About Paolo Gallo


Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach.

I am an executive coach, bestselling author and keynote speaker. I collaborate with Bocconi and Ashridge Business Schools. In my career I have been chief human resources officer at World Economic Forum in Geneva, chief learning officer at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and director human resources at European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in London, with previous experiences at International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. and Citigroup in London, New York and Milan, my hometown. 

I studied organizational behavior at Bocconi University, Milan, was a chartered fellow of the FCIPD, UK and became a certified leadership coach at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. I have worked in more than 80 countries and write for Harvard Business Review (Italian and Arabic) and I am a regular contributor to Forbes and World Economic Forum Agenda Blog, on themes related to careers, future of work, leadership development, executive coaching, resilience and well-being in the workplace, creative decision-making, artifical intelligence and machine learning, trust in the digital age, public speaking and organizational behavior. 

I wrote (in Italian) La Bussola del Successo (2016), a mix of coaching, self-improvement, organizational behavior and business ethics. The book has reached its 5th edition, translated into Portuguese, Arabic and Korean with additional languages coming in 2019. The English version, published by Bloomsbury London, is The Compass & the Radar: The Art of building a rewarding career while remaining true to yourself became available in October 2018. I have given more than 50 keynote speeches and two TEDx talks in front of thousands of people worldwide.