Times of Oman
Sep 05, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 12:08 AM GMT
Top global icons for ‘Open Minds’ leadership meet in Oman
August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, Photo - virgin.com/richard-branson

Muscat: A posse of world-renowned thought leaders will soon set off a revolution of ideas, innovation and inspiration among budding Omani entrepreneurs.

Ten top icons will prompt the thought process across Oman's entrepreneurial scene at a global platform this September, while imparting at the same time values crucial for success and also opening minds, a press note issued by the organisers said.

'Open Minds', a thought-leadership forum will bring in leading international speakers at a two-day event on September 3 and 4 at the Oman Auditorium of Al Bustan Palace Hotel (a Ritz Carlton Hotel).

They include the entrepreneur's entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson; award-winning author Lord Jeffrey Archer; entrepreneur humanitarian Basmah bint Saud Al Saud; mountaineer Tom Whittaker; entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi; Satellady Candace Johnson and speed painter Brad Blaze; Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler and beat boxer Tom Thum among others. The main Omani speaker will be the scholar and success coach, Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry.

Sir Richard Branson
Lord Jeffrey Archer
Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry
Brad Blaze

"The objective of 'Open Minds' is to synergise, motivate and educate (SME) young Omani entrepreneurs and the corporate sector," said Mohamed Issa Al Zadjali, chairman, Black & White, the organisers of the event.  He added that the event would be packed with "experience, knowledge, thoughts, positivity, inspiration, attitude, entertainment and presentation."

Thought leaders
One of Britain's most high-profile billionaires, Sir Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. He describes himself as a "tie-loathing adventurer and thrill seeker, who believes in turning ideas into reality".

Lord Jeffrey Archer firmly established himself as a literary force with the publication of his first novel, Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less, in 1975. Now, 39 years later, Jeffrey continues to defy his critics and delight his fans. His most recent collection of short stories, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, is now available in paperback. He is currently working on a five-part series of novels entitled The Clifton Chronicles.

Candace Johnson
Tom Whittaker
Tom Thum
Tony Wheeler

Basmah bint Saud Al Saud is a keen, gifted and professional social writer and columnist. She is also a successful businesswoman owning many enterprises.

Tom Whittaker, who lost his foot in a car accident in 1979, was the first disabled person to climb the Mount Everest summit.

UK based entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi is the co-founder of the coffee chain 'Coffee Republic' and confectionery brand 'Skinny Candy'. Previously a lawyer, she left the comfort zone of her career to start 'Coffee Republic'. She has several books to her credit.

Candace Johnson is a telecommunications expert and media entrepreneur, dubbed the 'Satellady' by the Economist in 1996. Candace Johnson is the architect of SES Global, one of the world's largest satellite systems.

Speed painter Brad Blaze is one of the fastest painters in the world. He can paint large portraits, even on a spinning canvas, often in less than four minutes.

Tony Wheeler is an English-Australian publishing entrepreneur, businessman and co-
founder of the Lonely Planet guidebook company.

From trumpet to didgeridoo, Tom Thum can make any noise with his voice. Tom Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create incredible soundtracks.

Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry is a scholar and recognised speaker, coach and facilitator on personal leadership and human development with extensive knowledge and experience in multicultural management and organisational behaviour spanning for more than 20 years.

For more information and registration, contact: bwopenminds@gmail.com

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