President Xi Jinping Reading Augmented by Brett King & Grey Rhino by Michele Wucker

President Xi Jinping is reading books authored by our speakers, including “Augmented” by Brett King and also “Grey Rhino” by Michele Wucker.

This article, gives a quick rundown of the books that can be seen on the president’s bookshelf during his annual New Year’s greeting from his office and two books from our speakers were spotted!

President Xi Jinping

  Brett King Gray Rhino

Brett KingBrett King is a bestselling author and the founder of a breakout new retail banking concept, Movenbank. Voted as American Banker’s Innovator of the Year in 2012, King initially achieved recognition for his bestselling book ‘BANK 2.0′, which received widespread industry acclaim and topped category lists in the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Canada, France Russia and Asia. Branch Today, Gone Tomorrow’ – King’s second book achieved bestseller status in its first week on Amazon. He is widely considered the foremost global expert on retail banking innovation today.

A keynote speaker at leading global events for financial services and innovation, King is an acknowledged expert on innovation, customer experience and channel distribution strategy including understand the fundamental shifts in consumer behaviour.

King has recently been featured as an industry commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Economist, ABA Journal, Bank Technology News, The Asian Banker Journal, The Banker magazine, and many more. He contributes regularly as a blogger on Huffington Post.

Having presented at conferences in more than 40 countries for organizations like Google, Forbes, Oracle, The Economist, SAS, SWIFT, Bloomberg, American Banker, ABA, IIR, World Council of Credit Unions, and others. He has served as an international judge for The Asian Banker Retail Banking Excellence Awards, the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Middle East Business Achievement and Retail Banking Awards.

Brett‘s speaking topics include:

  • Bank 4.0
  • Bank 3.0: Why banking is no longer a place you go, but something you do
  • The Big Shift

Michele WuckerMichele Wucker is an award-wining global thought leader who draws on three decades of experience in media and non-profit management and policy development.

Michele is the author of several books, the third of which is the highly praised “THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore”, which grew out of a presentation at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in which she coined the term “gray rhino” for highly probable, high impact crisis events.

Michele founded Gray Rhino & Company in 2015 to help leaders and organizations to identify and strategize responses to gray rhino risks that are neglected despite -and all too often because of- their size.

Michele has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors. Her previous leadership positions include Vice President for Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President of the World Policy Institute, which she re-launched in 2007 in a dramatic turnaround; and Latin America Bureau Chief at International Financing Review. She also has taught master’s students at the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, of which she is an alumna. An engaging keynote speaker, moderator, panelist, and facilitator, she has delivered presentations in 16 countries on five continents. She lives in Chicago.

Michele’s speaking topics include:

  • Gray Rhino-Proofing Your Future: A New Way to Think about Risk and Response
  • Gray Rhinos, not Black Swans: A New Way to Think about Risk and Response
  • Demographic Gray Rhinos: Robots Meet Aging and Migration
  • Beyond Kicking the Can: How to Stop Muddling and Innovate

Contact us to engage Brett King or Michele Wucker for your next business event.