Soulaima Gourani
  • Country: Afghanistan
  • Number of Books: 2
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I am a life strategist and co-founder of Womenreignite (a social app for women practicing life design. The company is located in Palo Alto, CA). 

I am a frequent speaker at conferences + author of several bestseller books on themes like “How to take control over your life” and “How to Design Your Future”  and many others.  

Everything I do always serve a common purpose: to create more innovators, critical thinkers, problem solvers and more peace in the world.

I am an official expert at World Economic Forum’s (Expert Network) within “Behavioural Sciences & Education and Skills.” 

I work with clients as Samsung, Roche A/S, Leo‐Pharma, NNIT, Genzyme, Aberdeen, DuPont, LEGO, McKinsey, DELL, Microsoft, Adecco, ManSoft, Alk Abello, Aon Hewitt, Citroen, Colliers, Diageo, Cisco, Ernst & Young, Volvo, FL Smidth, H. Lundbeck, IBM, TDC, SimCorp, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Danske Bank, News Corp and Deloitte etc.

I work  all over the world: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, USA, Finland, Greenland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, Mongolia, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Greece, Thailand, Egypt, Venezuela, Morocco, Turkey, China, Lebanon, Japan, Switzerland, Mexico and Bahrain. 

I am also the co-­founder of (2007), (2016), (2016) & (2007) and “At Lykkes” (2018).

I am a columnist at the Danish newspapers (owned by Jyllands Posten Holding A/S and A/S Politiken Holding) and (owned by Berlingske Media) and my weekly Forbes column. 

I am a paid 10k+ USD keynote speaker at BigSpeak Speakers Bureau – book via 

Current/former boards and advisory boards:

  • Global Dignity (Denmark)
  • UN Women (Denmark) – Advisor to UN Women Consultation Group
  • Chair Global Dignity (world wide)
  • Miracle Foundation Board (left in 2018)
  • Jury, Global Teacher Prize
  • TED Mentor
  • Social Labs, India, advisory board
  • IamTheCode, ambassador
  • Judge, The School Enterprise Challenge Team
  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Jury
  • New Scholars (California)  

Education: Export technician, Odense, 2001, E-MBA from Copenhagen Business School, 2007

Executive training:

  • Executive training; Stanford University (2006).
  • Innovation. Berkeley University (2006); Design-thinking.
  • Indian School of Business (ISB), (2012); Innovations and Lessons from Emerging Markets: A South Asia Perspective.
  • The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2013 & 2014);  “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” and “Leadership and decision making” & IDEASpHERE (alum program)
  • The Jackson Institute For Global Affairs, Yale University (2014); Leadership and Decision Making in the 21st Century.
  • INCAE Business school, Costa Rica (2015); Leadership for Sustainable Development. 

Recipient of awards and honors including:

  • Rising Star Award (2004)
  • European list of talents (2004, Magazine Courrier)
  • Talent 100 Award, Berlingske, 2004
  • Young Global Leader (YGL; 2012, World Economic Forum)
  • Top 100 Women, FEMINA, Denmark, 2012
  • Nordic Thinkers top 20, 2013
  • EUROMAN top 100 women, 2013
  • ’40 under 40′ Europe, 2014
  • Womenomics Influencer Award, 2015
  • Women’s Media Center’s SheSource expert, 2016
  • Inspiring Fifty: Nordics 2016
  • ‘100 Women in the Top’, Berlingske Business, Denmark 2017
  • Kraks Blå Bog (Danish for Krak’s Blue Book) is a Danish for-­‐profit biographical dictionary service in a format comparable to Marquis Who’s Who, 2018.)
  • H.C. Oersted Ambassador, 2019  
  • Thinkers50, 2019 (shortlisted nominee – final reward nov. 2019)  

Private: Lives in Palo Alto, married Brian P. Frandsen (online community builder), two kids, a son (2007) and a daughter (2009) (I am a proud mum).

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