Alan Mulally

Renowned for his strategic and operational leadership and working together, Alan Mulally transformed a struggling Ford Motor Company into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. Mulally led the transformation of Boeing into the #1 commercial airplane company and aerospace company in the world.

Named #3 on FORTUNE’s  list of “World’s Greatest Leaders,” and one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME  magazine, Alan Mulally’s leadership as president and CEO of The Ford Motor Company has been hailed by consumers and industry experts alike. In 2006, Ford suffered a 12.7 billion dollar loss and a significant degradation in their stock-value. With Mulally’s leadership to formulate a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy, and a relentless implementation plan, Ford was able to develop a world class product line of cars and trucks with ever increasing productivity, and to deliver profitable growth for all the company’s stakeholders. Today, Ford is one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States.

Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served as executive president of The Boeing Company, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and of Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Systems.

Mulally examines strategic and operational leadership and “working together” teamwork principles, practices and management system. Mulally encourages them to explore their own set of working together skills as applicable to their industry and particular organization.

He has additionally been named one of the 30 “World’s Best CEO’s” by Barrons’  magazine, and “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive  magazine. Mulally has been honored with the American Society for Quality’s medal for executive leadership, the “Automotive Executive of the Year”, and the “Thomas Edison Achievement Award”. In 2016, Mulally was inducted into The Automotive Hall of Fame. Mulally previously served on President Obama’s United States Export Council.

David Plouffe

David Plouffe leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s policy and advocacy team. For more than 25 years, David has developed strategies to bring people together around common causes.

He has held senior positions in government and the private sector including his role as manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. David also served as White House Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chief Advisor at Uber Technologies, Inc, where he remains a member of the Board of Directors.

He is a veteran of several congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns and served as Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and senior staff member to Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He holds a BA from the University of Delaware and is the author of of the New York Times bestseller, The Audacity to Win.

Nora Seneviratne

Nora has spent 20 years partnering with many large private and government organisations across various industries globally, working in highly complex, ambiguous, fast-paced, and also in unionised and blue-collar environments.

She has successfully led many large-scale business-critical Change Management programmes and maintained high performing and collaborative teams, including through periods of change.

Having seen inside many of the world’s largest and most complex organisations, Nora knows what it takes to create a healthy workplace, where motivated people work together to achieve great results. She also knows what it takes to excel as a leader.

She has helped many leaders at all levels of an organisation to shift their mindset and embrace change so they can accelerate their growth, thrive during change and foster innovation.

Nora holds a Master of Science in Organisational Behaviour, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and is trained as a Neuroleadership Coach, which means that she uses techniques based on neuroscience when she coaches leaders.

Nora shares strategies that she has successfully implemented over the years, leaving attendees equipped with new tools and thinking that can be implemented in their own lives and organisations.

Alan O’Neill

With over 30 years of experience from the board room to the front line, Alan O’Neill mba, The Change Agent - has supported iconic brands to achieve amazing results. In a dynamic world, he knows what it takes to drive change in a business – from top to bottom... and back to front. It’s about having a Customer-centric Culture, Engaged People, and aSupercharged Sales effort.

One sector in particular that has probably seen more disruption than any other is retail. Alan was the lead consultant that navigated Selfridges through significant change ‘bricks only’ to ‘clicks and bricks’. Up to 2004, Selfridges was a sleeping giant - but is now officiallythe best department store in the world... and one of the most profitable (per m2). Change is all about people and culture and the Selfridges story is one that resonates for all industries.

It’s not just retail, across B2B, B2C and the Public Sector, his clients include global brands like AIB Bank, GAM, Harrods, Lilly, Intel, Lufthansa, Mercedes, Moet Hennesy, Ramada Hotels, Scottish Power, Sherry Fitz, St. Gobain, The UN, Vodafone, etc.

A consultant, trainer, non-exec director and a visiting professor with ESA Beirut, he is also a trusted mentor to many C-Level executives that seek his support. Alan has a reputation for making the complex simple... being down-to-earth and practical... with a commercial focus that brings everything back to the customer. Alan now writes for several publications, including a weekly advice column for the Sunday Independent - Ireland’s leading business newspaper and for Gulf News. He is author of Premium is the New Black – Put the customer at the heart of your decision-making.

It is this unrivalled business acumen that has seen Alan chair and speak at conferences around the world and conduct master-classes with C-Level executives. He asks hard and uncomfortable questions, e.g. Should you refresh your culture to prepare for emerging global challenges? How will you overcome cynicism and resistance to change? How do you overcome complacency and lack of accountability? How will you differentiate with a customer-experience culture? How do you retain the best talent? How do you increase sales in a challenging and disruptive global market?

Maickel Melamed Trujillo

Maickel Melamed was born on April 27 of 1975 in Caracas, Venezuela. Melamed was diagnosed at birth with "motor delay" (a state of general hypotonia of the body) due to asphyxiation with umbilical cord and the doctors did not give him long life. What defines Maickel Melamed, from the beginning of his life, has been his self-motivated and courageous everyday bet against adversity, the fullness of his existence and his transcendence.

