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Ronan Harrington

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Ronan is an expert on how organisations can move from burnout to resilience in the coming decade of disruption.


Founder of Alter Ego, a global network of experts on disruption and resilience. A former futurist to the British Foreign Office and strategic lead at RethinkX, the Think Tank analysing technological disruption and its implications for society. Ronan is also a Client Director at Tough Cookie, training major organisations in mental resilience. Ronan's talks are rare in that they combine big picture trends with the science of resilience, and are packed with lots of psychological tools to manage stress, anxiety and burnout. Audiences leave with clarity about the future and confidence in their ability to cope with change.


"You don't solve your problems, you outgrow them."

Ronan’s dual expertise in disruption and resilience is a lifeline for organisations struggling with burnout and disorientation in the wake of COVID.

Over a decade ago, Ronan became one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of the Arts. As a lead Futurist to the British Foreign Office, he authored a report on the world of 2030 and how the British Government should respond to threats in a VUCA world. He received a Masters in Public Policy from Balliol College and the Oxford School of Government, then one of youngest executives in the City of London, as Director of Futures, Strategy and Animation at RPC. Ronan founded Alter Ego, a global network of leaders who are pioneering transformational change in society in 2015.

    As a strategic lead at RethinkX, he led the narrative creation for Rethinking Humanity, a seminal report on the prospects of major societal change in the coming decade.

    As a Client Director at Tough Cookie, Ronan partners with company leaders to assess their levels of burnout, from absenteeism to productivity and engagement, designing effective resilience strategies so organisations can recover quickly from COVID. 

    As the Founder of Alter Ego, he has built a network of experts on disruption and resilience, identifying the latest thinking and practice that leaders can adopt in their organisation today. 

    Ronan has translated this vast knowledge and experience into compelling keynotes that give audiences the essentials they need to recover from COVID and cope with ongoing change.

    Ronan is a go to for senior leadership teams seeking insights on how to respond to this moment of confusion and uncertainty. ​In the past year, he has delivered inspiring keynotes to KPMG, McKinsey-Aberkyn, and INSEAD Business School. 

    Ronan’s talks are inspiring because they come from his own lived experience in senior leadership positions. He speaks openly about the stress of being a decision maker in chaotic environments, and the toll this can take on our mental and physical health. 

    Now more than ever, audiences need to understand how to cope with crisis and adversity. Having overcome prolonged adversity, Ronan can speak honesty about how to use disruption as a catalyst for growth.

    Speaking topics include:

  • Resilience in the Decade of Disruption
  • ​​Challenges and Opportunities in a post-Covid World
  • Technology and Emerging Trends
  • Mental Resilience
  • Purpose 
  • Health and Well-Being 
  • Motivational Keynotes

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As with all of our events we take feedback from our attendees, Ronan received a 100% feedback score which is a first across our networks since I joined the company.

Joe Mullis, Programme Design Manager, KPMG

One of the most touching and inspiring speakers I know, he truly holds the audience in his hands.

Josef Lentsch, Managing Partner, Innovation in Politics Institute, Germany

I first met Ronan when he spoke at the Managing Partners’ Forum Strategy Summit in March 2019 and was I completely inspired by his amazing resilience and ability to bounce back. He imparted much food for thought surrounding mindfulness and useful techniques to prevent and overcome adversity. A very entertaining speaker and great guy to know.

Lee Pearce, Senior Relationship Manager, AIB

Ronan certainly knows how to grab the attention of his audience and take them with him on a journey of discovery and discussion. Never shying from the important elements within a topic, he provides a group safe space to voice opinions and work constructively towards a valuable and commercially relevant outcome.

Clint Evans, Director of Brand and Talent, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

One of the most powerful speakers out there, a unique ability to communicate complex ideas.

Director, Theama Think Tank, Akram Khan Company

Ronan is one of the most inspiring and touching speakers I know. He truly holds the audience in his hands.

Josef Lentsch - Director, NEOS Political Innovation Lab