Former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov is a first class speaker whose talks include global politics, chess, innovation, risk and strategy. His speeches with institutions, heads of state and world leaders are universally praised as are his innovative workshops.
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Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1963, Garry Kasparov became the under-18 chess champion of the USSR at the age of 12 and the world under-20 champion at 17. He came to international fame as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 at the age of 22. He defended his title five times, including a legendary series of matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov broke Bobby Fischer’s rating record in 1990 and his own peak rating record remained unbroken until 2013. His famous matches against the IBM super-computer Deep Blue in 1996-97 were key to bringing artificial intelligence, and chess, into the mainstream.
Kasparov’s outspoken nature did not endear him to the Soviet authorities, giving him an early taste of opposition politics. From 1989-91 he was outspoken in opposition to the Soviet system and he became a prominent voice for democracy and individual rights. It was still a shock when Kasparov, then in his 20th year as the world’s top-ranked player, abruptly retired from competitive chess in 2005 to join the vanguard of the Russian pro-democracy movement. He founded the United Civil Front and organized the Marches of Dissent to protest the repressive policies of Vladimir Putin. In 2012, Kasparov was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Vaclav Havel. In 2013, Kasparov led the Iranian online voting initiative 'We Choose' using a Russian-built e-democracy platform.
The US-based Kasparov Chess Foundation non-profit promotes the teaching of chess in education systems around the world. Now in thousands of schools, KCF has centres in Europe, Africa, and Asia with Latin America and the Middle East soon to come. Garry and his wife Daria travel frequently to promote the proven benefits of chess in education and toured Africa extensively in 2013-14. In October, 2013, Kasparov launched his campaign for the presidency of FIDE, the international chess federation with 178 member federations. The election will be held in August 2014.
Garry Kasparov has been a contributing editor to 'The Wall Street Journal' since 1991 and is a frequent commentator on politics and human rights. He speaks frequently to business audiences around the world on innovation, strategy, and peak mental performance. In 2013 he was named a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford-Martin School. Kasparov’s book 'How Life Imitates Chess' on decision-making is available in over 20 languages. He is the author of two acclaimed series of chess books, 'My Great Predecessors' and 'Modern Chess'.
"I am writing to highly recommend Garry Kasparov as a thought-provoking special guest of the highest calibre. We have had the fortune of having him as a special guest in several of our communities' Summit meetings. We first invited him for conversation on the subject of strategy Ð a topic that sense for a former world chess champion. The more we worked with Garry, however, the more we discovered his range to cover other topics that our clients cared very much about: geopolitics, innovation and risk, to name a few. He has participated in some of our largest gatherings as well as in roundtable dinner settings; his ability to engage audiences large and small is rare. He walks in the door with plenty of thoughtful perspectives and ideas but is also quite adept at moderated Q&A conversations as well. Our clients leave with new insights on things they care deeply about and stories they will share for some time to come."
World 50 Inc.
"Garry Kasparov demonstrated his abilities as a great speaker with a brilliant understanding of global tnesions... Without doubt, Mr Kasparov is not only an engaging and forthright speaker, he also is welcoming in taking audience questions. On a personal basis, I found him to be an untiring world stage leader with compassion for others. He is invited to come back at any time in the future!"
Wyoming Business Alliance & Wyoming Heritage Foundation