Soulaima Gourani

Soulaima Gourani


Soulaima Gourani is a keynote speaker and an advisor to major companies on customer loyalty, strategic networking, change management, employee motivation and future of business. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and the owner of and

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“There is more to life than work . . .”

Yes, there definitely is more to life than work, but I do have to admit that I place great importance on work.

In 2007, I decided to start my own consulting business and became an entrepreneur.

I wrote about this journey and shared my leanings in the e-book “Ignite your Career” and it was downloaded in more than 300.000 copies.

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Most people would probably say that I left a pretty good career, but I had a burning desire to create something of my own. I wanted to create my own job based on my desires, values, talents and passion.

I am a rewarded online executive coach, business mentor, and a bestseller author and a keynote speaker.

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I love my work  – because I have impact. I see how I impact laws, implement changes in companies and even in countries, and I am welcomed to speak up in settings I once could only have dreamed of.

I was born in Morocco, grew up in Denmark. I received an E-MBA from Copenhagen Business School in 2007 and have received further education and executive training from a number of institutions, including Yale University, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, INCAE Business School and ISB India. I now teach online and at leading business schools in the world in “lifedesign.

I work a lot. But when I am not working I support many organisations and charities, including Women UN Women Advisory Group (Denmark); SAC World Economic Forum, YGL, Gender equality (Geneva); The School Challenge Team (world wide), The Global Teacher Prize and many more

Today I get to work in many countries and I work with some of the smartest people on earth.

I start companies, I invest in others and I speak and advise.

I have a great passion for writing books, columns and blogs. I am in the media 1-3 times every week. Everything I do serve a common purpose: to create more innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers – more peace in the world. I dedicated my own life to improving the lives of others. I am a lifecoach and offer 1:1 sessions online – I make people  brave, shine, bold and I help them to unleash their enormous potential and find their talents and passions. 

I own 3 “online paid membership platforms- and member communities”.

One of them being the biggest online lifedesign community in Scandinavia with participants from over 42 countries.   

In USA I teach people online “how to design their lives”.  

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I write have a great passion for leadership in the era of diversity and inclusion. I am a motivational speaker, philanthropist and author, with approximately 150-200 plus global talks per year. You can book me via my speaking agent CraigS[at[bigspeak[dot]com

I advise major companies on topics such as customer and sales loyalty, strategic relationships with stakeholders, change management, employee motivation and the future of business. You can ask me about my cases and results at sg[at]soulaima[dot]dk

In March 2012 I was selected as one of the 192 management leaders by the World Economic Forum. In 2012 I was recognized as one of the 20 most business-minded people in the Nordic countries by Nordic Business Forum. I’ve received a number of prestigious awards, including Rising Star and Talent 2004, Top 100 Talent Europe (2004), 40 under 40 (2013) and Nordic 20 Thinkers (2013) and Womenomics Influencer Award 2015. I was also chosen as a UN Women Advisor in August 2015. In 2016 I was appointed by TED Talks as a mentor to the speakers.

Today I reside in Palo Alto, California, where I continue to advise American leaders, entrepreneurs and companies in areas such as strategy, management and leadership.

If you want to follow my work feel free to read my weekly FORBES


I am married to Brian (he has been the love of my life since I was 20 years old) and we have a son, born in 2007, and a daughter, born in 2009 and a dog.

After 14 years in Denmark we decided in 2016 to move to USA first to Texas and now California, Palo Alto.

I think it is healthy to move to other countries once in a while. I have lived in Luxembourg, Switzerland and Norway and find that these moves boost my creativity, network and cultural understanding.


Naturally my family, being the proud mom of two. I am passionate about traveling, art and sport. I have always been very active in sports with passion for extreme disciplines. I was one of the finalists in the 1995 Miss Fitness Denmark competition, and I have participated in a couple of “adventure extreme races,” which are twenty-four-hour orienteering races with a multitude of athletic challenges.