René Carayol

René Carayol is one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s and FTSE 100’s top Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and their executive teams.
He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert and leader who has seen and experienced it all before. René draws much from his own unique experiences as Managing Director at IPC Magazines and serving on a variety of boards including Pepsi, IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.
René has acquired a reputation for providing first-hand advice and support for a series of successful CEOs in the Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and all around the world. Many may claim to have worked at the ‘sharp end’ with CEOs, but in actual fact very few have. He has worked closely with Jim Yong Kim (President, The World Bank), Antony Jenkins (CEO, Barclays Bank), Mario Greco (CEO, Generali) and Maria Ramos (CEO, Absa Bank). Hardly any can match his sustained track record of success.
From sitting in the boardrooms to coaching world leaders, René’s extensive experience in business has provided him with case studies and stories from the frontline. There are exciting adventures, emotional anecdotes, and enough C-suite drama to excite any audience. René delivers learning wrapped up as unforgettable stories told by a master storyteller. You will want to hear them again and again.
René specialises in delivering performances that show precisely how contemporary leaders can electrify a crowd through a passionate and authentic connection. He demonstrates just how captivating an emotionally intelligent approach can be. He is never about theory - it is all about actions and behaviours that we can adopt that will make us more powerful when we come together. Everyone remembers how his sessions made them feel.
René is an accomplished visiting professor at Cass Business School. His critically acclaimed latest book, ‘Spike – What are you great at?’, enables all of us to unleash our inherent strengths and realise our true potential. As René says, “If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them”.

Jamie Foxx

An Academy Award-winning actor, talented Grammy Award-winning musical artist and comedian, Jamie Foxx is one of Hollywood’s rare elite multi-faceted performers.

In 2012, Foxx starred as the title character in Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning Django Unchained. Foxx was recently seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Horrible Bosses. He also lent his vocal talents to the popular comedy-adventure series, Rio and Rio 2. He will next been seen as ‘Will Stacks’ in the 2014 adaptation of the beloved musical film Annie.

Jamie Foxx continues to expand his role as a producer. He recently executive produced the sketch comedy series In the Flow with Affion Crockett. Foxx also produced Thunder Soul, a documentary following the alumni from Houston’s Kashmere High School Stage Band who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s jazz band.

In addition to his work in film, Foxx has also achieved a successful career in music. In December 2010, he released his fourth album, Best Night of My Life, featuring Drake, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, and T.I. In January 2010, Foxx and T-Pain’s #1 song “Blame It,” won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group at the Grammys.

In January 2006, Foxx announced his partnership with SIRIUS Satellite Radio to start his own 24/7 radio station called Foxxhole.

In December 2006, Foxx was seen in the critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, Dreamgirls. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

In 2005, Jamie’s portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles in biopic Ray garnered him an Academy Award for Best Actor and proved to be one of his career’s defining performances. In addition, Foxx shared in a SAG Award nomination received by the film’s ensemble cast, and single-handedly swept the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, BAFTA, and NAACP Image Awards.

Also in 2005, Foxx earned Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and Image Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the dramatic thriller Collateral. But Foxx’s unwavering momentum did not stop there, as Foxx also received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations and won an Image Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie for his portrayal of condemned gang member-turned-Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stan “Tookie” Williams in the TV movie Redemption.

Additional film credits include Due Date, Valentine’s Day, Law Abiding Citizen, The Soloist, The Kingdom Ali, Miami Vice, Jarhead, Bait, and The Great White Hype.

Jamie Foxx first rose to fame as a comedian. After spending time in the comedy circuit, he joined Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans and in the Fox sketch comedy series, In Living Color. In 1996, he launched his own series, The Jamie Foxx Show, which was one of the top-rated shows on the WB Network during its five-year run. Foxx was the star, co-creator and executive producer of the series and directed several episodes himself.

Earvin Magic Johnson

Basketball legend turned business mogul Earvin “Magic” Johnson is widely recognized as one of the most influential African-American figures in the world.

Johnson is an all-time NBA great, President of Basketball Operations for the LA Lakers, part owner of the LA Dodgers and LA Sparks, Chairman, and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, investor, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and outspoken advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Johnson's career on the Los Angeles Lakers where he played as the point guard for 13 seasons is the stuff of legends. His basketball achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. Magic led the league in regular-season assists four times, is the NBA's all-time leader in average assists per game, and a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic “Dream Team” which took home the gold medal.

Doing what few others could, Johnson successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world and created Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), a $700 million conglomerate company that holds the status of #1 brand in urban America. MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting, and endorsements. The conglomerate is comprised of multiple business entities and partnerships that include Canyon Johnson, a $1 billion dollar real estate fund, Yucaipa Johnson, a $500 million dollar private equity fund, ASPIRE, a new African-American television network, SodexoMAGIC, Magic Airport Holdings, Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies, and Vibe Holdings, LLC - Johnson is the Chairman of the multi-cultural media company that houses the Vibe, Uptown, and Soul Train brands.

