Co Founder: Coffee Republic Coffee Chain and Skinny Candy
Who Am I
Sahar Hashemi is one of the UK’s most inspirational
female entrepreneurs and a powerful speaker on innovation and entrepreneurial
mindset in corporations sharing with the audience her captivating personal
stories of building two famous brands; Coffee Republic, UK’s first coffee bar
chain, which she and her brother grew to 110 stores and £30m turnover and
exited in 2001, and Skinny Candy, the guilt free confectionery brand which she
sold to Glisten Plc in 2007. As well as
being a bestselling author, Sahar was recently awarded an OBE 'for services to
the UK Economy and to charity' in the 2012 Birthday Honours list.
Formerly a lawyer, Sahar has been recognised for her
achievements as an entrepreneur by Her Majesty the Queen and named as a
‘Pioneer to the life of the nation’. The
World Economic Forum in Davos named her Young Global Leader. Management Today
also named her one of 100 most influential women in Britain by Daily Mail and
in the top 35 women in British business.
In a Shell Livewire survey of role models Sahar was among the top
5. She has been on the cover of Director
Magazine, Management Today, Observer Magazine, New Business Magazine, Business
550 and Voyager.
An internationally recognised speaker, Sahar’s
captivating and uplifting speeches are unique as she combines her own
enthralling ‘story’ with key themes of change management and employee
engagement. By telling her very personal
journey, she connects with the audience on an emotional level and brings to
life the passion, determination and open mindedness needed to succeed. She makes a strong impact, igniting the
audience with a ‘can do’ spirit and the tools and habits to ‘make it happen’.
A passionate keynote speaker, Sahar’s energy is
infectious and delegates always leave events inspired and motivated to stop
‘thinking about it’ and ‘get on with it’!
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.