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Keynote by Dr Stephen Hawking makes front page news in Korea

Professor Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking were guest speakers at Kyunghyang Forum in Seoul to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Kyunghyang Shinmun last week.


Dr Stephen Hawking appeared as a hologram, as his health no longer allows him to travel, alongside his daughter, Lucy, on stage in Seoul for the event. Together they produced a keynote speech that delighted the audience and made the front page of Kyunghyang Shinmun, Korea’s biggest daily newspaper which attracts 1.3 million visitors daily. 

The event entitled, “The New Normal Era: Innovation & Insights,” took place at the Lotte Hotel Crystal Ballroom in Sogong-dong, Seoul on September 28th and explored the future of science and technology.



The Hawkings’ keynote speech was organised by our very own, Raleigh Addington, Managing Director (APAC), who thoroughly enjoys helping event organisers bring Stephen and Lucy to the stage.

He said: “I’m delighted that we were able to bring Lucy’s enriching insights and Dr Hawking’s expertise to Seoul for such a important occasion.”

Stephen’s holographic image is broadcast from his own home in Cambridge, UK (see above), so that he can appear on stage next to his eldest daughter, Lucy. Watch the full keynote given by Dr Hawking at the Kyunghyang Forum.

Lucy’s keynote expanded on her father’s points but emphasied the need for science to remain a fundamental part of children’s education, highlighting “George’s space series,” that she co-wrote with her father, as an example of how stories can be used to engage children in space exploration and discoveries.

From all accounts, the event was a huge success and we’re thrilled to be working with Lucy and Dr Stephen Hawking on their speaking engagements worldwide.

If you’d like to book the same keynote, or something similar, for your next event anywhere in the world, please send us a quick email with your proposed dates and budget. Please note that due to his health Dr Hawking can only attend events via video link or as a hologram.



About Lucy Hawking:

Lucy Hawking uses story-telling to help audiences understand and engage with science. Lucy is the creator of the George Greenby books, a series of adventure stories which use dramatic story-telling to explain complex science to young audiences. Lucy has collaborated with several distinguished scientists on the George Greenby series, including her well-known father, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Translated into 40 different languages the books have each met with rave reviews. Lucy is currently working with Canadian animation studio DHX media to develop the series into an animated television series. Read more >>


About Stephen Hawking:

Professor Stephen Hawking is widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant theoretical physicists. His best-selling books for a general audience have given an appreciation of physics to millions, and have probed the origins of the cosmos, the nature of time and the universe’s ultimate fate.  Read more >>



























Chartwell Events: “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants” with Dr Nick Southgate

Join the relaunch of Chartwell’s monthly events programme on Wednesday May 25th in London with “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants: the science behind how teams and leaders get to better solutions”

To kick off the new season, we’re delighted to be joined by behavioural economist Dr Nick Southgate, who will deliver his expert insights on how to create collaborative environments and lead brilliant teams.

With the global business landscape evolving at an accelerating pace, it’s more important than ever for leaders to build innovative teams that can adapt to the changing demands of customers and clients.

To attend what promises to be a fascinating and informative evening, please register for your free ticket via Eventbrite.

Chartwell Events is a regular interactive and topical event series showcasing expert keynote speakers from the worlds of business, science, culture and tech with world-changing ideas, hosted by Chartwell Speakers & Literary Agency. Join Chartwell Events on LinkedIn for exclusive updates, latest invites and priviledged access to our speakers.

About our speaker:

Dr. Nick Southgate is a specialist in applying insights from behavioural economics to create valuable lessons for business, from organisational behaviour and leadership to consumer engagement, brand-building and the psychology of financial markets. He is represented by Chartwell Speakers exclusively for speaking engagements. Read Nick’s full speaker profile for more information and latest availability.

Chartwell at TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

Last week Chartwell were invited to attend the sixth annual edition of TEDxLondonBusinessSchool.  TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  This year’s theme, CTR ALT DEL encouraged attendees to let go of their expectations and leave all preconceptions at the door in a bid to form an audience ready to absorb new ideas about transformation, innovation and achievement.

There were 16 speakers altogether, ranging from business experts through to art critics and even a hypnotist. Mathew Syed was one of the early speakers to make an impression with his thought provoking address in which he made the case for acknowledging failure and confronting mistakes – a notion he refers to as “Black Box Thinking” – as the most effective path to progress and success in any organisation.  He cited blame culture and big egos and the prime suspects preventing individuals and organisations from challenging the status quo and changing behaviours to prevent the same mistakes from happening over and over again.

