Dimis Michaelides
Consultant, author, keynote speaker and magician, who combines his unique talents and business experience to inspire people around the world. He works in the areas of leadership, creativity, innovation, strategy and marketing and is the Managing Director of Performa Consulting.

Dimis has taught as visiting Professor at the Executive MBA programs of INSEAD (Fontainebleau), CK Graduate School of Business (Beijing), Jiaotang University (Shanghai), Royal Holloway University of London and the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM). He is now teaching Entrepreneurship and Leadership and Organizational Behavior at MBA and undergraduate level at Neapolis University Pafos. He has also served on numerous Boards of Directors in private companies and non-profit organizations in Cyprus, the US, Russia and Brazil, including the Board of Trustees of The Creative Education Foundation (US). In 2017 Dimis was named Ambassador of Knowledge by Lifelong Learning Academia in Slovenia.

Dimis published The Art of Innovation - Integrating Creativity in Organizations© (2007) and developed the Art of Innovation model in various forms, to help organizations and individuals achieve their full innovation potential.

He has delivered presentations and led workshops in numerous creativity forums including TEDx (New York), Harvard Business Review (China), Creative Education Foundation (USA), American Creativity Association, CREA (Europe), European Conference for Creativity and Innovation, Africa Creativity Conference.

Dimis has extensive international experience in General Management, Marketing and Finance - at the World Bank (Washington), Zeneca (Paris), Council of Europe (Paris) and Laiki Cyprialife (Nicosia).

Dimis is a graduate of the London School of Economics (B.Sc), London Business School (MBA), Sussex University (MA) and INSEAD (Leadership in Organizations).

He is fluent in Greek, English and French, operational in Spanish and Portuguese.

As a magician he makes the impossible possible. As a musician he creates harmony and disharmony in roughly equal proportions. As an aficionado of improvisational theatre, he is unafraid of relating to people as a wise guru or with inspired foolishness.

In his science fiction book Y2.200K – a chronicle©, he reveals his respect for science, his love of peace and freedom and his distaste for pseudo-science, politicians and priests. He loves art and history, film and theatre, Paris and Edinburgh, souvla and sushi, thrillers and humor, Penn and Teller, his wife and son, his brother and his dog, Goya.

KeyNote Talk "Be Creative - Yes you can!"

There are those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. Have you ever felt that all things are changing faster and faster? During this presentation, participants will discover

· How to recognise different levels of change, each of which poses different challenges.

· How creativity can be their best friend in times of fast and accelerating change.

· Practical ways of developing their personal creativity

The presentation will be interactive and will include … a touch of magic!