New Book – The Offer you Can’t Refuse – Steven Van Belleghem –

This last decade has been characterized by the introduction of 4G, social media and mobile services. These technologies have given rise to a new minimum in terms of customer experience. Customers expect ease of use, friendly and empathic staff, omnichannel services and competitive prices. In the years to come, customer experience will reach a whole new level. Naturally, technology (5G, …

Nigel Owens MBE – New Speaker on Mental Health and Resilience

Topics: Mental Health, Equality, Diversity, Leadership Nigel Owens MBE is recognised as one of the world’s best rugby referees. He is the first openly gay man to come out in professional rugby.  A fluent welsh speaker he first picked up the referee whistle aged 16. Owens officiated his first international game in 2005 between Ireland and Japan in Osaka. He …

New Speaker .. Christian Busch Author of The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck.

Christian Busch, PhD, is an internationally known expert in the areas of innovation, purpose-driven leadership, social impact, and entrepreneurship. He teaches at New York University (NYU) and the London School of Economics (LSE), and is the author of  The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck. At NYU, he directs the Global Economy program of the Center …

Learn how to “Harness the Hurricane of Change” with Mark DeVolder

Suddenly people all around the world are working from home, forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19. Some are working from their designated office at home, complete with mahogany desk, ergonomic office chair, computer with dual monitors, and the like. But many people have had to create their own office spaces: in the spare bedrooms, in the garage or under the …

D-Day for Ireland and Apple as EU court issues ruling on €13bn tax bill

Great article in the Irish Independent today by Tech Editor Adrian Weckler …. Today marks one of the biggest financial rulings in Ireland’s tax history. It’s Ireland and Apple versus Europe. A verdict will be delivered in the long-running case from the General Court in Luxembourg. Here’s a reminder of what it’s all about, the sums involved, and what might …

Are Our Management Theories Outdated? – Gianpiero Petriglieri for HBR

June 18th 2020 “Where are the new management theories?” an acute observer of management trends asked me at a gathering of executives, academics, and journalists focused on the future of work. It was a few months ago, and no one expected the future to arrive as quickly as it has, or in the way that it has. I had heard …

Quarantine in an intangible economy By Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake

How might an intangible-intensive economy respond differently to a pandemic, and to the policies governments put in place to control it? By Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake As governments and businesses race to work out how to respond to the economic challenges of COVID-19, we thought it would be useful to set out how today’s economy might differ from the …

A Masterclass in Foresight with Dr. Richard Hames

Centre for the Future A Masterclass in Foresight with Dr. Richard Hames   Executive Director, Centre for the Future, & Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science If we are honest, most of us would confess at least a casual curiosity for what the future holds. How often have you looked back on a past event and thought; “if I …

Michael O’Sullivan’s latest “Levelling” Piece … Shemozzle

Shemozzle Mike Tyson is apparently coming out of retirement. America may need him. Last week on the Sino-Indian border Line of Agreed Control (North Sikkim to be precise) there was a mass brawl between Indian and Chinese troops. Helicopters (China) and fighter jets (India) were scrambled to add heft to the situation, which left several injured. The incident recalled the …

This Crisis is a Chance for Your Company to Grow Up….

Super informative article with lots of take aways by our Innovation Speaker Josh Klein By Joshua Klein – 05/03/20 The New Normal COVID-19 has enacted unprecedented technology adoption in ways we’d previously assumed were totally impossible, resulting in many employees now being deeply and newly autonomous. That means substantially more risk – and also a unique opportunity to use company …

New Speaker: Michael O’Sullivan author of the Levelling.

TOPICS:  Economic Fault lines, Politics & Geopolitics, Globalization Michael O’Sullivan is the author of  ‘The Levelling’, which outlines what’s next in politics, economics, finance and geopolitics in the post globalization era.  He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the New Economy, and a Forbes contributor, and a speaker at the 2020 TED Talk conference.   He has twenty …

The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis Leadership

By Gianpiero Petriglieri  – April 22, 2020 When I ask groups of managers what makes a good leader, I seldom have to wait long before someone says, “Vision!” and everyone nods. I have asked that question countless times for the past 20 years, to cohorts of senior executives, middle managers, and young students from many different sectors, industries, backgrounds, and …

WEBCASTS ARE AN OPTION!

