YPO EDGE Speakers: 15 More Visionaries Added

With the 2019 YPO EDGE right around the corner, YPO is thrilled to reveal that the world’s top chef Massimo Bottura and 14 more incredible trailblazers have been added to the already impressive speaker lineup.

On 6-7 March in Cape Town, South Africa, YPO EDGE will bring together more than 2,000 global business leaders with thought leaders and innovators who are changing the world. Through a mix of keynote presentations, concurrent sessions and opportunities for informal discussions, attendees explore leadership trends and breakthroughs from many perspectives.

“Cape Town is the ideal host city for YPO EDGE,” said Paul Berman, YPO member and Host City Chair. “The city is a renowned gateway to the worlds of business, technology, culture and innovation, and we are delighted for this opportunity to showcase all that the city has to offer to the talented group of global leaders who will be attending this premier event.”

Members of YPO can still register to experience YPO EDGE in person.

RE_Vitalize Your Imagination

During a time of radical economic, technological, and societal change, leadership methods are being redefined and retooled to adapt for the future. The theme of this year’s YPO EDGE, Life of RE_, aims to provide opportunities, support and inspiration for young leaders as they reinvent themselves and their industries.

Representing business, technology, health, philanthropy and more, these are the newly confirmed speakers who will share transformative ideas:

  • Ayse Birsel, author and award-winning creative director at Birsel + Seck, will show leaders how to think like a designer to create something relevant and original in their lives, and to become more agile leaders in their organizations.
  • Ranked the top chef in the world, Massimo Bottura is not resting on his laurels at Osteria Francescana, his three-Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, Italy. With his nonprofit, Food for Soul, he has taken up the fight against food waste and social isolation, one refettorio at a time.
  • Exponential technology presents a transformational opportunity for humanity to progress, says Forbes 30 Under 30 social policy adviser Alvin Carpio. He will explore how leaders can work across borders to build an inclusive new world economy that leaves no one behind.
  • Sextech is the USD30 billion industry you have never heard about, says Future of Sex CEO Bryony Cole. She will explore how to build an inclusive, shame-free and meaningful future through sextech.
  • With ever-increasing global competition, Tibetan monk Geshe Lobsang Dhondup offers up a new competitive edge—mindfulness—to create a positive work environment, get the best out of your team and maintain a strong workforce.
  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is on track to becoming an approved prescription treatment by the United States Food and Drug Administration — and public policy expert Richard Doblin has led the charge. Can we heal psychological trauma with psychedelic-assisted therapies?
  • The world is in the throes of a tech revolution, and workers and leaders alike need to keep up, or they’ll get left behind. Kamau Gachigi will explain how he is boldly forging Africa’s path into the future at Gearbox, his groundbreaking maker-space in Nairobi.
  • If you build something from nothing, ask yourself: Is it serving your children and grandchildren, or is it consuming their legacy? John Hardy, founder of the Green School in Bali, challenges individuals to draw a new direction and help save the planet for the next generations.
  • Yael Joffe has made it her life’s work to study the complex relationship between genetics, diet and health. She will discuss the latest cutting-edge discoveries that could help chart your individual wellness journey and effectively fight disease.
  • Finding your purpose is a gem hidden in everyday life, says OzHarvest Founder Ronni Kahn. Her personal journey, driven by a passion to stop food waste, illustrates how leaders can make an impact in their own company and in our world by feeding people’s hunger for purpose.
  • Technology is just an enabler, says Tencent Africa CIO Tramayne Monaghan. It is the thing we use to build a business. If we see it as a tool to execute plans to get into the hearts of people and solve the problems of people, we will succeed.
  • What can the founding of a small university in San Francisco teach you about how systematic reformation could threaten your business? More than you think, says CEO and educational visionary Ben Nelson.
  • Rather than passively allowing technology to change us by shortening our attention span, isolating us in echo chambers and exploiting our addictive tendencies, designer Freyja Sewell argues that we can proactively harness it to shape our minds, and our future, for the better.
  • Raised in British foster care, Lemn Sissay MBE mined his troubled childhood to create award-winning art, poetry and plays. Now Chancellor of the University of Manchester, he advocates for foster children and urges individuals to find their own happiness in the present.
  • Former convict Sihle Tshabalala has a bold vision of turning impoverished communities and gangster-ridden prisons into dynamic tech hubs with national and global impact. He will explain how leaders can help create a world where opportunity meets demand and the possibilities are endless.

RE_Connect With YPO on Social Media

Stay updated on all the action in Cape Town via YPO’s social media accounts, whether or not you are attending the Global Leadership Conference (our annual gathering of “leaders of leaders” happening 3-5 March) or the 2019 YPO EDGE (6-7 March).

Follow YPO’s dedicated Twitter accounts for @YPOEDGE and @YPOGLC for live updates. The official event hashtags are #YPOGLC and #YPOEDGE.

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