An all-star cast from the world of business, sport and politics are lined up for the 2012 Yorkshire International Business Convention. Inspiration, insight and inner-reflection will be the order of the day as the headline speaker, the Dalai Lama, takes to the stage at YIBC being held in Leeds for the first time.
The aim of the Yorkshire International Business Convention, which has been run annually for the past 16 years, is two-fold: to provide business leaders in the region with inspirational speakers who will in turn inspire as well as entertain the delegates; and to provide an environment and culture designed to encourage networking and doing business deals.
In its opening year the keynote speech was delivered by former American Secretary of State Dr Henry Kissinger and since then the Yorkshire delegates have heard from world leaders like former US Presidents George Bush Senior and Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hans Blix and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as celebrities like Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir John Mills and Rory Bremner.
As well as the Dalai Lama among the other speakers this year are retail-guru-turned-government-advisor, Mary Portas, Sir Richard Branson's right-hand man, Will Whitehorn, political heavy-weights Michael Portillo and John Prescott and former world record holding athlete Steve Cram.
The event is set to take place in a purpose built marquee at MEPC Wellington Place, Leeds. Bridlington Spa will once again host the East Yorkshire end of proceedings as the fitting finale to the always successful Business Week.