One of Johnson's most notable business accomplishments was his unprecedented partnership with Starbucks, which served as the catalyst for redevelopment in urban communities and is literally the blueprint for Corporate America’s engagement and success with urban consumers. In 2010, the savvy businessman divested his Starbucks and Los Angeles Lakers shares in excess of $100 million dollars. However, he continues to assist Starbucks with their community development initiatives and has transitioned into the role of President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Together with Guggenheim Partners, Johnson is also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Sparks, and has plans to own a Los Angeles Major League Soccer team.

Johnson also serves as Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, where his unwavering commitment to transform Urban America continues through HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention Programs, Community Empowerment Centers, and the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program. Celebrating over 20 years of success, the Magic Johnson Foundation has become one of the most recognizable philanthropic organizations around the world.

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild- and ALMA Award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Desperate Housewives alum. Her greatest work is as a champion of women, the Latino community and youth with special needs.

She established The Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Foundation programs help Latinas achieve their full potential through parent engagement, mentorship, extracurricular participation, STEM education, microloans and other high- potential interventions.

In addition to her Foundation, Longoria co-founded Eva’s Heroes in 2006. Eva’s Heroes enriches the lives of those with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on the four tenets of interact, grow, learn and love.

Longoria is also the spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families.

Longoria was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter and honored by Variety with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their Power of Women issue. Longoria has received countless other awards for her philanthropy and activism including the prestigious Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award by the YWCA USA; the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from the Women in Film during their annual Crystal + Lucy Awards; and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Art’s Horizon Award.

Longoria also executive produced, in collaboration with Academy Award-nominated Shine Global, the documentary Harvest, which focuses on the plight of the estimated 500,000 child farm workers whose tireless efforts help feed America. Longoria executive produced her second documentary, Food Chains, a film that also exposes the current and historic exploitation of farm workers, including stunning revelations that thousands of laborers in our nation’s fields are held as modern day slaves. Longoria is currently producing her third documentary, Our Time, which explores the power of the Latino vote.

After Longoria was named as Forbes’ "Highest Paid TV actress" in 2011, she switched her focus to working behind the scenes. Last year she sold nine projects and was fiercely sought after by both ABC and NBC to make a return to primetime television. Longoria currently stars on the NBC half-hour comedy, Telenovela, which she also executive produces. She is additionally executive producer of Lifetime’s hit one-hour dramedy Devious Maids. The show follows the trials and tribulations of five Latina women who work as maids in Beverly Hills and was just renewed for a fourth season. She will be producing two more projects for NBC – the comedy Bonita & Mechelle co-produced with Will Packer and an untitled ‘Texas Ranger’ comedy.

Longoria is set to star opposite Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir in the feature film Low Riders. Longoria also recently starred in the feature films Refugio, Any Day, and the critically acclaimed feature film Frontera. Longoria also recently guest starred in the Golden Globe Award-winning FOX comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Longoria owns BESO Hollywood, her production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and has a New York Times best-selling cookbook Eva's Kitchen: Cooking With Love for Family and Friends.

will.i.am

will.i.am has been recognized by seven Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a CLIO Award, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, and an Honorary Fellowship by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

He a member of the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee and Global Artificial Intelligence Action Alliance that monitors the impact of technology on society, people and work. He also co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Generation AI working group that examines the interaction of AI and youth across education, play, data rights and privacy. In May, he chaired the World Economic Forum’s “Smart Toy Awards” that recognizes top toys that utilize AI to help improve childrens’ lives.

will.i.am collaborates with global brands on creative campaigns and events, among them Accenture, AB InBev, Atom Bank, Bacardi, Beats Electronics, Dr. Pepper, Intel, Lexus Europe, Mercedes Benz, Nestle, Pepsi, Salesforce, Super Bowl, The Coca-Cola Company and VAAY.  He is the Chairman and Founder of XUPERMASK, creator of a smart mask designed in partnership with Honeywell.

After an eight year hiatus, will.i.am and Black Eyed Peas are topping the international music charts again with multiple hits from TRANSLATION, their 2020 modern Latin crossover album featuring collaborations with J Balvin, Shakira, Becky G, El Alfa, Maluma and Ozuna. “TRANSLATION” was lauded as one of the top chart-topping Latin albums of 2020.

