Garry Kasparov, a legend in the international sports arena for his 20-year reign as the world’s #1 chess player, Kasparov was also a pioneer thanks to his famous matches against the IBM super computer Deep Blue. In 2005 Kasparov retired from professional chess to lead the pro-democracy opposition against the dictatorial regime of Vladimir Putin, including a run for the presidency of Russia in 2008. Kasparov is a popular speaker to business groups around the world on topics of strategy, innovation and leadership. His 2007 book on decision-making “How Life Imitates Chess”, has been published in over a dozen languages. He has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal since 1991.
Today he delivers keynote speeches around the globe and is working on another book while also devoting time to the “Kasparov Chess Foundation”. He is active as a pro-democracy leader in the fight to restore democracy in Russia.