Sahar Hashemi

Sahar Hashemi



  • How to Build a Startup Culture in a Big Company
  • Fuelling Business Growth through Flexible Working
  • The Switched On Mindset – ‘Igniting Creativity and Innovation’
  • Anyone Can Do It – Awakening the Entrepreneur Within
  • Life Outside the Comfort Zone – An Entrepreneur’s Journey
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership

What she offers

An internationally recognised speaker, Sahar’s captivating and uplifting speeches are unique as she combines her own enthralling ‘story’ with key themes of change management and employee engagement. By telling her very personal journey, she connects with the audience on an emotional level and brings to life the passion, determination and open mindedness needed to succeed. She makes a strong impact, igniting the audience with a ‘can do’ spirit and the tools and habits to ‘make it happen’.

How she presents

A passionate keynote speaker, Sahar’s energy is infectious and delegates always leave events inspired and motivated to stop ‘thinking about it’ and ‘get on with it’!

Sahar Hashemi is one of the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs and a powerful speaker on innovation and entrepreneurial mindset in corporations sharing with the audience her captivating personal stories of building two famous brands; Coffee Republic, and exited in 2001, and Skinny Candy, the guilt free confectionery brand which she sold to Glisten Plc in 2007. She is a bestselling author – her book ‘Anyone Can Do It- Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table’ has been translated into 6 languages. As well as being a bestselling author, Sahar was recently awarded an OBE ‘for services to the UK economy and to charity’ in the 2012 Birthday Honours list.

Formerly a lawyer, Sahar has been recognised for her achievements as an entrepreneur by Her Majesty the Queen and named as a ‘Pioneer to the life of the nation’. She was also named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. She was also named one of 100 most influential women in Britain by Daily Mail and 35 top women in British business by Management Today. In a Shell Livewire survey of role models Sahar was among the top 5. She has been on the cover of Director Magazine, Management Today, Observer Magazine, New Business Magazine, Business 550 and Voyager.


  • Start-Up Forever (2019)
  • Switched On (2010)
  • Anyone Can Do It – Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table (2003)


  • Appointed Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday honours for services to the UK economy and to charity
  • Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos
  • Top 10 Original Thinkers by Director Magazine
  • ‘Pioneer to the Life of the Nation’ by her Majesty The Queen
  • 100 Most Influential Women in Britain by Daily Mail
  • One of the 35 Top Women in British Business by Management Today
  • 20 Most Powerful Women in Britain by Independent on Sunday
  • Top 5 in a Shell Livewire survey of inspirational role models, alongside with Sir James Dyson and Dame Anita Roddick
  • Top 5 Business Speakers in Britain by Speakers for Business


“Sahar is an engaging and informative speaker who gave an excellent performance. She drew direct comparisons with our business which was invaluable.”

“Sahar’s passion for innovation energises a room – it’s the equivalent of a double espresso from the coffee chain she co-founded.”

“Reactions to your talk yesterday were unanimous, a lot of the people said it was the best part of the day.”

“For the 6th year running, Sahar was a great success at our workshop. She did an excellent job of taking on our brief about ‘brand’ and converging it with her own story. The result was fantastic and hit all the right notes.”

“She was bang on in terms of experience, background and messaging. She hit the nail on the head in terms of content and relevance.”

“Sahar went down an absolute storm.”

“Unsurprisingly and ungratifyingly, feedback was excellent.”

“You were mind blowingly marvelous.”

“That is a huge gift you have, to be able to open people’s minds in that way, believing they can do it, and giving them the tools on how to do it.”

“Speakers included the former Prime minister of Spain but Sahar Hashemi stole the show.”

“We were having a fantastic annual conference on Friday – that is until Sahar arrived and then it just got went to another level! Her delivery was perfect and the similarities about what she achieved and what we at e.surv are looking to achieve really struck a chord with the audience.”

“Very positive feedback regarding Sahar’s participation at our Sales Training Session last week. Sahar’s speech was brilliant, insightful, definitely inspiring.”

“The impact you had on everyone’s mindset. This was very visible the next day – the audience had a real can do spirit.”

“Your excellent speech at our conference yesterday. It was very well received and the MDs have given me some great feedback including habits they wish to change.”

Presentation Languages: English

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