Dr. Vikas Shah MBE DL Interviews the world's leading thinkers, and the people shaping the century.

In this interview I speak to etiquette & culture expert Sara Jane Ho, Founder of China's first etiquette school, Institute Sarita, star of Emmy-nominated Netflix series, Mind Your Manners and author of Mind Your Manners – How to Be Your Best Self in Any Situation. We discuss the most important…
Thought Economics

 

In this interview, I speak to Dr. Dana Sinclair, one of the world’s foremost performance psychologists who has worked with Olympic athletes to actors, surgeons to opera singers, fighter pilots, CEOs and more. We unpick what it takes to really be an elite performer, her new book ‘Dialled in: Do…
Thought Economics

 

In this interview I speak to Alison Taylor, one of the world’s foremost experts on business ethics, strategy & risk. We discuss the fundamentals of how businesses can do the right thing in a turbulent world including the need for meaningful values alignment, what it means to be a responsible…
Thought Economics

 

In this interview I speak to Seth Maxwell, Founder of the Thirst Project & Legacy Youth Leadership. Seth is one of the world’s most successful campaigners and activators of youth leadership & advocacy. His work has mobilised millions of young people to create change, and in this discussion I speak…
Thought Economics

 

In this interview, I speak to Impa “Tshilobo” Kasanganay on his incredible journey from facing homelessness to becoming the PFL’s Light Heavyweight Champion MMA fighter. We discuss the mental and physical resilience needed to be a world champion combat sports athlete, together with how to build the mindset for success.
Thought Economics

 

In this conversation, I speak to Professor Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & Chair of the Elders. We discuss the concept of climate justice, the human and human rights impact of climate change together with the need for more climate adaptive societies…
Thought Economics

 

In this interview, I speak to Stef Reid, a British Paralympic long jumper and sprinter. She is a World Champion, four-time Paralympian, triple Paralympic medallist, and five-time world record holder. Stef has a degree in biochemistry, and her adventures off the track include acting, modelling (including being the first amputee to walk…
Thought Economics

 

Are games art? How can games create beauty and meaning? Can we use games to explore the aesthetics of thought? In this interview, I speak to Frank Lantz, one of the world’s foremost game designers, with a pedigree in exploring how emerging technology can create new kinds of gameplay. He…
Thought Economics

 

In this interview I speak to Natasha “Mo” Hunt who has represented England across almost every format & level of rugby from the Olympics to the Commonwealth Games and major international competitions. We discuss the power of rugby, and what it takes to succeed at the highest level in one…
Thought Economics

 

In this interview I speak to Dakota Ditcheva, mixed martial artist & PFL European flyweight champion. Hailing from Manchester, Dakota is one of the world’s most sought-after professional fighters, having risen to prominence as an amateur kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, winning numerous championships in both disciplines, the pinnacle being…
Thought Economics

 

In this conversation, I speak to Dr. Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Trials. Dr. Brammertz is one of the world’s foremost experts on international criminal law, and we discuss the role & purpose of international courts, and the role of justice in…
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In this interview, I speak to Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg, dubbed “the world’s leading megaproject expert.” We discuss the findings from his recent book How Big Things Get Done, and the tools, techniques, principles and models we can use to lead projects at all scales. He has 30 years of…
Thought Economics

 

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Business & Economics  (331)
In this interview I speak to Aravind Srinivas, the CEO of Perplexity, an AI powered answer engine that is transforming the world of search by answering questions conversationally. Perplexity extracts data from lakes including the web, images and video, before applying LLM’s to produce incredibly natural answers to questions, with…
Culture, Society, Sports & Arts  (228)
In this interview, I speak to Will Storr on the profoundly important role of status in human society. We discuss how we are all driven, and influenced by status, the status-games wired into us and how understanding the psychology of status can change how we see others, and ourselves.
Health & Medicine  (61)
In this interview, I speak to Dr. Lloyd B. Minor, Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine & Co-Lead of Stanford Health, a $13 billion-dollar health enterprise comprising Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care & Stanford Medicine Children’s Health. We discuss how AI, computing and synthetic biology are transforming…
Nobel Laureates  (20)
Politics & Policy  (155)
To better understand the laws of war & conflict, I speak to Sir Geoffrey Nice KC (Former Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, who led the prosecution of Slobodan Miloševic) and Professor William A Schabas OC (International Criminal & Human Rights Lawyer, who Served on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission…
Science & Technology  (117)
Lawrence Krauss is a renowned theoretical physicist, bestselling author, and celebrated lecturer who has greatly contributed to various areas of physics and cosmology. Krauss's significant scientific contribution includes the 1995 proposal that most of the Universe's energy resides in empty space, confirmed in 1999 and awarded a Nobel Prize in…
Kevin Kelly, a visionary luminary of our digital age, is renowned as the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, a definitive chronicle of the technological revolution, and the author of groundbreaking books like "Out of Control" and "The Inevitable." Known for his prescient insights into technology and its impact on…
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