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James Goodwin PhD

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James Goodwin PhD


James Goodwin PhD is a proven leader with an impressive background encompassing 25 years of military service, as well as extensive experience in the realms of science and philanthropy. He has the ability to captivate a diverse range of audiences, including academics, professionals, businesses, the public sector, and the general public. Throughout his career, Goodwin has worked with notable clients such as Unilever, Samsung, the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO), Sanofi Pasteur, the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Merck, and numerous charitable organizations.

His portfolio includes a variety of topical issues such as the secrets of brain health, how to stay healthy throughout life, understanding our human condition, the future of health and ageing, and how to maximise wellbeing.  As well as how to lead and lead well for businesses and corporate clients. James excels in engaging audiences with lesser-known scientific facts that have the potential to revolutionize their lives, leaving them inspired and motivated to enhance their overall health and well-being, with a particular focus on brain health.

Not bound by geographical limitations, James is equally comfortable addressing audiences both domestically and internationally. He has delivered speeches extensively across Europe, including Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, and Norway, as well as in Asia, covering countries such as China, Korea, and Japan. He has also made appearances in the United States, Canada, and South America, connecting with English-speaking audiences in those regions. With substantial media experience, Goodwin has become a sought-after voice in the industry.

Over the past 18 months alone, he has participated in more than 100 interviews, written articles, and made appearances on television and radio broadcasts, podcasts, and commentaries. His insights have been featured in renowned publications such as Vogue, Women’s Health, New Scientist, BBC Music magazine, Times, Telegraph, Mail, Express, Sky, BBC, and Talk Radio. In the United Kingdom, he holds regular spots on BBC Radio Devon and UK Radio Health. In the United States, he has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) and over 300 syndicated local radio stations, including Radio Nemo, KQED, and NPFA.

In his transformative book “Supercharge Your Brain”, Goodwin reveals the necessary strategies for optimising brain health through exercise, diet, social engagement, and quality sleep. This invaluable resource equips readers with the knowledge and practical advice needed to keep their brains youthful and sharp across their lifespan, aligning with James’s unwavering commitment to translating scientific findings into tangible benefits for the public.

In 2014, following the G7 meeting held in London, James was invited to become a founding member of the esteemed Global Council on Brain Health, based in Washington, DC. Currently, he holds the esteemed position of Director of Science and Research Impact at the Brain Health Network in London.

"James is a witty and compelling speaker. He’s adept at communicating complex concepts in a clear and memorable manner. He brings a diverse set of perspectives to his presentations, drawing upon his background in the academic, advocacy and non-profit sectors."

James Appleby, Executive Director, Gerontological Society of America, Washington D.C.

"James is an eloquent speaker and has a knack for making complex ideas clear, understandable and relatable. The media love to get pithy quotes from James, and you can also be sure that his talks are interesting and thought- provoking. You won’t go wrong if you select Professor Goodwin for a presentation."

Sarah Lock JD, Executive Director Global Council on Brain Health, Washington, D.C.

“How can you best look after the health of your brain? In 2022, this question attracted a global online audience from Vodafone to hear six key areas to promote brain health covered by Professor Goodwin. Judging by the amount of live questions and feedback, the audience were enthralled by his knowledgeable, accessible and practical approach to the subject. We would be delighted to welcome him back to share his insights with us again.”

Jim McQueenie, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Vodafone Global Telecommunications UK

“One of the most important books you will ever read. More than a game-changer, this book's a no-brainer for anyone who wants to optimise their brain ”

Piers Morgan

“Professor James Goodwin, eminent in this field, has written a great book which explains, in plain English, the workings of the brain and how to keep it healthy”

Adrian Chiles

“I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading the book. The brain is absolutely extraordinary”.

Ella Mills, Deliciously Ella

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