Described as ‘the world’s foremost Blue Futurist and thought-leader in the maritime space’, Kate Adamson is the founder of Futurenautics, and author, novelist, conference chair and keynote speaker.
Kate Adamson is expert in how mega-trends including digital business, connectivity, data, artificial intelligence, autonomy, prediction, rapid urbanisation, collaboration, cyber-security, the circular economy, Industry 4.0 and robotics will impact the way humans safely, sustainably and profitably exploit and protect our oceans, rivers, ports and coastlines.
Julian Birkinshaw is Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK), and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. He has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.
David is a lifelong performer (he sang with Placido Domingo on the stage of Covent Garden when only nine years old) who uses everything he has learned in the arts, be it opera, theatre, film or TV to help organisations around the world really perform. “To me great business is pure “performance”. It means giving ‘form’ to your most creative ideas, broadening your repertoire personally and professionally, getting beyond mere teamwork and collaborating as ensembles, creating a compelling future script for your business and life and really engaging your audience of stakeholders. We are all performers.”
David Rowan is editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, Conde Nast’s award-winning technology-and-innovations magazine that stays ahead of the trends transforming our world. In the past year alone, he has taken 120 flights around the world to investigate the companies and speak with the entrepreneurs changing our lives, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Nest and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.
Simon Walker is a leading authority in the field of leadership and employee engagement and one of the world’s leading experts on ‘Generation Y’.
Simon Walker is a powerful, dynamic and inspirational speaker and an expert in leadership and team dynamics. He draws enthusiastically from his first-hand experiences in sport, adventure and business, having professionally raced yachts around the world twice and led sailing expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.