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30 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Alan Greenberg is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Unlearn/Relearn – a company that redefines the transition from education to work. They organise events to introduce employers to potential employees and educational institutions. With an innovative approach using VR technology and improving critical thinking, they aim to re-image current reality and bring governments, institutions and corporations together. In this in-depth conversation, Alan explains why the cosmopolitan environment of the Middle East is a perfect location for his business due to the existing need to stabilise the transition from education to employment, tackling challenges such as mindset or mental health; shares his view on the positives of Web 3.0 based on decentralisation, blockchain technology and digital identity, which is revolutionary for education or Health Tech systems, as well as provides privacy and security; and describes the concept of “Education Radio”, an individual channel dedicated only to education, which facilitates challenges of individual learning.
46 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Markus Pflitsch is a co-founder and CEO of Terra Quantum AG - a Zurich-based deep tech company founded in 2019 that develops revolutionary quantum applications to shape the technology of the future. The company raised $75 million in Series A funding (including an extension), which marked one of the largest funding rounds achieved in the quantum tech space. Markus has expertise in scientific and financial sectors, making him an experienced CERN Quantum Physicist, senior financial executive, and deep tech entrepreneur. In this in-depth conversation, Markus delves into how quantum physics gave rise to quantum computing and quantum machines; shares his opinion on building a successful company, especially when it comes to the relation with investors and clients; and describes the level of competition within a growing ecosystem of startups.
63 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Dr. Charlie Easmon
Dr. Charlie Easmon is a medical director and founder of Global Health Action Strategies & Solutions. They aim to provide a 2nd opinion on global disasters, analysing and reviewing the commercial, media, political, environmental, and inter-agency challenges, allowing efficient proposal creation, saving time, money, and most importantly - lives. Charlie has also built his own private medical business, Your Excellent Health Service, which serves over 12% of the FT100 amongst their many other clients. In this in-depth conversation, Charlie delves into his career journey, from deciding he wanted to be a doctor at the age of 5 to the realities of the job; discusses the importance of paying attention to not just physical health but also mental and spiritual health and why positive projection is so vital within the role of a doctor; and shares his ambitions to set up a global health agency - with an aim to tackle poverty and poor quality of life worldwide.
51 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Jay Goldman is the co-founder and chief executive of Sensei Labs. Founded in 2015, Sensei Labs enables organisations and their services partners to build more intelligent workplace solutions. Their Conductor platform, used by Fortune 500 companies worldwide, is the only enterprise-grade platform that provides project collaborative work, data, and knowledge management in an easy-to-use way. Co-author of The New York Times bestseller The Decoded Company, Jay regularly speaks with companies across the globe about the Future of Work and has spoken at TEDx, NASA, Harvard Business School, Google, and Twitter World Headquarters. In this in-depth conversation, Jay reflects on his career journey so far, embracing all opportunities he’s been given to reach the position he’s in now; delves into co-writing his book to both inform people on how technology can create an environment for talent, but to also attract people to work for them at Klick; and shares the story of Sensei Labs, and their mission to build smarter workplace solutions.
48 minutes | May 12, 2022
Tevin Tobun is the CEO of GV Group. Founded in 2001, GV Group is the UK’s leading independently owned food logistics specialist with a global footprint spanning the UK, South America, and Africa. They focus on operations within the education, social, healthcare, retail, and business and industry sectors. Tevin is also chair of the non-profit organisation Inspirational You and Life Patron of the Springboard Charity. He has set up his own scholarship scheme, the GV Scholarship, which helps young talents from disadvantaged backgrounds get into university through financial support and mentorship. In this in-depth conversation, Tevin talks us through his career journey so far and why he always had the focus of helping the next generation achieve their goals; he delves into the Tobun Foundation, a charity supporting the educational needs of young underprivileged people across the UK, and the work they do to give the next generation enough tools and support to make the best decisions; and shares his future plans to expand and globalise the business and play a role in developing countries.
