Drawn from Michael's experience of being the first president in history to become a Whistleblower of his own corporation, he shares his insights from the Olympus scandal and the lessons learnt, through speaking engagements covering everything from improving corporate governance to how we can achieve a more moral type of capitalism.


"I've had the honour of hosting six Nobel Prize winners, three US presidents, two heads of state and an archbishop as well as many leading commentators from the fields of economics, finance, politics and civic society and Michael Woodford stands out as one of the most captivating and interesting speakers myself and Pi members have been lucky enough to hear from in Pi's history."

David Giampaolo, CEO, Pi Capital

"As a speaker, Michael puts these experiences across vividly, giving a real sense of the emotional rollercoaster on which he found himself. I would recommend him to anyone who is interesting in hearing a gripping story that offers important real-world lessons."

Jason James, Director General , Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

"Michael is a master storyteller, who tells a compelling story masterfully. Our speakers typically spend around 20 minutes giving a presentation, then another 20 minutes of Question and Answer, but Michael respectfully requested 90 minutes to properly develop his story, plus answer all questions. Attendees were riveted in their seats until he answered the last question."

"When all we hear about is stories of corruption at the top levels of companies, Michael Woodford is a beacon of ethical hope from the C-Suites. He has my highest recommendation for any college campus, professional association or organization."

Paul Fiorelli J.D, M.B.A, Professor of Legal Studies, Co-Director Cintas Institute for Business Ethics, Xavier University

"The subject is one that is of immense importance, profound significance and tremendous relevance not just to the Japanese corporate sector but to corporate governance around the world."

"The delivery kept the audience enraptured for more than an hour - it was entertaining, informative and insightful. It is a talk that anyone who was fortunate enough to be there will remember for a long time."

Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School

"Your willingness to share the personal and professional details of your whistleblowing experience with Olympus truly captivated and empowered our audience. According to our attendee survey, you were the highest rated keynote speaker at this year's Conference, and one of the highest rated speakers we have had in the last 10 years. Your humble confidence and professional candor are two traits that set you apart both as a keynote speaker and accomplished executive."

James D. Ratley, President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

"His lecture drew an unusually large audience of students, alumni, staff and members of the public who were treated to Michael's thrilling account of his remarkable story. The ICCSR has spent the last decade teaching CSR and Business Ethics and rarely has a visiting speaker been able to combine knowledge, gravitas, passion and humour to such great effect. We would highly recommend Michael as a speaker to any organisation interested in governance, ethics and integrity."

Professor Jeremy Moon, Director and Maggie Royston, Business Development & Centre Manager, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School

"He literally kept the delegates on the edge of their seats as he regaled us with his thrilling adventure through the maze of Japanese business manners, etiquette and customs as he uncovered one of the biggest financial scandals in history. The room was buzzing throughout and he left us all wanting more, evidenced by delegates clambering to ask questions and to engage with Michael after."

Fiona Lyne, Head of Events, The King's Fund

"Our case study based on your experience at Olympus provoked a great deal of thought among our students on corporate governance challenges in Japan and elsewhere. Your activism in highlighting corporate governance lapses is very important and helps to keep attention focused on corporate governance challenges around the world."

Jay Lorsch, Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations and Suraj Srinivasan, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

"Michael delivered a captivating address to the RSA. His Olympus experience reveals him as a leader of remarkable courage and integrity, and it was a privilege to hear his account at first-hand."

"Michael is a master storyteller with an enthralling tale to tell, and he held the audience in the palm of his hand throughout his address. There were audible sighs of disappointment when our time was up!"

"It was a uniquely memorable event with a truly inspiring individual."

Vikki Heywood, Chair Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA)

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