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Jo Owen

Serial Entrepreneur
Country: UK

Keynote speaker Jo Owen is the UK’s leading social entrepreneur and multi-award winning author. He started Teach First, the UK’s largest graduate recruiter, and seven other NGOs.  He has spent twenty years researching leadership and change across the world, in global teams and in tribal societies. There is a risk that he will provide you with entertainment, as well as practical insight based on original research.

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Leadership, global teams and tribes.

Jo Owen is a multi-award-winning author and entrepreneur. His books include Global Teams, How to Lead and Tribal Business School. He is the only person to win the CMI Gold Award three times for his writing.

Jo founded Teach First and seven other NGOs with a total turnover of £100m pa. He has worked with over 100 of the best, and a few of the worst, organisations on our planet in most industries in Japan, Europe, Asia and North America. He has been a partner at Accenture, started a bank, built a business in Japan and was sued for $12 billion.

As a speaker he has given keynote speeches to Apple, Barclays, BT, CMI, CIPD, EDS, Google, Pearson, RBS, Qualcomm, Skype, Symantec, Unilever and many others. He has featured on the BBC, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, Times and several additional magazines & media and has presented two television series on leadership.

Jo Owen speaks on leadership skills and mindsets and global teams in anything from a 20-minute highlight for a large conference to a one-day interactive workshop with smaller groups. His leadership practice is based on what works, not on theory. And he can enliven proceedings up by exploring leadership through the eyes of tribal people, based on his work over ten years with tribes from Mali to Mongolia, the Arctic to Australia via Papua New Guinea and beyond.

Jo holds an MA from Cambridge University, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He was awarded the OBE for starting Teach First, a leading educational charity. Last but not least, he was the best nappy salesman in Birmingham and was responsible for putting the blue speckle in Daz.


    Speaker Jo Owen Keynote Topics

    • Leadership fundamentals
    • 21st Century Leadership: how to succeed in the new world
    • The Mindset of Success
    • Tribal Business School: learning to survive from traditional societies
    • Global Teams: how they work and how they can work better
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