Speaker Credentials

Fredrik Haren has inspired over 1,000,000 people from the stage.

Over a 20 year speaking career, Fredrik Haren has worked with hundreds of companies including VISA, HP, KPMG, BMW and IKEA.

Fredrik was awarded “Speaker of the Year” in Sweden, and included in “The Top Ten Swedish Speakers Ever”.

He has written 10 books, including “The Idea Book” which was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”.

Fredrik spoke in 24 different countries last year alone. He is based in Singapore.

Monthly Updates

January News. And so starts another global year. In January I had the privilege to speak such diverse groups as entrepreneurs in Muscat, Oman as well as representatives of some of the largest food companies in Norway. Snow and Sand in the same month. The ability to inspire new ideas to diverse people, from diverse industries, from diverse cultures and from all over the planet is what drives me to continue to travel the world.

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October News October is always a busy month for a keynote speaker and this October was no different. It was also a global month. Not only because I was invited to speak in six countries (Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Lithuania, UK and Thailand) but also because it was a month of me speaking for many global groups. As “The Global Conference Speaker” I position myself as the speaker who speaks for global and international groups. In October I got to speak at: – the global client conference for Qmatic, a customer experience company. – a global conference for one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper. – the global CEO conference for one of the world’s largest accounting networks, Grant Thornton and – a global conference for investors who had flown into Singapore from all over the world. I also got to speak for such diverse companies as an HR conference organised by the Human Capital Leadership Institute, a conference for SMEs in Malaysia, for a furniture company in Lithuania and at a trend watching conference in Thailand. (And for a few financial institutions as well.) October: a global, inspiring months for me.

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November News In November I had the privilege to speak in 7 different countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Turkey and Spain.) I also had the privilege to speak to some very interesting audiences, like: – 3000+ delegates of a retail conference in Istanbul. – the global conference of TATA Communication in a beautiful resort in Kerala. – two global clients client conferences for EY (in Barcelona and Singapore) – an HR conference in Taipei and many more. All in the month of November.

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December News: Looking back at another global speaking year. As we are now closing 2016 I have done an inventory of my global speaking year. 2016 Summary: Countries spoken in: 23 different ones in 2016. (Bringing the total number of countries I have spoken in to 63.) Continents spoken on in 2016: 4. (Asia, Europe, Africa and North America). Number of speeches delivered: 64. Months off: 3 (January, July and August, to be on paternity leave with my kids), Number of global (or international) conferences that I spoke at: 23 (more than 1/3 of all my speeches). Percentage of speeches done outside my home country of Singapore: Ca 65%. Here is a video to hopefully give you a glimpse into what that year looked like, felt like and was like. I hope it will inspire you to speak more globally too. If you want to watch a video of what the year of a professional speaker looks like you can click here and see a short video on what speaking in 23 different countries in on year looks like, feels like and is like. ps. If you are interested, here is a list of the countries I spoke in 2016: Austria Bangladesh China Egypt Germany India Indonesia Lithuania Luxembourg Hong Kong Macau Malaysia Nigeria Philippines Singapore Spain Sweden Taiwan Thailand Turkey USA UK Vietnam And here a list of the global, or international conferences I spoke at: BMW Engine Global Management Conference APLMA Annual APAC Syndicated Loan Market Conference IATA Africa/Middle East Conference Anoto Global Management Conference Tata Communications Global Marketing Conference FWD Asia Management Conference LIMRA Global Conference Nu Skin Asia Management Conference LSB Global Conference Kaufmann Fellows Global VC Conference Grant Thornton Global Partners Conference Templeton Global Investor Conference DLA Piper Global Services Conference Qmatic Global Customer Conference EY Global Mobility Conference ATD Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition EO Global Conference Home Instead Global Conference DLA Piper Global Lawyers Conference The Queens Leadership program OMB Asia Management Conference EY Asia Pacific/Global Tax Conference Morison KSi Global Conference I am now looking forward to 2017, which I already know will be another global year that will (at least) take me to speak on 4 continents, and most likely 5. I wish you a happy new year and look forward to working with wonderful clients all over the world in 2017.

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January News: A global start to the year. The new year started off with a bang from the perspective of being a global speaker: I spoke in 4 different countries on 3 different continents and raked up almost 60 000 km in the sky. (To put that into perspective: one trip around the world is 40 000 km). Now, it wasn’t the hours in planes that I remember. It was the amazing experiences of speaking in countries like the Philippines, Sweden, Holland, and Namibia. The highlight of a great month was to be taken on a safari in a game reserve the size of Singapore while I was in Namibia to speak. Watch a video here on the workweek that took me from Namibia to Sweden in one week.

