Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021


15-16 November 2021

Join us this year to celebrate 20 years of identifying, ranking, and sharing extraordinary management and business thinking

About Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first ever Thinkers50 Ranking and will see business and management thinkers from around the world sharing two days of ideas, inspiration, and celebration. The anniversary as well as the current disruption caused by the pandemic gave us the opportunity to re-think our biennial event.

Read on to learn more about what we have in store for you this autumn!


This year’s Awards Gala is set to be a two-day virtual event, hosted from our studio in London.  As soon as it is safe, we would love to welcome you in person. In such a case, the event will be turned into a hybrid virtual and physical event.

Our purpose

Thinkers50 2021 is an opportunity to recognise the very best in management thinking. It is also your chance to participate in a curated conversation with your fellow Thinkers50 community members to shape a more humane and sustainable future for the world – and make a difference through ideas with purpose.

Curated audience

To guarantee the intimacy and exclusivity you have come to expect from what the Financial Times describes as the “Oscars of management thinking”, we are offering our extended Thinkers50 community a limited number of premium tickets.

In order to access premium tickets, please submit your application by filling out the form below. We will select the participants who will then be able to join us on 15 and 16 November. Curating the audience in this way will provide the best networking opportunities for you and other Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021 participants.

If your application is approved, the invitation to the event is extended to you and one guest of your choice.

To see who has already secured their ticket, please visit our attendees list.



Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021 Attendees List

Abraham Khoureis

Alex Osterwalder

Alf Rehn

Alisa Cohn

Allison Liddle

Amantha Imber

Amy Edmondson

Alwin Magimay

Amit Kapoor

Amy Bradley

Anders Indset

Anil Gupta

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Asuka Takaoka

Atchara Juicharern

Brenda Bence

Cali Yost

Caroline Webb

Claudio Fernández-Aráoz

Connie Dieken

Dan Pontefract

Dane Jensen

Daniel Pink

Darren Menabney

Dave Ulrich

David De Cremer

David Nour

David Burkus

David Lancefield

Deepa Prahalad

Diane Hamilton

Dorie Clark

Erica Dhawan

Erika Lucas

Federico Fernández de Santos Ortiz


Fons Trompenaars

Francesca Gino

Francis Hintermann

Geoff Parker

George Yip Imperial College and Northeastern University

Hal Gregersen

Helen Bevan

Henry Stewart

Herminia Ibarra

Ian Daley

Jacob Chacko

Jeffrey Kuhn

Jill Totenberg

Jon Fraser

Kachi Teruko

Kaihan Krippendorff

Karen Christensen

Karim Harbott

Karl Moore

Karlheinz Schwuchow

Laura Watkins

Leon Prieto

Linda Hill

Liz Wiseman

Lynda Gratton

Marc Silvester

Marshall Van Alstyne

Martin Lindstrom

Matt Gitsham

Michael Jacobides

Michael Watkins

Michael Stanier

Morten Hansen

Nilofer Merchant

Ninez Piezas-Jerbi

Oleg Konovalov

Olivier Terrée

Peter Bregman

Peter Lorange

Philip Kotler

Rebecca Zucker

Rita McGrath

Robert C Griffin

Robin Speculand

Ron Carucci

Roger Martin

Sanyin Siang

Sarah Green Carmichael

Scott Anthony

Simone Ahuja

Sinan Aral

Stefanie K. Johnson

Stephen M R Covey

Stew Friedman

Subir Chowdhury

Susan David

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Tammy Erickson

Tasha Eurich

Tendayi Viki

Terence Mauri

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

Tom Kolditz

Tsedal Neeley

Whitney Johnson

William Cornellius Zeeb J

William Fischer

Yves Pigneur


Premium tickets

A premium ticket to the Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021 is £500 (*20% VAT applies only to purchases in the UK).

Premium ticket holders will enjoy several exclusive benefits:


Interactive event participation

Interactive participation in live events and breakout rooms throughout the two days, including the Gala announcement of the new Thinkers50 Ranking and winners of the 2021 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Access to Thinkers50 Community Platform

Your ticket includes access to our brand new platform launching in October 2021, where you’ll be able to connect with your fellow Thinkers50 community members. It will enable you to share ideas, collaborate, and learn – throughout the year.


Co-creation of the Thinkers50 Declaration of Purpose

A unique opportunity to co-create the Thinkers50 Declaration of Purpose – a message about the role and purpose of management in a challenged world and a declaration of our beliefs as a community, which will be announced at the Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021 and promoted across global media.

Inclusion in the 20th Anniversary Thinkers50 Yearbook

For Thinkers50 2021 we are producing a unique, high quality ebook to celebrate 20 years of extraordinary ideas and the latest Ranking and Award Winners. As a premium ticket holder, you will be featured.

Be the first to join us in London

Premium ticket holders will have the first option on upgrading their virtual event tickets in order to be able to join our hybrid / live event.

Join us – apply for your ticket now!

To escape the Covid crisis and tackle the wicked problems facing the world, we need fresh ideas more than ever: support the work of Thinkers50 and the role of thought leadership in the business world by joining us at Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021.

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If you would like to explore a potential partnership, we would love to hear from you. Contact Thinkers50 co-founders Stuart and Des.


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