John Purkiss studied economics at Cambridge University and has an MBA from INSEAD, where he was awarded the Henry Ford II Prize. He began his career in banking and management consultancy and has invested in several high-growth companies. John was a partner with Heidrick & Struggles prior to co-founding Purkiss & Company, where he recruits chief executives, finance directors and other board members. He has lived and worked in France, Belgium and the USA. John speaks French, German and Spanish. John has travelled widely and explored several traditions, including Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, Kabbalah and Sufism. Over the past 20 years, John has become a regular speaker, in the UK and internationally.