During the afternoon session, Professor of Marketing and Director of LBS’ very own Deloitte Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rajesh Candy challenged our preconceptions about entrepreneurs, often a label associated with prosperity in today’s society.  Making the case that too many entrepreneurs can actually lead to reduced productivity, Professor Candy cited his most recent study which shows Uganda and Greece topping the list of countries with the highest proportion of entrepreneurs!

At Chartwell, ideas are our trade and we love getting out and about to listen to new and inspiring speakers whenever we can.  TEDx is a wonderful platform for sharing new thinking and we were delighted to have the opportunity to see some of the thought-provoking speakers on show first hand. To view some of our favourite TED talks of all time visit our homepage.

Thinking Innovation? Think Emerging Markets

InnovationWhen someone says ‘innovation’, we instinctively think ‘Silicon Valley’, or perhaps ‘London’, ‘Berlin’, ‘Stockholm’, ‘Tel Aviv’.

Rarely do we consider the vast amounts of creative energy re-shaping economies and driving growth in the developing world.

On March 3rd 2016, over 55 startups from emerging tech hubs globally will compete at Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland, for equity investment of up to $1 million.

Last week I caught up with Alisée de Tonnac, Co-founder and CEO of Seedstars World, to talk about her entrepreneurial journey and the key startup trends in emerging markets. You can listen to our conversation above.

Alisée is a brilliant speaker on entrepreneurship, startup culture, tech trends and disruption in growth markets, as well as diversity issues in business.

If you’d like more information on how to book her for your event, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Brian Forde, head of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, probes the future possibilities of blockchain technology

Brian Forde speaker

Writing in WIRED magazine, ex-White House senior advisor Brian Forde explains how the technology underlying bitcoin, the blockchain, has taken own a life of its own, with institutional interest in blockchains almost reaching a frenzy.

Although bitcoin was initially thought of in narrow terms as an alternative currency to the dollar and other fiat currencies, Brian notes that experts in other fields are now actively looking at how the blockchain can be used for non-monetary uses. For example, entrepreneurs and developers are building applications on top of the blockchain that could publicly and immutably record everything from the birth of a child to a transfer of property ownership.

Brian points out that timestamps, ledgers and digital signatures have been around for many years, but this combination unlocks the opportunity for many new and consequential innovations. He argues that – in a similar fashion to the internet’s facilitation of instant, global communication – a combination of time-stamped and digitally signed transactions hosted on an accessible ledger could play an important role. They could help governments reduce friction and increase transparency associated with important transactions.

Since being brought in to head MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) in 2015, Brian has made great strides in highlighting the benefits of bitcoin and the blockchain to those both inside and outside of the prestigious university.

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For more information, or to book Brian Forde as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Jeana Webster at or call 972-385-1021. 

Dambisa Moyo urges “It would be premature to conclude that traditional banking has yielded to new financial platforms”

Dambisa Moyo speakerWriting for Project Syndicate, international economist, Dambisa Moyo discusses the state of traditional banking in a world of transforming technological innovation.

Digital startups have penetrated areas traditionally dominated by the financial industry, and banking. Moyo urges that financial-services companies are not safe from the transformations wrought on by technological innovation, however there is reason to believe that finance will prove resilient.

Startups such as, Acorns, which is an app that automatically allocates a proportion of everyday purchases to a preselected investment portfolio, are rapidly expanding and transforming the investment and savings market. Moyo explains, “According to research by the digital ad agency Fractl, approximately 85% of millennials are saving a portion of their paycheck – a larger percentage than their predecessors.” The process of lending is also being transformed by the surge of digital technology. Crowdsourcing, and peer-to-peer lending give borrowers the opportunity to circumvent many hurdles of the traditional banking system, such as credit ratings.

Moyo explains that these startups do have significant constraint on the size and type of financial transactions they can offer, and “as a result, the digital revolution’s assault on the traditional banking industry is by no means overwhelming. In finance, at least, technology firms should not be viewed simply as a threat, but as a source of productivity-boosting innovation.”

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For more information on how to book Dambisa Moyo as a keynote speaker for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Jeana Webster at or call on +1 972 385 1021.

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