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The Summit’s keynote speakers

Read about Noreena Hertz and Annamaria Lusardi, who will deliver the Think Forward Summit’s keynote speeches.

Noreena Hertz

Noreena Hertz is a renowned thought leader and economist with an impressive track record in predicting global trends. She advises some of the world's leading business and political figures on strategy, economic and geo-political risks, digital transformation, Generation K and millennials. She sits on the Board of Warner Music Group and the Digital Transformation Board of RWE AG, one of Europe's leading energy companies. Her thinking was the inspiration for Product (RED).

The Observer has named her as "one of the world's leading thinkers", Vogue has named her "one of the world’s most inspiring women. Noreena's best-selling books, The Silent Takeover, IOU: The Debt Threat and Eyes Wide Open, are published in 22 countries. She is a regular commentator on television and in print in the US and Europe and is frequently sought after as a Keynote Speaker. She has given Keynote speeches at TED, The World Economic Forum and Google Zeitgeist as well as for leading global corporations, sharing platforms with such luminaries as President Bill Clinton, Professor Stephen Hawking and David Beckham.

Noreena has a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Honorary Professor at University College London.

Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi is the Denit Trust Chair of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Previously, she was the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, where she taught for twenty years. She has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School. From January to June 2008, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. Moreover, she is the founder and academic director of GWSB’s Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC). She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from Bocconi University.

Dr. Lusardi has won numerous research awards. Among them is a research fellowship from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a faculty fellowship from the John M. Olin Foundation, and a junior and senior faculty fellowship from Dartmouth College. She was also awarded the 2015 Financial Literacy Award from the International Federation of Finance Museums, the 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award from the Council for Economic Education, the 2013 William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award from the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and the National Numeracy Network’s inaugural 2012 Steen Award. Moreover, she is the recipient of the 2007 Fidelity Pyramid Prize, an award to authors of published applied research that best helps address the goal of improving lifelong financial well-being for Americans. In 2009, she served as a faculty advisor for the Office of Financial Education of the U.S. Treasury.

Take a look at the Summit's full programme here.