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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.

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.

It all started with one ice-cream van for the hard-hitting dragon from Glasgow and he’s been whipping companies into shape ever since. Now Duncan owns hotels, health clubs and bars. He motivates budding entrepreneurs with his rags to riches story.

Simon has developed software that connects print buyers to expensive presses across the country that are sitting idle at their time of need. Seeing himself as an ‘open and honest rule-breaker’, he has already grown the start-up into a £30m turnover enterprise. Simon puts their success down to recruiting the best talent they can find and sharing the rewards. Each ‘webmarteer’ then receives as much training and mentoring as they want – and the chance to teach at the firm’s school in Ethiopia.

As the United Nations looked on, Hans Blix led the search for WMD in Iraq. The ex-head of the Atomic Energy Agency then chaired a commission studying paths to clear the world of both nuclear, biological and chemical arms. He does not consider it utopian to envisage life without nuclear weapons - by 2050. Mutual interdependence could provide alternative non-military leverage, reducing the dependence on weapons of mass destruction as bargaining chips.

Wearing his business hat the former Shell scenario expert uses past precedents to explain the nature of innovation, looking at everything from transport and energy to technology and climate change. In a different vein, his new book examines the Ten Commandments in their true historical context. Rather than harshly imposed laws, the ten ‘devarim’ were a pioneering set of guiding principles to help a diverse community treat its members fairly.

Using his grandmother’s jam recipes, Fraser set up his business at 14, hit the shelves at Waitrose at 18 and now supplies 2,000 supermarkets from Russia to Australia. He’s continuing to expand, and is also part of a craft ale delivery business, Beer52. In speeches Fraser extols social enterprise and telling your own story, explains his approach to product development and innovation, and shows how to turn ordinary into extraordinary.

The former manager of the Great Britain Rugby League Team and Chief Executive of Bradford Bulls initiated the Community and Education Programme, enabling professional sports organisations to interact more closely with their local communities. Abi has a natural ability to inspire any and all levels of audience.

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