In television he is starring as a Judge on “Alter Ego”, a new FOX reality music competition series that will debut on September 22nd.  Since 2012 he has starred as a Coach on “The Voice” UK and “The Voice Kids” UK program since 2017. He also executive produces series, documentaries and feature films that incorporate technology and social justice themes ranging from “Blackprint”/ITV about being Black in Britain that will air in Fall 2021, “i.am First: Science is Rock & Roll”/ABC, “The Age of AI”/YouTube Learning, and “Parkland Rising”/independent feature.

will.i.am’s i.am Angel Foundation supports in-class and after-school STEAM education programs for disadvantaged youth in grades K – 12. The foundation also funds the Boyle Heights STEM Magnet High School, and the i.am Scholarship program that provides gap funding for college students. In June, 2021, the i.am Angel Foundation announced a major expansion of 400 new teen after-school robotics clubs within the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a member of the FIRST robotics organization’s board of directors, will.i.am also serves as a global advocate regarding the vital importance of STEAM skills development as the basis of an educated workforce that can fill the jobs of today, and tomorrow

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova, tennis player extraordinaire, took women's tennis to a new level with her speed,determination and agility. She won the Wimbledon women's singles title a record nine times and has been de-scribed by many as "the greatest singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player who's ever lived".

In all, Martina has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles; in total she has won 59 Grand Slam titles. She still plays at all the Grand Slams where she takes part in the legends doubles.

Martina has been described as honest, feisty, self-deprecating, courageous, controversial and a Rennaisance woman. She's always told it from the heart, never flinching from an unpopular comment or cause if she believes it to be right.

She is a global icon for lesbian and gay rights and is, as she describes it herself, a citizen of the world. In 2014 Martina married her long-time partner Julia Lemigova. They live in Miami with their two daughters and many animals.

When not playing tennis, Martina is involved with various charities that benefit animal rights, underprivileged children, LGBT rights and the environment.
In 2006, she wrote ‘Shape Your Self’ - a guide to health and fitness. In 1985 Martina released an autobiography, co-written with New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey, titled 'Martina' in the US and  ‘Being Myself' in the rest of the world. In 1982 she has also co-written a tennis instruction book with Mary Carillo titled 'Tennis My Way'.  She later co-wrote three mystery novels with Liz Nickles: ‘The Total Zone’ (1994); ‘Breaking point’ (1996); and ‘Killer Instinct’ (1997).

Martina now spends her time between being at home and broadcasting as a presenter/commentator for the BBC, Tennis Channel and BT Sport.  She also travels the world extensively giving speaking engagements on a variety of issues and taking part in other corporate activities.

 

Miniya Chatterji

Miniya is a leading businesswoman in India, an inspirational speaker, established writer, entrepreneur, and sustainability expert.
She is Chief Sustainability Officer for the Jindal Steel and Power Group of Companies, a USD 3.8 billion business conglomerate whose main interests are in steel, power, and infrastructure. Miniya works closely with the CEO to ensure long term, holistic, and strategic growth of the group of companies. She is also visiting Professor at Sciences-po Paris during 2017, where she has created a new Masters degree course on sustainability studies that she will also be teaching.
Miniya is the founder of Sustain Labs Paris, the world’s first sustainability incubator with offices based in Paris and New Delhi. She is also the founder of The Stargazers Foundation, a not for profit organization that works for improving education and health for women in India.
Miniya is publishing her first book titled ‘Indian Instincts’ with Penguin Random House, scheduled to be in the market in December 2017. She writes for the Harvard Business Review and is a columnist for The Indian Express, The Pioneer, and The Huffington Post. She is frequently featured on television and magazines such as India Today and Vogue.
Previously Miniya worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva for a few years. There Miniya managed Middle East, North Africa, South Asia regions for Young Global Leaders. The Young Global Leaders community brings together the world’s most extraordinary leaders who are 40 years old or younger and dedicate a part of their time to improve the state of the world.
Earlier, Miniya was managing two Hedge Funds of $200 million AUM in Paris. She was investing in a portfolio of 30 Hedge Funds.
Miniya started on her investment-banking career at Goldman Sachs in London.
Previous to investment banking, Miniya worked in politics in France as Policy Analyst with the Chief Advisor to President Jacques Chirac.
Miniya is on the Steering Group for Sustainability United Nations Global Compact India, and the World Steel Sustainability Expert Group. She is on the team of the Social Credits initiative, member of the Board of The Economic Times Global Green initiative, and a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She has won numerous awards. On an individual level, she has been awarded by the Navoothan Foundation for her personal social commitment. She has also been awarded the prestigious CSR India award 2016 for corporate social responsibility. Miniya is a Jury Member for the Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize and a Jury Member for The Circulars award at Davos.
Miniya has a PhD and Masters from Sciences-po Paris. She has Executive Management certificates at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD, and at Columbia University. She was a PhD fellow at Harvard University and Columbia University in New York, and is a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.