Doug Smith


Doug Smith is an adviser, writer, thinker, historian, teacher, lawyer and inventor with a broad range of experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading management thinkers and advisers, having contributed to performance results, innovation, strategy and change in scores of organisations across more than sixty industries in all three sectors: private, government and non-profit. Doug is the architect of the principles and design for Challenge-Centric, Performance-Driven Transformation Programmes (SM) guiding leaders to use a focus on performance results to drive innovation, capacity-building, and growth in organisations and communities undergoing profound disruption.


Nick Tjaardstra

Director Global advisory wan-ifra

Nick leads WAN-IFRA’s most advanced digital revenue programmes, from our eRev exec programme, to our MMA e-learning, study tours and consulting. He has a particular focus on digital subscription models. He started his career in London and has over ten years experience in innovative digital projects and collaborative working. Before joining WAN-IFRA, he managed IT projects for ExxonMobil, Deutsche Bank and the European Patent Office, and facilitated the exec forums and conferences for the e-gov agency London Connects. He has a Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Change from the Open University Business School.


Dr Alexandra Borchardt

coach, table stakes europe

Alexandra Borchardt is an experienced journalist, keynote speaker, media consultant and Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. As their Director of Leadership Programmes she developed and lead on courses for senior journalists and media managers. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily.

Alexandra teaches “Leadership and Strategy in the 21st Century” at TU Munich, gives lectures and keynotes on digitisation and the media and regularly publishes commentaries and essays, for example with Project Syndicate, European Journalism Observatory and ada, a German magazine for digital life. She is the author of Mensch 4.0 – Frei bleiben in einer digitalen Welt (Freedom in a digital world), Guetersloher Verlagshaus/Random House, 2018. She serves as vice chair on the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Quality Journalism in the Digital Age.

At SZ she held several functions in the politics and business sections. She was also founding editor of Süddeutsche’s ‘Plan W’, an award-winning quarterly magazine for women and business. In her reporting she has focused on internet and democracy and the future of work. In 2015 she published Das Internet zwischen Diktatur und Anarchie: Zehn Thesen zur Demokratisierung der digitalen Welt (The Internet between Dictatorship and Anarchy: Ten Assertions about Democracy in the Digital World), Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition Streitschrift. Before joining SZ she worked for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona. She lives outside of Munich with her husband and two children.


Stéphane Mayoux

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Stéphane Mayoux went into print and then BBC broadcast journalism after a pan-European MBA that took him from France, to the UK and Germany. He has spent more than half his life abroad, including post-apartheid South Africa and likes to call himself a serial foreigner. He puts warmth, authenticity and performance at the centre of his coaching work. He enjoys looking at events and the world from as many perspectives as possible and very much welcomes coaching clients from diverse frames of reference. In June 2018, he qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and he is now writing his dissertation to become an accredited psychotherapist. Stephane believes his practice informs and enriches his executive coaching work. 

Three years ago, Stéphane joined BBC News Digital Pilots. The team created a digital transformation programme to support BBC journalists to deliver their stories to new and wider audiences, mainly - but not only - on digital platforms. The team worked with over 400 journalists, delivering 12 Digital Pilots. His coaching stance has been central to his work. Previously, he was Editor of BBC Africa TV, in charge of Focus on Africa on BBC World News. He has worked with the BBC since the mid-1990s, mainly in live radio and television news. He has managed the launch of new programmes and developed new platforms. He has recruited and nurtured talent in the UK and overseas as well as built and managed multi-cultural teams through change. Stéphane has also devised and delivered training programmes in London, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.