The business world is filled with a plethora of influential people, but some of them possess a natural talent that allows them to stand out from the crowd.
These one-of-a-kind speakers take advantage of their skills and expertise to speak on topics related to everything from cybersecurity, customer experience, AI, eCommerce to innovation.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to the Top 50 Speakers on the planet and what makes them so great. We will look at their achievements as well as the expertise they have to offer during the speaking events organized by Aurum.
Richard Branson is a British entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He established the Virgin brand in 1970, which has since grown to become the world’s most diverse and international business. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 2000 in recognition of his contributions to entrepreneurship and innovation.
In 2021, Richard Branson made headlines again as he led his first commercial flight to space with Virgin Galactic. The company is set to run a few more test flights before opening its doors to paying passengers.
Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari is a historian and author of the bestselling books Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.
Harari is a lecturer in history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history and ancient civilizations. He is also an associate professor at the New York University School of Law.
Yuval Noah Harari is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world. He has achieved fame for his books and ideas, which are all based around big questions such as “What does it mean to be human?”
Simon Sinek is an American author and speaker, best known for his book “Start with Why” which was published in 2009.
Sinek has written several books that are geared towards inspiring people to be more successful in their endeavors. He is also the co-founder of a company called “Sinek Partners.”
He defines “leadership” as starting with the end in mind, which he describes as imagining what success should feel like and then figuring out what steps are necessary to achieve that.
At Aurum, we believe Sinek is the best leadership speaker in the world. His latest book, The Infinite Game, is a mindset game-changer for companies and organizations looking to thrive in the long term.
Steve Wozniak is an American inventor, programmer, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs. He designed the company’s first product, the Apple I, which sold for $666.66, and subsequentially the Apple II in 1977.
Many people cite him as the sole inventor of the Apple I, as he has been involved in most of the design and engineering work.
Steve also had some input into early Apple partnerships with Xerox and AT&T, which helped establish an early business model for Apple.
At Aurum, we feel privileged to work with the co-founder of the most valuable company in the world. In fact, today, Apple is valued at more than $2 trillion.
Seth Godin is a Canadian author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. Godin has written 20 bestselling books on topics ranging from marketing to success. He’s also the founder of Squidoo.com, Yoyodyne Entertainment, and The Domino Project.
Seth has been on TV shows such as Oprah for his work in public speaking and marketing.
Godin is the best marketing speaker in the world. In fact, he is always busy traveling overseas at various speaking events. Covid-19’s restrictions have actually helped several companies book Seth Godin for a virtual event, as his availability only increased as a result of the pandemic. Furthermore, his virtual fees are very competitive compared to his in-person ones.
Scott Galloway is an American entrepreneur, author, and Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also the founder of the online education startup Section4.
Scott Galloway is a prolific writer who wrote The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, and The Algebra of Happiness.
He became extremely popular after publishing his latest book, Post Corona. The book talks about which companies would be the winners and losers after the pandemic and why. Scott also runs a popular podcast, The Prof G Pod, which focuses on the same subject.
Duncan Wardle worked as Head of Innovation & Creativity at the Walt Disney Company. He now works as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, assisting companies in embracing innovation and creativity.
Wardle’s success is based on his innovative approach to design thinking, which emphasizes discovering hidden connections and promoting new ideas. When he delivers his keynotes, it’s clear that he’s speaking to an international audience.
He believes innovation is one of the things that makes us human.
Duncan is the most popular customer experience speaker. He has been one of Aurum’s top-selling speakers in virtual format. During these virtual events, he provides a magical experience by transforming a room in his home into a complete virtual studio.
Jay Shetty is a social media icon and motivational speaker.
While his videos have racked up over 2 billion views, Forbes named him one of the world’s 30 most promising young entrepreneurs for 2017. Think Like a Monk, Shetty’s successful book from 2020, is a collection of all his best messages and has become a worldwide bestseller.
Jay’s daily show HuffPost Live #FollowTheReader allowed him to reach 1 million people a day. During the show, he interviewed important figures like Tim Ferriss, Russell Brand, and Deepak Chopra.
Jay created On Purpose, which is now the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast. The pandemic has resulted in Jay becoming a sought-after motivational speaker, as more people need help to live a happier and better life through mindfulness.
Marc Randolph is a popular entrepreneur and speaker. Marc is the founder of Netflix, which has grown exponentially during the pandemic. He is also a trusted entrepreneurship speaker who helps audiences innovate with ideas that can revolutionize entire industries.