31 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Bram Van Der Hoek
Bram Van Der Hoek is the chief executive of Sircle Collection. Founded in 2011 by award-winning industry expert Liran Wizman, the company has grown to be a collection of creative hospitality brands and properties across Europe’s most inspiring neighbourhoods. With a passion for producing exciting experiences for guests, they currently have three hotel brands across 13 locations, four restaurants, one design concept store, three landmark properties and a private members' club. Bram is responsible for the collection’s overall global strategy and maintaining the group’s unique values and company culture. In this in-depth conversation, Bram reflects on starting out in his career journey and how the Sircle Collection began in Amsterdam; discusses how Covid impacted the company and the opportunities to grow that have come since; and shares their expansion plans and future goals to be more sustainable.
43 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Rebekah Clement is sustainability director at Lloyd’s of London. Founded in 1688, Lloyd’s is the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance marketplace, which provides specialist insurance services to businesses in over 200 territories. Rebekah is responsible for leading and executing the company’s sustainability and ESG strategy. Her role also includes running Futureset, their action leadership platform, which helps stakeholders better understand, model, and protect against challenges. This in-depth conversation discusses why the response of Lloyd’s of London during a significant earthquake in New Zealand made Rebekah realise the importance of their work and what led her to join the company; delves into what exactly her job role involves and how they “encourage sustainable practices”; and shares the insurance industry's fundamental role in preventing future risks of climate change and working towards a “greener, cleaner future.”
27 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Carolyn Pearson is chief executive of Maiden Voyage and director of Innovent Digital. Maiden Voyage is a leading travel security company through which Carolyn and her team provide inclusive travel security training to some of the world's biggest organisations, helping employees to travel the world safely whatever their personal characteristics and profiles. Carolyn launched another business, Innovent Digital, in 2021, which provides digital strategy and transformation consultancy services, helping organisations to revolutionise their digital customer experience. In this in-depth conversation, Carolyn recalls her own travelling experiences and how this led her to work in travel security; discusses Maiden Voyage and how they empower and protect travellers; and delves into launching Innovent Digital and the current projects they’re working on.
47 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Paul Perrone is the founder and chief executive officer of Perrone Robotics. Founded in 2003, the company develops, innovates, and pushes the boundaries of what’s possible within the autonomous driving industry. Paul has led Perrone Robotics as an early pioneer in the field with over 20 years of autonomous vehicle experience. He also invented the world’s first general-purpose robotics operating system for autonomous vehicles, ‘MAX,’ in 2006. In this in-depth conversation, Paul reflects on the key events that lead to him starting in the industry, including his first experience with self-driving cars; delves into the work of Perrone Robotics, “pushing the boundaries” of what’s possible in autonomous driving; and predicts what the future looks like for both himself and the company, to continue “delivering safe and reliable autonomous solutions for human kind.”
70 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Robert Stryk and Scott Taylor
Robert Stryk and Scott Taylor are Global Private Diplomats. Robert is the founder of Stryk Global Diplomacy, founded in 2001, the global diplomacy and advisory firm assists sovereign states, businesses and individuals and helps clients identify business opportunities, manage risk, and navigate often-complex situations. Scott’s company, Taylor Global Strategies, offers diplomatic advisory services. Scott is a former Navy SEAL who represented Virginia as a Congressman between 2017 and 2019. The two companies have recently teamed up to work together. In this in-depth conversation, Robert and Scott delve into their individual career journeys so far and why they decided to “take their business to the next level by collaborating;” discuss their role and how they work to “create lines of communication, give information and build trust between key contacts;” and share stories of their career including why being out in the field can feel vulnerable at times.
