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Sahar Hashemi

Sahar Hashemi

London, UK

Founder of Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US-style coffee bar chain

Best-selling and award-winning author, "Anyone Can Do It" (2001)

Named one of the "Most Influential Women in Britain" (Management Today)

“Your energising talk on the necessity of passion to drive business growth was inspiring for everyone…Needless to say our expectations were surpassed” – Infosys

A former solicitor, Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain with her brother and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a turnover of £30m.  She exited Coffee Republic in 2001 and in 2005 she founded Skinny Candy, a brand of sugar free sweets which was sold to confectionery conglomerate Glisten PLC in 2007.

She is author of 2 books- the bestselling, Anyone Can Do ItBuilding Coffee Republic from our kitchen table, and Switched On

In June 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity.

She is co- chair of the Government Scale Up Taskforce and is actively involved in Change Please Coffee, a social enterprise that trains and hires homeless people to run coffee carts.  She is on the advisory board of BFC Fashion Trust and is finishing her third book, “Start Up Forever, 10 ways to behave like a start up when you’re not a start up” based on her experiences of working with large organisations.

Our Comment

"Sahar understands the pressures from both sides of the fence: employers’ imperatives and motivations, as well as employees’ desires and limitations. By telling her very personal journey, she connects with the audience on an emotional level and brings to life the passion, determination and open mindedness needed to succeed."

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