Maickel Melamed is passionate about HUMAN POWER; he is an economist, psychotherapist, Life Management coach, author, speaker, communicator and high performance athlete. All this defines his areas of action, from which he builds with tools and methodologies to facilitate his vocation: expansion, productivity, development and human growth. From his integral vision of the human being, he shows through the most diverse forms, that we all have the ability to build, through our talents and passions, a fantastic story worth living, enjoying and sharing.

Transforming the impossible into reality has been his signature, conveying his message of possibility, effectiveness and humanity. For more than a decade, he has been a speaker, facilitator and workshop director for organizations in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica and the United States.

He is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations in Venezuela and a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. His purpose in life is to help others be better, beyond what they think they can be, through the discovery of their true potential and its later usage. Maickel Melamed has practiced extreme sports such as paragliding, parachuting, diving, and mountain climbing. He is currently dedicated to athletics. He climbed the highest mountain in his country Venezuela, the 5007m high Bolívar Peak.

Despite his condition, Melamed has participated in several marathons and has been able to conclude successfully. In 2011 he participated in the New York marathon, subsequently in Berlin, Chicago and Boston in 2015.

Putting what he believes in into action, both personally and professionally, is his contribution to the planet he wishes for future generations, a world in which success is too small a goal and human transcendence comes to take its place.

Mark Gallagher

With nearly three decades experience in international motorsport, including senior roles with the Jordan and Red Bull Racing Formula One™ teams as well as running Cosworth’s F1 Business unit, Mark has worked with many of the sports leading figures and developed a unique insight into the way they operate. He has also developed a wide range of business interests in the sport, including creating a championship winning racing team.

Starting out as an F1 journalist and broadcaster he went on to become a media consultant for major sponsors including Marlboro and Canon. He joined Eddie Jordan’s fledgling F1 team for its debut season in 1991, returning to the team in 1995 where he became head of marketing and was on the team’s management board during its most successful years.

Joining Jaguar Racing in 2004 Mark remained with the team during its transition into Red Bull Racing before leaving to establish his own sports management business and racing team, Status Grand Prix, which continues to excel. In 2009 he took over the running of the world famous Cosworth F1 engine business, re-establishing the British company as a leading supplier to one third of the F1 teams in 2010.

Since 2006 Mark has made frequent appearances on Sky News and regularly contributes to channels including Al Jazeera News, BBC News 24, BBC Radio 5 Live, TALKsport Radio, Bloomberg, CNN and Channel 4 News. In 2012 he commentated on the Formula One World Championship for ESPN Star Sports.

Ian Scott

Ian Scott is an authority on the management of strategy, change and knowledge in the private and public sectors. A senior figure at the World Bank for 25 years and adviser to governments throughout the world, he has advised the chief executives and senior management teams of global corporations in, among others, the hydrocarbons, pharmaceutical and software industries and has given pro bono advice to the chief executives of several multilateral organizations.

Ian is Executive Director of the Emerging Markets Symposium at the University of Oxford and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford having previously held academic appointments at Templeton College, Oxford, St. Antony’s College, Oxford and the London Business School.

He has authored, co-authored and edited books on Mexico, knowledge management, the future of rural England and (reflecting a lifelong interest) maritime heritage and has written more than 200 articles, papers and reports on economic development, corporate strategy, corporate change and knowledge management.

He is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC and ITV in Britain, wrote a regular column on America for an English daily paper for ten years and is deeply involved in the preservation of maritime heritage in the USA and the UK.  His book, The Return of the Tide, an anthology of essays on economic, social, political and environmental change was published in 2010.

He is a sought after speaker on corporate strategy, change management and knowledge management and is versatile. His more than forty years of experience in direct dialogue with heads of state, senior political figures, chief executives and other senior managers in government and the private sector; his proven ability to communicate with both large and intimate groups in multicultural settings; his engaging speaking style; and his record of client satisfaction make Ian Scott an excellent choice for a variety of speaking engagements.

Tarun Khanna

Dr. Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, has been a member of the faculty since 1993, where he studies, and works with, multinational and indigenous companies and investors in emerging markets worldwide. He has served as course head of the required Strategy course in the Harvard MBA program, and chaired the executive education program on Strategy, Leadership & Governance. Currently, he teaches in Harvard’s comprehensive general management executive education programs.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University in 1988, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University in 1993. He serves on the advisory boards of several multinational and emerging market companies in the financial services, automotive, life sciences and agribusiness sectors. He is also actively involved in mentoring startups in Asia, and with volunteering time with non-profits in India, e.g. the Parliamentary Research Services in New Delhi, which seeks to provide non-partisan research input to India’s Members of Parliament in advance of legislative sessions with a view to enhancing the quality of democratic discourse.

In 2007, he was nominated to be a Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum; and in 2009, elected as a fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Michael Tushman

Michael Tushman holds degrees from Northeastern University (B.S.E.E.), Cornell University (M.S.), and the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. (Ph.D.). Tushman was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, from 1976 to 1998; he was Phillip Hettleman Professor of Business from 1989 to 1998. He has also been a visiting professor at MIT (1982, 1996) and INSEAD (1995-1998).

