President JUAN MANUEL SANTOS is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world, heralded for ushering in a new era of prosperity, peace, equity, and education throughout Colombia. The winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his “resolute efforts to bring his country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end,” Santos was twice-named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” and is a recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Global Statesman Award, among numerous other prestigious awards. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Harvard University to the World Economic Forum, Santos is set to address an audience of over 3,000 high profile attendees at the World Government Summit and recently engaged in a conversation on "The New Geopolitical World Order" at the inaugural Natixis Investment Managers Summit. Santos is also the subject of a powerful new documentary, Port of Destiny: Peace, which reveals how Santos' persistence and dedication to peace transformed a country that was once the murder capital of the world into a global destination for investment and tourism.
GARY COHN Director, National Economic Council (2017-18)
President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-2017)
A finance industry legend who led one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world, GARY COHN illuminates what's ahead for the global economy and markets worldwide. Named as President Trump's chief economic advisor in January 2017, Cohn was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). Thanks to his shrewd analysis and engaging style, Cohn has been sought-out to speak everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. He recently headlined both the NIC Fall Conference and Bloomberg's New Economy Forum, and is set to deliver keynotes at the 2019 Context Summit. Recently, Cohn made headlines in Financial Times, CNBC, Fortune, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and more, with the news that he has joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser. With unparalleled insights into the inner workings of the current administration and its economic policy-thinking, Cohn translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways.
Co-Founder, The Home Depot
Founder & CEO, Invemed Associates LLC
New York Times Bestselling Author of "I Love Capitalism!"
Iconoclastic entrepreneur and business legend KEN LANGONE is renowned as the co-founder of The Home Depot, where he helped the company expand to a national chain with over 2,000 locations and 400,000 employees. A pillar of corporate America for decades, Langone is the Founder and CEO of investment banking firm Invemed Associates LLC, served as CEO and President of Geeknet, Inc. (2011-2013), and was a director of the New York Stock Exchange. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Yahoo Finance to Yale University, Langone provides on-the-nose business insights, sharp analysis on the current political and economic climate, and real-life, empowering, inspiration on success and leadership. His recently released New York Times bestseller, I Love Capitalism!: An American Story, which tells his compelling personal story rising up from a low-income family to becoming one of America's most successful businessmen, is also a passionate defense of the American Dream — of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic. Langone recently inspired an audience at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting with a conversation on the value of free enterprise.
These new HWA Speakers provide powerful programs for any audience. Global leaders and business icons they offer a refreshing perspective and unparalleled expertise for audiences of any size, from any industry.