Aside from Netflix, he has founded several other successful firms. Hence, he is seen as a pioneer when it comes to speaking at business-oriented events worldwide. During his speaking events, Marc Randolph invites people to be fearless in their thinking and actions.
Marc is also the author of the best-selling book That Will Never Work.
Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize-winning economist who focuses on inequality, globalization, and public policy. He is the author of a few influential books, including Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity and Globalization and its Discontents which has sold over 1 million copies. Time magazine listed Joseph Stiglitz as one of the 100 most influential people worldwide.
Fortune 500 companies need to be aware of where the economy is heading or whether the markets will crash. So who better than the most famous Nobel Prize in Economics and former Chief Economist of the World Bank to speak at their event?
Dambisa Moyo is regarded as one of the world’s top economists. She is a co-principal of Versaca Investment, which focuses on global investments. Time Magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She is also the author of two New York Times best-selling books and an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association.
Moyo also serves on the boards of Chevron, 3M Corporation, and Conde Nast.
Dambisa’s extensive experience in macroeconomics and emerging countries is in high demand for Fortune 500 companies, banks, and top organizations.
Mikko Hypponen is the best cybersecurity speaker in the world and was the first person to discover the Sasser outbreak. His cybercrime investigations have led him to become one of the 50 most influential individuals on the internet.
His expertise has allowed him to work with the likes of Google Zeitgeist, SXSW, CeBIT, and MWC.
In this day and age, when cyber attacks and ransomware are common, businesses must protect themselves by following the advice of the greatest Chief Security Officer on the planet.
Mikko is Aurum’s latest exclusive cybersecurity speaker.
Alexandra Cousteau is a leading ocean protector and a fantastic storyteller. Her role as a speaker includes giving advice to NGOs, national governments, and local communities. Many of her scientific expeditions have focused on the health of our oceans and the balance of ocean life.
Alexandra’s Oceans 2050 program aims to create and preserve marine forests to offer a healthy habitat to aquatic species and improve water quality. The project is a pioneer in reforesting oceans and sequestering CO2.
Alexandra Cousteau is one of the best sustainability speakers in the world, as we move towards the decarbonization of economies.
Jared Diamond is a well-known keynote speaker who inspires people worldwide. He is also a famous historian of human society.
Jared has written several books, one of which is titled Upheaval. In this book, he analyzes the extensive variety of trauma that can befall both nations and people.
He is also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, which makes his presence at any event even more special and prestigious.
His bestselling book Arms, Germs, and Steel was very popular during the pandemic.
Jared’s speaking events feature lessons from the past that can help us better understand the present and forecast the future of humanity.
During his speaking events, he delights the audience by covering subjects such as innovation, exponential technology, philanthropy, startups, and commercial space exploration.
No one really understands and explains the power of exponential technologies better than him. That’s why, at Aurum, we recommend booking Peter Diamandis if you wish to stay up to date with the mega-trends of the future.
Dan Ariely is a leading expert on consumer behavior. He knows more about the subject than anybody else on the planet. His research at Duke University analyzes buying and savings decisions as well as other types of decision-making scenarios. The results of his study demonstrate that we are all susceptible to irrationality, even in contexts where rational thought is anticipated and rewarded. If you are a marketing organization or someone interested in how to better serve and reach consumers, there is no better choice than booking such an enlightening keynote speaker.
Robbie Kellman Baxter
She invented the term “Membership economy” to define long-term partnerships with clients. Her most recent book, The Forever Transaction, is a bestseller that assists organizations that want to pivot their models to a subscription-based relationship.
Baxter has spoken at the National Restaurant Association, the AICPA, and the American Society of Association Executives.
If your goal is to develop a long-term partnership with your clients, booking Robbie Kellman Baxter as a speaker will undoubtedly help you reach it.
At the beginning of the 1970s, Siegl and two friends were having lunch together, which they concluded with a cup of espresso. It was then that they realized how terrible the drink was and how much Seattle needed a place that served good coffee.
That experience inspired them to start one of the largest companies in the world, Starbucks, without any prior business knowledge.
This story always inspires audiences worldwide, and Zev is highly passionate about passing his knowledge on to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
In 2010, he, Dale Mortensen, and Peter Diamond received the Nobel Prize in Economics, thanks to his brilliant work on the economics of markets with frictions.
He is the author of Equilibrium Unemployment Theory, a top-rated book in unemployment economics.
Furthermore, Christopher is an expert on a topic of vital importance right now: the future of work and how automation and AI will affect the job markets.
