About Wayne Clarke - Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author

Wayne Clarke is the founder of the World Class ManagerTM platform, which has trained over 35,000 managers across 30 countries. His insight is sought by leaders from Fortune/ FTSE 100 companies to Governments and NGOs, advising more than 800 CEOs globally.

He is passionate about the positive impact of management on employees, customers, shareholders and society and his team at The Global Growth Institute are based in the UK, Netherlands, Turkey, Bahrain and Mongolia.

Wayne is author of a new book sharing lessons and stories from his more than two decades improving company performance through great people engagement – How to be a World Class Manager: Skills and Insights for Unleashing Your Leadership Potential (March 2023).The book harnesses their exclusive data from over 15,000 managers across the world.

In 2011 Wayne was made an Ambassador for JCI at the United Nations. Previous recipients of this honour include the past UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon. Wayne is a visiting lecturer at Bayes Business School and The University of Kent, and has been recognised as a Top 25 Most Influential Thinker for five years by HR Magazine.

He began his career at Arthur Andersen/ Deloitte and went on to lead employee engagement for BDO, the fifth largest accounting network. He subsequently ran the advisory arm of Best Companies, producer of The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.



Wayne can speak and commentate on a wide range of subjects including:

  • Are great managers born or made?
  • Why organizations set employees up to fail
  • How managers can help companies thrive in challenging times
  • Lessons and mistakes from an entrepreneur
  • The future of work
  • The role of leaders in driving change
  • The cost of getting engagement wrong
  • How to leverage the talent and skills of people

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