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David Harkin

Founder & CEO


David is the Founder and CEO of 8billionideas which exists to give every student the skills and belief to change the world. It does this by teaching entrepreneurship, career education, and future skills through its platform and via its services to students of all ages. In 2022, David was ranked 8th in the world by ISC Research as one of the top influencers globally positively disrupting the education sector and recently published his first book, 'The Ripple Effect: How surprisingly small changes in mindset can make big things happen' with endorsers from the world of education, business, and journalism. 8billionideas has worked with 250,000 students from around the world in 4 continents and has become an award-winning organisation recognised by the TES and COBIS on a global scale. In 2021, it was honoured to be one of twenty organisations that were featured by St James' Palace in its publication on 'Leadership and Innovation - For the next 300 years'. David is a proud 2x TEDx speaker and in 2020 he was asked to be a Council member of the Foundation of Educational Development - which has been created to help create a long-term vision for education. In 2021 he was made a Fellow of High-Performance Learning by the globally renowned Professor Deborah Eyre. He is also proudly the Director of Entrepreneurship at Harrow Hong Kong & Bangkok, British School of Jakarta, and to the Chatsworth School group. In 2022 he won the award for EduFuturist of the Year.


31 October, 2023 | 11:30 to 11:50
The Three E's of Leadership

In the ever-evolving leadership landscape, the qualities defining exceptional leaders have expanded beyond traditional managerial skills. Join David Harkin, CEO & Co-Founder of 8BillionIdeas, for an enlightening and empowering talk where he will delve into "The 3 E's of Leadership: Emotion, Energy, and Education." Leadership is no longer solely about commanding authority; it's about being aware of how our words and actions directly affect those around us, fostering a vibrant and motivated work environment, and embracing lifelong learning. In this engaging session, we will explore how these three interconnected elements are essential for modern leaders who aspire to excel personally and professionally.

31 October, 2023 | 12:10 to 13:00
Panel session: Schools of the Future