Sahar Hashemi Speaker

Sahar Hashemi

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

Sahar Hashemi: Biography highlights

Sahar Hashemi is an internationally recognized thought leader and speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Full biography of Sahar Hashemi

Sahar’s presentations are unique, blending her story of building two famous brands with the key habits for innovation and creativity.  Through storytelling, Sahar is able to connect with audiences on an emotional level and bring to life her conviction that entrepreneurial behaviour is needed in every business.

Some of the messages weaved into her story are:

  • Entrepreneurial behaviour isn’t for start-ups – it’s for big organisations at every level
  • We all have creativity and the capacity to innovate within us (Habit: ANYONE CAN DO IT)
  • Innovation isn’t about genius tendencies: its just about finding a better way
  • We can’t spot opportunities sitting tight in our comfort zone
  • Impersonating our customers (and not just relying on market research) gives us the best insights (Habit: STEP INTO CUSTOMERS SHOES)
  • Make sure you’re not too busy for creativity (Habit: GET OUT OF THE OFFICE)
  • Beware of expert knowledge – if you become too set in your ways you miss new opportunities (Habit: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING CLUELESS)
  • New products/services are always rejected, so we need to develop persistence (Habit: NOTCHING UP NO’s)
  • We need more of a trial and error culture in organizations to make things happen (Habit: BOOTSTRAPPING)
  • To spot opportunities we need to bring not just our ‘workselves’ but 100% of ourselves to work (HABIT: TAKE 100% of YOURSELF TO WORK)

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.

Background / History

Sahar can 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.

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Sahar Hashemi in VISMAgazine - Innovation can be learned
Sahar Hashemi in VISMAgazine - Innovation can be learned
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Defining Moments Sahar Hashemi
Defining Moments Sahar Hashemi
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What makes an entrepreneur? | Sahar Hashemi | TEDxYouth@Bath
What makes an entrepreneur? | Sahar Hashemi | TEDxYouth@Bath
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IAA World Advertising Conference

Speakers included the former Prime minister of Spain but Sahar Hashemi stole the show'

NHS Chief Health Professional Officer

'The impact you had on everyones mind set. This was very visible the next day the audience had a real can do spirit'

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