Soulaima Gourani

I am very proud to announce that I have been selected as a ’40 under 40′ European Young Leader 2014 by EuropaNova og Friends of Europe. Read more about selection here


“My life is spent constantly communicating my vision – to change the world to the better and to build a more tolerant place through trade – and through better and stronger relations between countries and people.”

There is a lot to be said about Soulaima Gourani and her many experiences. At the age of twenty-eight, Soulaima Gourani received recognition as one of Denmark’s brightest businesswomen when she received the prestigious Rising Star award and the Talent 2004 award. Since then, she has gained valuable management experience from companies such as Hewlett-Packard and A.P. Moller-Maersk. Today, Soulaima Gourani exploits her vast knowledge and experience as an adviser and speaker for some of the worlds most innovative companies, when they seek inspiration and motivation. She is also author and contributing author to a number of books about successful business and investor as well as co-owner of NerdySpeakers and former CEO in the company CetCapitalAid.

Soulaima is listed as one of the top 100 talents in Europe to keep an eye on by the well-esteemed French magazine Courrier International, and in March 2012 she was selected as one of the 192 management leaders in 2012-2017 by the World Economic Forum who are to carry out the task as innovators and futurists in one of the world’s most important leadership forums—Young Global Leaders. Soulaima is a Young Global Leader, and in the next five years, she will travel around the world to meet with politicians and business leaders.

In 2012 Soulaima Gourani was recognized as one of the 20 most business-minded people in the Nordic countries by Nordic Business Forum. In 2014 she was selected to be amongst ’40 under 40′ European Young Leaders by EuropaNova and Friends of Europe and in 2016 she was appointed to be amongst the ‘Inspiring fifty’ European list of inspiring role models as well as appointed to be UN Woman Ambassador Advisor. In 2017 Soulaima Gourani made ‘Top 100 women’ by Berlinske Business Magazine in Denmark.



Soulaima Gourani is much sought after as a speaker, where her role is to revitalize both Danish and international companies in areas such as strategy, management, and career development. Throughout her career, Soulaima has inspired and challenged an impressive number of the worlds’s largest and most innovative companies—a fact that her list of references can testify to. She is in high demand because of her ten years of management experience in multinational companies, her vast knowledge and innovative approach to sales, her management strategy, her career development, her ability to predict how markets will respond and change, and her almost-unlimited energy and authenticity. She was rewarded for these qualities when she received an award as a speaker of the year in 2010 in the category Trends and Tendencies.

Corporate adviser and sparring partner

When some of the most innovative and prestigious companies need counseling regarding sales strategy, management, relationship building, employee development, or customer loyalty, they often choose to engage Soulaima Gourani. Companies enjoy her innovative and uncompromising approach to her role as a speaker, moderator and advisor. Soulaima Gourani also works as a personal sparring partner for some of the most demanding and ambitious leaders, whom she challenges both professionally and personally to help them become more professional and passionate leaders with a focus on loyalty in every step of the company’s value chain.



Her career has been built through employment at multinational companies such as Hewlett-Packard and the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Here, Soulaima has accumulated business and sales competences through significant line responsibility for sales, budgets, and staff. Moreover, she is active as a member of the board of directors in several companies.

Soulaima Gourani holds a master of business administration from the Copenhagen Business School, where she taught supply chain management. She has lived abroad for a number of years and is now living in Palo Alto, California. Soulaima Gourani  is half Danish, half Moroccan, and has studied at Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, Yale, INCAE, and the Beijing University. You can read more about her professional life in Soulaima’s Speakers Bio and  LinkedIn profile.

Read more about Soulaima’s personal background and everyday life and further about her organization, concerning company-, colleague- and customer philosophy and key issues – charity work, events and causes.

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