Announcing Trevor Noah, Manoush Zomorodi and Six More 2019 YPO EDGE Featured Speakers

YPO’s premier visionary showcase of thought leadership and innovation, the YPO EDGE is designed to engage the head and the heart, through new perspectives, insights and inspirational stories from visionaries, leaders, subject matter experts and unique voices from around the world.

The EDGE is the world’s largest gathering of chief executives, bringing together YPO members, spouses/partners and invited thought leaders for two days of nonstop networking and idea exchange.

YPO EDGE brings talented business leaders together with thought leaders from around the world

Live La Vida Beta

The 2019 YPO EDGE will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, where 2,500 YPO members from around the world will gather to reconnect and learn from the most profound minds of our time. As one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities, it’s a world-class destination to discover, unpack and re-invent under this year’s theme: Life of RE_.

As robotics, AI, machine learning, and the gig economy redefine our way of life, we look to global leaders to set a path for perpetual beta. Like the software we fear may replace us, it’s time we see ourselves as an ever-evolving, ever-adapting product of the fourth industrial revolution.

By leaning forward optimistically into the future to RE_Skill, RE_Tool, RE_Boot, RE_Invent. Welcome to the Life of RE_. A new way of being. A life of constant upgrade and improvement. The Life of RE_ will change the way you think about thinking.

Bringing Together The Brightest Minds

In the spirit of YPO’s mission of building Better Leaders Through Lifelong Learning and Idea Exchange™, YPO EDGE brings talented business leaders together with thought leaders from around the world, offering exceptional educational opportunities and helping the global leaders of today shape the world of tomorrow.

Here is a first look at some of the speakers joining us; more speakers will be announced in the coming weeks:

2019 YPO EDGE speakers

  • TREVOR NOAH, Comedian, Author, Host of “The Daily Show”
    Author of the award-winning memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” Trevor Noah is host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and a standup comedian to packed houses on five continents. He will talk about the courage, wit, smarts and sheer luck that have compelled him to global fame at the age of 34.
  • MANOUSH ZOMORODI, Co-Founder, Stable Genius Productions
    Manoush Zomorodi left a successful career as a journalist, author and podcast host to co-found a media company, partially funded by cryptocurrency, that plans to use blockchain technology to quash “fake news” around the world. Let her tell you how storytelling can bolster technology and make our lives better.
  • DAVE HAKKENS, Designer and Founder, Precious Plastic
    Dave Hakkens has invented everything from a phone with swappable parts to a pop-up plastic recycling center in an attempt to create a more sustainable and connected world. Hear his vision of a future in which open-source technology can make even the most complex idea scalable.
  • ANDRIA ZAFIRAKOU, Teacher, Alperton Community School
    Andria Zafirakou teaches at a school in which 35 different languages are spoken, in a community where many immigrant children live in poverty and violence. Find out how she connects with her students, builds trust and changes lives every day.
  • ALEXA CLAY, Author; U.S. Director, RSA
    Harness the power of misfits and discover innovation in unlikely places with Alexa Clay, co-author of “The Misfit Economy.” Discover how you can effect change from within even the most incumbent system or big organization.
  • MEIK WIKING, Founder and CEO, The Happiness Research Institute
    How has Denmark consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world? Meik Wiking, author of a “New York Times” bestselling book on the subject, will share insights about happiness and how to create it in your own life.
  • VIVIENNE MING, Co-Founder, Socos Labs
    We don’t know what the world will look like in 20 years, but we can still prepare for it, says neuroscientist Vivienne Ming. How? Instead of “re-skilling,” we should be “deep-skilling”: teaching the deep qualities necessary to adapt to an ever-changing work environment.
  • MAX HAWKINS, Founder, Your Boss, Inc.
    Millennial Max Hawkins was deep into his dream job at Google when he decided he was in a rut. So, he used his computer-programming skills to break out of his perfect life. Learn how you can reprogram yourself to experience the world in a new way.


Join Us in March 2019

Register now to experience two days of insights to fuel your business, personal and philanthropic endeavors this 6-7 March in Cape Town, South Africa!

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