He runs a web series called Shots of Awe, where he discusses innovation, personal expression, existentialism, and futurism.
Several major corporations, including IBM, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, and Dolby, have used Silva’s keynote speeches to highlight their events.
When it comes to speaking events, only a few speakers succeed in motivating the audience about the abundant future that awaits us thanks to innovation and technology. Jason is one of those few one-of-a-kind speakers, thanks to his positivism and energy, which are incredibly contagious.
She has an impressive background, working for world-renown companies such as Microsoft, Gap, Teslacareer, and Apple.
Davies significantly contributed to Apple’s recovery from almost becoming bankrupt.
She is a popular speaker amongst Fortune 500 companies, especially on the topic of keeping employees up to date with their training so that their skills do not become obsolete as new technologies like AI and robotics emerge.
Gro Harlem Brundtland
She was the first woman PM in Norway, where she is referred to as “Mother of the Nation.”
Brundtland was the driving force behind initiatives to combine global health and economic development. Furthermore, she is the former director of the WHO, where put measures in place to prevent a global SARS pandemic.
This achievement, combined to her role as former Prime Minister, has made her a very popular and prestigious speaker during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Usain Bolt is famous for being the fastest man in the world.
Bolt has had to overcome many challenges in life, including scoliosis. However, his perseverance resulted in him winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year four times and the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year award six times.
Bolt is in high demand as a motivational speaker. In fact, he only accepts a small number of select events each year.
During his speaking events, he attracts large audiences who want to know how to become the best in the world, break boundaries, and deal with stress and pressure.
Tal Ben Shahar
He was a founding member of the Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier Tv.
The Happiness Studies Academy is designed to educate leaders who wish to improve their personal and interpersonal skills. The program teaches happiness in a holistic and interdisciplinary manner.
As a pioneer of positive psychology, his books and talks have helped millions of people. The pandemic has made it extremely important to book a speaker like Tal to motivate employees.
Parag Khanna is a historian of the evolving world and the number one strategy and geopolitical speaker.
His best-selling book The Future is Asian solidified his position as one of the most prominent thinkers of the twenty-first century.
Top organizations have provided him with research funds, including the United Nations, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and Ford Foundation.
His new book, MOVE, focuses on the migratory forces that will impact our near future. As a result, several Fortune 500 companies and governments are eager to listen to what Parag has to say.
Emmanuelle Charpentier is a French geneticist, microbiologist, and biochemist. She co-invented the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9. In addition, she is a co-winner of the Wolf Prize in Medicine in 2020. Her research set the foundation for developing a genome-editing and engineering technique that is innovative and exceedingly versatile.
Her fame has skyrocketed after being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020. However, she has very little time for speaking events.
Whenever she speaks about the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 DNA editing, the audience is always intrigued and eager to learn more.
Nick Vujicic has had to face many obstacles in life due to being born without arms or legs. He is one of the best motivational speakers in the world. Also, Nick is the founder of Life Without Limbs.
The opportunity to give his first public speech at the age of 19 ignited a career that has taken him worldwide. As a motivational speaker, he spreads the message of endurance and optimism to the audience.
Nobody teaches better than him that you can live a full life and be happy despite the obstacles and difficulties that life puts on you.
As the co-founder of YouTube, he has revolutionized the way we capture the world. When Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion, Chen continued as the company’s growth leader.
Chen received an Emmy Award for lifetime achievement in 2019. He is now considered a prominent figure in Taiwan’s fast-expanding startup culture.
If you want to host an event about innovation, technology, or entrepreneurship, Steve Chen is the perfect speaker.
Pep Guardiola is, without a doubt, the world’s best soccer coach. He is an FC Barcelona legend player and manager, whose talks on leadership and motivation, whether on sports, business, or life, are incredible to watch.
Pep Guardiola is the first manager in history to win six titles in a single season with the same team.
Due to his soccer commitments, Pep is always extremely busy. As a result, booking him as a speaker is incredibly difficult. He is only available for virtual events during the non-football season or during the week.
Werner Vogels is an innovation speaker who has transformed the way we shop online. Vogels is a leader in advising both established businesses and startups on creating a digital economy’s infrastructure.
Vogel runs a blog where he discusses the advantages of extensive research into creating more scalable and decentralized systems.
As Vice President and CTO of Amazon, the most innovative company globally, he is one of the most requested speakers in the world.
Therefore, booking him to attend your event can be challenging. His speeches are always illuminating, thanks to his insights on eCommerce, innovation, and tech being unmatched.
