Keynote speakers

The 2018 keynote speakers focus on the current and future economic market – what is happening now in Europe and what will it mean for our business? Further speakers are mentioned below. Click on the headers for more details.

Alastair Campbell | “The Elephant in the Room”: Brexit and its implications for EU/UK B2B relations

Thursday 7 June 09.15 – 10.15

Alastair Campbell is a writer, TV commentator, author, and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Campbell was part of Blair’s core team that conducted the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and he has been honoured by several Irish universities for his role in the peace process. Alistair Campbell is an extremely intelligent political consultant and campaigner. His political background and expertise in economic markets make him well-placed to discuss the future of Britain outside of Europe. More about Alastair Campbell

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Professor Noreena Hertz | Eyes wide open – how to make smart decisions in a complex world?

Friday 8 June 12.15 – 13.00

Professor Noreena Hertz (UK) is a visionary economist, decision-making guru and author with an impressive track record in predicting global trends. She advised some of the world’s leading political and business leaders on strategy, economic and geopolitical risks, digital transformation, Generation K, and millennials. Noreena commentates regularly in the US and Europe, both in print and on television and is frequently sought after as a keynote speaker. Her global reach is noted at TED, The World Economic Forum, and Google Zeitgeist and she has shared platforms with luminaries such as President Bill Clinton and James Wolfensohn. Noreena is Visiting Professor at University College London as well as having held professorships and fellowships at world-leading Universities.

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Sarah Sladek | How visionary organisations are redefining work and achieving greater success

Friday 8 June 09.30 – 10.30

Sarah Sladek is a best-selling author, speaker, and CEO. Since 2002, her life’s work has been dedicated to helping organizations engage future generations of members and talent. As the founder and CEO of XYZ University, Sarah has grown a future-focused company comprised of generational researchers, presenters, and strategists. XYZ U has helped hundreds of organizations grow membership and reduce turnover among younger generations.

As a leading researcher of generational insights, Sarah has authored more books and research papers on the generational topic than any other consultant. Her five books include two best-sellers for Association Management Press: The End of Membership As We Know It (2011), and Knowing Y (2014). Her fifth book, Talent Generation (2017), identifies the core strategies essential to engaging today’s talent. In addition to being an author, Sarah is co-founder and producer of the Millennials to Members online course, the first interactive curriculum designed to help associations develop an engaging, future-focused membership strategy. She’s also founder of the RockStars@Work Conference, the nation’s first business conference focused on bridging talent and leadership gaps in the workforce. Sarah’s expertise has been prominently featured in international media, and she has keynoted events worldwide. Backed by years of experience and supported by solid research, Sarah remains committed to helping organizations engage every generation to thrive and prosper in the new economy.

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