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Jamie Turner

Jamie Turner is the Chief Content Officer at the 60 Second Marketer, the online magazine of BKV Digital and Direct Response. He has helped companies like AT&T, CNN, The Coca-Cola Company and Cartoon Network grow their sales and revenue with innovative marketing programs. Jamie is a regular speaker on TV, radio and at trade shows and conferences.

David Soskin

David Soskin is currently Executive Chairman of Swapit.co.uk and Chairman of mySupermarket.co.uk. He joined Cheapflights Media as Chief Executive Officer upon the management buy-in with Hugo Burge in March 2000. He was previously at ABN AMRO Corporate Finance, where he was Head of Global Media. Prior to ABN AMRO, David held senior roles in industry and government.

Simon Ward

Simon Ward joined Barclays Bank as Group Property Director in June 2009, based in London. He is accountable to the Group Financial Controller and the Group Finance Director for the overall real estate strategies and policies for the firm. Previously, Simon was Global Head of Corporate Real Estate & Services (CRES) at Deutsche Bank, where he spent eight years.

Sir Michael Rake

Sir Michael Rake has been chairman of BT Group plc since September 2007. He is chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, as well as a director of Barclays PLC, McGraw Hill Inc. and the Financial Reporting Council. He is also chairman of the Guidelines Monitoring Committee, the private equity oversight group.

Dr. Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than thirty-five years, Dr. Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world's most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Dupont, Thomson Corporation, Honeywell, KLM, Bank of America, and MeadWestvaco.

Vicky Redwood

Vicky Redwood is a UK economist at Capital Economics in London, specializing in the consumer and retail sectors. Vicky examines the forces acting on consumer finances and spending and assesses how likely economic developments will affect the various sub-sectors of spending. She is frequently quoted in the press and appears regularly on television and radio.

Liam Halligan

Liam Halligan is Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management (PCM) - one of the world's leading asset management firms. PCM is now a major shareholder in some of the leading companies in Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia. Halligan is one of the UK's leading economics commentators.

David Gumpert

In the USA, David Gumpert is a nationally known writer on professional services and entrepreneurship, where he writes extensively for Business Week.com and The Nation. Formally an editor with The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, he has authored and co-authored eight books on various aspects of business planning and starting a business, including How to Really Start Your Own Business.

Nick Evans

Based in London, Dr. Nick Evans is a Vice President and Member of the Board of SRI Consulting Business Intelligence Inc. (SRIC-BI). He is Director of SRIC-BI's Explorer service which helps companies and governments evaluate commercial opportunities arising from technology developments across a broad spectrum.

Brian Plowman

Brian Plowman is a founding partner and Managing Director of the UK-based management consultancy Develin & Partners. With a focus on cost management and implementation techniques to add corporate value, he has worked with clients including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Land Rover and Avon Rubber and City University.

John Mardle

John Mardle leads the Working Capital Improvement Practice at Develin & Partners, a UK-based management consultancy focusing on cost management. He was previously Financial Director of the Parsons Group International, where he was responsible for winning project management contracts with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and turnaround project management contracts with London Underground.

Richard Hunter and George Westerman

According to Hunter & Westerman's new book IT Risk: Turning Business Threats Into Competitive Advantage, traditionally, managers have grouped technology risk and funding into silos. The authors set out to provide a new model for integrated risk management, identifying three core areas you can develop to eliminate the problems created by silos.

Gary Spangler

Gary Spangler is DuPont's E-Business Leader for Electronic & Communication Technologies. DuPont operates in more than 70 countries worldwide and employs over 60,000 people. In this interview he discusses the growth of word of mouth marketing and the value of e-marketing in meeting the marketing objectives of a business.

Tracy Benson Kirker

Tracy Benson Kirker is the founder and president of the New York City-based corporate communications consultancy On The Same Page. Clients that she has advised on communications strategy include American Express, Credit Lyonnais Americas, JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, Ernst & Young and Verizon.

Christian Hagen

Christian Hagen is a principal with A.T. Kearney's IT Strategy Group and is based in Chicago. Advising clients in the financial services, high-tech, energy, and automotive industries, he specializes in helping companies leverage information technology to increase efficiencies, improve customer relationships and gain competitive advantage.

Daniel Starta

Daniel Starta is a partner with A.T. Kearney's Chicago office and is a member of the IT Strategy Group. He has 20 years of industry and consulting experience spanning a continuum from business and technology strategies to leading business transformation. Here he talks about the next wave of new technology and the importance of perfect timing to reap its benefits.

Bill Guns

Bill Guns is SRI Consulting's President and CEO. He has over 20 years experience in working with clients on technology and business futures analysis, ideation, scenario planning, strategic marketing of new products and product development of information technology products and services. Here he discusses changes in consumer behaviour brought about by the Internet.

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee

Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web, and founder and director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Since 1995 Tim Berners-Lee has received a raft of international awards, nominations, honorary degrees and fellowships including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998. In this interview, he talks about the development and potential power of the Semantic Web.

Peter Kelly

As Head of Financial Inclusion for Barclays, Peter Kelly is responsible for policy and strategy. Specific areas of responsibility include access to banking, affordable credit and global microfinance. Corporate Responsibility at Barclays underpins its business activity, and Financial Inclusion is a key part of this strategy.

