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Edgar Perez

Edgar Perez is a renowned global strategist and speaker, with expertise in leveraging technology and innovation across various sectors. A former McKinsey consultant and published author, he has addressed top executives worldwide on topics like AI, quantum computing, and the Metaverse. Affiliated with notable institutes, his insights are sought after by leading organisations and media outlets.


About Edgar Perez

Edgar Perez has delivered captivating and insightful keynote talks in front of thousands of top executives around the world. He has presented for the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, APEC SME Service Alliance, Beijing Municipal People’s Government, China Securities Regulatory Commission, China’ State Administration of Foreign Exchange, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, European American Chamber of Commerce, Quant Investment Summit APAC, CFA Shenzhen, CFA Singapore, Hong Kong Securities Institute, Columbia University, New York University, Hult Business School, Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University, Fudan University, Peking University, University of International Business and Economics and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.  

Global Conferences Edgar has spoken at include World Artificial Intelligence Conference (Shanghai), GITEX GLOBAL (Dubai), Turkiye Innovation Week (Istanbul), Institutional Investor’s CEO Roundtable (Berlin) and Global Growth Markets Forum (London), Cyber Security World Conference (New York), Inside Market Data (Chicago), Emerging Markets Investments Summit (Warsaw), amongst many others.

Edgar has also been featured on CNN, CGTN, CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg TV, BNN, Channel NewsAsia, CNN en Español, Sina Finance, CCTV China, China Radio International, Habertürk TV,, TV Perú, The Korea Herald, Valor Econômico, The Star, Caixin, China Daily, South China Morning Post, SPUTNIK Mundo and The Wall Street Journal. 

Edgar was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey. Edgar has an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru, a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru, and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York, majoring in Finance and Management. Edgar is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer. 

Edgar is author of Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets, and The Speed Traders, An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, published in English by McGraw-Hill, Jiaoyi Kuaishou, published in Mandarin by China Financial Publishing House, and Investasi Super Kilat, published in Bahasa Indonesia by Kompas Gramedia. He has contributed to The New York Times, W Radio, Sina Finance, Al Bayan and CGTN. 

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Speech Topics


Unleashing the Power of Innovation with The xG Factor 

Innovation is the key to success in today’s competitive and dynamic world. But how can you measure and optimize the quality and value of your innovation projects? Learn from soccer, the world’s most popular sport, and the xG factor. xG, or expected goals, is a metric that global broadcasters such as Sky Sports, BBC, Bein Sports and NBC use regularly. It measures the quality of a chance by calculating the likelihood of scoring based on historical shot information. It provides a more objective measure of a team’s attacking prowess than simply counting the number of goals scored. In this keynote, Edgar will show you how to apply the xG factor to unleash innovation in your organization. Look forward to be entertained and inspired with the knowledge to transform your organization into a hub of innovation and excellence. 


The Future of Work: How to Adapt and Thrive in the Age of Automation and AI 

 The world of work is undergoing a radical transformation as automation and artificial intelligence (AI) reshape various industries and occupations. How can we prepare ourselves and our organizations for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead? In this keynote, Edgar will share his insights and recommendations on how to adapt and thrive in the age of automation and AI. He will cover the current and future trends and impacts of automation and AI on the workforce and the economy, and the best practices and strategies for leveraging automation and AI to enhance productivity, creativity, and innovation. He will also review the essential skills and mindsets that are needed to succeed in the new world of work. You will learn how to confidently navigate the changing landscape of work and to seize the opportunities that automation and AI offer. 


How to Foster a Culture of Innovation in Your Organization 

 In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, staying ahead of the curve means embracing innovation in every aspect of your business. But how do you create an environment where creativity thrives, risk-taking is encouraged, and collaboration fuels breakthrough ideas? In this talk, Edgar shares his proven strategies for fostering a culture of innovation within your organization. You’ll learn how to overcome common obstacles and pitfalls, and discover best practices for empowering employees to think outside the box, take calculated risks, and work together to drive groundbreaking solutions. Whether you’re a startup or a Fortune 500 company, Edgar will help you unlock the full potential of your team and turn your organization into a hub of innovation that sets you apart from the competition. 


How to Innovate and Disrupt with Technology: Creating New Value Propositions for Your Customers 

 Technology is a powerful force of innovation and disruption. It can help businesses create new value propositions that can satisfy the needs and wants of their customers, as well as challenge the status quo and reshape the competitive landscape. Technology can also help businesses to explore new opportunities and overcome new challenges in the market, as well as scale up globally. Edgar will discuss how companies can use technology to identify and exploit new opportunities and challenges in the market, to develop and test innovative solutions that can meet the changing demands and expectations of your customers, and to scale up and expand your business across different regions and sectors. 



