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Gain access to the world’s brightest minds

Listen to some of the greatest minds from a variety of industries as they share what it takes to turn an idea into reality and bring about breakthrough innovation. Which skills do you require to become a global leader? What are today’s top companies and organizations looking for in their future employees? What makes a visionary thinker? Thought-leaders from across the world share their success stories and insights on what is required to make a difference in today’s global society. 

Hult's educational vision is to equip students with the skills and practical experience they need to make a difference from day one. Thanks to our pioneering curriculum, inspiring faculty, and the world-famous Hult Prize, Hult students are given a space in which they can thrive and lay the foundations for their future success. Gain insights now from industry specialists and our world-class faculty by tuning into our Global Webinars, which explore key business trends and issues; everything from high-performance innovation to social entrepreneurship and digital marketing.

Meet our Visionary Speakers

  • Redefining success in today's digital world

    How Arianna Huffington revolutionized the way we consume news.

    Her Achievements:

    • Founder of The Huffington Post Media Group
    • One of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women” in 2013
    • Pulitzer Prize winner for national reporting in 2012
    • A “TIME 100” 2006 & 2011 - TIME magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people

    See the full event recap under Previous Speakers.

  • The power of entrepreneurship

    How Kiran Shaw built up Biocon from a $200-dollar start-up to India’s first billion-dollar biotech company.

    Her Achievements:

    • Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon
    • One of Forbes "100 Most Powerful Women" 2012
    • Financial Times "Top 50 Women in Business" 2011
    • On India Times’ "Top 100 Most Powerful CEOs 2013"
    • A "TIME 100" 2013 - TIME magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people

    See the full event recap under Previous Speakers.

  • A green China with global impact

    How Peggy Liu is using sustainability to power national growth.

    Her Achievements:

    • Chairperson of JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy)
    • TIME Magazine “Hero of the Environment” 2008
    • Forbes "Women to Watch in Asia" 2010

    See the full event recap under Previous Speakers.

  • Reinventing the industry

    How Robin Chase used technology to unlock untapped value in excess capacity. 

    Her Achievements:

    • Co-Founder and former CEO of Zipcar
    • Founder and CEO of Buzzcar
    • A "TIME 100" 2009 - TIME magazine's list of the world's most influential people
    • Named one of Fast Company's "Fast 50 Champions of Innovation"

    See the full event recap under Previous Speakers.

  • Driving sustainable growth

    How Paul Polman is uniting growth and positive social impact to double the size of Unilever.

    His Achievements:

    • CEO of Unilever
    • Vice-Chairman (and the next Chairman) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    • Serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact
    • Forbes “Person of the Year” 2011

    See the full event recap under Previous Speakers.

    Previous Guest Speakers

    • Arianna Huffington

      Founder of The Huffington Post Media Group

      An excited Boston audience greeted Arianna Huffington at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter on April 9th. As President of the Pulitzer Prize winning Huffington Post, Arianna revolutionized the way we consume news. During her inspirational speech, she talks about redefining success, arguing that in addition to money and power, there should be a third metric which encompasses well-being, wisdom, wonder, compassion, and giving.

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    • Kiran Shaw

      Chairman and MD of Biocon

      Kiran Shaw took the stage in Dubai to continue Hult’s 2014 Visionary Speaker Series. In her speech about the Power of Entrepreneurship she shared her amazing journey of how she went from a determined 25-year old entrepreneur working in her garage, to India’s most successful self-made woman. Her story of how she overcame social barriers associated with her gender to pioneer a new approach to affordable medication in India was truly inspirational.

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    • Paul Polman

      CEO of Unilever

      Hult was proud to welcome Unilever CEO, Paul Polman to the stage for the second of their Visionary Speaker Series in 2014. In his inspiring speech, Paul shared his long-term vision of putting sustainability at the heart of Unilever’s business model by ensuring positive environmental and social practices are implemented at every stage of the company’s value chain, from sustainable sourcing to reducing waste and packaging.

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    • Robin Chase

      Founder and former CEO of Zipcar

      For the first of our Visionary Speaker Series events in 2014 we were joined by Robin Chase, Co-Founder and former CEO of Zipcar. An excited crowd greeted Robin in San Francisco on January 20 where she presented her vision of unleashing new technologies to reinvent the transportation industry. At the event, Robin spoke about how her innovative approach to car usage has had a positive global impact on both individuals and the environment. She also outlined how the next generation of entrepreneurs can draw on Zipcar’s concept of platforms for participation and exploit excess capacity in order to make a difference.

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    • Peggy Liu

      Chairperson of JUCCCE

      Hult's Visionary Speaker Series went to Shanghai and was delighted to host Peggy Liu. The Hult audience was inspired by Peggy's vision of a greener China with global impact. At the event, Peggy spoke on how she is using sustainability to power national growth. Through her collaborative initiatives, Peggy is driving transformative change in China and bringing the East and West together to inspire global cooperation and make the world a better place.

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    • Ellis Watsonplay

      CEO of DC Thomson Media Group

      Hult's Executive Speaker Series went to Dubai, where we were delighted to host Ellis Watson. The Hult audience was inspired by an enthusiastic leader who has proved the value of reinventing corporate culture and injected dynamism across leading companies, such as the Greyhound bus company and Mirror newspaper group.

