Global Topspeaker Sahar Hashemi is an
internationally recognized speaker, whose enchanting and uplifting
keynotes combine her own exciting story with key subjects of
entrepreneurial leadership, employee engagement and change management.
In 2001, Sahar left the management of Coffee Republic and released the
bestselling book ‘Anyone can do it - building Coffee Republic from our
kitchen table'. The book has been translated into 6 languages and is the 2nd highest selling book on entrepreneurship after Richard Branson’s
Sahar Hashemi started Skinny Candy in 2005 - a high profile brand of
guilt-free sweets which she sold to confectionery corporation Glisten
plc in 2007.
Her latest book ‘Switched On: 10 Habits to Being Highly Effective in Your
Job, and Loving it’ capitalises on establishing an entrepreneurial
mentality for employees. Sahar says, ´The future is all about being
entrepreneurial in the employee context. You need to bring your whole
personality - not just the ‘professional’ you - to work. Move outside
your comfort zone, ignite your innate creativity and forget the ‘this is how we’ve always done things’ mentality. Don’t fear failure, fear
complacency. You need to see having fun as an essential part of
professional success. Living and making a living should be the same
In 2011 the Director magazine nominated Sahar Hashemi as one of the Top 10 Original Thinkers, together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the innovator of
the World Wide Web and Jonathan Ives, Vice-President of Design at Apple
and designer of the iPod, just to name a few. It praised her view that,
corporate minded talent shouldn't have to leave great corporations in
order to achieve fulfilment. ´Entrepreneurial behaviour, including ideas like bootstrapping, prototyping and celebrating failure, can help turn
stuffy corporations into creative environments. They can also transform
automatons into valued, engaged employees`.
In 2011 she was also asked to accede to the Entrepreneurs Forum initiated
by UK Business Minister Vince Cable to give advice to the government
regarding enterprise and business policies. In June 2012 Sahar was
awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list ´for services to the UK economy and to charity`.
Sahar was called ‘Pioneer to the life of the nation’ by Her Majesty The Queen and Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. She was
also named one of 100 most influential women in Great Britain by Daily
Mail and 35 top women in UK's business by Management Today. In a Shell
Livewire survey regarding inspirational ideals Sahar was among the top 5 along with James Dyson and Dame Anita Roddick.
By telling her very personal story, the native speaker Sahar sets a
connection with the audience on an emotional level and illustrates
lively the passion, decisiveness and open mindedness needed for success. She defines the Habits that are the cornerstone of Switched On and
arouses the audience with a ‘can do’ spirit and the right tools and
habits to ‘make it happen’.