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Global First London

Join the meetup for independent thinkers
building global-first organisations.

Global First is a peer-to-peer learning community for people cultivating a global first mindset in their companies.

Join us for two hours of presentations, facilitated discussion and networking focused on the challenges of global growth.


Why attend?

  • two fascinating speakers telling their stories of the good, bad and ugly of genuinely global-first businesses – see Jack and Ed’s bios below;
  • open discussion diving into the detail of the challenges and opportunities of international success;
  • plenty of opportunity to network with your fellow “Global First-ists”, and a trip to the pub after for food and drinks is a solid bet for those not rushing off.

Who should attend?

The event is free to attend for leaders in marketing, HR and comms at mid-large sized companies, and CEOs/COOs in fast growth venture-backed businesses.

Date and time
Wednesday February 27th, 4-6pm

The Collective HQ, 4 Bedford Square, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3JA
Nearest tube: Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn

Registration closed

Ed Cochrane

Ed is a director of premier leadership consultancy YSC.  YSC profiles business leaders for the world’s most impressive companies – from tech giants to FTSE 100 listed companies – and has literally thousands of psychological profiles at his fingertips.

What’s more, he understands them, and how they work together! Ed will share his observations on how organisations bring global teams together, what traits more ‘Global First’ leaders bring, and offer some tips and tricks for the global crusaders in our audience.

Jack Waley-Cohen

Jack is COO of what3words, the start-up revolutionising how people communicate location and find places around the world with a new standard for addressing. His company has divided the world into a grid of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address – initially in English, and now in 28 languages.

Jack’s story could not be more international, and he’ll share how his company went from start-up to building towards critical mass with global ambitions. what3words has operations and clients in some countries many of us may never visit or consider doing business, so the cultural insight from places like Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Tonga and China – as well as dealing with large multi-nationals across the world – will be fascinating.

Jack Waley-Cohen