Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof



  • Inspiration and Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Global Communications
  • Marketing in the Global Village
  • Self-development
  • Globalisation and the World’s Economy

What he offers

The breadth and depth of his knowledge and experience is unique and hard to replicate. He is highly entertaining and has great insight into the socio-political arena as well as leadership, communications, marketing in the global village, motivation and self-development.

How he presents

Passion is undisputedly one of his strengths, but so is validity of message. His inspirational presentations are both well researched and convincing.

As a tireless campaigner for numerous good causes and charities throughout the world, Sir Bob Geldof is able to use his high profile to great effect. From African famines and aid organisations to business, global politics and communications, Sir Bob has raised awareness of a wide range of causes.

Rising to fame thanks to his music career, which began with The Boomtown Rats in 1975, Sir Bob is known for the hit albums and singles he has recorded – both as part of a band and as a solo artist, and he continues to be a prolific recording artist. During the 1984 famine in Ethiopia, he turned his attention to charity work, organising Band Aid and the fundraising event Live Aid. In light of his charity work, he received a knighthood in 1986. Sir Bob continues his charity work today, having recently completed a series for the BBC entitled Geldof in Africa, during which he travelled through West, Central and East Africa. He has also written a number of articles for publications including Time magazine.

The Live 8 concerts, undertaken in 2005 and performed in the same spirit as Live Aid 20 years previously, were a huge global fundraising event, and cemented Geldof’s place as a tireless campaigner for global charities. As such, he has received a number of awards, including the Nobel Man of Peace Award, several Honorary Doctorates, and a number of Nobel Peace Prize nominations. As part of his plans to support Africa and assist in its development, in order to bring it in line with China and India, Sir Bob set up a private equity fund in 2010, called The 8 Mile Fund.

By 1992, Geldof had established himself as a businessman through co-ownership of the TV production company Planet 24, which featured early morning television with The Big Breakfast. Planet 24 was sold to Carlton TV in 1999. TV production company Ten Alps was founded the next day by Geldof and business partner Alex Connock. In April 2011 a new entertainment formats company, Pretend, was launched. In 2002, he became a founding partner of Groupcall which specialises in providing communication software and data extraction tools to the education, public and business sectors.


  • Geldof in Africa (2005)
  • Is That It? Autobiography (1987)


  • 2013: awarded the Freedom of the City of London
  • 2012: received a BETT Award at the BETT Show for ‘ICT Company of the Year’ on behalf of Groupcall as a founding partner
  • 2011: received an honorary doctorate of Philosophy from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel
  • 2010: awarded Hon. Master of Arts degree from the University for the Creative Arts
  • 2009: received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ROTA
  • 2008: received the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal from Vanderbilt University
  • 2006 and 2008: nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2006: recipient of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award by Holocaust Museum Houston
  • 2006: awarded the Freedom of Dublin City
  • 2005: received a Beacon Fellowship Prize
  • 2005: received a Man of Peace Award
  • 2005: Free Your Mind Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards


“Sir Bob Geldof’s keynote speech on ‘How to make a difference and inspire others’ was absolutely fantastic! He spoke without notes and tailored the content so it was just right for the audience; he even recounted stories from his life right through to his own experiences with his children. He was inspirational, very relaxed and provided a good question and answer session for 20 minutes following his speech. Needless to say he received a well deserved standing ovation from the audience afterwards.”

“Sir Bob Geldof’s presentation at The World Food Business Summit was thoroughly prepared and intellectual with challenging and provocative content.”

“Sir Bob provided what we thought was a really engaging, down to earth, and inspirational talk. The audience were totally absorbed in what he had to say.”

“The breakfast was a major success and credit must be attributed to Sir Bob Gedlof as his contribution was very informative and very well received. It was certainly our privilege that he could join us.”

“Bob Geldof was by far the most riveting presenter we have had for a very long time.”

“Bob managed to inspire and motivate the audience. He was excellent at challenging our thinking.”

“Just wanted to let you both know that the feedback about Sir Bobs keynote has been phenomenal. He totally smashed it and all we have had is amazing comments, posts and re-tweets. You could of heard a pin drop in his session and he had 2 standing ovations! Bloody brilliant…Thanks Mark for all your support in the run up to the event!”

Presentation Languages: English

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