39 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Danny Gray is the founder and chief executive of JAAQ. Founded in 2021, the non-profit organisation allows people to access mental health experts through the power of conversation. Their mission is to focus on a variety of mental health topics, starting with depression, psychosis and body dysmorphic disorder, and to “change the world of mental health, one question at a time.” In 2018, Danny also founded War Paint For Men, a cosmetics brand designed specifically for a male audience to break down the stereotype around men’s makeup. In this in-depth conversation, Danny reflects on how his own struggles with body dysmorphic disorder inspired him to start his business journey and help others by sharing his story; delves into JAAQ, an interactive platform which allows open conversations about mental health, and his plans to branch out in the future; and shares the upcoming launch of a skincare range this year, and expanding to stock his makeup products in more retailers.
49 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Chris Yoshida is president of Northern Data. Founded in 2017, the Frankfurt-based cloud computing provider helps disruptive computing services solve issues faster, better, and more economically. Unlike their competitors, they control the entire high-performance computing infrastructure chain, while also “bringing together the blockchain network and the demand for exponential growth in data processing.” Chris has held a number of executive and advisory positions at a variety of different companies, including The Carlyle Group, Bottlepay, and McLaren Technology - after starting out his career at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. In this in-depth conversation, Chris reflects on the lessons he has learnt throughout his career, and how these have led him to his position today; discusses how Northern Data have become “an infrastructure provider to the cloud;” and shares his ambition for the company to be a “rival to the big three” in the next five-to-ten years.
57 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
John Quinn is founder and managing partner at Quinn Emanuel. Founded in 1986, they are the largest law firm in the world devoted solely to business litigation and arbitration. John has grown the firm such that it now operates in 29 offices on four continents, employing over 900 lawyers and generating more than $1.4 billion in revenue annually. John is regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in the world and has been described as a “master strategist” by American Lawyer. In this in-depth conversation, John reflects on the first steps he took in his career, and how this led him to start his own law firm; discusses growing Quinn Emanuel from a concept into a successful global firm; and shares his plans to expand what the firm can offer.
41 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Randy Dewey is founder of LIFT Leadership. Founded in 2021, the company helps C-Suite executives and leaders who need to spike their leadership performance, solve business financial problems, and build actionable business strategy through tools, coaching, consulting and masterclasses. In a career spanning over three decades, he has held senior positions in ten companies, and sat on 13 boards in both the public and private sector. As an author, his Wall Street Journal best-selling book ‘When the Unthinkable Happens: How to Lead Your Team and Pivot Your Business for Growth and Opportunity’ explores his signature methodology and helps companies through challenging times and assists in growth. In this in-depth conversation, Randy reflects on starting LIFT Leadership, which aims to “lead, inspire, focus and transform” to move businesses to the next level; discusses what he believes makes a good leader, arguing that elements are innate but the skills can also be learnt; and shares how the work he’s doing can not only transform business development but also personal development.
46 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Dean Forbes is CEO of Forterro, which owns 11 ERP software product businesses and employs 1,200 people. Forterro is a partner to more than 10,000 mid-market manufacturing companies across the UK, Europe and worldwide. Dean is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Forbes Family Group, an organisation which provides investment and development support to businesses, entrepreneurs and social programmes designed to ‘do good and do more.’ Dean boasts an extensive career in executive and senior leadership roles with software companies. Prior to Forterro, he was CEO of CoreHR. He led its transformative growth, expansion and sale to The Access Group. He also led the growth and sale of several other businesses: one was sold to software giant Oracle, and another to American Express. Dean has been named one of Britain’s ‘Top 50 Business Leaders’ according to Lloyds Bank and The Daily Telegraph. He’s also currently, and for the second year running, one of the 100 most influential Black people in the UK on the Powerlist, in partnership with J.P. Morgan. In this in-depth conversation, Dean reflects on how his motivation to succeed was formed through challenges growing up - learning about the importance of hard work and staying positive; discusses his role at Forterro Group - setting strategies and working with people, as he believes they are the “primary value in most businesses;” and shares his future plans, expanding Forterro and continuing to positively impact people’s lives with Forbes Family Group.
