Professor Eddie Obeng is a British educator who is recognised for his success as a motivational speaker, innovator and author. He created the concept of the ‘World After Midnight’ and the practice of ‘New World Management,’ which is often the topic of his speeches. In addition to founding Pentacle, the world’s first virtual business school, and establishing QUBE, the world’s best 3D learning environment, he is also a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School.
Eddie Obeng helps executives keep up with a business and social environment that’s changing faster than we can know. Through Pentacle, his online business school, Eddie teaches a theory of management that focuses on adaptation to change. Called “New World Management,” it’s all about forming and re-forming workgroups, constantly re-evaluating metrics, and being open to all kinds of learning, from hands-on group exercises to a virtual lecture hall/meeting room called the QUBE.
Eddie is the author of ten books, all of which focus on business strategy, adapting for change, leadership, innovation and organisation. He offers insights into the most effective ways to adapt to address the rapidly-changing environments in business, society and culture today.
Born in Ghana, Eddie Obeng was educated at Cranleigh School, University College London and the Cass Business School. His business career started as an engineer at Royal Dutch Shell before he became the youngest Executive Director of a European Business School when he moved to Ashridge Business School in 1987.
Eddie is notable as a pioneer in the field of Project Management and for demystifying traditional business school teaching by removing unnecessary theory and focussing on practical tools that can be applied in the real world in “a continuous link between learning and implementation”. It uses teaching techniques that ensure that skills are learned and can be applied immediately, The approach has been published in the Gower Handbook of Management. He has been described variously as “a leading revolutionary” and “an agent provocateur” by the Financial Times, and by Abbey National as their “secret weapon”. In 2011, Eddie Obeng won the Sir Monty Finniston Award for lifetime achievement by The Association of Project Managers for his contributions to the study and practice of Project Management.
In his TED talk, The World After Midnight, Eddie asserts that the world is changing so fast, that if we don’t innovate and lead, we will be left in a mess. Using an energetic storytelling style and expounding his wisdom with characteristic outspoken charm, Eddie’s keynote speeches, workshops and virtual seminars are regarded as some of the most compelling, provocative and effective in the business.
A born leader, Eddie is dynamic and engaging and involves his audience in his journey. Funny, outspoken and never afraid to be controversial, Eddie’s presentations are exciting, energising and thought-provoking.
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