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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

Ambassador Nicholas Burns, American foreign policy expert, makes case for West accepting Iran nuclear deal.

Nicholas BurnsExpert speaker, Ambassador Nicholas Burns gives his insight into the next steps the US must take to contain Iran after a nuclear deal was reached in Vienna on July 14th.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Nick outlines the importance of a ‘reassertion of American interest in playing the leading role in that region’ in order to maintain control over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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Former Washington DC insider John Hulsman explores the “conspiracy” behind Saudi Arabia’s oil war

John Hulsman speakerWriting for London’s City A.M., prolific foreign affairs commentator John Hulsman explores the supposed “conspiracy” behind Saudi Arabia’s oil war. John posits that it seems increasingly likely that the US and the Saudis have struck a secret deal to keep pumping and push down the price of oil.

Firstly, he notes that the Saudis are behaving decidedly oddly: the petro-kingdom has done nothing, nor until last week said anything, to counter the plummeting price in oil. An economics-only energy strategy should dictate that the Saudis reduce pumping to stabilise the global oil price, but this has not happened. John believes there are only two possible explanations as to what is going on:

  1. In the face of the challenge posed by US fracking, Riyadh may be ruthlessly defending its market share, while knobbling its great, emerging American rival in the process.
  2. Riyadh is hearkening back to the 1980s, when a then-secret deal to drive down the price of oil helped to economically destroy the Soviet Union.

John contends that the second option seems more viable. This is because it is being “openly whispered” that US secretary of state John Kerry met Saudi King Abdullah on 11 September this year, to strike a deal that would economically cripple – if for differing but complementary interests – their mutual enemies Iran and Russia.

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For more information, or to book John Hulsman as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.

“A new Middle East is emerging” cautions former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer speakerWriting for Project Syndicate, Joschka Fischer, a vitally important European political figurehead and thinker, asserts that a new Middle East is emerging in which the Kurds and Iran are gaining regional influence, whilst Sunni powers are declining.

What is becoming apparent, Joschka notes, is the collapse of the region’s old order, and with it the decline of the region’s traditional stabilising powers. He explains that the “political weakness of those powers – whether global actors like the United States or regional players like Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia – has led to a remarkable role reversal in the region’s power dynamic.” Joschka goes on to say that “although the US and the European Union still classify the pro-independence Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as a terrorist organization, only the PKK’s fighters, it seems, are willing and able to stop the Islamic State’s further advance.”

As a result of their newly won legitimacy, the Kurds’ fate has become a burning question in Turkey. Joschka comments that the West is presented with a dilemma: “Given its reluctance to commit its own ground forces to a war it knows it must win, it will have to arm the Kurds.” However, this will not sit well with NATO member Turkey – or, most likely, with Iran. Consequently, Joshka warns that the “key strategic question…will not be resolved on the region’s battlefields, but in the various negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.”

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For more information, or to book Joschka Fischer as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Mitt Romney makes the case for a “mighty” U.S. military

Mitt Romney speakerWriting in the Washington Post, Mitt Romey, 2012 US Presidential Candidate, argues that all reasons put forward for the decimation of the U.S. military defence are wrong, and that as “Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, [and] the Islamic State threatens” there is still need for a mighty U.S. military.

For example, although some people believe that a multipolar world is preferable to one led by a strong United States, Romney counters by saying that the world would not see peace if these other pole nations were China, Russia and Iran. This is because “ultimately, one would seek to conquer the others, unleashing world war.”

Other arguments contend that if the United States withdrew its military strength from the world it would be left alone. However, Romney argues that the “history of the 20th century teaches that power-hungry tyrants ultimately feast on the appeasers.” Moreover, he believes that the U.S. “economy would be devastated by the disruption of trade routes, the turmoil in global markets and the tumult of conflict across the world.”

Romney puts forward that the real reason for shrinking the U.S. military is that “politicians, and many of the people who elect them, want to keep up spending here at home.” As the turbulent times set to continue, and with freedom and peace in the balance, he believes that the “Washington politicians are poised to make a historic decision.”

Click here to read the full op-ed.

For more information on how to book Mitt Romney as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Ellis Trevor at or call +1 972 385 1021.

Mitt Romney was the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States. He was also a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, which eventually went to John McCain. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Mitt Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, he balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office.

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Ambassador Dennis Ross calls for “credible endgame” on Iran

An interesting piece by Ambassador Dennis Ross, former special assistant to President Obama, on how the US and other governments should approach diplomacy with Iran. As Tehran’s nuclear ambitions once again hit headlines Ambassador Ross discusses the need for a tougher stance on Iran to be underpinned by a credible endgame proposal if coercive diplomacy is to make ground.

A fascinating insight into this potential geopolitical flash-point.

Click here to read the article in full.

To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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