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Stephen Attenborough

Stephen Attenborough is a compelling keynote speaker who shares his insights on business innovation and development, drawing on the fascinating story of how Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has become a reality. As the company's first full-time employee in 2004, Stephen laid the commercial foundations for the world's first spaceline and went on to become its Chief Customer Officer, responsible for guiding customers on their transformative experience of spaceflight.

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About Stephen Attenborough

Through his work spearheading Virgin Galactic’s ongoing sales, development, marketing, PR, licensing, partnerships, and customer initiatives, the project has attracted over $50 million in deposits from future astronauts. As part of his work, Stephen also explores the impact of new technologies on business and how they can be combined with people to drive growth within organisations.

Beyond his work with Virgin Galactic, Stephen has an impressive background in finance and investment management, having worked for over 15 years at Gartmore Investment Management, where he focused on the company’s relationship with institutional and high net worth clients. He has also been instrumental in securing deals for Virgin Galactic, including the company’s first external equity partnership with Abu Dhabi’s AABAR Investments PJSC, which involved a sale of 32% of the company for $280 million.

As a board member of the Virgin Group’s foundation, Virgin Unite, Stephen continues to be a part of the Virgin family. With his team at Virgin Galactic, he is preparing to open the gates of space travel to tourists, and his engaging keynote speeches provide practical insights into innovation, development, and the impact of new technologies on business.

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Stephen’s keynotes include but are not limited to:

  • The story of Virgin Galactic
  • Impact of new technologies on businesses
  • People and technology: getting the right mix
  • Business innovation and growth
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