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February News: Disruption in financial services February was a months where work for financial institutions dominated my bookings. Some of the more interesting speaking assignments were Prudential, EY and FWD. For more than 20 years I have been speaking on change and disruption and it has never been more of a relevant topic than right now. Almost every industry is talking about “change and disruption” and no industry more than the financial services industry.

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March News: Return business. In March I did speeches in Sweden, Germany, India and Singapore. As a speaker it’s always good to get invited back, it’s a sign of very happy clients. And in March I had a few examples if that, for example: – One of two keynote speakers at the Business Times Leadership Conference in Singapore where I was the keynote speaker last year (!) and they invited me back again this year. (Having the same closing keynote speaker at a conference two years in a row is very, very rare.) – In December I spoke at the OpenText client conference in Singapore (which was the second time in 2016 I did that) and that got me to get invited to speak at the OpenText client conferences in Sweden and Germany too this month. (Meaning they flew me in from Singapore to Europe rather than taking a locally based speaker.) – Prudential. Because of the speech I did for prudential in February I got invited back in March to do another speech. All examples of return-business based on great results. But the high light of the month was getting to be the dinner speaker at an event organised by the Swedish Prince Daniel in order to celebrate Creativity and Entreprenurship in Sweden.

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April News: Island month. Last year I started a project which I call: “The Human Island Project”, where I plan to visit 100 islands around the world in 100 months. I do it to learn more about humanity by visiting islands. (You can read about the project here.) As it turned out April was a month where I only spoke in Islands. I did a series of speeches in Mauritius (and brought my wife so we could extend the stay and combine it with an island vacation.) And I also did some speeches on my “home island” of Singapore, including one at the Speakers Academy teaching other speakers about how to become a global keynote speaker.

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May News: Spring is in the air, the speaker is in the air. May took me flying around the world to speak. I spoke for: – A global group of lawyers meeting in London, UK. – A group of global tax experts meeting in Shanghai, China. – A group of global business developers from IKEA meeting in KL, Malaysia. As you can notice all the examples above are for global groups, part of my strategy to be “The Global Conference Speaker” as in the preferred speaker of choice for global conferences. (See: http://www.globalconferencespeaker.com for more information.) (I also, like most months, did a couple of speeches “at home” in Singapore, including for PayPal this month.)

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June News: A diverse and international month. June was an inspirationally diverse month. I got to speak to: – Business leaders in Hong Kong, invited by the Swedish government to represent Swedish creativity. – Global tax managers at an EY conference in Barcelona. – Global HR managers from the law firm DLA Piper having a conference in Warsaw. – Global customers of BMW attending a customer event in Munich (3 speeches over 3 days) – Young leaders from 50+ countries taking part in the Queen’s Young Leaders program in Cambridge. – German entrepreneurs at a conference in Berlin. and – Global clients of steel company Voestalpine at a customer event in their factory in Belgium. I also did two talks for professional speakers. One in Hong Kong and one in Irland, where I spoke about being a global keynote speaker. I think the month of June shows that that is what I am.

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July News: Vacation (mostly). July tends to be my vacation month, and this month I spent most of the month with my family on our private island in Sweden. But I did manage to squeeze in a speech in Macau for Asian managers of AVNET and a speech in Toronto for 4000+ clients and partners of IT company OpenText, making the month of July quite a global month mentally for me any way. Spending time on 3 continents in one month makes it easy to continue to develop a global mindset.

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August News: From speaking to 400,000 people to speaking in Nepal. August became a month of contrast, especially the week of Aug 7 to 13th. In the same week I was: – One of the keynote speakers at The Global Leadership Summit – the largest leadership summit in the world with 10,000 people in the audience, 150,000 people watching live, and a total of 400,000 (!) people watching over video link in 128 countries around the world. It was an amazing experience to speak at the Summit and to share the stage with giants like Sheryl Sandberg, Marcus Buckingham, Bill Hybels and many more great speakers. Then just two days after delivering a speech at the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago I found myself in Katmandu speaking at the leading branding conference of Nepal. The life of a global, keynote speaker is exciting and the mix of people you meet and situations you get to experience is inspiring.

