Noreena Hertz Keynote Speaker

  • Renowned thought leader with an impressive track record in predicting global trends
  • Leading academic and best-selling author
  • Named as “one of the world's most inspiring women” by Vogue

Noreena Hertz's Biography

Noreena Hertz is a renowned thought leader with an impressive track record in predicting global trends. Her best-selling books, The Silent Takeover, IOU: The Debt Threat and Eyes Wide Open, are published in 23 countries.

Her latest book, The Lonely Century, has received global praise. The Telegraph included it in their top five books of 2020 and it was listed as one of Waterstones’ best books of 2020. In the book, Hertz explores how loneliness became part of the fabric of the modern world and puts forward bold solutions to restore our sense of community, which has become particularly vital in recent times.
The Observer has named her as “one of the world’s leading thinkers”, Vogue has named her “one of the world’s most inspiring women.” Her thinking served as the inspiration for Bono’s Product (Red). She has featured as the Cover Story of Newsweek .
Noreena Hertz graduated from university when she was 19 years old. Within four years she was advising the Russian government on its economic reforms and investors on M&A transactions as the Russian economy opened up to capitalism. At the age of 29, Noreena was working with the governments of Israel, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan on the role economics could play in the Middle East peace process. She currently advises a select group of the world’s leading business and political figures on strategy, economic and geo-political risk, digital transformation, Generation K and millennials. She sits on the board of Warner Music Group.

A regular commentator in print in the US and Europe, Noreena’s opinion pieces have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She has made multiple television appearances on both sides of the Atlantic including on flagship shows such as BBC’s Question Time and CBS’ This Morning. She has hosted her own show on Sirius XM, the United States’ biggest radio network with 64 million listeners, and served as ITV News’ Economics Editor where she led ITV’s economics coverage through a fascinating, fast-paced period that included the Referendum and its aftermath, the invoking of Article 50 and a General Election.
Noreena Hertz is frequently sought after as a Keynote Speaker and Event Chair. She 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.
Noreena has a PhD from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Honorary Professor at University College London.

Speaking Topics:

How to Make the Workplace Less Lonely

Even before the pandemic, loneliness was fast becoming a defining part of the 21st century, with more people than ever not just lacking intimacy with others but feeling disconnected from colleagues and less supported at work. Noreena Hertz presents her research and knowledge on the loneliness dilemma driven by a number of factors, from addictive smartphone use to panoptic open-plan offices. Noreena explores behavioural change, our increasingly digital and individualistic world and how severely loneliness is affecting the younger generation. She shares her vision for combatting loneliness and calls for a redesign of the workplace that holds community and collaboration at its heart. You can listen to a recent podcast of hers on this subject here.

The Five Forces that are Transforming our World:

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.

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.

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.

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.


Noreena was a great success with our audience. It’s a challenge to speak at a conference when one doesn’t feel and see the audience in the room, but Noreena made it work absolutely seamlessly.” – GDI, Switzerland

Lots of actionable ways to restore connection in work and personal life. Love the moderation and the specific actions we can commit to doing today to make a difference.” – IVY, US

Your session was thought-provoking, and I think really resonated with viewers who have encountered loneliness in the workplace – and especially as we go into month 9 in remote working very, very soon. I hope that employers take this thinking era to consider their future office and workplace. And, what a great point to try and get the team to eat together, too!” – WIRED, UK

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Videos of Noreena Hertz

Speaker Showreel (2014)
Speaker Showreel (2014)
TEDtalk: How to use experts - and when not to (2011)
TEDtalk: How to use experts - and when not to (2011)
Noreena Hertz: The Science of Making Smarter Decisions | Inc. Magazine
Noreena Hertz: The Science of Making Smarter Decisions | Inc. Magazine
– Loneliness as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day | Noreena Hertz | SVT/TV 2/Skavlan
– Loneliness as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day | Noreena Hertz | SVT/TV 2/Skavlan

Blogs & Articles

Books by Noreena Hertz

Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World Paperback by Noreena Hertz

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