Keynote Speeches – Noreena Hertz


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Noreena is a visionary economist, strategist and best-selling author who has spoken at such illustrious venues as the World Economic Forum, Davos and Google Zeitgeist.

Her thoughtfully tailored Keynote Speeches combine a deep analytical understanding of global trends, threats and opportunities with practical solutions for how to make smarter decisions in a complex world.

Noreena leaves the audience with a clearer vision for the future, arming them with better strategies that can prepare an organisation for the future, and also inspiring them.


Some of the topics she has spoken on most recently include:


A world in flux: global trends& challenges & how to manage them.

In this Keynote Speech Noreena Hertz lays out what she sees as the key Global Trends of our times, identifies the challenges this means we face, and provides a series of insightful and counter-intuitive steps we need to take if we are to successfully manage them.


How to make smart decisions in a complex world.

Here Noreena Hertz lays out concrete and counterintuitive steps we all can take to become much smarter and wiser decision makers ourselves. Steps that include hiring a Challenger-in-Chief, becoming a Digitally-Attune Information-Hunter-Gatherer, encouraging Dissent and Difference and Tapping into your Organisation’s Wisdom Within.


Truer faster: to succeed in the super-transparent world of Twitter, Facebook and Wikileaks.

This Keynote Speech reveals how successful corporations use the 3Cs to their advantage and lays out how new technologies can be deployed to deliver a competitive advantage. She also challenges her audience to think anew about what they can do differently, who they should join forces with, and how they can become truer, faster themselves so as to succeed in this super-transparent new world.


Generation K: What you need to know about today’s teenagers, tomorrow’s consumers.

Based on her cutting edge proprietary research on this demographic Noreena Hertz shares in this Keynote Speech who this generation are, what they care about, how they behave, what they want, how they consume. Shaped not only be technology but also the worst recession in decades and also a world of heightened geopolitical threat, this generation is manifestly different to previous generations. 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.


Here are some comments from recent clients:


CFO Agenda, May 2018

From the organisers:

“Words can’t express how thankful I am for your valuable contribution in participating at the CFO Agenda! You are the true hero of the event and I seriously couldn’t have done it without you. We are proud of the positive feedback we are receiving and delighted that this event improves … words truly can’t express how appreciative I am

“We received loads of great feedback from our delegates for Noreena Hertz’s session on seeing risk through an opportunistic lens”


And from the attendees (Typically CFO/Group CFOs of FTSE 100 companies) –

 “It was worth coming to the CFO Agenda just to hear Noreena Hertz speak!” 

 “Great presentation!” 

 “A fascinating keynote by Noreena Hertz at the CFO Agenda highlighting the increasing risk in our business environments” 

 “Noreena Hertz’s session was great. I really enjoyed hearing her speak. “

 “I very much enjoyed your speech today, which was the highlight of the CFO conference. Really inspirational.” – Dirk Kahl, CFO Lidl 

 “I thought your talk was very insightful, in particular with regard to generation K … You gave everyone a lot of food for thought and my own colleagues (who are a tough bunch to please) thought your session really stood out.”  – Mark Irwin, Group Director of Finance & Corporate Controller at Paddy Power Betfair.


CRH Europe, March 2018 

“Noreena’s address … and delivery, as usual, was compelling and engaging. … I think the objective evidence of how Noreena engaged the group was through the Q&A.  Often for these events, questions can be slow and stuttered, but they flew in, from a wide variety of people with nowhere near enough time to address them all – this engagement says it all really. GenK is already in general use throughout our conference population and really hit a chord. Our pleasure to have Noreena with us and I look forward to hearing her again in the future”

- Paul Barry, Director of Corporate Finance CRH


Benefex Winter Forum, February 2018

“Your presentation literally blew my mind and was so powerful in questioning the very basis by which we think about Gen K and their wants, desires, expectations and outlook. It made compelling viewing and received so much positive feedback from the people in the room.”

– Matt Macri-Walker (CEO of Benefex)

“It was such an honour to meet you and have you part of our community at Benefex. I have never seen such an audience so engaged with a speaker. The content and insight was absolutely superb, and resonated with our audience unbelievably.” 

– Emily Plummer (Marketing Director at Benefex)


Teva Pharmaceutical board Israel, December 2017

It was a real pleasure meeting you. Your talk was wonderful – just what we needed.”

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your talk to the board. it was clearly the most enjoyable and insightful event of the four days of the meetings. It was obvious to me that the directors were highly engaged and that your ideas truly challenged our views…”


“Most highly rated speaker by our clients in 20 years.”



“Noreena was excellent at our event yesterday evening.  I’ve received many comments from employees and colleagues about how insightful she was – drawing from examples that really helped stretch our employees’ thinking and challenge what we perceive doing the right thing to mean…definitely delighted with our choice.”

RBS, London


“Thank you for doing a fantastic job. The feedback on you has been all positive. We so much appreciated how much time you put into understanding who we are and coming prepared. Both the session and breakout were wonderful and I am not obligated to say that, I promise.”

GS1, 40th Anniversary Event, Los Angeles


“Thank you for an excellent, lucid and fresh talk at the WIRED event. You were a hit.”

WIRED Conference


“Thank you for your outstanding opening address… Your intervention and the ensuing ‘Questions and Answers’ set the appropriate tone for the day … the executives present found your contribution both challenging and stimulating. Your description of the challenges that we face as an iconic global company set the scene and created an atmosphere ripe for the harvesting of new ideas… many thanks for your willingness to share your ideas with us.”

McDonalds Europe, Brussels


“Having heard you speak yesterday there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that you are the ‘shining light of your generation’. Your knowledge and erudite speaking around such a relevant and pertinent topic set the tone for the whole event. The feedback has been tremendous, thank you so much for making it such a success.”

The Big Lottery Fund


“Your speech at MBX was the highlight of the day. A superb assessment of world economics.”

“Great talk by Noreena Hertz on the world economy. Well worth the trip just for this.”

“A great keynote by Noreena Hertz at MBX. Decision-making in the age of uncertainty. Gen K, a smart relevant demographic.”

Oracle MBX


“Blessed to have spent the day listening to inspiration from Noreena Hertz. If only everyday.”

Weber Shandwick