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September News: Focus on the north I might live on the equator (in Singapore) but in September my focus was on speaking – on 3 continents – in the north part of our beautiful planet. North America: Canada. I speaking tour took me all over Canada to speak to Entrepreneurs in 5 different Canadian cities. Europe: Sweden. The leaders of EY Norway put their annual convention in Sweden and invited me to speak to them. Asia: Mongolia. I got the privilege to finally speak in Mongolia as I launched my book “The Idea Book” in Mongolian (the 17th language the book has been translated in.) I also got to speak for lawyers in Hong Kong, bankers in Singapore and did pro-bono speech for an inspiring youth organisation developing young children from across Asia. All in all a great and inspiring month.

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October News: Chickens, cars and investments. October was yet another diverse month. In a matter of two days I spoke for: – Chicken breeders in Hong Kong – Financial investors in Hong Kong and – Educators in the auto industry in Munich. All in less than 48 hours. These three groups, from three totally different industries from different parts of the world have very little in common – but they all need to be inspired to think in new ways, and thus I got the privilege to speak to them. The best part of being a global keynote speaker is how much you get to learn from so many different industries from all around the world.

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December News: A global year comes to an end, In December I had the privilege to speak for companies for such diverse industries as cars, construction, and nuts … I worked in companies internal learning rooms, at hotel ballrooms and – as this picture shows- outside on a deck overlooking a stunning beach in Portugal.

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Fredrik gets more than 95% of his speaking business from returning customers and/or referrals from clients who have seen him speak before.

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Ruta Kruliauskaite

“Fredrik Härén and Seth Godin were the highest rated speakers at FORUM ONE. Our audience just couldn’t get enough of Fredrik! An hour keynote presentation went like no time and I can’t wait to bring him back for our future conferences.”

Ruta Kruliauskaite
Executive Producer, Forum One

Manager Global Strategic Events

“Fredrik is an acclaimed speaker whose speeches genuinely resonate with audiences across the globe. He listened to our brief and adapted his content perfectly for our global tax event in Singapore, his presentation style visibly lifted the audience’s energy levels and he ended up receiving the highest speaker feedback score across the whole event from a delegation of 36 different nationalities. We would thoroughly recommend Fredrik for any global speaker engagements and look forward to working with him again this year.”

Manager Global Strategic Events
Big Four Accounting firm

Paddy Crawshaw

“At our regional conference Fredrik demonstrated an unique ability to both challenge and inspire an extremely diverse global leadership group. He has set a hard act for anyone to follow.”

Paddy Crawshaw
OMD (OMD Asia Management Conference)

Frances Brown

“The crowd, from 53 countries, were enthralled and entertained from start to finish! We are happy to say he will be returning this year as well!”

Frances Brown
Mentoring and Course Director, Leading Change (The Queens Leadership program)

Sven-Olof Husmark

“Insightful, energetic, fun and interactive. Fredrik brought his best game to our event when he got people from more than 50 countries inspired about why innovation is crucial in the age of the customer.”

Sven-Olof Husmark
Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Qmatic Group (Qmatic Global Customer Conference)

Ed Nusbaum

“Our global conference brings all our CEOs together from around the world and Fredrik Haren’s talk could not have been more on point or more energising. He set us up perfectly for the two days that followed and we had one of our most, if not the most, successful conferences ever.”

Ed Nusbaum
CEO, Grant Thornton International Ltd (Grant Thornton Global Partners Conference)

Vinnie Lauria

“Fredrik Haren was a top rated speaker at our global VC event, he was both entertaining and thought provoking on what it means to do business in our new global world.”

Vinnie Lauria
Global Kauffman Fellows Summit

Jon Lisby

“Fredrik Härén an outstanding speaker. We have actually used him at two (!) Kreston World Conferences. We normally never bring back a keynote speaker to the same group, but with Fredrik Härén we made an exception – he was that good. Book him, your members will be amazed.”

Jon Lisby
Global CEO, Kreston

Brian Longe

“Fredrik was awesome! We are definitely going to use him again for future conferences!”

Brian Longe
CEO, Wolters Kluwer Financial & Compliance Services

Megan N. Schwartz

“Fredrik used humor, intellect, and personal stories to perfectly illustrate the importance of thinking outside of the box. He was able to connect with a very diverse audience and deliver a message that everyone could relate to and understand – it was by far the highlight of our event!”

