About: Richard Dean

Richard’s a sought-after keynote speaker.

Richard Dean

High energy and insightful speaker

Richard is a household name in the UAE as host of The Business Breakfast.

Richard is a household name in the UAE as host of The Business Breakfast, the UAE’s leading news radio show. He brings all his on-air energy and insight to his public speaking.

As the host of your business event, Richard will add two priceless qualities. First, insight. He’s spent 20 years as a reporter and editor for Reuters, The Economist, The Financial Times and Bloomberg, giving him a unique take on global business. Second, personality. Richard injects life, energy, and humor into every interaction, whether as MC, moderator, interviewer or awards host.

Richard’s a sought-after keynote speaker. One Bold Vision and Five Brave Decisions is a brief history (and future) of the UAE economy; it’s perfect for executives visiting the region. It draws on two decades of journalistic experience, as well as his book Sink or Swim, which analyses Dubai’s boom-to-bust-to-boom economy of the late 2000s

Richard’s latest keynote – Crowdpleaser: 100 Lessons from Great Public Speakers – draws on his forthcoming book of the same name. It’s a high octane, multi-media powerhouse that captures the greatest advice ever given on public speaking. From Aristotle to Elon Musk, as well as Arab speakers such as Queen Rania of Jordan and billionaire businessman Mohammed Alabbar, it’s inspirational and educational in equal measure.

Richard takes his Crowdpleaser keynote to the next level with his three-hour workshops. Not only does Richard reveal the secrets of the great public speakers – he shows delegates how to use them in their own pitches and presentations. Richard walks delegates through a step-by-step process, with easy-to-use templates, checklists and flow charts. The tips, tricks, and hacks you’ll learn will help you inspire and influence any audience in minutes.




“Richard has a strong stage presence, a high profile and his extensive experience is clear; he was able to improvise and adapt where necessary, which is essential during a live event.”

- Lucy D’Abo
EdelmanD’Abo Experiential

“The role of chairman is a crucial one to ensuring the success of any event, and Richard’s enthusiasm, energy and ability to stimulate questions from the audience played an enormous part in this.”

- Jeff Ando
Exporta Publishing & Events

”Richard did a wonderful job as the MC and Moderator. We are thankful for your contribution in making this conference one of the most memorable events in the history of our chapter.”

- Raju Menon
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India UAE (Dubai) Chapter