 The Artificial Intelligence Breakthroughs that are Changing the World 

 Imagine a world where computers can think, learn, and act like humans. A world where machines can solve complex problems, create new products, and revolutionize entire industries. Welcome to the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most transformative technology of our time. Edgar will take you on a journey into the future of AI, showcasing the latest breakthroughs and their profound impact on businesses and society. Edgar will also delve into the bigger picture, exploring how AI is not just a tool, but a paradigm shift that will reshape the future of work, commerce, and human interaction. He’ll highlight the challenges and opportunities that come with this seismic change, and offer valuable insights on how to navigate this brave new world. Get ready to unlock the power of AI and join the ranks of the forward-thinking organizations that are shaping the world of tomorrow. 


The Human Element in ChatGPT 

 ChatGPT is an Artificial Intelligence language model designed to understand natural language and respond to user queries, providing human-like conversation in text form. ChatGPT can be used to automate customer service, answer frequently asked questions, and gain insights from customer interactions; it can also be used to analyze large amounts of data and generate reports. While ChatGPT is a software machine, it was created by humans, which brings important implications for the relationship between humans and machines. Edgar will explore the ways in which ChatGPT blurs the line between human and machine, and what that means for the future of work and our relationship with technology. 


Unleash the Full Potential of Creativity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence 

Creativity enables us to generate novel and useful ideas, products, and solutions. However, with the rapid development and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), creativity no longer seems the exclusive domain of humans. AI can now perform tasks that require creativity, such as writing, composing, designing, and inventing. AI can augment and enhance human creativity, by providing inspiration, feedback, and collaboration. In this keynote, Edgar will share his insights and recommendations on how to harness the power and promise of AI for creativity. This keynote will inspire and equip you with the knowledge and tools to understand and embrace the emerging world of AI and creativity. 


Generative AI and the Future of Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come a long way since its inception in the mid-20th century. One of the most exciting and promising developments is Generative AI, a rapidly evolving field that focuses on teaching computers to create original content such as music, images, text, video, or protein structures. Unlike traditional AI, where the focus is on classification, prediction, and optimization, Generative AI aims to enable machines to learn from patterns in data and then use that knowledge to create something entirely new. The applications of Generative AI are vast and far-reaching, and its potential to revolutionize industries such as life sciences, fashion, design, healthcare, journalism, and music is significant. Edgar will inspire your team as he explores a future that we can experience today. 



 The Next Decade of Technology 

 From Generative AI and Quantum Computing to 5G and the Metaverse, the next decade will see a rapid acceleration of technological progress that will shape our lives in countless ways. Edgar will provide a visionary overview of the most important technological trends that are likely to dominate the next decade. Drawing on insights from his extensive experience as a thought leader in the tech industry, he will discuss the key technologies that will drive innovation and growth, and explore their potential impact on society and business. By the end of the speech, attendees will have a clear understanding of the major technological trends that are likely to define the next decade, and will be inspired to think creatively about the possibilities and implications of these trends for their own organizations and lives. 


Is Web3 the Beginning of a New Internet or a Stroke of Marketing Genius? 

Web3 promises a better internet built on the blockchain, the distributed ledger systems that form the basis of cryptocurrencies. Backers promise it will cut out traditional middlemen, letting users transact directly and have a greater stake in the applications they use. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter), for example, make their money through advertising; yet, they share zero of it. Users are supposed to be happy with likes! If the sirens’ songs are to be believed, Web3 will bring more power into the hands of end users. Some people have different views though. Is Web3 just really a land grab underway by already powerful people? Is it a dystopian vision of a pay-to-play internet? Is Web3 ultimately a mere rebranding of crypto with the aim of convincing people that blockchains are the natural next phase of computing? Edgar will inspire you as he cuts to the Web3 chase. 


Money Matters: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and CBDCs and Their Impact on the Global Economy 

 Blockchain technology has been hailed as a revolutionary force that will transform the global financial system. It enables secure, transparent, and decentralized transactions without the need for intermediaries. Blockchain technology has also given rise to cryptocurrencies, which have attracted millions of investors and enthusiasts who see them as the future of money. However, blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies also pose significant challenges and threats, such as privacy, security, regulation, and volatility. In response, central banks and policymakers around the world are exploring ways to introduce Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), which are the digital form of fiat money issued by central banks. In this keynote, Edgar will share his insights and recommendations on how to prepare for and embrace the emerging world of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and CBDCs. 


Social Engineering: The “Weakest Human Link” in Cybersecurity 

Social engineering involves tricking your employees into breaching security protocols or giving away information. Social engineering exploits human weaknesses rather than technology, preying upon people’s propensity towards trust. Often, these attacks are used to gather information to support a more targeted cyberattack, with the initial forays based on the premise of ‘little and often’ so as not to cause concern. Employees at all levels, including senior executives, are vulnerable. Edgar will explain why by improving employee awareness and introducing simple technical measures, organizations can improve their protection against social engineering techniques and the risk of a cyberattack.


The Ultimate Business Disruptor: Quantum Computing 

Classical computing was invented in the 1940s; the advent of Quantum Computing will make these computers look painfully slow. Calculations that would take longer than a human’s life span to work out on a classic computer can be completed in a matter of hours or minutes with Quantum Computing. Furthermore, it will enable solving a set of problems that couldn’t be solved before. Quantum Computing’s benefits include efficiently simulating new drug molecules and dramatically reducing the time complex financial calculations take, among many others. For optimization, sampling or search problems, this promises dramatic speedups. Edgar will reveal why Quantum Computing will disrupt companies in every industry. 


