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Julia Hobsbawm - Keynote Speaker

Book Julia Hobsbawm as a keynote speaker with VBQ Speakers. Julia Hobsbawm OBE is an entrepreneur, author, media commentator, international speaker, and Honorary Visiting Professor at London’s Cass Business School. For more information on technology speaker Julia Hobsbawm, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.


Julia hobsbawm

author, fully connected (2017)

Speaker Themes

  • Social Health in the "Age of Overload"

  • The future of work

  • Modern connectedness

  • Behavioural networks

  • The Knowledge Age

  • Productivity

Travels From

London, UK



Julia Hobsbawm has identified the new field of Social Health to meet the challenges of the fully connected, always-on, technology saturated era.

The author of Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload, which was shortlisted for both Management Book of the Year 2018 and Business Book of the Year 2018, she is Honorary Visiting Professor in Workplace Social Health at The Cass Business School in London.

A regular speaker for corporate audiences as well as the OECD and EU amongst policymakers, in 2018 Arianna Huffington named her editor-at-large of a new Social Health section of the global wellbeing portal, THRIVE.

Julia sits on the Advisory Boards of The European Workforce Institute and the new workplace app Guild. She was awarded an OBE for Services to Business in 2015.

Julia founded the knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence, which pioneered new diverse network thinking and the ideas conference Names Not Numbers, The Comment Awards and the technology conference and podcast series The Human and the Machine.

Julia has made several BBC programmes on networks and networking, and is a regular commentator and broadcaster around the world. She is a Patron of The Zoe Education Trust, and the Facial Surgery Research Foundation. 


Julia has extensive experience speaking for corporate events, international conferences and festivals. She is a regular speaker for Women Ahead/Moving Ahead, helping support leadership development in sport and business.

Previous engagements include:

  • CASE Europe Annual Conference

  • The Drucker Forum (Vienna)

  • Online Educa (Berlin)

  • Accenture

  • Barclays

  • EY

  • IKEA


  • Sony

  • WPP

  • Shell UK

"I think the corporate world is in the midst of a major transformation - it's one I welcome". Julia discusses the challenges facing today's workforce (2017).

In an age saturated by technology and inter-connectedness, Julia sets out her blueprint for 'Social Health'.

On networking (2015)


"Extremely relevant and engaging. In a field of excellent speakers, our post event survey identified her as the most popular speaker on the day." --- Lorna Gozzard, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Julia’s 2017 keynote to Leading London: London at the heart of business innovation

"Catalyst for Phenomenal Thinking" --- Winner, First Women Awards

"Julia Hobsbawm not only thinks originally, she also has the rare skill of conveying those insights to an audience in a compelling and illuminating way." --- Aita Ighodaro, Founding Director, Idaro

"Julia Hobsbawm is a captivating speaker" --- Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 2017


Media links

"How to get 2018 off to a productive start" - The Monocle Weekly, January 2018

"We need a new definition of health for our networked age" - World Economic Forum, June 2017

"Are you a Marzipan Manager?" - Management Today, June 2017

"Check your emails twice a day: six tips for a better organised life" - The Guardian, May 2017