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Founder & CEO, Globalization Partners
Nicole Sahin’s mission is to eliminate barriers to doing business internationally and building global teams. As founder and CEO of Globalization Partners, she is recognized for having created an innovative solution that enables companies to hire great talent anywhere in the world, without the complexity of setting up international branch offices or subsidiaries. Businesses are able to bypass the legal, HR and tax complexities of hiring in another country, while getting all the benefits of a global team.
Legendary British Entrepreneur & Founder of the Virgin Group
Richard Branson is a popular keynote speaker and one of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs.
Richard founded the mega-brand, Virgin, has become home to more than 400 companies, encompassing anything from gyms, gambling houses and bridal boutiques to fleets of planes, trains and limousines. The company has recently been pioneering space tourism: Virgin Galactic is slated to start carrying passengers into the thermosphere in the next couple of years.
Richard Branson is also a renowned philanthropist. He has pledged the next 10 years of profits from his transportation empire (an amount expected to reach $3 billion) to the development of renewable alternatives to carbon fuels. His Virgin Earth Challenge offers a $25 million prize to the first person to come up with an economically viable solution to the greenhouse gas problem.
Richard Branson has been involved in a number of world record-breaking attempts since 1985. Perhaps best known, in January 1991 Richard crossed the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Arctic Canada, the furthest distance of 6,700 miles. He broke all existing records, with speeds of up to 245 miles per hour in a balloon of 2.6 million cubic feet. Sir Richard’s latest entries into the Guiness World Records include being the oldest person to cross the English Channel by kiteboard and having the most followers on LinkedIn. In September 2013, he led 318 participants to set a new record for the largest number of kitesurfers to complete a one-mile course, in Hampshire.
Founder and CEO, FUBU; Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship
Daymond John is a top business and motivational speaker who came from humble beginnings to become one of the most sought-after branding and marketing speakers in the country. Daymond John is an investor on ABC’s hit show, “Shark Tank,” Daymond John is the consummate 21st century renaissance businessman.
An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales.
He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and he has received over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award. John was named Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the White House in 2015. His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker today.
His marketing firm Shark Branding offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions.
John is also an author of the best-selling books Display of Power and The Brand Within. His latest New York Times best-selling book is The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage (January 2016).
In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC entrepreneurial business show the Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett. Millions of weekly viewers tune into the show as John demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.
Author, LOONSHOTS; Ex-CEO (Biotech)
Safi Bahcall is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, which combines physics, business, and history and reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior. An international bestseller, Loonshots has been translated into 18 languages; selected as a best business book of the year by Bloomberg, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., the Washington Post, and others;; and recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Ed Catmull, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and Malcolm Gladwell. It was the #1 most recommended book of the year in Bloomberg’s annual survey of CEOs and entrepreneurs.
Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that explain why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing new ideas to rejecting them.
Safi received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard, completed his PhD in physics at Stanford, and served for three years as a consultant at McKinsey and Company. In 2001, he founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led the company's IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.
Safi advises CEOs and leadership teams on strategy and innovation, and is working on his next book. He lives with his wife and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Executive Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence; Senior Director, MIT Horizon
Kathleen is Executive Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, a multidisciplinary center which includes Collective Intelligence Design Lab and Pandemic Response CoLab. She also heads MIT Horizon, an initiative of MIT Open Learning. She is a venture partner at Good Growth Capital.
In 2016, she worked as a lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a venture fund and accelerator program for tough tech startups which was built by MIT. Prior to that, she served as President and Chief Strategy Officer of MIT Technology Review, MIT’s global media company, and President of the MIT Enterprise Forum, MIT’s entrepreneurial support organization.
Kathleen is a frequent speaker at global conferences and very active in the innovation community. She serves on numerous selection committees including the Eisenhower Fellowships, the Lemelson-MIT prize and the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition. The Women of the Harvard Club named her as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women.
Founder & CEO, UNLEASH
Marc Coleman is Founder & CEO of UNLEASH, the world’s #1 destination and marketplace for human resources, recruitment and learning leaders globally. Marc is passionate about building global communities that imagine, create and power the new working world. UNLEASH has served as a strategic transformation engine for the most powerful network of human resources leaders in the world. They represent the world’s leading employers and range from the Fortune 2000, public sector organizations, NGO’s to innovative start-ups and everything in between.
Marc has worked with UNLEASH contributors that include Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Edward Snowden, Stephen Fry, Esther Perel, Simon Sinek, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Sir Bob Geldof, Rachel Botsman, Gary Vaynerchuk and many more. In 2019, UNLEASH was listed on the Inc. 5000 - the world's fastest growing companies with 212% yoy growth over 3yrs. Prior to UNLEASH, Marc worked in the US for Microsoft and Philips Sonicare and in Asia Pacific he worked across a portfolio of successful business and sporting events that included; FIFA World Cup, F1, The Rugby World Cup, The America’s Cup, APAC CEO Summit and World IT Congress.
Educated in Ireland, Marc has a Higher Diploma in Quality Control Management, Applied Biology & Physics, a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Biotechnology.
Founder Analytical Storyteller
Suki Fuller is a speaker on intelligence (strategic, competitive and national security), tech trends, connected data, social networks, surveillance, security, privacy, and the ethics of technology.
