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International - Keynote Speakers

Garrison Wynn

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

Vikram Mansharamani

How will global, political, market, technological, societal, and economic forces impact your industry and business? Vikram Mansharamani shows business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate radical uncertainty. Vikram first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He is a contributor to Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour in addition to being LinkedIn’s #1 Voice on Economy and Finance in 2015 and 2016. Vikram believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us- and won’t- if we regularly step away from our own expertise, look at the world through multiple lenses, then connect the dots.

Katty Kay

As a British journalist in Washington, DC, Katty Kay offers a fresh perspective on the unfolding drama of American politics that only an outsider can provide. Katty is the current lead anchor for BBC World News America and covers topics ranging from global affairs to insights on American politics. She is a keen observer of America’s role in a rapidly changing world. She is also the co-author of two New York Times Bestsellers, The Confidence Code, and Womenomics. The Confidence Code examines the science and art of self-assurance and its role in success. Womenomics urges women to write their own rules for success. Katty’s knowledge and observations provide a perspective that brings audiences to a better understanding of what is happening in the world today and how it can affect businesses.

Jeffrey Rosensweig

Jeff Rosensweig is an associate professor of International Business and Finance. He is also Director of the Global Perspectives Program. Jeff specializes in global strategy, global economics, and international finance. Prior to joining Emory in January 1988, he was Senior International Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Jeff has also taught at M.I.T. and in the economics department and the School of Management at Yale University. Jeff’s research into global trends leads to frequent keynote lectures to business and academic audiences. His current research focuses on three main topics. First –business linkages with the emerging global economy. Second — the implications of globally divergent demographic trends for business. Third — factors affecting competition in the global travel and tourism industry. Rosensweig teaches audiences to analyze trends leading to a successful growth strategy for their business. Rather than merely providing predictions and opinions, Professor Rosensweig tailors each presentation with valuable information and insights pertinent to the specific industry and organization.

Barry Asmus

Dr. Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. He has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speaking in the United States. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a conference on privatizing Social Security for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China, and Peru, he encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies. Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books, including Crossroads: The Great American Experiment, which was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas and sharp analyses in enthusiastic and energetic presentations.

Chris Bashinelli

Chris “Bash” Bashinelli gave up an acting career to exchange with the world. As Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bash takes us on an introspective adventure- walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world and encouraging us to think differently about our lives. Bash has spoken around the world, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall, to Fortune 500 Companies, to entrepreneur organizations in Saudi Arabia. He is the youngest male ever to singlehandedly moderate the UN International Day of Peace. He is also a contributing writer for Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Delta Sky and the Daily News Zimbabwe. Bash’s keynotes embody themes of service, productivity and cultural understanding. He helps audiences better realize their potential to become Global Citizens- productive members of their organization, their family, and ultimately- the world!

Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than thirty-five years, Dr. Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world's most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Thomson Corporation, and Bank of America. He has shared his insights with many others through teaching and writing. Dr. Charan is well known for providing advice that is down to earth and relevant, taking into account the real-world complexities of business. Over the past decade, Dr. Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. In the past five years, his books have sold more than 2 million copies. These include the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality, both co-authored with Larry Bossidy, The Talent Masters and The Leadership Pipeline. He also co-authored The Game Changer, with AG Lafley, about driving revenue and profit growth through innovation. Many lucky people have come to know Dr. Charan through in-house executive education programs. It's Dr. Charan's energetic, interactive teaching style that has won him several awards, as well the hearts of his audiences.

Zbigniew Brzezinski

A brilliant strategist and one of the most respected international affairs experts in America, Dr. Brzezinski served as National Security Advisor to President Carter. The son of a Polish diplomat who left Europe just prior to World War II, Brzezinski is the author of numerous books, including "The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the 20th Century", "The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership" and "The Grand Chessboard". A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on American-Chinese relations, Brzezinski is a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and professor of American Foreign Policy at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Brzezinski offers an unparalleled perspective on the world in which we live. He enlightens audiences with his views on U.S. foreign policy, current international affairs the new world order. He can address global trouble spots and the political implications of the evolving global marketplace. As an international advisor to multi-national corporations, Dr. Brzezinski addresses, and is well-versed on, the most important international issues facing the world & business today.

Allen Sinai

Former Chief Global Economist at Lehman Brothers, Allen Sinai is well known as a leading forecaster, educator and gifted communicator about the economy, financial markets, industry and company performance. A consultant to former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton and leaders of other countries, Business Week magazine hailed him as "the top guru and forecaster extraordinaire". Dr. Sinai is currently Chief Global Economist, President and Chief Executive Officer of Decision Economics, Inc., Founder, responsible for the Firm, its forecasts and analyses of the U.S. and international economies and financial markets. He is also Vice Chairman and Chief Global Economist of WEFA Holdings, Inc. Decision Economics, Inc. is a global economic and financial market information and advisory firm with locations in New York, London, Boston and Tokyo, serving financial institutions, corporations, government and individual investors.

Jeremy Rifkin

As your economic speaker, Jeremy Rifkin shares his knowledge as author of seventeen best-selling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, workforce, society, and environment. His most recent books include The Empathic Civilization and The European Dream. Jeremy also serves as an advisor to the European Union on issues related to the economy, climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. To hear his insight first-hand that thousands of colleges and corporations reference to gives you an opportunity to learn new cutting-edge teachings that could change your business forever.

