Sahar Hashemi keynote speaker

Sahar Hashemi

Entrepreneur, author and speaker who brought New York style coffee culture to Britain


Sahar Hashemi is an author, speaker and entrepreneur who brought New York style coffee culture to Britain. Sahar is also involved in "Change Please" coffee which recruits staff from local homeless shelters hiring them as baristas to run their own coffee carts around London. Sahar is also the co-chair of the Government Scale-Up Taskforce which brings together entrepreneurs, investors and local bodies from across the country helping businesses become high growth organisations.


Videos of Sahar Hashemi


Sahar Hashemi of Coffee Republic
Innovation can be learned
Defining Moments

Speaker Profile


About Sahar Hashemi


Background / History

Sahar Hashemi will tell you about resilience - her business plan was turned down 19 times, so she knows a lot about persistence. The Coffee Republic story is now a best-selling business book, the 2nd highest seller on entrepreneurship after Richard Branson's. Her most recent book, Switched On (2010) focuses on 8 habits that foster a more entrepreneurial mindset.

Career

She has been lauded with accolades and in 2011 she was invited to give informal advice to the UK government via the Entrepreneurs Forum. She was named one of the Top 10 Original Thinkers by Director Magazine and in 2012, one of Management Today's 20 most powerful women in Britain - 'Young Global Leader' by the World Economic Forum in Davos and has an OBE. She currently sits on the Consumer Council of EON UK Plc.

Sahar is also involved in "Change Please" coffee which recruits staff from local homeless shelters hiring them as baristas to run their own coffee carts around London.

She is also the co-chair of the Government Scale-Up Taskforce which brings together entrepreneurs, investors and local bodies from across the country helping businesses become high growth organisations and is a columnist for Inc and sits on the Fashion Trust and Bristol University, Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship advisory boards.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Listed in the 2016 Maserati 100 List
  • Author of 2 best selling business books; Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table and Switched On
  • Sought after motivational speaker
  • Informal advisor to the British Government
  • Listed as 100 Most Influential Women in Britain

Speaking Style

Enthusiastic, informal, passionate, thought-provoking

Sahar Hashemi has a talent for connecting with her audience - she talks with passion about being an unlikely entrepreneur and about the importance of authenticity and loving what you do. A former lawyer, she built the highly successful Coffee Republic brand with 110 bars and a turnover of £30 million because she had a passion to bring good coffee to the UK - before doing the same with Skinny Candy her sugar free candy brand. She warns that as companies grow they often lose their start-up buzz and allow bureaucracy to creep in.

On February 21st, 2016, Hashemi was named in the Maserati 100 List; a definitive list of Britain's most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, and ascending entrepreneurs, who are today supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent.

Speaking Topics


  • Achieving Your Dreams
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Anyone Can Do It
  • Entrepreneurial behaviour isn't just for start-ups
  • What next - keeping the start up culture alive
  • Building creative environments, Innovation

Testimonials


"Sahar's passion for innovation energises a room its the equivalent of a double espresso from the coffee chain she co-founded" - London Innovation Forum

"Speakers included the former Prime minister of Spain but Sahar Hashemi stole the show" - IAA World Advertising Conference

"The impact you had on everyones mind set. This was very visible the next day the audience had a real can do spirit" - NHS Chief Health Professional Officer

Books By Sahar Hashemi


  • Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table 57 - Real Life Laws on Entrepreneurship with Bobby Hashemi (2007)
  • Switched On: You have it in you, you just need to switch it on (2010)

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