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Doug Manuel

Doug Manuel

    • Founder and President of ‘Lighting Up Lives’ a not for profit encourages partnerships with rural villagers across West Africa inspiring and supporting local action to solve local problems.
    • Highly interactive transformational keynotes and workshops that create a purpose driven culture of connection, belonging, and motivation
    • His actionable take-aways draw draws on his methodology based on the timeless wisdom of indigenous West Africa where Doug has been living, traveling working and studying for more than 25 years.

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$20,000 - $30,000

Virtual Fee:

$15,000 - $20,000

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Doug Manuel Speaker Biography

Doug Manuel is a sought after speaker, workshop leader and performer specialising in fostering purpose driven engagement and collaboration. He has performed at TED Global and with Oprah, and for 3 decades he has been delivering interactive virtual and in-person programs for fortune 500 companies and leading business schools around the globe.

The foundation of his work draws on the timeless wisdom of rural Africa where people still live in community and have an innate sense of how to collaborate. For more than 25 years Doug has travelled, lived and worked extensively across the Mother continent as a film maker and humanitarian, pursuing particularly his passion for West African music and culture.

He is the creator of ‘Do You Speak Djembe?’ an award nominated stage show (Chicago JEFF Awards). An ex-BBC documentary producer he has returned to film making to produce a documentary entitled Beats As One about the cure to the loneliness and isolation epidemic.

His not for profit ‘Lighting Up Lives’, encourages partnerships with rural villagers across West Africa inspiring and supporting local action to solve local problems, putting words into action.

THE SOUL OF BUSINESS : Going Back to Basics to Connect Purpose to Performance
At a time when employee engagement and talent retention is at an all time low THE SOUL OF BUSINESS is a unique interactive keynote conceived and given by Doug Manuel that leads audiences to a renewed sense of vitality, purpose and passion.

Taking a deep dive into the wisdom of West African indigenous culture, and with featured excerpts from Doug Manuel’s documentary 'Beats As One', this keynote explores the positive effects that these philosophies can have in our Western boardrooms.
This immersive experience allows participants to readdress common human values, explore their personal purpose, and to tie that to the purpose of their organization.
Infused with music, rhythm and incredible imagery, through personal reflection, small group sharing, and collective music making (body percussion – and performance enhancing exercises when delivered virtually), with immediately actionable take-aways, audiences bring engagement and collaboration to life in new and dynamic ways.

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