His company, Influence at Work, has assisted a multitude of companies in ethically influencing their customers. Using the Six Principles of Persuasion, which Robert developed as a result of his scientific research, organizations worldwide have found success in increasing their influence.
Having the world’s guru on influence is the perfect choice for year kick-off events. Robert absolutely knows how to motivate the sales force of top companies on the latest persuasion techniques.
Dan Buettner is a New York Times bestselling author and explorer, as well as a great sustainability speaker. He discovered the Blue Zones, five locations around the world where individuals live the longest and healthiest lives.
He has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and NBC Nightly News. In addition, he has also been a keynote speaker at TEDMED and Google Zeitgeist.
As the discoverer of the Blue Zones, Dan truly knows how to teach the secrets to a happy life and live healthy until 100 years of age.
Deepak Chopra is one of the world’s most sought-after bestselling authors in terms of personal growth.
Despite his background in traditional Western medicine, Deepak is widely regarded as one of the guiding lights of the self-help movement.
He is the founder of the Chopra Center for Well-Being in Los Angeles, which has clinics and teaching facilities for those who want to switch to a holistic health lifestyle.
His talks on mindfulness, leadership, and happiness are a hit around the world.
Chopra is the ideal speaker for wellness events that celebrate both tried-and-true and cutting-edge health and well-being approaches.
Jonah Berger‘s perspectives and ideas have made him a widely respected author and consultant, as well as a marketing speaker for top companies.
His book Contagious: Why Things Catch On was an instant best-seller and an innovative study of social data transmission.
Social influence plays a vital role in our daily lives, but it is often overlooked. His book, Invisible Influence, explores this topic in greater depth.
Berger is the perfect speaker for events on how things go viral, the power of word of mouth, and how to influence consumers.
He is also the author of several best-selling books. His book The Power of Broke shows how having a small budget and no money can teach you a lot about running a business.
Daymond John has transformed the image of American business and fashion.
He is also the founder of FUBU, which allowed him to bring urban fashion to the world. FUBU’s success story is an excellent inspiration for audiences across the globe.
David Rogers is a guru in digital transformation. His book The Network is Your Customer describes the five techniques needed for generating value through customer networks.
Rogers founded and hosts the prestigious BRITE conference, which attracts business leaders worldwide. IBM, Google, Visa, SAP, Toyota, GE, and Pernod Ricard are among the companies that have sought Rogers’ advice and insight.
David has helped to shape the way businesses use technology to build brand awareness and engage with customers.
Rebecca Henderson is a Harvard professor and a sustainability expert. She believes that environmentally sustainable business practices will be the foundation of capitalism in the years to come.
Her bestselling book Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire describes how sustainable businesses are way ahead of their competitors.
The book was shortlisted for the 2020 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
Reimagining Capitalism, along with her viral TED talk, has led Rebecca to become one of the most requested speakers on a sustainable economy.
Marc Raibert is a technology speaker who amazes global audiences with his business, engineering and teaching careers stories.
In 1992, he founded Boston Dynamics, a business that focuses on robotics design and engineering.
Boston Dynamics have developed a robot that went viral thanks to its parkour skills. In fact, the video has been watched over 23 million times.
When it comes to understanding the future of robotics, there is no better choice than the founder and former CEO of the most famous robotics company in the world.
Ayesha Khanna is the co-founder and chief executive officer of ADDO AI, an award-winning Singapore-based artificial intelligence solutions company.
Forbes recognized ADDO as one of Asia’s leading artificial intelligence companies and named Khanna one of South East Asia’s pioneering female entrepreneurs.
Ayesha works with large organizations helping them transform their companies, which makes her a highly sought-after speaker.
She is the perfect keynote speaker for events focusing on innovative technology, the future of work, and AI business strategy.
Porter Erisman, the former Vice President of Alibaba, is an expert in eCommerce, especially in emerging markets.
He is the author of Six Billion Shoppers: The Companies Winning the Global E-Commerce Boom, which provides a solid guide to the promise of online shopping in developing markets.
Porter also wrote the best-selling book, Alibaba’s World, which tells the story of how Jack Ma founded Alibaba and turned it into an eCommerce giant from his bedroom apartment. This story always wows the audience during Porter’s speaking events.
Whitney Johnson is an enchanting keynote speaker who proves to audiences how poise, balance, and purpose can triumph in life.
According to Johnson, disruption is an important component of our business. Furthermore, she believes that people, rather than organizations, are the ones who cause disruption.
As the founder and CEO of WLJ Advisors, she assists high-performing organizations in developing high-performing executives.