Welcome to the Metaverse: The Next Evolution of the Internet 

 The Metaverse is where our digital and physical lives will converge. It will include a virtual world interoperating with the physical world where we live, and generate a robust economy that spans entertainment, commerce, education and work, while transforming long-standing industries such as finance, retail, healthcare fitness, and more. Today, every major company is staking a claim on the Metaverse, from social media giants Meta (formerly Facebook) and ByteDance to gaming powerhouses Tencent, Microsoft and Epic Games, to hardware providers Nvidia and TSMC. Embrace the possibilities the Metaverse will bring to your organization during this fascinating session with Edgar. 


Neuromorphic Computing and the Quest to Build an Artificial Brain 

 Neuromorphic Computing attempts to emulate the human brain’s neural structure and operation with the goal to match a human’s flexibility and ability to learn from unstructured stimuli with the energy efficiency displayed by our brain. Neuromorphic Computing has grown at the intersection of diverse research disciplines, including computational neuroscience, machine learning, microelectronics, and computer architecture, among others. It seeks to produce a cognition machine that not just reaches decisions, but internalizes information and deduces facts. Edgar will enthrall your audience with the possibilities created by computers that will behave as though they were originally engineered for the tasks they are executing, rather than as today’s general-purpose computers. 


Brain-Computer Interfaces: The Next Frontier of Human-Machine Interaction 

 Imagine a world where thoughts can control technology, where minds can communicate directly with machines, and where the boundaries of human capability are stretched beyond anything we thought possible. Welcome to the era of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), a revolutionary technology that promises to reshape the way we interact with the world and ourselves. In this keynote, Edgar will guide you through the exciting possibilities and potential of BCIs, exploring their applications across various industries, including healthcare, education, entertainment, and defense. Edgar will also delve into the cutting-edge advancements in brain-to-brain communication, neural enhancement, and even mind uploading, concepts once considered the realm of science fiction but now rapidly becoming a reality. Get ready to embark on a journey into the fascinating world of BCIs and discover the incredible opportunities they offer. 


The Dawn of 6G: Unleashing the Full Potential of the Next Generation Wireless Revolution 

 Welcome to the era of 6G, the sixth generation of mobile network standards that will rewrite the rules of mobile communication and unleash a torrent of unprecedented possibilities. Edgar will take you on a thrilling journey into the heart of 6G, revealing the secrets of this emerging technology and equipping you with the knowledge and tools to harness its power. From ubiquitous instant communication to pervasive intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), 6G promises to revolutionize the way we live, work, and interact. Moreover, Edgar will also delve into the cutting-edge advancements shaping the landscape of tomorrow, including brain-computer interfaces, quantum communication, and terahertz communication. Imagine a world where thoughts can control technology, where communication transcends language barriers, and where data transfer happens at lightning-fast speeds. That world is 6G, and it’s closer than you think. Join Edgar on this exciting journey and get ready to experience a world where the impossible becomes possible, and the boundaries of human connection are limitless. 


Artificial General Intelligence: The Next Revolution in Human History 

 Imagine a world where intelligent machines can outperform humans in virtually every domain, transforming the fabric of society and revolutionizing the way we live, work, and interact. Welcome to the dawn of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), the holy grail of AI research that’s poised to change the game forever. Edgar will take you on a captivating journey into the world of AGI, decoding its mysteries, and unveiling its vast potential. From automation and augmentation to creation and collaboration, AGI will redraw the boundaries of what’s possible, unleashing unprecedented opportunities for growth, productivity, and fulfillment. Edgar’s unique perspective and authority on AI and innovation will equip you with the knowledge to thrive in a world where intelligence knows no limits. Embrace the age of AGI and discover a universe of boundless possibility. 


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"Thank you very much for your participation in Berlin at the European Institute CEO Roundtable. Your presentation was fascinating, a really informative session. The delegates seemed to hang off your every word! We greatly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us for the event and look forward to working with you again in the near future."

European Institute (United Kingdom)

"Your presentation absolutely hit the mark and we have had some really great feedback already. We look forward to working with you again soon!"

Travelers Insurance Company

"Your program provides a comprehensive approach for any organization to lead in cybersecurity readiness."

Airport Council International Europe

"It was such a pleasure to have you participate in our conference. The feedback was great and the information you shared with the audience was invaluable. Once again, thank you for your contribution in making the event a success."

Peters & Co.

"It was a great pleasure to have a speaker like Edgar Pérez, an international expert in technology and finance, at the ALIDE General Assembly. The vision and clarity with which Edgar spoke about the influence of technology on the sustained growth of nations has been essential for the 265 representatives of development banks from 30 countries around the world and 17 international organizations that participated in our assembly to better understand the fundamental role of these new trends in the challenge of sustained and inclusive growth in the region. Thank you very much, Edgar, for your important participation."


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