36 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Jason Rogers is Vice President of Corporate Development, Partnerships and Strategy at Engine Gaming & Media. Engine is traded publicly on the Toronto Exchange and Nasdaq under the ticker symbol ‘GAME.’ They provide premium social sports and esports gaming experiences, as well as data analytics, marketing, and advertising solutions to support both its owned and operated direct-to-consumer properties and its clients and partners. Prior to joining Engine in 2020, Jason held positions at American Express as well as Disney Streaming Service, Live Like and TriBeCa Early Stage Partners while earning his MBA at Columbia Business School. In this in-depth conversation, Jason reflects on starting out in his career, with his passions about consumer technology and emerging media motivating him; discusses Engine with a focus on social interaction within gaming and media - “connecting people to engage in these experiences;” and reflects on why collaboration has proved vital throughout his career.
45 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Jag Singh is partner and managing director at Angel Invest Ventures. An accomplished entrepreneur, Jag has built four companies from scratch so far, and has significant networks in the European startup, investor and mentor scenes. Previously, he spent four years as managing director of Techstars, the global platform for investment and innovation. Currently a partner and managing director at Angel Invest, he helps to make over 50 investments every year into European technology startups, coaches founders and gives them access to his network. In this in-depth conversation, Jag reflects on what motivated him to become an entrepreneur, “the ability to make short cuts” and how he started on his career journey; discusses his role at Angel Invest Ventures, investing his money, contacts and experience with founders to help the company develop and grow; and shares his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, expressing how important it is to “never stop learning.”
63 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Penny Richards is the managing director of The Aspen Institute in the UK. Founded in 2018, Aspen UK is an independent charity which supports and inspires leaders to transform themselves and their society. For over 70 years, the Aspen Institute in the US and globally has encouraged debates and improved arguments through text-based and professionally guided conversations, private seminars and public events. Penny’s exceptional track record includes producing impactful results for international organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BBC. She was recently the executive director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, the wine industry’s only prestigious international global education and membership organisation. In this in-depth conversation, Penny shares starting out in her career with the motivation to “see a tangible change in something and build great relationships;” discusses Aspen and how for over 70 years they have tried to bring leaders together to exchange ideas in a constructive way; and shares the future project of Aspen UK to help build confidence and networks for 250,000 young people a year.
50 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
Stephan Beringer is the chief executive of Mirriad. Founded in 2008, Mirriad’s technology inserts brands and products into TV shows, movies and music videos. As viewers increasingly skip traditional adverts when watching on demand, Mirrad allows brands to reach consumers in a way that doesn’t interrupt what they are watching. The company works with some of the most renowned advertisers, agencies and content providers in key markets including the US, China, France, Germany, and the UK. Before this, Stephan held senior positions across multiple disciplines in marketing and communications - and is regarded as one of the industry’s global leaders. In this in-depth conversation, Stephan reflects on his career journey so far, and how advertising first piqued his interest; discusses Mirriad and explains how the concept of the brand works to “enhance a viewing experience rather than disturbing and interrupting it;” and shares why he thinks the company will be the future of advertisement and will continue a drive of awareness of brands and will see more of a growth of consumption.
61 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Barak Ronen is the co-founder and chief executive of CRUX Knowledge. Founded in 2018, CRUX is the world’s first knowledge quantification platform. It helps users overcome information overload, by providing them direction and feedback as they navigate digital information environments. CRUX’s work has been supported by Google’s digital news initiative and featured on multiple digital platforms. Barak is a former journalist who held senior positions at smart cloud platform Boxever, news agency Reuters, and Dow Jones. In this in-depth conversation, Barak reflects on his career so far, starting out at radio, then moving to become chief news editor for Israel’s leading news portal - gaining his interest of the “mechanics of content and fundamentals of content creation” along the way; discusses founding CRUX Knowledge after noticing knowledge is always quantitative; and shares how the “knowledge GPS” they provide can have a transformative impact on society by liberating people and allowing more interesting discussion.
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