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Relive Michael Johnson’s 200m World Record in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

200m world recordThinking ahead to this summer’s 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has got us thinking about that extraordinary night in Atlanta 20 years ago where Michael Johnson – one of the most successful Olympic Athletes of all time – broke the 200m world record in an eye-watering  time of 19.32 seconds.

Since retiring from Athletics, Michael has taken his drive and determination that saw him dominate athletics into the business world. Alongside his various successful business adventures, he has established himself as a highly sought-after inspirational and motivational speaker, having worked with some of the largest corporations in the world including Microsft, UBS and Sony. He has also developed his reputation as a leading television commentator and personality having worked for the BBC covering a number of high profile events including London 2012.

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A selection of motivational speakers and keynoters for 2016

Helping you book the right Keynote and Motivational Speakers for your 2016 events programme

Wishing all our clients around the world a Happy New Year from the Chartwell team and all the motivational and keynote speakers we represent around the world!

We’re excited about the year ahead, even though it’s got off to difficult start. There’s a lot happening politically (Presidential elections in the US and France, a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, Russian parliamentary elections and much more), economically (continued speculation about the outlook for the global economy, uncertainty about China’s ability to sustain high levels of GDP growth, the robustness of the Eurozone and the consequence of very low energy and commodity prices) and in the world of sport (Euro16 and the Rio Olympics). Digitalisation plus new technologies and materials will continue to force businesses to keep innovating to stay ahead of their global competitors. Daesh will continue to frighten the world, even as its relative threat shrinks. The Middle East will remain highly unstable. Iran will begin to be re-integrated into the global economy, but the depressed global oil price means that it won’t get the bonanza it was hoping for.

To help you plan for your 2016 events, here’s some of the speakers we rate highly on some of the big 2016 topics:

Emerging Markets (China)
Andrew Sheng
Chief Adviser to the China Banking regulatory Commission

Emerging markets (Turkey)
Kemal Dervis
Head of the United Nations Development programme (2005-09)

Emerging Markets (Africa)
Dambisa Moyo
High profile commentator and expert on the global economy

European Union (UK referendum)
Kenneth Clarke
Veteran pro-Europe Member of the UK Parliament

European Union (Germany)
Joschka Fischer
Former foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany (1998-2005)

European Union (future of)
Jose-Manuel Barroso
President of the European Commission (2004-2014)

Middle East scenarios (Daesh)
Fawaz Gerges
Professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations, LSE

Middle East scenarios (Iran)
Dennis Ross
Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director, Central Region (2009-11)

Middle East scenarios (Syria)
Roula Khalaf
Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor, Financial Times (2013-present)

Race for the White House
Niall Ferguson
Globally renowned historian and best-selling

Race for the White House
Mitt Romney
Republican Presidential Candidate (2012)

Race for the White House
John Zogby
Founder of the Zogby Poll, an pioneering polling methodology

R10 2016
Clare Balding
Highly acclaimed sports and Olympic Games presenter on TV and radio

R10 2016
Michael Johnson
Olympic Gold Medallist and sprinting legend

Euro 2016
Gary Lineker
Former England football international and TV presenter

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Alex Hickman blogs at STUFF HAPPENS

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