Suki has worked as an intelligence advisor for nearly two decades, in areas such as chemical engineering, security and living. She has worked globally (MENA, EU, China, UK and US) within Academia, National Security, Law Enforcement, and Private Corporations and also served twelve years in the U.S.Army Reserves. She is a leading expert on the social implications, human rights and civil liberties of technology, particularly facial recognition and surveillance, recognised for her early adoption of new technologies. Her areas of focus lie within agile competitive and emergent strategies.
Suki is Founder of Miribure a strategic and competitive Intelligence consultancy, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President Europe of DC Analytics, and Analytical Storyteller for design consortium Group of Humans.
She is an advisor, mentor and judge for various programs including Community Growth Ventures, Shell Springboard and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, amongst others. Her insights regularly feature on BBC World News, BBC’s The One Show, the Financial Times, Forbes, The Next Web (TNW) and Computer Weekly, amongst others.
Suki is a board member for Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates, a Fellow of The Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows and the Former Chair of the Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) for Strategic Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP).
She has received several accolades for her work, including being listed in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK Tech Top 20, and listing in their Top 50 for three consecutive years (2019, 2020, 2021); Financial Times’ Top 100 Most Influential Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic Leaders in UK; Black Powerlist Top 30 Titans of Tech; Tech Nation’s 50 Most Inspiring and influential Black voices in UK Tech; London Tech Week’s 30 Changemaker to watch.
As a speaker, she uses storytelling to take her audience on a journey, from data gathering and analysis to a point of understanding their next potential chapter. She is also available as a host and moderator.
All-Remote Evangelist, GitLab
As an All-Remote Evangelist at GitLab, Betsy focuses on sharing the company's all-remote brand with the world, helping others embrace the future of work. Prior to joining the All-Remote Marketing team, she spent her career in employer branding and recruitment marketing for high-growth tech companies. When Betsy is not in her home office in Raleigh, NC, she loves spending time outdoors with her husband and their golden retriever.
Managing Partner at FutureMap, Strategic Advisor to Governments and Global Companies, Bestselling Author, TED Speaker
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag's newest book is MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us (2021), which was preceded by The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also the author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).
Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to nearly 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
The future of work is global and remote. To understand how companies are turning these trends into competitive advantage, PANGEO will cover three main tracks — Evolve, Grow, and Learn. These tracks are designed for CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, COOs, CROs, Heads of People, Heads of International, Heads of Global Mobility, Legal, and Compliance teams.
Attendees will get a chance to hear from experts on how to build efficient, high-performing global remote teams, the importance of creating integrated employee experiences, and why both compliance and speed are critical for long-term success in 2021 and beyond.
PANGEO is Globalization Partners' annual conference designed to equip companies with the ideas, skills, and best practices to thrive in the new world of global remote work. Our conference will bring together visionaries from around the world, who will discuss key trends, strategies, and personal experiences — designed to help you build fast and agile remote teams.
Join Nick Adams, Vice President EMEA, and Charles Ferguson, General Manager, Asia Pacific, Globalization Partners for the opening session of PANGEO 2021.
Entering an international market requires significant investment. Companies might consider setting up shop in a new country if they see an opportunity to open a sales channel there. However, as you look to accelerate your company’s growth internationally, you should think about the implications for sales roles, team structure, and the size and location of your sales presence globally.
Join our experts’ panel session as they discuss the best practices to increase sales internationally. Log in and learn:
Companies all over the world witnessed a paradigm shift for their business operations in the year 2020. Tech companies may have had the infrastructure to keep operating as usual during the pandemic, but is it enough to carry them into the new world of work?
Join our experts on this panel session as they discuss the evolution and future of the technology sector. Log in and learn:
Today’s workforce has become increasingly decentralized and highly mobile. While the advent of technology is now a driving factor in facilitating the mobile workforce, the desire for flexible working arrangements has been on the rise, too.
Join us in this panel session as our global mobility experts discuss the best practices of managing a mobile workforce. Login and learn:
The remote work revolution is a reality, and now companies are hiring without the restrictions of political borders. But obviously, new challenges arise. Hiring internationally could introduce a catalog of new procedures for your legal and finance staff that may potentially slow your growth.
Join us for an expert panel session that will give you the tips and tools to help you build global remote teams fast and easy. You will learn:
The past two years have changed and shaped the way companies operate and the way humans work like no other time in history, and no matter what challenges your company and your people have faced, all are still charting the path forward into the next normal, and all have the power to shape the future, starting today.
As you are leading your company’s growth from the inside, join our experts in change of management, remote work design, and growth strategy, to learn:
Employees are people, and it’s not hard to guess what other people might want when it comes to benefits and advancement.
But what about on a global scale? What about when remote work isn’t just a perk, but a new way of working?
Join this panel of experts in employee engagement, compensation, work facilitation, and productivity to learn:
Recent advancements in remote work present a window for growth. But failing to understand how to expand compliantly and the risks involved could be harmful. International hiring creates new filings, activities, and procedures for your legal and finance teams that requires country-specific counsel, potentially slowing growth.
Are you compliantly hiring global talent? Can you avoid legal pitfalls and abide by employment and tax regulations? Do you know the latest immigration policies to aid relocating employees?
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With a widening skills gap, growing talent shortage, and closing borders, companies in Asia-Pacific are struggling over limited professionals amid a talent war. Borderless hiring can boost talent pools, but where should companies target, and how can technology refine the talent selection process?
Retaining talent is equally critical. As power shifts from organizations to professionals, employee experiences must be elevated with competitive compensation, streamlined payroll management, increased engagement, and improved culture building.
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