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Ronan Harrington

Resilience Expert With An Inspiring Story Of How To Overcome Adversity

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Leadership & Resilience
Ronan Harrington

Resilience Expert With An Inspiring Story Of How To Overcome Adversity



Ronan is the perfect speaker on how to move from burnout to resilience, with expertise that comes from a decade of senior leadership, and insights that come from hard won experience. 


Over a decade ago, Ronan became one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of the Arts. As a lead Futurist to the British Foreign Office (at the age of 24), he authored a report on the world of 2030 and how the British Government should respond. He received a Masters in Public Policy from Balliol College, Oxford University, and then became one of youngest executives in the City of London, as Director of Futures, Strategy and Animation at RPC. Ronan later went on to found Alter Ego, a global network of leaders who are pioneering transformational change in society in 2015. He then took a sabbatical from the business world to lead the political strategy for the Global Environmental Movement, Extinction Rebellion, coordinating a global protest movement in over 60 cities around the world. Later, as a strategic lead at RethinkX, he led the narrative creation for Rethinking Humanity, a seminal report on the prospects of major societal change in the coming decade. As a Resilience Specialist for the KPMG Executive Leadership Programme and independent consultant, Ronan advises company leaders on how to create healthy, high performance cultures



About Ronan Harrington


Ronan's expertise comes from senior leadership positions at the British Foreign Office and Extinction Rebellion, and as a Resilience Specialist on the KPMG Executive Leadership Programme.


In his talks, Ronan shares the hidden drivers of burnout and what neuroscience based tools and cutting edge team practices are best to manage stress, overwhelm and drama.


The result is a healthy, high performing culture where people are at the top of their game. 


Part of the magic of his talks is that he speaks from lived experience. As a direct consequence of burnout, he went from being a political leader for a global movement to being diagnosed with a debilitating lifetime chronic illness. He's had to learn, the hard way, how to be resilient when adversity doesn't let up.


Now more than ever, people need guidance on how to perform under pressure and stress. This means real insights, the kind that can only come from deep expertise and genuine experience.

Ronan brings both.





Overnight, Ronan went from senior leadership positions at the British Foreign Office and Extinction Rebellion to being diagnosed with a debilitating lifetime chronic illness. He’s learned the hard way how to lead under pressure and keep going in the face of adversity. By harnessing the neuroscience of resilience, he’s helped himself and audiences around the world reach new levels of performance.


Ronan now teaches on the KPMG Executive Leadership Programme and advises the world’s leading companies on how to create healthy, high performing cultures.



Client testimonials


"Insightful, authentic and engaging. Ronan is a great presenter, taking a topic most are familiar with, but don’t really understand, unpacking the myths, laying out the systemic triggers and teaching some great scientifically backed techniques.

His personal story is highly compelling and I would recommend anyone working in a high performance culture or role to spend time with Ronan."

Chris McBrayne, VP Technology, IBM


“I’ve told so many people about Ronan’s talk as it was one of the most thought provoking and poignant presentations I’ve ever had”

Dave Exall, Chief Information and Digital Transformation Officer, Simply Health.


As with all of our events we take feedback from our attendees, Ronan received a 100% feedback score which is a first across our networks since I joined the company.

Joe Mullis, Programme Design Manager, KPMG Executive Leadership Programme



A Selection of Ronan’s talks


  • From Burnout to Resilience
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Well being in the workplace
  • Transformational leadership
  • Performing every day under pressure
  • How to have difficult conversations in the workplace
  • Deeper employee engagement through meaning, purpose and belonging
  • How to scale a healthy, high performance culture
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