Noreena Hertz

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Noreena Hertz

One of the most influential economists

For more than two decades Noreena Hertz’s economic predictions have been accurate and ahead of the curve. In her #1 best-selling book “The Silent Takeover”, Hertz predicted that unregulated markets and massive financial institutions would have serious global consequences whilst her 2005 best-seller, “IOU: The Debt Threat”, predicted the 2008 financial crisis. Her books have been translated into 18 languages.

Named "one of the world's leading thinkers" by The Observer, and "one of the top… 

For more than two decades Noreena Hertz’s economic predictions have been accurate and ahead of the curve. In her #1 best-selling book “The Silent Takeover”, Hertz predicted that unregulated markets and massive financial institutions would have serious global consequences whilst her 2005 best-seller, “IOU: The Debt Threat”, predicted the 2008 financial crisis. Her books have been translated into 18 languages.

Named "one of the world's leading thinkers" by The Observer, and "one of the top British Public Intellectuals" by The Guardian, Professor Hertz is one of the most influential economists on the international stage. Her unique, integrated approach combines traditional economic analysis with foreign policy trends, psychology, behavioural economics, anthropology, history and sociology. And her work is considered to provide a much needed blueprint for rethinking economics and corporate strategy. 

Noreena's latest book, “Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World” will be published in September 2013 by HarperCollins.

Noreena is Chair of Globalisation and Finance at Duisenberg School of Finance, Amsterdam and is the Associate Director of the Centre for International Business at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. She is also a Fellow of University College London. She has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from University College London.

Noreena played an influential role in the development of (RED), an innovative commercial model to raise money for people with AIDS in Africa, having inspired Bono (co-founder of the project) with her writings. She advises major multinational corporations, CEOs, NGOs and politicians, as well as start-up companies, and sits on various corporate and charitable boards. Her op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers such as “The Washington Post”, and “The Financial Times” and she is regularly profiled and featured in leading print and television media in Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America.

Noreena is also a much sought after “keynote speaker” and has spoken alongside such luminaries as Bill Clinton, James Wolfensohn, Hernando de Soto and Jeffrey Sachs at corporate events and has provided keynote addresses at such forums as TED and the World Economic Forum. 

Awards and Accolades:

 

Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; Top Ten Most Followed Professors on Twitter; Top British Public Intellectual, the Guardian; Best of Young British, New Statesman; One of the World’s Most Inspirational Women, Vogue Magazine; One of the World’s leading thinkers, The Observer.

Testimonials:

 

“Most highly rated speaker by our clients in 20 years.” Swedbank

“Thank you for doing a fantastic job. The feedback on you has been all positive. We so much appreciated how much time you put into understanding who we are and coming prepared. Both the session and breakout were wonderful and I am not obligated to say that, I promise!” GS1, 40th Anniversary Event, Los Angeles

“Your speech was beautifully crafted, thought-provoking and insightful. It was probably my highlight of the conference.” Responsible Investor conference, Amsterdam

Your special blend of experience, analysis, passionate concern, practical action and insight were inspirational for participants.” UNICEF Senior Leadership Development Programme

Thank you for your outstanding opening address… Your intervention and the ensuing ‘Questions and Answers’ set the appropriate tone for the day … the executives present found your contribution both challenging and stimulating. Your description of the challenges that we face as an iconic global company set the scene and created an atmosphere ripe for the harvesting of new ideas… many thanks for your willingness to share your ideas with us.” McDonalds Europe, Brussels

Speaking Topics Include:

 

A World In Flux: Global Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

Where is the world heading? What is happening to Globalisation? How is the information revolution affecting the business landscape? What are the looming flashpoints we need to be aware of? How can we best cope moving forward?

In this keynote speech, Noreena lays out what she sees as the key Global Trends of our times, the challenges this means we face, the opportunities that derive from them, and the steps we would be well served to take so as to triumph.

How to Make Smart Decisions in a Complex World

We make 10,000 decisions as day. 277 just about food. But whilst it doesn’t matter really if you choose a cappuccino over a latte when it comes to high stakes decisions – at home or at work – the choices you make really do matter.

Yet we think surprisingly little about how it is we come to decisions. Instead we typically repeat decision-making strategies that have worked for us in the past. We turn to experts, trust our guts, run options by our colleagues, go with what just feels right.

Noreena will argue each of these strategies can lead us badly astray. In this keynote speech, she encourages the audience to identify their own potential thinking and decision-making traps and biases, but also lays out the concrete steps we all can take in the digital era to become smarter and wiser decision makers ourselves. 

Doing Business in the Post Financial Crisis: How to Front Run Regulation and Gain a Competitive Advantage

In the wake of the Financial Crisis, Capitalism is under the spotlight in a way it has not been up until now. But how seriously should business leaders take the rumblings of those on the ground? Are politicians likely to change the way they deal with corporations, or will it be business as usual? What role will social media and crowd-sourcing of information play in shaping how businesses operate? Are investors changing the way in which they value corporations?

In this keynote speech, Noreena identifies the key socio-political forces that every business leader needs to monitor in order to be able to triumph in this new post financial crisis environment,  as well as the concrete steps to take so as to be able to front run regulation and gain competitive advantage. 

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Noreena Hertz's new book - Eyes Wide Open - out now

Noreena Hertz's new book - Eyes Wide Open - out now

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