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Susan Greenfield

Susan Greenfield

Expert on the Human Mind and Renowned Brain Researcher

Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. Specialising in the physiology of the brain, Susan researches the impact of 21st century technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness and novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Susan has written a range of non-specialist books on issues relating to the mind and brain for the general reader. Baroness Greenfield took a DPhil in the Oxford University Department of Pharmacology and subsequently held research positions at the College de France, Paris and NYU Medical Centre. She has received 30 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. Susan has been profiled in a wide range of papers and magazines, voted one of the 100 most influential women in Britain. She has been Forum Fellow at the World Economic Forum at Davos for the last ten years and has addressed the European Parliament on the impact of technology. In 2012, Susan became a Governor of The Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and also started to support the IAB. In 2014, Susan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Middlesex University and in 2015, Susan was awarded the Honorary Life Member of Healed by Compassion. In her illuminating and lively presentations, Susan Greenfield illustrates how the massive growth of electronic media is fundamentally altering our brains and central nervous system and that while change is inevitable, companies must choose how to respond to that change. Susan Greenfield shares invaluable advice on leadership and the human mind and is immensely popular with audiences around the world.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 12:45 PM|Tuesday, June 04, 2019 02:00 PM

Exclusive CIO Lunch: A New Type of Leader for the 21st Century Mindset - Insights from Neuroscience

The wonderful thing about being a human being is that although we are born with a full complement of brain cells, it is the growth of connections between the cells that accounts for the growth of the brain after birth. These connections reflect the unique sequence, - a life-story of individual experiences and interactions with the outside world: a phenomenon known as ‘plasticity’ that leads to the personalization of the physical brain, amounting to a ‘mind’. Since the human brain is so continuously impacted by the external environment it follows that any new type of external input will result in a new type of mind-set. The digital world is opening up an unprecedented environment and hence posing unrepresented challenges to our thought processes, emotions and well-being. We therefore need to devise the best ways for optimizing fulfillment of each individual’s potential with a corresponding new type of leadership.

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