Keynote Speaker | Global Business Consultant

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A deep generalist, provocative strategist, and accomplished business advisor my global perspective and deep insights have given the competitve edge to thousands of businesses.

I travel the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America as an international business advisor and keynote speaker. Working with more than 300 companies globally, my specialty is working directly with business owners who find themselves stuck. They need someone who understands all aspects of business at enough depth to practically turn their dreams into reality.

My tangential thinking and embrace of the 'slightly' absurd helps shift the way we look at how business should and can be done if we challenge outdated assumptions, embrace the new, and create our own regimes on the pathway to success.


I'm the first to admit I'm not the ‘norm’ when it comes to the business advisory / management consulting space. A self-proclaimed deep generalist, I want every one of us to step into the new, to understand what a fixed perspective can cost, and to lose our fear of exploring a bigger world.

I entertain and inform with a conversational style, wit and humour, distilling complex concepts into simple strategies that deliver a powerful and engaged audience response.


  • A professional experienced MC
  • An engaging, outcomes-focussed facilitator
  • A motivating keynote and conference speaker
  • A general presenter across business growth, strategy, culture, and communications
  • Well-versed in all aspects of business growth with groundbreaking tactical insights

"He is the consummate professional – one you can trust to engage, delight and empower your audience."

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On Being a Deep Generalist

My success and lifestyle comes from my one abiding principle: I've ignored the experts who told me to pick a box and specialise to that niche.

My obsession with how we approach career and business success has led to the creation of my latest and most powerful keynote – On Being A Deep Generalist.

Drawing on real-world experience rich in scope and delighting in an eccentric and abundant embrace of life, I unpack the wrong instructions we've received when it comes to creating long-term, sustainable success.

Beyond embracing change, beyond being agile, Jacob’s insights I'll demonstrate how important it is to adopt the concept of deep generalisation if you want to be able to shift with ease through every conceivable business and economic environment.

A provocative, enticing keynote which has proven to delight audiences, and change perspective – delivering a powerful combination of a new paradigm, challenge and hope for your audience.

Embracing the Feminine to Create a Robust Business

Working with professional services firms across the world, I've been fascinated with just why some firms thrive, and others simply exist. Beyond the balance sheet and profit and loss statements, I've looked to best practice and its adoption to understand why the 'lucky few' created thriving, sustainable companies.

Embracing the Feminine is the result of that fascination. In realising ‘Best Practice’ is, often, anything but, I unpack the fundamental differences in the masculine and feminine approach to business. I'll explain why embracing the feminine is essential to a robust business.

A powerful keynote with fresh perspectives that eliminate the divisiveness created in best practice environments, I'll give your audience the tools and the strategies to create a different future – starting now.

Lindsay Adams The Relationships Guy

“I love the concept of being a deep generalist. His stories, theories and concepts kept me riveted for his whole speech.” 

Lindsay Adams, The Relationships Guy, Global Speaking Fellow

Taryn Lovegrove

“Very thought-provoking. I came into this talk virtually disagreeing entirely with the concept. I’ve come out with much thinking to do and a possible conversion! Thank you Jacob.”

Taryn Lovegrove, Lawyer, Davies Collison Cave

Andre Van Zyl the CFO Centre

“Self-reflective deep generalist approach addressed extremely well and engaging. Excellently delivered and insightful!.”

Dr Andre Van Zyl, Regional Director, The CFO Centre

Fiona Southwell

“Engaging and passionate presenter who shared real-life experience with both good and bad to illustrate his key points - both entertaining and rewarding. Loved his point that you don’t have to be a genius to be a deep generalist.”

Fiona Southwell, Organisational Change (Program) Manager