The former CEO of Sainsbury’s, Mike’s time in charge of the FTSE100 retailer has incorporated the hugely successful takeover of Argos, the high-profile attempt to merge with Asda, and the challenge of keeping the shelves full in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. He talks about the challenges facing retail, the shift to online shopping, growth strategy, maintaining a ‘people-first’ culture, and how to create a socially and environmentally responsible company that remains profitable.
Economist and author of How To Have A Good Day, Caroline combines behavioural economics and science to focus on workplace efficiency, productivity, leadership, and happiness. She looks at the neuroscience of performance and considers every element that affects it, from work-life balance to environment, management to digitisation.
Author and academic, Tal carries the illustrious honour of teaching Harvard’s most popular and third most popular courses – Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership respectively. He’s the best selling-author of a range of books covering personal wellbeing, goal-setting and resilience amongst other themes, and is also a successful entrepreneur.
Mathematician, epidemiologist, author and broadcaster, Adam is also an Associate Professor and Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He specialises in how diseases and ideas spread, and the maths that underpin the phenomena. As well as epidemics he also looks at the lessons in prediction, decision-making, and social transmission that apply to a whole range of subjects.
The youngest sailor to skipper in the Clipper round the world race, Nikki is also one of only a handful of women to take on that challenge. She’s one of a new generation of women sailors demonstrating determination, leadership and team-building skills, problem-solving and resilience. She also skipped the yacht that sailed Greta Thunberg from the US to Europe in order to attend the UN climate summit when it was moved from Chile to Spain, an experience she incorporates into speaking about witnessing the effects of climate change at sea.
President of the European Commission for five years, and during one of the bloc’s most eventful periods, Jean-Claude Juncker’s time in charge saw Europe face the refugee crisis and, perhaps most notably, the UK’s decision to leave the EU. A former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and a long-serving senior European politician, he provides a rare insight into the workings of Europe as a social, political and economic entity.
Producer and journalist at Newsnight, one of Sam’s chief roles is to research, negotiate and organise big set-piece interviews for the programme. Working with on-screen talent she identifies the key figures in politics, business and culture, and where the most relevant, important information lies. Alongside interviews with the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton, and Elon Musk, Sam undertook the groundbreaking interview with HRH Prince Andrew. A former barrister, Sam provides not only a fascinating insight into the media and its place in the world, but insightful lessons in understanding people, persuasion and negotiation.
Hostage and kidnap negotiation expert, Sue became the first woman to head the Kidnap and Hostage Negotiation Units at Scotland Yard. She’s worked with the FBI as well as private companies and individuals. As well as security and cybersecurity, Sue applies negotiation strategies to business and politics and reveals insights into the nature of communication, culture, leadership and working under pressure.
Dr Chris Smith
Specialist in clinical microbiology and virology at Cambridge University and its teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s, Chris is also a writer and broadcaster. His Naked Scientists podcast and radio show is syndicated around the world and looks at the latest developments and news in science. As one of the country’s leading virologists he’s also been at the forefront of media commentary on the Covid-19 pandemic.
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