Todd Buchholz

Todd Buchholz is an international economist, hedge fund manager, former Harvard lecturer and frequent TV and radio commentator. He has written several bestselling books on the economy, including New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs and Market Shock. Buchholz is a widely sought after keynote speaker addressing a variety of topics, from the U.S. financial markets to geo political debates to economic policies that impact business strategies around the globe. With an incisive wit and entertaining style, Buchholz’s keynote presentations reveal the economic challenges and opportunities faced by our changing society and proposes important strategies for success.

Ted Fishman

The secrets of how the People’s Republic of China has developed as a world powerhouse over the years lies in the keynote of Ted Fishman. Ted's bestselling book China, Inc., How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, has helped describe for the world the effects of China's momentous change on the lives and businesses of people everywhere. With Ted as your management speaker he will reveal how China has emerged and the impact the country has on the lives of Americans as consumers, workers, managers, and citizens. His customized and lively keynotes are focused on helping your company make an impact that can revolutionize the world just like China did.

David Hale

David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include investment management firms, major hedge funds, and multinational companies. He writes on a broad range of economic subjects and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, and other publications. He lectures worldwide to groups including the World Economic Forum, the Fortune Global CEO Conference, and the National Association of governors. He has frequently testified before Congressional committees on domestic and international economic policy issues and does briefings for senior officials in the executive branch, including President Bush. He has also been a consultant to the U.S Department of Defense on how changes in the global economy are affecting U.S security relationships. Hale is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority as well as a variety of government and private-sector economic policy research groups in Washington, Tokyo, and Berlin. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in both New York and Chicago, and is a long-time member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. In his recently published book, What's Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the Global Economy, David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale look at the viewpoints of top economic experts as they comment on major world economies and predict how each will fare over the next few years.

John Naisbitt

John Naisbitt is often called the global philosopher among futurists. With his “astonishingly precise predictions” and inspiring message he is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He has experience in top management, in politics -- as assistant secretary of education to President John Kennedy and special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson -- and as an entrepreneur. His picture of the future is not only formed by the research he does, he has traveled the world since the late 1960s, keeping in close connection with corporations and people in different fields of endeavor. He has spoken to virtually every major corporation, to many, several times. John Naisbitt’s goal is to motivate and inspire his audience to see the future as something we can have access to, if we deliberately develop mindsets as a tool to see and evaluate the seeds and signs of change, which in time will built the future.

Doug Lipp

Doug Lipp is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and consultant on customer service, leadership, change management and global competitiveness. His thought-provoking, learn-by-doing presentation style has motivated hundreds of thousands of people around the world to maximize personal and professional success. Doug is the author of numerous articles and eight books on leadership, customer service, and international business. Through his captivating and contagious style, Doug challenges audiences worldwide to change or perish. By age 29, Doug was the head of the training team at the world-famous Disney University at Disney’s corporate headquarters. After leaving Disney, Doug co-developed an international consulting firm with a Stanford University professor, teaching diverse teams of professionals how to better themselves in the marketplace.

Jeff Thredgold

Jeff Thredgold is an economic futurist and President of Thredgold Economic Associates, a professional speaking and economic consulting company. Previously, he spent 23 years with KeyCorp, one of the nation’s largest financial services companies, where he served as Senior VP and Chief Economist. In his presentations, Jeff leads his audience on a slightly irreverent, up-to-the-minute "tour" of the economy, financial markets, education, and government--and offers a sneak preview of the future. He has a unique ability to "cut though the fluff" and discuss serious issues and developments in a very understandable way. Jeff always customizes his remarks for the industry or group that he is addressing. He uses humor to keep things light, while also providing a great deal of substance for audience members--a perfect mix for your next event.

Marvin Zonis

At Chicago Booth, Zonis has taught courses on International Political Economy, Leadership, and E-Commerce. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment. Zonis has a unique awareness of the intersections of politics, economics, emergent technologies, emotions and leadership. In the face of current global challenges, business leadership, and a true understanding of what defines leadership, is more essential than ever. Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a leading authority on the Middle East, and has spent the last 50 years studying the volatile mix of Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked through Afghanistan, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and traveled extensively throughout the region. His latest book is Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy (May 2011). Zonis has appeared on numerous television news programs, including Nightline and CNN's Larry King Live. He was the International Editor of WBBM-TV, Chicago and was the Middle East Consultant to ABC/Capital Cities television.

Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. VG is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and he was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. HBR picked reverse innovation as one of the Great Moments in Management in the Last Century. In VG’s latest book, The Three Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation, he educates innovation leaders on how to maintain performance requirements of their current business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it. In the latest Thinkers 50 Rankings, VG is rated the #1 Indian Management Thinker.

Peter Singer

Described in the Wall Street Journal as "the premier futurist in the national-security environment," Dr. Peter Singer is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He is Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, founder of NeoLuddite, a technology advisory firm, the author of multiple award-winning books, and a contributing editor at Popular Science. Previously, he has consulted for the US Military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, as well as advised a range of entertainment programs, including Warner Brothers and Dreamworks. He also served as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign's defense policy task force and was named by the President to the US Military's Transformation Advisory Group. Dr. Singer encourages audiences to explore the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of technology and security tomorrow.

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