The world's finest speakers on the world's most pressing topics.
Find a Speaker
Featured Articles
Speaker News
Making Global Connections

In a recent segment of The McLaughlin Group public affairs television program, John McLaughlin named Alex Epstein the Most Original Thinker of 2014 . McLaughlin said, "Epstein put forward a moral and ethical argument for the good that fossil fuels — oil and gas — do for humanity. The book presents an entirely new take on the climate change debate which is why Epstein gets the Most Original Thinker Award."

Emily Parker draws on a unique background in political journalism, technology, and international relations to explain how the internet is transforming global politics. Her book, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground, is an in-depth exploration of Cuba on the brink of change. It shines a light on activist and grassroots movements around the world, showing how the internet and social media have powered protest and change in China, Cuba, Russia, and the Middle East. Watch Emily in her recent talk Voices from the Internet Underground. Read her recent article on Politico.com Why Cuba Needs the Internet.

Martin Wolf's book The Shifts and the Shocks and Atif Mian's book, House of Debt are on the list of Bloomberg BusinessWeeks Best Books of 2014. They are amongst the most-cited selections from the Bloomberg News annual survey, which asked CEOs, investors, current and former policy makers, economists and academics to name their favorite reads in 2014.

Tim Harford and John Gapper are the recipients of the The Comment Awards. “The Comment Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the UK’s finest print and online commentators and their editors.” Tim won for best Economics Commentator and John won for best Business Commentator. This is the sixth year of the award. Congratulations Tim and John!

At the cutting edge of industrial innovation, JB Straubel is part of the founding team and the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors, the electric car company based in Palo Alto, California. At Tesla, Straubel oversees the technical and engineering design of the vehicles. In addition to his work at Tesla, Straubel is also on the Board of Directors for Solar City. He is a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he teaches the popular Energy Storage Integration class in the Atmosphere and Energy Program. Prior to Tesla Motors, Straubel was the CTO and co-founder of Volacom, where he co-invented and patented the new long-endurance hybrid propulsion concept that was later licensed to Boeing.

January 2015
Don Berwick, M.D.United Kingdom
Don TapscottChina
Martin WolfUnited Kingdom and Switzerland
Atul Gawande, M.D.Switzerland
Barry J. EichengreenUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Tom KelleyJapan
Patrick DixonSaudi Arabia
Thomas J. SargentSingapore and China
Gillian TettUnited Kingdom
Paul RomerPhilippines
Paul KrugmanHong Kong, China and India
Robert ShillerItaly
Anthony W. OrlandoUnited Kingdom
Juan EnriquezBahamas
February 2015
Kevin AshtonUnited Kingdom
Greg BrandeauSouth Africa
Gillian TettFrance
Tim HarfordKorea
Barry J. EichengreenUnited Kingdom
Martin WolfNorway
Gideon RachmanChina
Patrick DixonSaudi Arabia
March 2015
Tom KelleyIreland
Robert SkidelskySaudi Arabia
Gillian TettNorway
Barry J. EichengreenUnited Kingdom
Paul RomerChina
Paul De GrauweGermany
Gideon RachmanKorea
Adam PosenGermany
Chris AndersonSwitzerland
Martin WolfQatar
Amy CuddyAustria
April 2015
Atul Gawande, M.D.England
James SurowieckiSwitzerland
Don TapscottAustralia
May 2015
Chris AndersonBelgium and Peru
Don TapscottPortugal
Don Berwick, M.D.Spain, Qatar and Portugal
Robert ShillerGermany
Atul Gawande, M.D.New Zealand
June 2015
Gillian TettSweden
Robert ShillerItaly and South Africa
Kevin AshtonUnited Arab Emirates
Jane McGonigalFinland
Tom KelleyBrazil
Martin WolfAustralia
July 2015
Chris AndersonFrance
Hilary MasonFrance
August 2015
September 2015
Don Berwick, M.D.New Zealand