Sahar Hashemi

Founder of Coffee Republic, Business Motivational and Inspirational Speaker


The impact you had on everyone’s mindset. This was very visible the next day – the audience had a real can do spirit
NHS – Chief Health Professional Officer
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Sahar Hashemi is an internationally recognised thought leader and speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain with her brother and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a turnover of £30m. Giving up professional careers (she was a lawyer in London and Bobby an investment banker in New York) they staked everything on a dream and made Coffee Republic one of the main players in the coffee revolution that transformed the UK high street.

Sahar Hashemi’s presentations are unique, blending her story of building two famous brands with the key habits for innovation and creativity.  Through storytelling, Sahar is able to connect with audiences on an emotional level and bring to life her conviction that entrepreneurial behaviour is needed in every business.
Some of the messages weaved into her story are:
Entrepreneurial behaviour isn’t for start-ups – it’s for big organisations at every level
We all have creativity and the capacity to innovate within us (Habit: ANYONE CAN DO IT)
Innovation isn’t about genius tendencies: its just about finding a better way
We can’t spot opportunities sitting tight in our comfort zone
Impersonating our customers (and not just relying on market research) gives us the best insights (Habit: STEP INTO CUSTOMERS SHOES)
Make sure you’re not too busy for creativity (Habit: GET OUT OF THE OFFICE)