Review 2015

The anual inspiration!

Karen ArmstrongBritish Author and Religious Scholar

Speech Topic: The Battle For God.

Karen Armstrong is a British author and renowned religious scholar known for her books on comparative religion. Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic religious sister.Her work focuses on commonalities of the major religions, such as the importance of compassion and the Golden Rule.

Boyd CohenExpert for Climate Capitalism

Speech Topic: Climate Capitalism.

Boyd Cohen is an urban and climate strategist helping to lead communities, cities and companies on the journey towards the low carbon economy. He is a writer, researcher, professor, consultant and entrepreneur with a focus on climate capitalism.

Robert GuestUS, Editor of The Economist

Speech Topic: Borderless Economics.

Before joining The Economist, Robert Guest was Tokyo correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. Now he is the United States Editor of The Economist and winner of numerous awards.

Larry JohnsonCorporate Culture Expert

Speech Topic: Absolute Honesty.

For more than twenty-five years, Larry establishes more productive and profitable working cultures in organizations worldwide. He is the coauthor of the top-selling business ethics book, “Absolute Honesty” and the landmark guide to managing inter-generational conflict: "Generations Inc."

Gerard LyonsChief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London

Speech Topic: London´s Position in the World Economy.

Gerard Lyons is a British economist, Chief Economic Adviser of the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and also Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered.

Peter NeumannPolitical Scientist and Terror-Expert

Speech Topic: The new Jihadists.

Peter Neumann is a professor of Security Studies at the War Studies Department and serves as Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's College London. He is considered an expert in War Studies and terrorism.

Christopher PissaridesReceived Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Speech Topic: Social Europe in a Climate of Austerity.

Christopher Pissarides is a Cypriot-British economist and Nobel Prize winner of 2010. He is Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. His research interests focus on notably labour, economic growth, and economic policy.

Carolyn SteelArchitect and Food Urbanist

Speech Topic: Food and the City.

Carolyn Steel is a practicing architect with a unique perspective on the way food affects urban space and the perennial tension between cities and their hinterland. Carolyn qualified as an architect from Cambridge University in 1984 and combines practice with teaching, writing and research.

Nassim N. TalebPhilosopher and Finance Mathematician

Speech Topic: The Black Swan und and Real Estate as Optionality.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 20 years as a derivatives trader before becoming a researcher in practical, mathematical, and philosophical problems in probability. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's School of Engineering.

Yanis VaroufakisEconomist and former Greek Finance Minister

Speech Topic: The European Crisis in its Global Context.

The renowned economist Yanis Varoufakis is Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens and has also previously been visiting Professor in Austin/Texas. He is the author of several notable publications on mathematical game theory and state economy. From January to July 2015 he was the Greek Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Klaus WowereitGoverning Mayor of Berlin (2001-2014)

Speech Topic: Growth as a Challenge for Cities.

Klaus Wowereit was mayor of Berlin from 2001 to 2014, shaping the image of the German capital. Klaus Wowereit regards socially just and ecologically sensible urban development as a key factor for the sustainability of cities and therefore considered this as a maxim for acting during his time in office.