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Alan Hester

Alan Hester has managed at all levels from team leader to director in a career taking in the public, community and private sectors. In 2002 he formed Alan Hester Associates Limited, delivering practical, interactive workshops for leaders and managers. His passion is about working with delegates to increase their confidence and resilience, helping them to see that the results they achieve are a direct result of their attitude, skills and knowledge. His approach to writing this book is the same, and in it he distils some of the most powerful insights and approaches that make his courses so popular and effective.

Aliza Licht

Aliza Licht is the fashion PR executive and former Twitter phenomenon, DKNY PR GIRL. Featured on the front page of the New York Times style section as one of 'America's Next Top Mentors', dubbed the 'Reigning Queen of Social Media' by Women's Wear Daily, and called one of 'Six Women Who Rule the Fashion World' by TIME Style & Design, she is a TEDx speaker and five-time Fashion 2.0 award winner. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.

Christopher Barnatt

Christopher Barnatt is Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies in Nottingham University Business School, and the author of ExplainingComputers.com, ExplainingTheFuture.com and their popular YouTube channels. He has written five previous books on computing and future studies, and lectures and consults widely on cloud computing and Web 2.0. Christopher also appears regularly on TV and the radio. You can follow him in the cloud at twitter.com/ChrisBarnatt.

Geoff Tibballs

Geoff Tibballs is the author of numerous bestselling humour titles.

George Berkowski

George Berkowski is a serial entrepreneur who has built businesses in manned space flight, online dating, transportation and mobile apps. He is one of the minds behind the internationally successful taxi hailing app Hailo where he led the product team until September 2013. George studied rocket science and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and business at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. He was Chairman of MIT's Enterprise Forum in the UK and is heavily involved in the UK and US startup scenes. George now divides his time between London and Silicon Valley.

Jock Busuttil

Jock Busuttil is a product consultant, speaker and writer. He has spent more than a decade working as a product manager for technology companies ranging in size from startups to multinationals, including Zeus Technology, Iron Mountain and Experian. In 2012, He founded Product People (productpeo.pl), a product management consultancy. Jock routinely instructs classes at General Assembly on product management, and mentors startups, entrepreneurs and product professionals. He holds a MA in classics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, is the author of the blog I Manage Products (imanageproducts.co.uk) and regularly contributes articles to mindtheproduct.com.

John C. Maxwell

JOHN C. MAXWELL, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world's most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many top world business leader

Jonah Lehrer

JONAH LEHRER is a science writer living in Los Angeles.

Julia Pimsleur

Julia Pimsleur is CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading program for introducing young children to a second language at home. It sells internationally in nineteen countries, and has won more than twenty-five awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method®. Pimsleur is dedicated to helping other female entrepreneurs access growth capital-one of the greatest keys to business success. To this end, she has created the "Double Digit Academy" fundraising boot-camp and the online course "Further. Faster. Funded." Pimsleur has blogged about entrepreneurship for Forbes.com since 2012, and she has been a speaker at Stanford University, Yale University, NYU Stern Business School, and the Yale School of Management. A popular TV guest, she has been featured on TODAY, NBC Weekend Today, and Fox News, and her company has been highlighted in Business Week, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She won the 2013 Smart CEO Brava! Award for women entrepreneurs.

Luke Miller

Luke Miller is a user experience designer and researcher. He began his career in UX with the Wall Street Journal, and in the beginning of 2013 moved on to help form the new Yahoo mobile product office in NYC. In the same year he co-founded Tumbleweed, a production studio that makes mobile story telling experiences. In addition to teaching UX design classes at General Assembly he also teaches a mobile specific course at Parsons The New School for Design, is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School, and mentors startups, entrepreneurs, and design professionals. He holds an MS in information science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Michael Fertik

Michael Fertik is the Founder and CEO of Reputation.com. Recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, and a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, he writes for Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and frequently appears on the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. Fertik is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and will be teaching a course on privacy at Tel Aviv University and Harvard University.

Michiel Maandag

Michiel Maandag is an international brand advisor and coach. He is the founder of monday brand advisory. While coaching & training businesses, he realized that creating brands that people love is not talked about enough. His ambition is to change that. Based on his experience working with global brands and international marketing, Michiel has invented unique and highly effective methods to help create & maintain winning brands. This, and his passion to make the complex simple, has directly led to the ideas in The Only Book You Will Ever Need On Branding. Michiel is Dutch and lives in the Netherlands with his Finnish wife and daughter.

Natasha Courtenay-Smith

Natasha Courtenay-Smith is an entrepreneur, digital strategist and business mentor. Her clients include celebrities, business owners, thought leaders, health practitioners, experts, and all round ambitious, talented individuals who want to build their brand online and become better known for what they do.

Nigel Barlow

Nigel Barlow has made a successful living for several decades giving thousands of speeches to many of the world's most famous companies: Apple, Danone, GSK, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Vodafone are typical clients. He was a founding director of the Tom Peters company in Europe, and currently runs his own company. Until recently he was also an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School.

Richard Koch

Richard Koch is a millionaire entrepreneur who has started or turned round a number of successful companies, including Belgo Restaurants, Filofax, Zoffany Hotels and Betfair. He is also the author of 13 highly acclaimed non-fiction books.

Robert L. Bloch

Robert L. Bloch is the program officer of the H&R Block Foundation, and treasurer and director of the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation. His father, Henry Bloch, co-founded H&R Block in 1955. Bloch lives in Kansas, United States.

Shlomo Benartzi

SHLOMO BENARTZI is a professor and co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He is the author of Save More Tomorrow and Thinking Smarter and has extensive experience applying behavioural economic insights in the real world, having increased the saving rates of millions of Americans through his work with Richard Thaler (author of Nudge) on Save More Tomorrow, and has advised many government agencies and businesses.

Simon Hartley

Simon Hartley is a top international sport psychology consultant and performance coach. He helps athletes and business people to get their mental game right. For almost twenty years, Simon has worked with gold medallists, world-record holders, top five world-ranked professional athletes and championship-winning teams. He has worked at the highest level of sport, including spells in Premiership football, Premiership rugby union, First Class County Cricket, Super League, professional golf and tennis, as well as with international teams and Team GB Olympians.

Steven Hoffman

Steven Hoffman is the Captain and CEO of Founders Space, where he has educated and trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation. Founders Space works with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and investors in 22 countries to create innovations that rock the world! It was ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Inc. and the #1 Accelerator for startups coming to Silicon Valley from overseas in Forbes. Always innovating, Hoffman has tried more professions than cats have lives, including serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, mobile studio head, computer engineer, filmmaker, Hollywood TV exec, published author, coder, game designer, manga rewriter, animator and voice actor.

Tim Clissold

Tim Clissold has worked in China for 16 years and travelled there extensively. After joining Arthur Andersen and working in London, Australia and Hong Kong, he developed a fascination with China and spent two years studying Mandarin Chinese before co-founding a private equity group investing in China.