We are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the virtual APTA-UITP Rail Conference, presented by HNTB. On June 8, attendees will hear from Rishad Tobaccowala, an author, speaker, and advisor with four decades of experience specializing in helping people, organizations, and teams reinvent themselves to remain relevant in changing times.


Rishad Tobaccowala’s best-selling book, “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data”, helps people think, feel and see differently about how to grow their organizations, their teams and themselves in transformative times. The Economist magazine called it perhaps the best recent book on stakeholder capitalism.

Tobaccowala was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine dubbed him one of five “Marketing Innovators. He also is chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation, which helps over 10,000 people gain better access to health and education in India.

He spent nearly four decades at Publicis Groupe, an 80,000-employee firm dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Before he stopped being a full-time employee with Publicis Groupe in 2019, he served as its chief strategy and growth officer and served on its management committee.

Tobaccowala has spoken to a range of industries from technology (Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), to media (The New York Times, Conde Nast, Univision), to blue chip firms (Walmart, P&G, Bayer), to industry associations. He also guest lectures at The University of Chicago and Northwestern University.