Jonas Ridderstrale – Keynote Speaker

Co-author of Karaoke Capitalism and Funky Business

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Specialist Subjects

  • Business Trends
  • Competitiveness
  • The Future Firm: The Shape of Things to Come
  • Strategy


  • German


Dr Jonas Ridderstråle is one of the world’s most influential and respected business thinkers. Since his bestselling book Funky Business, co-authored with Kjell A. Nordström, Ridderstråle has remained at the forefront of management thinking.

Ridderstråle has an MBA and a PhD in International Business and is currently a visiting professor at Ashridge, the internationally acclaimed business school in the UK.

His newly released book is called Fast/Forward, co-written with Julian Birkinshaw, Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. They argue that the successful firms of the future will be those that understand the limitations as much as the benefits of information, and in particular the ones that are able to foster a culture of decisive action allied to emotional conviction will master the business environment.

Ridderstråle’s ideas and work have attracted huge media coverage throughout the world. He has appeared in an extended interview on CNN’s ‘Global Office’ exploring the ideas behind his books, which have been translated into more than 30 languages and published in more than 50 countries.


“Jonas has made an enormous impact on all of the executives he has met in Sony Europe. He has opened our eyes to new ways of looking at the world and how we need to adapt to face the future. He is innovative, challenging and entertaining in his approach and engages with people at all levels. He will make a significant difference to the way you view the future.”
VP of HR Sony Europe

“Jonas was outstanding. He received a very long ovation after his talk and many people came to me after the dinner and said that he had been an excellent, thought provoking end to a good day.”
CEO and founder, Pecos Group

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