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5 Influential Global Leaders

Ehud Barak

Few individuals have done more than Ehud Barak to earn the honor of being considered a true global statesman. The former Israeli Prime Minister and most recent Minister of Defense has had a political career that has lasted over half a century—positioning him perfectly to asses the global political climate.

Most recently, Prime Minister Barak has been discussing an issue of utmost importance: modern cyber security, offering his insight into what can and should be done to avoid crises in a time of cyber warfare.

Prime Minister Barak enthralled the audience at the 2013 World Cyber Security Conference in Nigeria. "The 2013 World Cyber Security Conference was the best so far; and with the largest number of participants—over 1000 leaders. Thanks to the name and personality of Prime Minister Barak—our keynote speaker's name was the magnet that pulled the VVIPs (Very, Very Important Personalities) participants to the event. ''I will drop everything I am doing on the 17th September in order to listen to Ehud,' said one cabinet member of the Federal Government told me two weeks before the event ... Prime Minister Ehud Barak is a good storyteller. He fulfilled our expectations—indeed he exceeded our expectations with regards to the amount of useful information he shared willingly at the event. We wanted Nigerian leaders to learn from him how Israel is able to manage the growth of its economy in the midst of critical challenges of terrorism. And he did justice to the topic. Mr. Barak is exciting and highly knowledgeable in the matters of the military, economy and leadership."

Mr. Barak recently engaged 4,000 attendees at the Global HR Forum in Seoul, and closed off 2013 with engagements in Prague, Lagos and Miami.

Felipe Calderón

As 56th president of Mexico, President Felipe Calderón established economic reform as a top priority of his administration.

The president's recent engagements have included the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Boston College, the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan, Camara Colombiana de Infraestructura and a leading financial services firm, who said attendees were "delighted" with the president's presentation.

Audiences around the world are thrilled with President Calderón's speeches. The Stars Scholarship Fund raved that "his presentation went well ... He told a few jokes and seemed very passionate about his topic."

Accenture was also very happy with the president's speech: "President Calderón did a fantastic job presenting at our Seminar.  He was exceptionally open and honest - participants loved him."

Julia Gillard Julia Gillard is Australia's 27th prime minister and the first female leader of the country. This year, Forbes magazine named her one of the "World's Most Powerful Women." As Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the global financial crisis.

Prime Minister Gillard has been inundated with speaking invitations since joining HWA a few months ago. Last week, she engaged over 200 attendees at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. In her speech, PM Gillard discussed the relationship between Australia and the UAE and offered her insights into the current conflict in Syria.

The China APEC Development Council was very pleased with PM Gillard after her recent presentation: "The China Day was a great success. Ms. Julia Gillard did a great speech, which helped make the event successful. Her attendance and speech on China Day was widely broadcast in Chinese media and had a very good influence."

George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou has been captivating audiences around the world. He recently completed a large amount of speaking engagements around the country as part of the Cambridge Speakers Series, as well as the The Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California.

Later this month, PM Papandreou will be speaking at FONDS Professionell KONGRESS, Germany's most successful and largest conference for the financial industry.

An event planner on behalf of a major international bank said their event with Prime Minister Papandreou "went very well. We got very good feedback to his speech …Serious, clear, straight forward, structured and honest.”

Feedback from another financial institution was positive as well: "Regarding his presentation – the client was very happy and there was great feedback from the attendees. He really came to life during the Q&A."

Mohamed ElBaradei

A prominent voice for peace, freedom and democracy in the Arab and Islamic worlds, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei is now available for a select number of speaking engagements.

Most recently, he played a leadership role in the Arab Spring of 2011 and was asked to take on the responsibility of interim Vice President of Egypt, a position from which he recently resigned.

Dr. ElBaradei has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. With his unique experience and perspective, Dr. ElBaradei speaks with great insight about the turmoil in Egypt, as well as the evolving situations throughout the Arab and Islamic worlds. He remains an active leader for a reform agenda, particularly in the areas that dominate today's headlines, including nuclear arms control, human security and the pursuit of democracy.

Mohamed ElBaradei
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