur'?: Rahaf Harfoush
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Legislators Don't Understand The Internet: Rahaf Harfoush
Legislators Don't Understand The Internet: Rahaf Harfoush
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The Balancing Act of Social Media Privacy: Rahaf Harfoush
The Balancing Act of Social Media Privacy: Rahaf Harfoush
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ABC13 Rahaf Harfoush
ABC13 Rahaf Harfoush
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What Morality Looks Like When the Robots Decide | Rahaf Harfoush
What Morality Looks Like When the Robots Decide | Rahaf Harfoush
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Rahaf Harfoush: How ‘Work Devotion’ Has Become the Norm
Rahaf Harfoush: How ‘Work Devotion’ Has Become the Norm
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Digital DNA: Rahaf Harfoush at TEDxESCP
Digital DNA: Rahaf Harfoush at TEDxESCP
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Rahaf Harfoush: An Inside Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand
Rahaf Harfoush: An Inside Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand
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2014 NAIS Annual Conference Interview with Rahaf Harfoush
2014 NAIS Annual Conference Interview with Rahaf Harfoush
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Adora's interview with Rahaf Harfoush
Adora's interview with Rahaf Harfoush
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#EmTechFR Rahaf Harfoush - Forecasting the Next Generation of Leaders
#EmTechFR Rahaf Harfoush - Forecasting the Next Generation of Leaders
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Big Data in the Workplace: Rahaf Harfoush
Big Data in the Workplace: Rahaf Harfoush
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Rahaf Harfoush: Why Too Much Work Means Less Creativity
Rahaf Harfoush: Why Too Much Work Means Less Creativity
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Rahaf Harfoush Speaker Reel
Rahaf Harfoush Speaker Reel
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Micro Influence, Entrepreneurship & The Future of Protest: Rahaf Harfoush at TEDxWallStreet
Micro Influence, Entrepreneurship & The Future of Protest: Rahaf Harfoush at TEDxWallStreet
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RAHAF HARFOUSH - Hustle and Float
RAHAF HARFOUSH - Hustle and Float
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Key Takeaways from Leading through Emerging Technology & Digital Culture | Rahaf Harfoush
Key Takeaways from Leading through Emerging Technology & Digital Culture | Rahaf Harfoush
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CRF Summer Lecture

I just wanted to thank you for your amazing lecture at the CRF event today. I found a lot of what you said inspiring and thought-provoking and I especially agree on the GOT disaster on the final episode! It is rare that an event like this is as engaging and mind-bending as yours was. Thanks ever so much.'

Lotte Van Gerwen

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