Noreena Hertz – Keynote Speaker

Economist, Author and Thought Leader

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Specialist Subjects

  • AI: Beyond the Hype
  • The Lonely Century: How to Reconnect
  • Generation K
  • How to Make Smart Decisions in Complex Times
  • Lessons from history: planning for the future, drawing from the past
  • How to come together in a world that's pulling apart



  • English
  • German


Named by The Observer as “one of the world’s leading thinkers” and by Vogue as “one of the world’s most inspiring women,” economist Noreena Hertz is a bestselling author, board member and keynote speaker.

Her best-selling books, The Silent Takeover, The Debt Threat and Eyes Wide Open are published in more than twenty countries. Her latest book is the international bestseller The Lonely Century – A Call to Reconnect, which was chosen by The Daily Telegraph, Wired, and El Mundo, amongst other publications, as a Book of the Year.

As a global economist, whose work intersects the nexus of economics, technology, politics and society – and a pioneering and renowned thinker on ESG, the post-millennial generation and community building – Noreena also advises some of the largest organizations and most senior leaders in the world on strategy and transformation.

She sits on the boards of Nasdaq-listed companies Mattel and Warner Music Group and also the board of the HR Tech Company, Workhuman. She has served on Citigroup’s Politics and Economics Global Advisory Board, the Inclusive Capitalism Taskforce’s Advisory Group, and RWE’s Digital Transformation Board, and her thinking served as the inspiration for Bono’s Product ‘Red’.

As a visionary thinker, Noreena is also frequently sought after as a Keynote Speaker and has given keynote speeches at TED, The World Economic Forum in Davos and Google Zeitgeist as well as for leading global corporations, sharing platforms with such luminaries as President Bill Clinton, Professor Stephen Hawking and David Beckham amongst others. Her opinion pieces have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Die Zeit, El Pais, and The South China Morning Post.

Noreena also makes frequent television appearances around the world including on flagship television shows such as CBS’ This Morning, BBC’s Question Time, NHK’s Global Debate. She has created and hosted four television documentaries; hosted her own show on the US’ largest radio network Sirius XM, and served as the economics editor for the UK’s leading commercial television network, ITV.

Noreena has a PhD from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Having spent 10 years at the University of Cambridge, in 2014 she moved to University College London where she is an Honorary Professor at the Institute for Global Prosperity.

Popular Talks by Noreena Hertz

AI: Beyond the Hype

How Artificial Intelligence with Impact Business and Society – and How Best to Prepare for it.

In this thought-provoking and informative talk, Professor Noreena Hertz will delve deep into the fascinating world of AI and explore its profound impact on both business and society. As AI continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, it has become more than just a buzzword; it has become a game-changer that transforms industries and reshapes our lives.

Professor Hertz will demystify the myths surrounding AI and highlight its practical applications across various sectors. From enhancing customer experiences through personalised recommendations to revolutionising supply chains with predictive analytics, attendees will gain invaluable insights into the real-world implications of AI on business operations.

Moreover, as AI becomes increasingly integrated into our lives, we must consider the broader societal implication. Professor Hertz will address key questions concerning AI’s ethical use, data privacy and potential impact on the workforce. Rather than fearing the rise of AI, we will explore how to harness its potential for positive change while minimising risks.

Professor Hertz will provide actionable strategies for businesses and individuals alike. Participants will learn about upskilling opportunities, fostering a culture of innovation and utilising AI responsibly to drive sustainable growth.

The Lonely Century: How to Reconnect

40 percent of office workers globally feel lonely. One in five do not have a single friend at work. This is not just a problem for individuals, it’s also exacting a significant business cost. The lonely are less productive, efficient and motivated than their non-lonely colleagues and significantly more likely to quit. At a time of hiring challenges, when productivity needs to be on the rise, understanding how to make your workplace feel connected and your employees feel more bonded to each other, is crucial.

Meanwhile your customers are lonely too – especially now post pandemic. With one in five millennials without a single friend, and one in four people feeling lonely, if you can authentically speak to this fundamental human need for togetherness and belonging you will reap a significant dividend.

Noreena Hertz, author of the international bestseller, The Lonely Century:
– Adam Grant’s ‘New Leadership Books of 2021 list
– Best Reads from Financial Times
– ‘Top 5 Books of the Year 2020’ by Daily Telegraph
– One of Wired UK’s best Science and Tech books in 2020 – A Book of the Year by Waterstones

In a thought-provoking and inspiring keynote speech helps audiences understand why this is the Loneliest Century on record, why it matters to business, and what leaders can do to redesign their workplace and offerings so as to authentically deliver community and connection.

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