We are excited to present the guest speakers for the conference below.

Pres Vasilev

Pres Vasilev
Pres Vasilev is the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking and author of the popular online training program “How to Master Compelling Storytelling.”

When he was a small boy back in Bulgaria, Pres read a book that sparked his dream to come to America. In 2002, he came to America as a student struggling with English and determined to conquer his challenges. Three years later, Pres took the job that changed his life – he went door to door, selling children’s books and sharing his story. Swayed by the power of books to spark dreams, many became his customers, turning him into a top salesman.

For more than a decade, he has studied, researched, and spoken on self-improvement, selling, speaking, and storytelling. Since then, Pres has coached hundreds of people from around the world to deliver compelling presentations and win speech contests. Pres combines his insights from the sales trenches with his storytelling expertise to equip his public and corporate audiences with practical strategies for public speaking success.


Paddy Kennedy

Paddy Kennedy
Paddy Kennedy is the Principal Kennedy Communication Studio Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. She has been in the business of developing individuals for 46 years. Her entire professional career has been one of teacher, coach, and mentor.

Paddy is a professional speaker and trainer, speech coach, leadership coach, voice coach, and accent reduction teacher. She is the Principal of her own International Communication company, Kennedy Communication Studio. Her clients come to her over from 80 countries, all looking for a better, more effective way to communicate. She created and delivered Women in Leadership for TM Women leaders in District 96 (2016-17)

Paddy coaches many Toastmasters from the Club to District level, all the way to International Presidents, Executive Committee, and the International Board of Directors. She has presented at Toastmasters Conferences in the U.S. and in Canada, including Accentuate the Beat – Accent Reduction for Speakers at the Orlando Convention in 2012.


Yasser Shaker

Yasser Shaker
Yasser Shaker Inspirational Speaker, Writer, and Serial Entrepreneur. Over the last decade, Yasser has helped managers, leaders, and teams reach their full performance potential, earning a reputation as a leader in the fields of optimism and emotional intelligence. He has worked with and trained executives from a wide range of multinational companies, including AstraZeneca, Coca-Cola, Etisalat, Oracle, Shell, Macdonald’s, J&J, Unilever, HSBC, Pfizer, QNB, Motorola, DHL, Ericsson, and Vodafone.

His sessions have helped every one of his clients realize the power of optimism to create positive, engaged employees who drive the most successful companies. Now, his mission is to bring hope and optimism to thousands of professionals in the Middle East and North America.

Yasser’s goal is to help organizations use optimism and the psychology of positive to build an engaged workforce that will deliver its best every day. He has applied his extensive knowledge and expertise in wellness to create a very specialized Engaging and Team Activities programs that are rooted in the science of optimism—The Optimistic Spark©.


Jassim Hasan

Jassim Hasan
Jassim Hasan is a Management Consultant & Cooperate Trainer. He started training since 1992. He worked in Kuwait Ports, Kuwait Airways, and PAAET. He started as freelance trainer & Consultant in 1998. He trained in all gulf countries and outside as well. His training covered many management & soft skills.

Jassim volunteered in many local and international educational societies like the Toastmasters international and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). He served as the president of Kuwait Toastmasters club and led them to get the highest club award from Toastmasters International, the President's Distinguished Club. He is also served as the first president of ASTD Global network in Kuwait in 2007 & 2008.

In 2013, Jassim started with Sultan Al-Sultan a weekly Arabic podcast “SJ.Nutshells” http://sjnutshells.libsyn.com. The podcast provides tools for employees to help them succeed at work and help managers become more effective. Employees from around the world listen to it. In 2016 the podcast got more than 100,000 downloads.