Keynote Speakers

Stefan Hytffors

Acclaimed author, futurist and speaker

Embracing disruptive change on a global scale

Stefan Hyttfors is an acclaimed futurist, author and global speaker.

 

“The future is about how we create new, rather than capitalize on old, forms of society and business models to expand wealth and quality of life. So that’s what I do; I study change and I try to inspire as many as possible to embrace it.”

 

Stefan has a background as a journalist and economist, today he is one of Europe’s leading voices on disruptive technologies, behavioural change and next-generation leadership.

 

According to Stefan the future is not to be predicted, it is to be created. His vision is to help companies and individuals embrace change on a global scale to create a better future.

 

Stefan has been awarded the Swedish Speaker of the Year twice.

 

Noteworthy clients include:
Microsoft, IBM, Ericsson, HP, Spotify, Gartner, Deloitte, PwC, Swedbank, DnB, LSEG, AstraZeneca, Skanska, E.on, BMW, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Unilever, H&M, Nike, IKEA.

Andrew Neil

Journalist and broadcaster

One of the most formidable interviewers on the BBC today

With wry humour added to genuine insight and an enviable network of business, economic and political connections, the publisher, businessman and broadcaster considers the plots, policies and personalities making the news.

 

Andrew Neil is a publisher, writer, businessman and broadcaster. He is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings, owner of The Spectator and various titles around the world. On-screen he hosted the irreverent late-night look at politics, This Week, for 16 years, and continues to regularly present Daily Politics. Off-screen he is Chairman of ITP, the large, Dubai-based magazine publisher, and Chairman and co-owner of World Media Rights, an international factual television producer.

 

Starting out working in local journalism Andrew then became an advisor to the UK Secretary of State for the Environment in Edward Heath’s Government. He then joined The Economist, initially reporting from the US covering Washington and New York, where he also started reporting for broadcast media.

 

Andrew returned to the UK as British Editor of The Economist before becoming Editor of The Sunday Times. At the same time, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Sky Television, overseeing the satellite broadcaster’s launch which would revolutionise the UK media landscape. He also served as Executive Editor at Fox Television News in the US, and later published Full Disclosure, an autobiography of his time in the Murdoch organisation.

 

A respected, versatile broadcaster and opinion leader, Andrew is at the forefront of international media, business and political commentary. He’s fronted coverage of politics at home and abroad on Sunday Politics, BBC Parliament’s Politics Europe and Daily Politics, and brought a dry wit and incisive take on politics and politicians on This Week. 

 

Despina Katsikakis

Head of Occupier Business Performance

Cushman & Wakefield

For more than 35 years Despina has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide.  

 

As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. 

 

With these factors increasingly determining the leasing decisions of leading corporations, Despina’s unrivalled insight on the future of work, benefits occupier clients – as well as the building owners and landlords seeking to attract them – through repositioning real estate to drive top line performance. 

 

She serves on the advisory board of Delos™, the pioneers of Wellness Real Estate™ and founders of the WELL Building Standard and regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.

 
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