Keynote Speakers

Captain Scott Kelly

History-Making NASA Astronaut; First to Complete a Year-in-Space Mission

Captain Scott Kelly, a NASA astronaut, shares the remarkable story of his year in space – and how personal determination made the difference when meeting challenges on space missions and his personal life. He set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut.

Scott recounts the challenges that he and his crew faced on his four missions to space, and what traits helped him overcome these obstacles. Resilience and courage, he affirms, helped him as a young boy who struggled in school to reach for the stars and fulfill his dreams to reach space.

With humor and an engineer’s eye for detail, he covers the extreme dangers in space: the isolation, physical impact on the body and pressures of living so closely in a small cabin, as well as facing the risk of space junk or catastrophic depressurization. No matter what kind of journey we are facing, Scott details how courage and preparation can mean the difference between life and death, or success and failure for a team.

Courage and preparation mean stepping out of comfort zones and venturing into new journeys. Courage points us to “choose to do the hard things,” while resilience allows us to meet the hard times head-on and ask, “What’s next?” Scott relays stories from his rough and tumble childhood, and how he attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy. He flew over 8,000 hours in more than 40 aircraft and accomplished over 250 carrier landings throughout his career. He and his twin brother Mark were selected to become astronaut candidates in April 1996; the first relatives to be selected to become astronauts. After completing training, Scott was a crew member and also commanded NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO), a mission where groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists live in Aquarius underwater laboratory, the world’s only undersea research station.

Scott commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the year-long mission to the ISS. Scott was enrolled in a unique study that measured the impact of space travel on his body and compared it to his twin brother, who spent the same year on Earth. The study demonstrated long-lasting changes in the body, including alterations in DNA and cognition. Scott retired from NASA in 2016.

Also a successful author, Scott wrote the best-selling Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery and Infinite Wonder: An Astronaut’s Photographs From a Year in Space, which is a collection of photos documenting his journey on the space station.

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Peter Hinssen

Serial entrepreneur, adviser and keynote speaker on the topics of radical innovation, leadership and the impact of all things digital on society and business.

Acclaimed Author

Peter is the author of five bestselling business books. ‘The Phoenix and The Unicorn’ (March 2020) is a book about the Phoenix, about those companies that – just like the mythical bird – are able to rethink themselves in cycles: time and time again they rise from the ashes of the old, and come out stronger than ever before. ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ (June 2017) is about surviving in times of radical innovation. ‘The Network Always Wins’ (2014) explains how and why companies have no choice but to become a network when the outside world has evolved into one. In ‘The New Normal’ (2010), Peter writes about how companies should explore the limits of the digital world, and what happens when technology just becomes ‘normal’. ‘Business/IT Fusion’ (2008) is a guide about how to solve the conflict between business and IT. Peter is frequently asked to contribute to (international) publications and is a Forbes contributor as well as a LinkedIn Influencer.

Sought-after keynote speaker, business school lecturer & board member

Peter has given numerous keynote speeches around the world, among which those for Google Think Performance, Nimbus Ninety, Gartner, NEXT Berlin, Tedx, PayPal, MasterCard, Microsoft, CIO City, SAS, Accenture and Apple. He lectures at renowned business schools like the London Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He is also a multiple board advisor on subjects related to innovation and technology.

Serial Entrepreneur

For more than fifteen years, Peter led a life of technology start-ups. His first company e-COM was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, his second, Streamcase, by Belgacom, and Across Technology by Delaware Consulting. His third venture (Porthus) was quoted on the stock exchange in 2006 and acquired by Descartes. Between start-ups, he has been an Entrepreneur in Residence with McKinsey & Company, with a focus on digital and technology strategy. Peter’s current company nexxworks helps organisations become fluid, innovate and thrive in The Day After Tomorrow.