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No design-conscious household is complete without one of Alessi’s products, be it Philippe Starck’s citrus juicer or Michael Graves’s kettle. Alberto took over the family firm and revitalised the brand, commissioning top-name designers and experimenting with new materials. He describes how traditional brands and working methods can be reinvigorated without losing the original ethos and customer loyalty.

Helen ran The Economist’s information analysis unit before taking over as CEO, doubling circulation and leading expansion overseas. She was then appointed President of the CBI. Now back in publishing, Helen talks about industries in transition, a flexible labour market, governance and how to rebuild confidence. With many businesses in recovery mode, she warns against a ‘static’ response to external factors and argues for more focus on the core workforce.

As Zopa co-Founder and CEO, James was a pioneer in peer-to-peer lending. Putting those with a small amount to invest in front of reliable borrowers has proved a successful business model, creating what is now globally £100bn sector. James is now helping organisation make more informed strategic choices as part of FutureAgenda.org, the world’s largest open foresight programme. In presentations he examines disruption across a range of industries and considers how long-established organisations can drive innovation and be better prepared for the future.

A career ad man, Kevin Allen was notable for leading the pitch on the famous Mastercard ‘Priceless’ campaign. His account skills have been applied as Director of Global Accounts and Chief Growth Officer for some of the world’s biggest ad agencies. He now looks at how companies can grow, where the opportunities lie, and how great leadership inspires the greatest asset - the workforce.

Kate provides trend forecasts for retailers, products and brands. She analyses the key shifts in consumer expectations, retail and technology – tapping into a vast network of designers, architects, technologists, academics and strategists. Her findings show where to adapt, innovate and invest resources. In speeches Kate explores the behaviour of online shoppers, the use of café culture, the latest developments in GPS and the rise of ‘on-demand’ operators.

Rasmus describes himself as a ‘high performance anthropologist.’ For his book The Gold Mine Effect, he explored Brazil’s ability to mass produce football superstars, and why so many champion runners hail from one Ethiopian village. The Co-Director of Football at Brentford FC has also written Hunger In Paradise, a look at how to sustain success, ward off complacency and develop new ideas before they become necessary. In speeches he looks at how to grow talent and create your own disruption.

Chris sells creative talent from several cultures to marketers and governments. He’s also the author of Ethical Marketing & The New Consumer, and THUNK - a different way to think. In speeches Chris suggests ways to market to socially conscious consumers based on a ‘triple bottom line’ that considers people and planet as well as profit. A former Saatchi Creative Director, he also shows how to re-ignite the creativity we enjoyed as children.

Attali has served as Head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and chaired a Sarkozy commission examining the obstacles to French growth. He advocates deregulation, major investment in education and greater communication. Attali’s latest book, A Brief History of the Future, argues that by 2100 individual countries will have disappeared. What we need, as present crises in finance and climate show, are functioning world institutions and a global rule of law.

James concentrates on the relationship between emerging technologies and the way we live, work and do business. He considers the age of ‘big data,’ the ageing population and the rise of a billion-strong global middle class. He also assesses the consequences of the shift in the balance of economic power and its impact on the world’s financial centres.

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