Whitney is a popular management lecturer from the prestigious Tinkers50 list. No one truly understands disruptive technologies and the S learning curve better than she does.
Uri Levine is a dynamic speaker who inspires people to imagine and create tomorrow’s next big things.
He is the co-founder of Waze, a community-based navigation app with more than 120 million users worldwide. The app received the GSM Association’s Best Overall App award in 2013. Google bought Waze for $1.1 billion.
Levine also assisted in the launch of Moovit, a mobility as a service company that provides public transportation users with services similar to Waze.
Uri is a serial entrepreneur of several other successful companies and is one of the world’s best entrepreneurship and innovation speakers.
Andres Oppenheimer is a Latin American and global affairs expert as well as a multi-award-winning journalist.
He received the Pulitzer Prize for his work as an investigative team member that exposed the Iran-Contra scandal.
Nobody understands and comments better on the political-economic situation in Latin America than he does.
Andres is the author of The Robots Are Coming! The Future of Jobs in the Age of Automation, a book on how automation and AI will impact the future of work. This book has made Andres one of the most sought-after speakers.
Graça Machel became the very first Minister of Education and Culture of Mozambique. She dedicated her life to bettering the conditions of children, families, and women in her country and in the rest of Africa.
As a result of her humanitarian efforts, she was awarded the Hunger Project’s Laureate of Africa Prize as well as the Nansen Medal for humanitarian service in 1995.
Events focused on protecting human rights, children’s rights, and education will not find a better speaker than the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and former Prime Minister of Education of Mozambique.
Sebastian Thrun is the father of autonomous cars, a pioneer of artificial intelligence, and one of the most sought-after innovation speakers.
He is the founder of Udacity, a platform that transformed online education. For this reason, many organizations book him to speak on his views on the future of education.
Furthermore, he is one of the youngest engineers who has ever made it into the National Academy of Engineering.
Sebastian is also the founder of Google X, the company’s moonshot R&D factory.
Anne Applebaum is a historian, writer for The Atlantic, as well as a Pulitzer Prize awardee. She has collaborated with publications such as the Washington Post and Slate.
Her first book, Iron Curtain, won the 2012 Cundill Historical Literature Prize.
She is also the author of Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, which won the Duff Cooper and the Lionel Gelber awards.
The book has made her a sought-after speaker. For this reason, many organizations book Anne to discuss the rise of popularism and authoritarianism in the world and what we can do to stop it.
Erik Qualman is a leading expert in social networks and a guru of digital leadership.
He is the author of Socialnomics, a book on monetizing social media and how much revenue can be generated through this type of monetization.
Moreover, he is the author of What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube and How to Sell on LinkedIn. Some of the companies he’s advised include Sony, Starbucks, and Chase.
Qualman’s energetic and motivational speeches are perfect for events that concentrate on the intersection of media and commerce.
Sterling Anderson is a leader in the field of autonomous vehicle technology.
He played a key role in Tesla’s Model X program from design to completion, including its launch.
Sterling also served as the Director of Tesla Autopilot from the time the first generation platform was introduced.
When he left Tesla, Sterling co-founded Aurora Innovation, a self-driving vehicle technology company.
Sterling Anderson’s speeches capture the audience’s attention thanks to his engaging style and in-depth knowledge of autonomous vehicle technology.
Michio Kaku is one of the world’s leading popularizers of science and one of the most famous scientists in the world, thanks to his TV appearances.
He has written many best-selling books on the subject of pushing the boundaries of reality.
Kaku was a co-founder of String field theory, which extended Einstein’s search for a unifying theory of physics.
Organizations that place a high value on the future of humanity book Kaku for his one-of-a-kind and unforgettable keynote speeches on the future of science and humanity.
According to Maxwell, a company’s success is determined by the quality of its leadership. Microsoft, SAP, UPS, and John Deere are just a few companies that have benefited from Maxwell’s solutions.
His multiple bestselling books have inspired millions of leaders worldwide. He continues to be one of the most requested speakers nowadays.
John Maxwell’s inspiring keynote speeches are a popular choice for organizations that focus on leadership and excellence.
These 50 speakers have truly built or helped build empires for themselves and others, making them stand out as some of Aurum’s top leaders.
They’ve made a difference in what we think about things – whether building a long-term relationship with customers or embracing technology to grow our businesses.
This list is a good representation of people who have made changes in their own lives and can now share that positivity with others.
So if you are ready to take your business to the next level, let Aurum help you choose a speaker who can bring a positive change to your next event!