Just a reminder to all our clients that our speakers can deliver their presentations via webcast which is is distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology to distribute a single content source to many simultaneous viewers.  Essentially, webcasting is “broadcasting” over the Internet.

New Speaker Anna Tavis HR Expert on the Future of Work

Expertise: The Future Of Work, Human Capital, Change Management, Transformation, Leadership, Performance Review, Collaboration, Strategic Management Dr. Anna Tavis is a recognized thought leader and compelling speaker on HR and the future of work. She is currently developing the Centre for the Future of Work at NYU, where she is an Associate Professor of Human Capital Management. In her talks, …

New Speaker … Ed Fidoe founder … The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS)

Topics: Education, Learning and Leadership Expertise: Education Innovation and The Future of Work Expert, Talent for the Future, Ed Fidoe is leading the creation of a new university, The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) for those who want to shape the world, not just fit in. They are cultivating a new style of problem solver graduate. The Times announced it’s launch …

Eímear Noone makes history as Oscars’ first female conductor

Our very own speaker and Irish composer Eímear Noone will be the first woman to conduct an orchestra at the Oscars. She will lead the 42-piece orchestra at the Academy Awards as it plays excerpts from five nominated scores on Sunday 9 February at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California. The Galway-born conductor was invited to take charge by Oscars’ …

Delighted to announce that Dr Mary Aiken was included in the 2019 special report on ‘Women in GovTech’ which highlights 55 women across the Asia Pacific region in tech roles who influence government’s use of technology.

HERE IS HER GOVINSIDER INTERVIEW: How do you use technology/policy to improve citizens’ lives? Tell us about your role or organisation. I am a Cyberpsychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Law & Criminology at the University of East London. I am an Academic Advisor to Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3). My research interests include AI & Fintech, …

Dr Jennifer Cassidy – New Speaker on Digital Diplomacy & Feminist Foreign Policy

Dr. Jennifer A. Cassidy is a Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, where she lectures on Diplomacy, International Law, Digital Diplomacy, and Women in Leadership. Her PhD from the University of Oxford focused on the unique and changing relationship between social media and foreign policy. With a specific focus on the evolving nature of …

Need to know how to negotiate your way in or out of a deal?

We are now representing Richard Mullender former hostage negotiator ……. RICHARD MULLENDER Former Lead Trainer at the National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit, Scotland Yard Richard Mullender worked as a detective investigating serious crimes. Then one life-changing day he trained to become a hostage negotiator.His skills were so well regarded that he was appointed Lead Trainer at Scotland Yard’s National …

We are now representing Quant Expert Damiano Brigo

Damiano Brigo is one of the few top academics with a real knowledge of the financial industry. With more than twenty years of industry experience, Damiano has worked on risk management, valuation and hedging and quantitative methods in finance in many financial institutions, from commercial banks to investment banks, rating agencies and financial services firms. He has provided executive education …

The Puzzle of Economic Progress – by Diane Coyle for Project Syndicate

Aug 13, 2019 DIANE COYLE Current academic research – into the impact of new technologies, the economics of innovation, and the quality of management, for example – may be providing ever more pieces of the puzzle. But many crucial questions about economic progress remain unanswered, and others have not yet even been properly posed. CAMBRIDGE – Do we know how economies …

Lagarde Is the Right Choice – Philippe Legrain for Project Syndicate

Jul 4, 2019 PHILIPPE LEGRAIN The nomination of Christine Lagarde to be the next president of the European Central Bank is a breath of fresh air for the stale, male-dominated institution. Incumbent President Mario Draghi may seem like a hard act to follow, but Lagarde has what it takes to succeed. She needs to be bold. LONDON – The choice of Christine …