Mike Lynch

Dubbed the 'doyen of European Software' by the Financial Times, Mike Lynch is founder and chief executive officer of Autonomy, a major provider of meaning-based technologies and a leader in unstructured data management and enterprise retrieval. Autonomy's customers range from government agencies to energy, e-commerce and financial services, and include blue-chip customers such as British Aerospace.

Zahirul Hoque

Zahirul Hoque is Professor and Chair in Accounting at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He was previously Head of School and Professor of Business at Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, and has held visiting professorships at the American International University, Bangladesh and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

Thomas W. Golden

Thomas W. Golden is the partner-in-charge of the Midwest Region Investigations & Forensic Services practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers and resides in Chicago. In criminal matters, Mr. Golden has a national reputation in forensic accounting investigations. Many of his investigations have been conducted abroad for US-based corporations including those in Ecuador, Indonesia, Brazil, Venezuela, India and Dubai.

David Weinberger

David Weinberger is the co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, the bestseller that cut through the hype and told business what the Web was really about. He has held senior management positions in strategic marketing at Open Text (the engine behind Yahoo!) which he helped to take public in 1996, and Interleaf, the industry's first electronic document publishing system.

Joseph H. Ellis

Joseph H. Ellis was named by Institutional Investor Magazine as the top retail investment analyst on Wall Street for 18 consecutive years. He was named a General Partner of Goldman Sachs in 1986 and became a Limited Partner in 1994. Since that time, he has served as the firm's principal liaison and consultant with major retailers around the world.

Mike Ellsworth

Mike Ellsworth is an independent emerging technology consultant with StratVantage. Ellsworth helps companies make better technology decisions about fast-moving technologies such as wireless, mobile computing, e-business, and security. He also runs permission-based email campaigns, and writes online newsletters and technology white papers.

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is editor-at-large at CNET Networks, where she is responsible for its monthly newsletter, Release 1.0, and its PC Forum, the high-tech market's leading annual executive conference.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott is an internationally sought authority, consultant and speaker on business strategy and organizational transformation. His clients include top executives of many of the world's largest corporations and government leaders from many countries.

John C. Beck

Dr John C. Beck is President of the North Star Leadership Group. He leads research and consulting projects on topics of strategic thinking, wireless communication, the global Internet, and global leadership. In this interview he discusses how video gaming is shaping the next generation of managers and how businesses are failing to tap their unusually developed skills.

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas G. Carr, former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review and a leading thinker in the world of information technology, expands his controversial argument about the waning strategic significance of information technology by looking at how the abundant supply of computing power is forcing IT vendors to rethink their business.

Ray Gilley

Ray Gilley joined the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission as President in April of 2001. Read what he has to say about the objectives behind the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and the most important aspects to get right when attempting to attract new businesses to a region.

Philippa Gamse

One of the few women speakers in the e-business field, Philippa Gamse has presented in seven countries both in North America and Europe. Her clients come from a wide range of industries, including Harley-Davidson Motor Company, P&O Cruises (UK) Ltd., Reed Exhibitions and the Produce Marketing Association.

Tom Nies

Tom Nies is the longest serving active CEO in the computer industry and was hailed by former US President Ronald Reagan as the epitome of the entrepreneurial spirit of American business. In this interview, read what he has to say about innovation, entrepreneurship and the challenges involved in running a global IT business.

Yutaka Mori

Yutaka Mori is Global Marketing Manager of Japan Third Party (JTP), a company specializing in helping foreign high-tech companies enter into the Japanese market. His knowledge of US business has enabled him to help a number of US and European hardware manufacturers penetrate the Japanese market. Read what he has to say about outsourcing and culture issues.

John Cross

A former Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer of BP plc, John Cross has an international reputation for re-engineering business processes and pioneering new ways of delivering value through outsourcing. Read what he has to say about IT security, his work at BP, outsourcing issues and how IT can be used to leverage business change.

Jeffrey Baumgartner

What are the key components of a successful e-business strategy? Are organizations doing enough to tackle trust and security challenges in electronic business? How are IT and e-commerce going to develop over the next decade? In this interview, e-commerce consultant and entrepreneur Jeffrey Baumgartner talks about these issues and more.

Jeff Skoll

What happened in the early days of eBay? What was so special about that business plan? In this interview, Jeff Skoll talks about his time at eBay and reveals why he decided to leave when he did. Read on to discover how a tenuous business proposition developed into the worldwide phenomenon known as eBay!

David Schwartz

David Schwartz is Head of the Information Systems Division of Bar-Ilan University Graduate School of Business Administration, Israel. As Assistant Professor he lectures in information systems, teaching courses on electronic commerce, database systems, information systems, artificial intelligence and systems analysis. Read what he has to say about e-business capabilities and experiences, the major challenges faced and future developments in the field.

Andrew Hargadon

Andrew Hargadon has worked as a product designer for David Kelley Design (now IDEO Product Development) and for Apple Computer. Subsequently, as a consultant in product design and development, he has worked with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Nike and Vivecon. What are the main barriers to innovation today? Has the dotcom boom and bust led to a reluctance to innovate? Find the answers and discover why technology brokering could be the new key to innovation in this excellent interview.