Speaker Credentials

Over 1,000,000 people inspired from the stage.

Fredrik Haren:

– Has more than 20 years experience as a global keynote speaker, and has worked with hundreds of companies including VISA, HP, KPMG, BMW and IKEA.

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

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

– Spoke in 18 countries on 5 continents last year alone. (He is based in Singapore.)

Monthly Updates

In April I got to see paradise places like Bintan (Indonesia), Bali (Indonesia), Tagaytay (The Philippines) but the biggest impact for me personally was when I got to visit the slums of Manila to do research for my speech for WorldVision later this year. The people working in the slums are true heroes.

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In the month of March I had the privilege to speak to stellar brands like Deloitte, Amazon and Electrolux. But the highlight, I have to admit, was to speak at the first ever HR Convention in The Maldives. Talk about "perk" to get to spend some days in paradise!

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Let me show how diverse a life of a global keynote speaker can be. In February I spoke to an Aluminum company in Holland, a hospital in the USA and at a global conference for translators in Malaysia!

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2019 started with a bang. I got to speak in Swizerland, Singapore, Thailand, Portugal, Holland, the UK - and in Coimbatore, Chennai and Mumbai in India. A very global start of the year. Extra proud to be the closing speaker at the first ever Professional Speakers Convention in India.

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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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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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February News. The highlight of February for me was to be selected as the opening keynote speaker at the Global Speaker Summit, a bi-yearly speaker event with professional speakers from all over the world. At the event I was also awarded "The International Ambassadors Award" which recognises "those who have made an obvious, substantial, and sustained contribution to the speaking profession and community". It's selected by all the speaker associations in the world and has only been given 10 times.

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March News. An inspiring and global month comes to its end. In the month of March I had the privilege to speak in London (UK), Paris (France), Abu Dhabi (UAE), KL (Malaysia) and Port Louis (Mauritius). A fitting month for a speaker who just published a book called: "Spread Your Message. See the World. How to become a global keynote speaker".

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April News. The variety of a global keynote speaker. In one month had a client meeting on a beach in Bali before a speech for a shipping company. Spoke at a retail conference in Malaysia. Spoke for wealth managers for a global bank in Hong Kong and for clients of VISA from Africa/Middle East at a conference in Rome. Different audiences, different locations, different industries. Inspirational.

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May news. May was a global speaking months, not only because I got to speak in Singapore, China and India. But also because in May more than 240 speakers from around the world gathered in Singapore for the Asia Professional Speaker Convention, for which I was convention chair this year. It is the most global speaker convention in the world with speakers from 13 countries on stage & speakers from 25 countries attending. Proud and happy to be supporting the global speaking community.

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June news. For the month of June I make Europe (Sweden) my base. So I got to speak in France, Malta (picture), and the UK, for example, but I also got to add India to the list. But most importantly I got to speak to so many different kinds of people from lawyers, to young social entrepreneurs to property managers.

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July and August news. After speaking in 15 countries in the first 6 months of 2018 I cleared my calendar for two months for some vacation and family time that was spent (mostly) on my private island in Sweden. I did do a few select speeches during this time for Hitachi, Adecco, LVMH and The Ministry of Education.

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September news. As a global speaker I am happy to speak all over the world. But in September I actually got do do a few speeches in Singapore. Interestingly one was for 800 directors in Singapore companies where the theme was "Globalisation", so I was still in my "global element".

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95% of the clients who book Fredrik do that because they are returning customers and/or because they got to hear about his inspiring speeches from someone who recommended him to them.

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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.

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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.

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Under the banner of “The World of Creativity” Fredrik Haren shares his insights from meeting with creative people around the world.

The research will result in a book (see below) but Fredrik also shares much of the content generated here on “The World of Creativity Blog”.

If you prefer to follow the weekly updates of “The World of Creativity” on Facebook you can join the Facebook page: fb.me/TheWorldofCreativity- WithFredrikHaren

If you prefer to get the weekly updates as an email sign up to The World of Creativity Newsletter.

Creativity is inspired. A global mindset broadens your mind. Become more creative by being inspired by creative people from around the world.


Introduction to The World of Creativity Blog

Inspiring ideas.


For the last 20+ years Fredrik has studied human creativity all over the world.

His definition of an idea is: IDEA = P(K+I). An idea equals that a Person (P) takes his/her Knowledge (K) and combines that (+) with Information (I). 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 human knowledge and information we have access to.

We also then fully understand the value of acquiring new knowledge and of being exposed to new ways of looking at the world.

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Below are a sample of the three latest posts from Fredriks’ blog TheWorldOfCreativity.com. See all posts here.


Interview with my three translators during my speech in Bangkok about how to say “creativity” or “imagination” in their langauge, and about how translation is creativity in real time. Click on post to watch video.

What can we learn about creativity from India? Interview with Dr. Rekha Shetty, Indian author of innovation books. Click on video above to watch.

Click the link to watch the video.

Some of my weekly episodes on The World of Creativity will be on the topic of “What does it mean to be human?”. My Inner Theme is “Humanity to the Power of Ideas” and I like to sometimes learn from people around the world about what we can learn about being human. Then I go…



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The World of Creativity: The Book.

What can we learn about creativity from people from different countries and cultures? In the upcoming book “The World of Creativity” Fredrik Haren travels the globe to learn about the many facets of human creativity.

Each chapter covers one aspect of creativity that was inspired by one country or one culture.

The book is based on the premise that we can all become so much more creative by learning from each other.

The book will be launched in 2020. Sign up to The World of Creativity Newsletter to get previews from the interviews of the many creative people who will be featured in the book.


Some of the countries already visited:

India, Thailand, USA, Iceland, Mongolia, Switzerland, Portugal, Holland, France, China, Singapore, Maldives, Mauritius, New Zealand, Ukraine.

Some of the countries planned to visit in the near future. (Click on each country to learn how you can help.)

Kenya, Kazakhstan, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Indonesia, Israel and many more.

For more information about the book, a full list of countries Fredrik is interested in learning from - and information on how you can be rewarded (!) if you help - click here.

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CSR: “Creative Social Responsibility”

Ideas Island and other not-for-profit projects.

Every year Fredrik Haren does numerous not-for-profit or pro-bono projects. From free speeches and giving away books to volunteering hundreds of free hours each year to help develop fellow speakers as well as supporting local and global charities with both money and time.

His flag-ship CSR project is “Ideas Island” (www.ideasisland.com) where Fredrik lets creative people from around the world stay – for free – on his private island to develop a creative project. If you want to learn more about Ideas Island, or find out how you can get a chance to stay on the island click here.

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The World of Creativity

The World of Creativity

For the book The World of Creativity global keynote speaker and author Fredrik Haren is traveling the globe to learn about the many facets of human creativity. His goal is to visit, learn from, and speak in 100 countries (He as already spoken in 65+ countries from South Africa to Oman to the UK). If you share his passion for human creativity sign up for the newsletter or get in contact and let him know about creative people he should interview. If you know of companies that could be interested in having him speak to their employees or their clients we would also love to hear from you. Let’s work together towards helping humanity reach its full creative potential.

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The World of Creativity

Humanity to the power of ideas.