Partner + Creative Director
Pierre leads the creation of presentations that need something extra special, always inventing new ways to surprise and amaze your audience. He was interviewed in the documentary “Le pouvoir des mots” for the Canadian television, and by several magazines, including Le Monde, Le Parisien and Management.
Chief Inspiration Officer
Phil Waknell is one of Europe’s leading experts in the new art of presenting, and speaks regularly at major corporations and conferences about the need to improve the way businesses communicate. As well as speaking, coaching, training and teaching at HEC Paris, Phil writes a monthly column for SOLD Magazine, coaches start-ups at Le Camping, and shares ideas on his popular blog philpresents.com.
Before founding Ideas on Stage, Phil spent many years in leadership positions in Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard, and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.
Despite speaking fluent French, Phil is still mostly English and misses the 3 Cs of England: cricket, curry and cheesecake.
Chief Coaching Officer
Michael Rickwood is a classically trained English actor and speaking coach. Before joining Ideas on Stage, Michael spent many years creating and delivering original presentation training courses for some of France’s biggest companies. Today, apart from training and coaching executives, Michael also coaches speakers at hugely successful TEDx and WikiStage conferences where he continues to develop our unique brand of highly creative, memorable and entertaining presentations, and he coaches start-ups at Paris-based accelerator Le Camping.
Michael also teaches presentation skills at Celsa-Sorbonne, IPAG and INSEEC, both in English and in French.
Chief Learning Officer
Marion Chapsal has 17 years of teaching, training and consulting experience with EM Lyon business school. Marion has studied and worked in the UK and in the States. She has studied theater and speech at Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Lyon. Marion holds a Master of Science in Business from SKEMA Sophia Antipolis and is currently studying a European Master 2 in Gender and Equality Studies at Lyon 2 University of Anthropology.
She runs a popular Gender-balanced Leadership blog, Women on Stage
Chief Strategy Officer
Joe is a highly experienced writer and communicator, and teaches business writing at Ecole Polytechnique. With a wealth of experience in the public sector, business and various international think-tanks in his native USA and in Europe, and with several publications to his name including co-authoring (with Jacques Attali) a 2013 French Government-commissioned report on the Positive Economy, Joe truly understands business and communication and brings them together to help leaders to craft and deliver effective communication strategies and individual presentations.
Ideas on Stage Spain
Ricardo is the founder and manager of Ideas on Stage Spain, located in Barcelona.
Combining more tan 15 years of experience in executive roles in the telco industry and his experience teaching at the Escuela Politécnica de Ingeniería of the University of Oviedo, Ricardo knows first hand the challenging business environment and the importance of great presentation skills to thrive in it.
Laura Díaz de Entresotos
Ideas on Stage Spain
Laura is an experienced coach and communicator. Before joining Ideas on Stage, she worked as psychology therapist for more tan 13 years. She earned a Phd in Psychology from University of Oviedo and EuroPsy certification.
Her experience on therapy and coaching, as well as her ability to connect, are her foundations to help other people feel comfortable, gain confidence and perform to their best on stage.
Dirk Haun (Germany)
Coming from a background in software development and technology, Dirk has made it his mission to help people express and present their ideas. He is the co-organizer and speaker liaison at TEDxStuttgart and the author of “Presenting for Geeks”.
Timo Anthony (Germany)
As a professional in Aftermarket Sales and Marketing, Timo developed a passion for improving his and other’s presentations early in his career. In that quest Garr Reynolds’ books have been a great source of inspiration, and it was at one of Garr’s Presentation Zen European Seminars that Timo first met Ideas on Stage. The business-minded and creative Presentation 2.0 approach of Ideas on Stage has resonated with Timo ever since.
Timo is based near Frankfurt, Germany, and speaks excellent English as well as native German.
Patricia Lane, a dual French & American national, holds advanced degrees in Political Science targeting the US-Europe-Asia triangle.
An intercultural communications specialist, she leads the Franco-American Quill, which provides creative copywriting, executive training, and cross-cultural strategic consulting. She has worked for clients such as Airbus, Groupe Bel, Aventis, McDonald’s Europe, Dalkia and Linkfluence, has taught at INALCO, and is a member of the SFT, IABC and Communication et Entreprise. Passionate about photography, she is rarely seen without her Nikon slung over her shoulder.
Visit Patricia at www.francoamericanquill.com
Adipat Virdi (United Kingdom)
With over 10 years experience in the film and media industries, Adipat is a leading exponent in the field of Transmedia / Multiplatform storytelling and design. As well as developing his own content, Adipat consults with various companies to implement innovative audience engagement strategies. In the process of doing this work, he speaks at various festivals and events around the world and leads training programmes in this field.
Roberto Lalli (Germany)
Specialising in value-based leadership and marketing through storytelling, and speaking fluent German, Italian and English, Roberto coaches and trains executives around Europe to broaden their charismatic leadership Skills and their storytelling expertise.