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Sahar Hashemi

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Coffee Republic

Sahar Hashemi

Entrepreneur and thought leader Sahar Hashemi co-founded Coffee Republic, the UK's first US-style coffee bar, and built the company into one of the country's most high-profile brands. After leaving day-to-day management, she detailed the lessons learned along the way in a bestselling book Anyone Can Do It—Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table. Hashemi went on to found another successful company called Skinny Candy, a brand of sugar-free sweets. In her second book, Switched On—10 Habits to Being Highly Effective in Your Job, and Loving It, she explains how to foster an entrepreneurial mindset among employees of large companies. Among other honors, Hashemi has been awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity, and named one of 100 most influential women in Britain by the Daily Mail. Hashemi currently writes a management column for London Business School's Business Strategy Review, and serves on the Customer Council of E.ON.