Professor Tushman is internationally recognized for his work on the relations between technological change, executive leadership and organization adaptation, and for his work on innovation streams and organization design. He has published numerous articles and books including Winning Through Innovation: A Practical Guide to Leading Organizational Renewal and Change (with C. O’Reilly); Navigating Change: How CEOs, Top Teams, and Boards Steer Transformation (with D. Hambrick and D. Nadler); Competing by Design: A Blueprint for Organizational Architectures (with D. Nadler); and Managing Strategic Innovation: A Collection of Readings (with P. Anderson).

Tushman teaches courses on managing organizations, managing innovation, and managing strategic change. At Columbia, he won the first W. H. Newman Award for excellence and innovation in the classroom. In 2005, Tushman was named Lecturer of the Year at CHAMPS, Chalmers University of Technology. Tushman has supervised many Ph.D. students, several who have won national awards for their dissertation research.

Tushman is an active consultant and instructor in corporate executive education programs around the world. His clients have included: J&J, BT,Hewlett Packard, Agilent, GKN, Roche, Novartis, Pfizer, The World Bank, General Electric, BOC, Merck, Ericsson, Grand Met, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Xerox, GTE, ALCOA, Tele Finland, Anglo-American, IBM, Neste, Corning, and AT&T. Tushman has also worked with executive programs at California Institute of Technology, Berkeley, Nomura School of Business (Tokyo), Stanford, Chalmers University of Technology, INSEAD, Wharton, the Australian Institute of Management, and the American Electronics Association.

Professor Tushman has also served on the boards of many scholarly journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Human Relations, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Dynamics, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Tushman was elected Fellow of the Academy of Management in 1996, and received the distinguished scholar awards in both the Technology and Innovation Management (1999) and Organization Management and Theory (2003) Divisions of the Academy of Management. His paper with Mary Benner won the Academy of Management Review’s best paper award in 2004.

He received Honorary Doctorate of the University of Geneva in 2008. He has also served as chairperson of the Organization and Management Theory and the Technology and Innovation Management Divisions of the Academy of Management. He was senior advisor to the Delta Consulting Group and past trustee of IBM Credit Corporation. He was awarded the Academy of Management’s Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management as well as the 2013 Academy of Management Review Decade Award for his paper with Mary J. Benner, “Exploitation, Exploration and Process Management: The Productivity Dilemma Revisited". He is also the recipient of the 2013 Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching.

John Kotter

Dr. John P. Kotter (born 1947) is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School, a New York Times best-selling author, the chairman of Kotter International (a management consulting firm based in Seattle and Boston), and a well-known thought leader in the fields of business, leadership, and change.

Professor Kotter’s MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his life-long passion for educating, motivating and helping people. He became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full Professorship—the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School.

Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on leadership and change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually “do” change.

John Kotter’s international bestseller Leading Change—which outlined an actionable, eight-step process for implementing successful transformations—has become the change bible for managers around the world. Our Iceberg Is Melting, the New York Times bestseller, puts the eight-step process within an allegory, making it accessible to the broad range of people needed to effect major organizational transformations. In October 2001, Business Week magazine rated Kotter the #1 “leadership guru” in America based on a survey they conducted of 504 enterprises.

Professor Kotter is the author of eighteen books, a collection that has given him more honors and awards than any other writer on the topics of leadership and change. In addition to Buy In (2010), A Sense of Urgency (2008), Our Iceberg Is Melting (2006), and Leading Change (1996), he is the author of The Heart of Change (2002), John P. Kotter on What leaders Really Do (1999), Matsushita Leadership (1997), The New Rules (1995), Corporate Culture and Performance (1992), A Force for Change (1990), The Leadership Factor (1988), Power and Influence (1985), The General Managers (1982), and five other books published in the 1970s. Professor Kotter’s books have been printed in over 120 foreign language editions, and total sales exceed two million copies.

John Kotter’s articles in The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during the same time period. His books are in the top 1% of sales from Amazon.com.

He has created three executive videos; one on “Leadership” (1991), another on “Corporate Culture” (1993), a third on “Succeeding in a Changing World” (2007) and an educational CD-ROM, “Realizing Change” (1998) based on the Leading Change book.

Professor Kotter’s honors include an Exxon Award for Innovation in Graduate Business School Curriculum Design, and a Johnson, Smith & Knisely Award for New Perspectives in Business Leadership. In 1996, Professor Kotter’s Leading Change was named the #1 management book of the year by Management General. In 1998, his Matsushita Leadership won first place in the Financial Times, Booz-Allen Global Business Book Competition for biography/autobiography. In 2003, a video version of a story from his book, The Heart of Change won a Telly Award. In 2006, Kotter received the prestigious McFeely Award for “outstanding contributions to leadership and management development.” In 2007, his video “Succeeding in a Changing World” was named best video training product of the year by Training Media Review and also won a Telly Award.

Professor Kotter talks to groups with one and only one goal: to motivate action that gets better results.

John Kotter lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Ashland, New Hampshire.