Keynote Speeches – Noreena Hertz

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Noreena is a visionary economist, strategist and best-selling author who has spoken at such illustrious venues as the World Economic Forum, Davos and Google Zeitgeist.

Her thoughtfully tailored Keynote Speeches combine a deep analytical understanding of global trends, threats and opportunities with practical solutions for how to make smarter decisions in a complex world.

Noreena leaves the audience with a clearer vision for the future, arming them with better strategies that can prepare an organisation for the future, and also inspiring them.

Some of the topics she has spoken about on most recently include:

The Five Forces that are Transforming our World

The Robots are Coming: Thriving in an age of Digital Disruption, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Hacking.

How to Make Smart Decisions in a Complex World.

Generation K: How to Future-Proof Your Organisation for the Next Generation of 15-25 year olds.

Noreena’s latest speech, The Five Forces that are Transforming our World can be summarised as such:

From artificial intelligence to the continued march of populism, from Brexit to Trump what is the world going to look like in the next two to three years? What are the key challenges business leaders will face? How to overcome them, and what are the opportunities the next few years present?In this landmark keynote speech, Professor Noreena Hertz outlines the key forces – geopolitical, economic, societal, demographic and technological – that are transforming the world and should be on every business leader’s radar. Noreena then spells out in practical terms how, given this fast-moving landscape, to lead with agility, innovativeness and relevance.  

Noreena’s speech: The Robots are Coming: Thriving in an age of Digital Disruption, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Hacking.

Automation and artificial intelligence will radically transform the landscape over the next three years with huge ramifications for business and society. Sharing vivid insights from her ongoing research into AI and digital disruption – in this keynote speech Professor Noreena Hertz helps decision-makers prepare for the upcoming technology revolution and what it’ll take to thrive in it, and discusses its implications not only for their business but also for society at large.

Her speech How To Make Smart Decisions in a Complex World:

Through her unique multi-disciplinary integrated approach – combining economic analysis with insights from psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and sociology – and based on insights from her bestselling book Eyes Wide Open – Professor Noreena Hertz seeks to make us smarter decision makers, better able to figure out what to do in a complex world.

In this speech, Professor Hertz identifies thinking traps we all fall into that we are not aware of, but need to be, and comes up with active thinking strategies for her audiences to adopt so as to be able to make smarter decisions in their professional and personal lives.

Noreena’s speech Generation K: How to Future-Prof Your Organisation for the Next Generation of 15-25 year olds:

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, 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, it’s essential you get to grips with Generation K.

Here are some comments from recent clients:

“Words can’t express how thankful I am for your valuable contribution in participating at the CFO Agenda! You are the true hero of the event and we seriously couldn’t have done it without you. We are proud of the positive feedback we are receiving … words truly can’t express how appreciative I am

“A fascinating keynote by Noreena Hertz  setting out the increasing risk in our business environments. It was the highlight of the CFO conference. Really inspirational.”

– CFO Agenda

“I thought your talk was very insightful… You gave everyone a lot of food for thought and my own colleagues (who are a tough bunch to please) thought your session really stood out.”  

– Paddy Power Betfair.

“Noreena’s address … and delivery was compelling and engaging. … I think the objective evidence of how Noreena engaged the group was through the Q&A.  Often for these events, questions can be slow and stuttered, but they flew in, from a wide variety of people with nowhere near enough time to address them all – this engagement says it all really. Our pleasure to have Noreena with us and I look forward to hearing her again in the future”


“Your presentation literally blew my mind and was so powerful in questioning the very basis by which we think about Gen K and their wants, desires, expectations and outlook. It made compelling viewing and received so much positive feedback from the people in the room.”

“It was such an honour to meet you and have you part of our community at Benefex. I have never seen such an audience so engaged with a speaker. The content and insight was absolutely superb, and resonated with our audience unbelievably.”

– Benefex

It was a real pleasure meeting you. Your talk was wonderful – just what we needed.”

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your talk to the board. it was clearly the most enjoyable and insightful event of the four days of the meetings. It was obvious to me that the directors were highly engaged and that your ideas truly challenged our views…”

– Teva Pharmaceutical board Israel

“Most highly rated speaker by our clients in 20 years.”

– Swedbank

“Noreena was excellent at our event yesterday evening.  I’ve received many comments from employees and colleagues about how insightful she was – drawing from examples that really helped stretch our employees’ thinking and challenge what we perceive doing the right thing to mean…definitely delighted with our choice.”


“Thank you for doing a fantastic job. The feedback on you has been all positive. We so much appreciated how much time you put into understanding who we are and coming prepared. Both the session and breakout were wonderful and I am not obligated to say that, I promise.”

– GS1, 40th Anniversary Event

“Thank you for an excellent, lucid and fresh talk at the WIRED event. You were a hit.”

– WIRED Conference

“Thank you for your outstanding opening address… Your intervention and the ensuing ‘Questions and Answers’ set the appropriate tone for the day … the executives present found your contribution both challenging and stimulating. Your description of the challenges that we face as an iconic global company set the scene and created an atmosphere ripe for the harvesting of new ideas… many thanks for your willingness to share your ideas with us.”

– McDonalds Europe

“Having heard you speak yesterday there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that you are the ‘shining light of your generation’. Your knowledge and erudite speaking around such a relevant and pertinent topic set the tone for the whole event. The feedback has been tremendous, thank you so much for making it such a success.”

– The Big Lottery Fund

“Your speech at MBX was the highlight of the day. A superb assessment of world economics.”

“Great talk by Noreena Hertz on the world economy. Well worth the trip just for this.”

“A great keynote by Noreena Hertz at MBX. Decision-making in the age of uncertainty. Gen K, a smart relevant demographic.”

– Oracle MBX

“Blessed to have spent the day listening to inspiration from Noreena Hertz. If only everyday.”

– Weber Shandwick