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Sahar Hashemi

Sahar Hashemi

speaker location icon London, UK

Thought leader on entrepreneurial behaviour in large organisations

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

Financial Times Business Book of the Month “Start Up Forever”( 2019) about entrepreneurial mindset in large companies

“How do you encourage entrepreneurial behaviour in large organisations? This is a question to which Sahar Hashemi provides a straightforward solution. Her 10 “shifts”, as she puts it, are simple, day-to-day approaches to everyday work with an entrepreneurial mindset. These lessons are easy to understand (there’s no having to memorise complex management concepts)”

“Sahar is a powerful catalyst to drive entrepreneurship within big corporations. Sahar provided me and my organization with tangible tools to start making changes immediately.
Her personal story is genuine, down to earth, super inspiring and extremely interesting to follow.
She talks to people’s heart in a way that awakens the entrepreneur inside.
She sells a mindset and she equips you to go make it happen.”

Sahar Hashemi OBE left her career as a lawyer in London to start the UK’s first coffee bar chain, Coffee Republic with her brother, Bobby which became one of the most recognized high street brands with a turnover of £30m.  Sahar left the business in 2001 and wrote the bestselling book, Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic from our Kitchen Table. In 2005 she founded a sugar free sweets brand, Skinny Candy, which was sold two years later to confectionary conglomerate Glisten PLC.

She was named Director magazine named her Top 10 Original Thinkers, “Pioneer to the life of the nation” by Her Majesty The Queen”

In the decades since, Sahar has become recognized as the leading industry expert on entrepreneurship in the corporate world, and has spoken to – or worked with – over 400 companies. She has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, named as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation by the Queen and was nominated by Director magazine as one of its Top 10 Original Thinkers. In 2012 she was awarded OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for services to the UK economy and to charity .  Her latest book START UP FOREVER was named Financial Times 2019 Business Book of the Month


Our Comment

"For her career’s third act, the lawyer-turned-successful entrepreneur, Sahar Hashemi has used her deep knowledge of both the corporate and startup worlds to become an internationally recognized thought leader on encouraging entrepreneurial behaviour in big organisations. By telling her very personal journey, she connects with the audience on an emotional level and brings to life the mindset needed to survive and thrive."

Start Up Forever

Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table - 57 Real Life Laws on Entrepreneurship

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