Megan N. Schwartz
FLMI, CMP, International Conference Manager (LIMRA Global Conference)

Speaking Style

Inspiring content,
humor and
audience Interaction.

Speaking Style Photo

Fredrik Haren has an unusually effective speaking style of combining humor and audience interaction with useful content that inspires new thinking and a willingness to change.

The most common word to describe him as a speaker is: inspirational.

Fredrik’s speciality is to be the “Global Conference Speaker”. Fredrik knows how to craft a speech so that, let’s say, an American, a Brazilian, a German and a Chinese all will be inspired and laugh and the same time feel that they walk away from the session with meaningful take-aways that were relevant to them. Just last year alone he spoke at 23 different global or international conferences.


Three most common topics client book Fredrik to deliver as keynotes.


Business Creativity

About what creativity is, why it is important and what we can all do to become more creative. Popular in both highly creative industries as well as in industries that want to become more creative.


Disruption & Change

About our need to see, understand and react to change in our business and our environment. Popular in fast changing industries, or industries that feel that big changes are coming.


Global & Human Mindset

What it means to have a global mindset, how to run a truly global company and – ultimately – what it means to be human.

About what it means to be a Truly Global Company, how to develop a more global mindset. Popular with Multinational organisations in all industries.


Helping other speakers become better.

Apart from being a global keynote speaker Fredrik spends a lot of time helping other speakers become better. On his blog ProfessionalSpeaking.com Fredrik shares a behind the scenes peek into the life of a global keynote speaker, while sharing how you can become a better speaker, and how you too can build your own successful speaking business.

In the last 12 months alone he has done one-on-one mentoring sessions with more than 100 speakers in 10+ countries, helping them find their inner theme as speakers, develop a better keynote and develop their speaking career.

Fredrik’s Books

The Idea Book

The Idea Book

A combination of book and notebook designed to awaken your creativity. Included in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.

The Developing World

The Developing World

How an explosion of creativity from developing countries is changing the world - and why the developed world has to start paying attention.

One World, One Company

One World, One Company

How some of the best companies in the world are becoming global. And why you should too.

Spread Your Message. See the World.

Spread Your Message. See the World.

How to become a Global Keynote Speaker. Lessons from getting booked to speak in 23 countries in one year.

This concludes the information about Fredrik as a speaker and writer. The rest of this site is dedicated to what drives him to write and speak around the world.

Humanity to the power of ideas.

Humanity to the power of ideas.

By Fredrik Haren


Fredrik’s Inner Theme is "Humanity to the power of Ideas" which means that his mission in life is to help maximise the potential of humanity through creativity and the sharing of ideas.

Below is some of his latest content in the areas of creativity, change and what it means to be human.


Creativity & Change

Inspiring ideas.


Fredrik Harens definition of an idea is: IDEA = P(K+I). An idea equals that a Person takes his/her Knowledge and combines it with Information. It means that there is nothing totally new, everything is a combination of previously known things in a new way. When we look at creativity like that we understand that there are infinite new ideas waiting to be revealed by combining the knowledge and the information we have access to.


“In the “Be Creative Project” Fredrik Haren interviews people all over the globe about their views in creativity.

In the “Be the Change Project” Fredrik Haren travels around the world and interviews people who in some aspect are experts on change.

Watch the latest videos from the two projects below.

The Ideas Island

Ideas Island (www.ideasisland.com) is a project run by Fredrik Haren where he let’s creative people from around the world stay – for free – on his private island to develop a creative project. if you too want to get a chance to stay on the island apply here.

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Humanity/Global Mindset

Think Human. Act Humane.


In the “Be Human Project “Fredrik Haren travels the world and interviews interesting people about what it means to be human. Why? Because by focusing on what we have in common, on what makes us similar – in what makes us human – we will become more humane.

Follow the project here, or on YouTube.

All the videos are also re-posted on


It has never been more important to understand what is happening in the whole world. It has never been more crucial to give oneself a broader – and deeper – understanding of our home planet. As human beings, we need to start thinking beyond borders and make a conscious effort to look at mankind as one, and to start thinking of Earth as our common home.

In “The Human Island Project” Fredrik Haren travels to 100 islands, in at least 25 countries around the world, in 100 months. The project’s purpose is to better understand humanity and our roles and responsibilities as humans as we all live on the small little ‘island” called Earth. www.thehumanisland.com


Or follow Fredrik on:
where all the island visits will be re-posted.

Humanity to the power of ideas.