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    • Jack Perkowskiplay

      "Mr. China" Entrepreneur, Author & Wall Street Veteran

      Jack Perkowski appeared live at Hult Shanghai and shared his experiences venturing into the Chinese market. After graduating top of his class at Harvard Business School, Jack gained extensive experience on Wall Street helping boost revenues at financial services firm Paine Webber & Co.

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    • Jessica Jackleyplay

      Co-founder of Kiva

      Hult’s Executive Speaker Series heads to Boston, February 13th for an inspiring story of how one simple idea can transform the lives of others, from the pioneering co-founder of KIVA, the world’s first online lending platform.

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    • Sir Bob Geldofplay

      Nobel Man of Peace

      As part of Hult International Business School’s commitment to connecting students with leading business executives, we were delighted to welcome Sir Bob Geldof, the famed Irish pop musician, humanitarian, broadcaster, and business executive to share his leadership experience with the Hult community on January 31st 2013.

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    • Biz Stoneplay

      Co-founder of Twitter

      Hult proudly hosted Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, a network that has changed the way people communicate around the world, as part of the Executive Speaker Series.

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    • Nayla Al-Khajaplay

      CEO of D-SEVEN Motion Pictures

      Hult International Business School Dubai was honored to host its Executive Speaker Series in Dubai with multi-award winning filmmaker and entrepreneur, Nayla Al Khaja.

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    • Azran Osman-Raniplay

      CEO of Air Asia X

      Speaking at Hult's Shanghai campus, AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani told an audience of over 300 executives, students and academics how the airline he started with just one plane four years ago is now worth US$600 million – even though experts at the time told him he was crazy.

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    • Richard Reedplay

      Co-founder of innocent

      Speaking to over 300 people in London, Entrepreneur Richard Reed’s amusing story of the beginnings of his company, Innocent, explained the need for perseverance and creative thinking, as well as social responsibility in business.

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    • Tom Mercerplay

      Founder of MOMA Foods

      Master of MOMA Tom Mercer charmed more than 300 people in London with his wry tales of the challenges facing any business start-up. Tom also emphasized the importance of social responsibility and the need for businesses to listen to consumers.

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    • Jimmy Walesplay

      Founder of Wikipedia

      Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales delivered an inspirational speech to 600 attendees at Hult's San Francisco campus on February 2, 2012, revealing how companies around the world are adopting the open-source technology that made his free encyclopedia a global success.

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    • William J. Clintonplay

      42nd President of the U.S.

      President Clinton was the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Hult Prize in New York City. He addressed an audience of 600 guests and spoke about “Embracing our Common Humanity.”

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    • Steve Forbesplay

      Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

      Forbes Media Chairman, Steve Forbes, spoke on October 19, 2011. He discussed his book, Power, Ambition, Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today, and the Lessons You Can Learn.

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    • Jim Rogersplay

      Co-Founder of Quantum Funds with George Soros

      Jim Rogers, founder of the Quantum Fund with George Soros and creator of the Rogers International Commodity Index (RICI), gave a speech at Hult’s Grand Opening in Shanghai. He shared his perspectives on life, business school, running a hedge fund, and his time as the first hedge fund manager to drive around the world through 116 countries.

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    • John Sculleyplay

      Former CEO, Apple Inc. and former CEO, PepsiCo

      John Sculley spoke at Hult International Business School's London campus on June 15, 2011 where he discussed his time at Apple and provided the audience with keen insights on today's business climate.

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    • Steve Wozniakplay

      Co-founder, Apple Inc.

      Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shared his views on ethics with MBA students at the Hult International Business School in San Francisco. Wozniak discussed his early years at HP and what he learned about social responsibility while working as an engineer at the technology company.

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    • Dave Balter

      Founder and CEO, BzzAgent

      Dave Balter founded BzzAgent in 2002. Since that time, his company has provided word-of-mouth media services for dozens of Fortune 500 companies and has been featured in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and on National Public Radio.

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    • Guy Kawasaki

      Founder, Garage Technology Ventures

      Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of, an "online magazine rack" of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures.

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    • Harry Markopolos

      “The Madoff Whistleblower”

      A self-employed Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner specializing in the forensic investigation of False Claims Act, Securities Fraud and IRS Tax Fraud.

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    • Howard E McNally

      former COO, AT&T

      Howard E McNally is a former senior executive at AT&T with extensive operating experience. Building on his 25 years of experience he has helped recruit experienced talent to help manage growth stage companies both as a recruiter and as a board member. Recently, he has been speaking on his experience and observations of innovation in corporate settings.

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    • Jonathan Rowe

      COO, GeneExpress

      Prior to joining Gene Express, Dr. Rowe held numerous integral positions at Pfizer Inc. dating back to 1998. Most recently, he served as Senior Director of Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences in Pfizer's Global R&D Group.

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    • Michael Dukakis

      former U.S. Presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts

      Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the Presidency in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush. Soon thereafter, he announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election as governor and served his final two years as governor at a time of increasing financial and economic distress in Massachusetts and the Northeast.

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    • Ronald Jonash

      Head of Innovation, Monitor

      Over the last 30 years Ron has conducted extensive work on metrics and performance measures in these areas focusing on risk, opportunity and options management across a wide breath of European, American and Japanese companies as well as with research institutes, government laboratories, and consortia.

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