New Speaker – Ian Robertson – Author of The Stress Test

“If you create success for yourself, you will transform your self and your brain, psychologically, physically and chemically.” Ian Robertson is Psychology Professor at Trinity College Dublin, University College London and University of Texas at Dallas and best selling author of  The Stress Test, The Winner Effect and Mind Sculpture. He  one of the world’s leading researchers in neuropsychology and …

New Speaker – Norman Ohler – Author of Blitzed – Drugs in the Third Reich

Norman Ohler is a novelist and film maker. In 2017, Ohler’s first non-fiction book “Blitzed – Drugs in Nazi Germany” became a New York Times bestseller. It is an explosive true story which uncovers an untold aspect of what fueled the Nazi war machine during World War II. It is currently translated into 31 languages, and optioned for a motion picture by Paramount. NEW YORK …

New Speaker: Steven Van Belleghem – Customer Centric Thinking

Steven Van Belleghem  studied applied economics at the University of Ghent. His summers were spent specializing in marketing at UC Berkeley. His core expertise is the future of customer centricity. The combination between customer-centric thinking, the latest technologies and the human touch is the guiding principle in Steven’s stories. He is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of inspiration agency Nexxworks and …

New Speaker: Dr Morgaine Gaye – Food Futurologist

Dr Morgaine Gaye is a Food Futurologist and director of bellwether: Food Trends, the first food trend research compendium. She has her own health-food product range of functional food blends called Dr Gaye, which are sold globally on-line.   Morgaine looks at food and eating from a social, cultural, economic, trend, branding and geopolitical perspective. Her work involves running ideation …

New Speaker – Ian Kearns author of Collapse: Europe after the European Union

Ian Kearns Topics: Economics & Geopolitics Expertise: Brexit, Europe, Collapse: Europe after the European Union Dr. Ian Kearns has over 25 years of experience working in the public, private and NGO sectors, the last 15 of them in organizational leadership positions. He is a former Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Britain’s leading progressive …

New Video on MiVote: Revolutionising Democracy & Adam Jacoby

ADAM JACOBY, is a serial entrepreneur, who has (co-) founded numerous businesses, including market leaders IMS Sports and Lifelounge.com. With deep expertise in innovation and fast growth business development, Adam was the CEO of BRW’s 2010 Fastest Growing Private Company (under $100M). Some years ago he pondered a new challenge:democracy. Could politics become fairer and more inclusive if he thought about democracy as …

David Rowan’s Brilliant New Book …..

David Rowan, founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition (2008-17), is the author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Transworld, 2019), a global quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. David Rowan travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering startups building the future. He’s got to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, …

A CALL TO BEAUTIFUL LEADERS AND MAKERS 2019

Alan Moore The Business Case for Beautiful Business…   Every morning I walk in the countryside, during which I reflect on the many aspects of beauty, what beauty means to me as an individual, and, what beauty means for the work I do. What beauty means were we to use it as a frame and practice for ‘living’ and ‘doing …

New Speaker Critique & Support Service…

Happy New Year! Connect Speakers are now offering a “Speaker Critique & Support Service”  which evolved due to the high volume of speakers who approach us for representation with substandard marketing material. We assisted many speakers with branding and their positive feedback has prompted us to offer our services to all “want to be speakers” out there who want to bring …

We are delighted to welcome Thanos Papasavvas a brilliant geo-politcal expert to our roster of amazing speakers!

THANOS PAPASAVVAS Expertise: Trump, Brexit, Trade, Eurozone, Currencies, Volatility in Markets, Emerging Markets, Bond markets and inflation Thanos Papasavvas CFA  – (Chartered Financial Analyst) is Founder of ABP Invest, established in 2015 to provide strategic outlook and research on geopolitics, economics, financial markets and FX.  He works with asset management and private equity companies, hedge funds and family offices as well as …