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 Warner Music Group and 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 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.
How will the geopolitical landscape change over the next few years? What is going to happen to the economy? What are the major technological shifts you need to prepare for? How is the ageing of the population going to impact your business? How will the post millennials change your workplace and offerings? What are the main looming political and cultural forces that need to be on your radar?
From the economy to technology, from key societal and demographic trends to political and geopolitical forces, Noreena lays out where the world is heading, what this means for business leaders, and how in a time as complex as these to make the smartest and most strategic choices you can.
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.
Inflation at a forty year high. Interest rates rising. Dark clouds over the economy. Meanwhile the march of technology ever faster and geopolitical and political tensions continuing to rise. Now more than ever making the right strategic decisions is crucial. But how to make smart decisions in a time as uncertain and complex as this? A time of political upheaval and economic downturn, technological shits, and significant societal change. Combining economic analysis with insights from psychology, neuroscience, sociology and history, as well as research from her latest books The Lonely Century and Eyes Wide Open, Professor Noreena Hertz, in this fascinating speech, helps C-Suite executives think strategically about how to navigate the next eighteen months with agility, innovation and success.
You may know all about millennials by now. But what about what comes next?
Based on her 5 years of cutting-edge proprietary research on 15-25 year olds, Professor Noreena Hertz shares deep insights into who this generation are, what they care about, how they behave, what they want, how they work, and how they consume. Shaped not only by technology, but also the worst recession in decades – as well as a world of heightened existential threat – this generation is manifestly different to those that came before including the older millennials.
Whether you are an employer, marketer, or politician – if you want to future proof your organisation and offerings, it’s essential you get to grips with Generation K.
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