Futurist keynote speakers

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Our inspiring keynote speakers are driven by a passion to engage senior executives in challenging, provocative debates. As prominent industry leaders, business practitioners, and futurists, they share extraordinary perspectives and groundbreaking business insights.

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Our keynote speakers, being visionaries themselves, harness the power of enthralling storytelling to take audiences on a journey to reimagine the art of the possible.

Anton Musgrave

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Futurist, Business Strategist & Globally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker

Anton Musgrave is a futurist, business strategist, globally acclaimed keynote speaker, angel investor, and entrepreneur. Anton delivers insightful and powerful keynotes on strategy, innovation, and the future, challenging leaders to reimagine how they think about the future. His disruptive thinking approach has made him a global force in new-venture building, disruption, and exponential growth.

Bright Simons

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African Platform Economics Futurist, Business Strategist & Keynote Speaker

Bright Simons shines as a prominent figure in the field of Platform Economics in Africa. As the President of mPedigree, Bright has cemented his reputation as a dynamic futurist keynote speaker. His journey from a business consultant to leading one of the most revolutionary social enterprises showcases his in-depth expertise and dedication towards harnessing technology for societal good. Recognized for his unparalleled acumen in strategizing for the future, Bright is a sought-after strategy consulting expert and a prominent guest speaker at numerous international forums.

Chris Kutarna

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Futureworld Keynote Speaker, Business Strategist, Award-winning Author

Dr. Chris Kutarna, an esteemed futurist keynote speaker and award-winning author, illuminates the realms of politics, innovation, leadership, and globalization with his avant-garde insights and disruptive thinking. Renowned as a beacon of clarity in a rapidly evolving world, Dr. Kutarna is a fellow of the Oxford Martin Institute and the co-author of the internationally acclaimed book, “Age of Discovery.”

Colin Iles

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Futureworld Speaker, Author, Academic, Strategy Advisor

Colin Iles shines as a master of strategic innovation, showing companies how to navigate the digital world. As a skilled futurist speaker, strategy advisor, and business consultant, he blends big ideas with practical tips to boost the impact of top executives and energize teams. His work as a writer and teacher strengthens his credibility in leadership, tech, and company culture. Known for working with a who’s who of clients, like major tech and finance firms, Colin’s knowledge sparks major growth, helping businesses to not just survive but flourish in the face of rapid change.

Doug Vining

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Futureworld Speaker, Strategy & Technology Consultant

Doug Vining is a mastermind in the realms of technology, strategy, and futurism. As a distinguished partner at Futureworld, his legacy stretches across a career that embraces both business strategy and emerging technological innovations. With a distinctive talent for identifying the real-world applications of new technologies, Doug’s thought leadership has not only shaped discussions but also provided actionable solutions for modern-day challenges. His expertise in fractal organizations, digital strategies, and forward-looking innovations marks him as one of the luminaries in his field.

Gerd Leonhard

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Futureworld Keynote Speaker | Futurist / Humanist, CEO

Gerd Leonhard is a shining star in the world of futurism, highlighting a bright future centered around “People, Planet, Purpose, and Prosperity.” Known worldwide as a top futurist and business strategist, Gerd has shared his deep insights at more than 1700 major events in the past 20 years. Having worked with big names like Google, Visa, and the European Commission, Gerd’s goal is clear and powerful: to motivate and help countless people imagine and create a better future.

John Bradshaw

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Startup founder, keynote speaker, Mentor

John Bradshaw stands at the crossroads where strategic thinking meets innovative growth. With a foundation rooted deeply in retail and strategy, Bradshaw’s vision encompasses the broad expanse of today’s business landscapes. As a startup founder, futurist keynote speaker, business consultant and mentor, John’s expertise encompasses the strategic application of artificial intelligence, cutting-edge marketing techniques, and the future of eCommerce. His accomplishments in the retail world underscore his ability to fuse technological innovation with customer-centric approaches.

Neil Jacobsohn

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World-Renowned Speaker, Strategist & Facilitator

Renowned as a futurist keynote speaker, Neil Jacobsohn interweaves a rich tapestry of knowledge, insights, and experience, offering a distinctive perspective on futurism, strategy, and innovation. A founding member of Futureworld, Neil, with his unparalleled energy and engagement levels, has positioned himself as a groundbreaking business strategist and thought leader, guiding leaders through the labyrinth of the ever-evolving corporate world.

Per Ostberg

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Futureworld Speaker, Futurist, Author, Business Strategist

Charting the landscape of mobile communications in Africa, Per Ostberg emerges as a futurist keynote speaker who embodies a blend of expertise and experience. From the serene pastures of Sweden to the dynamic tech landscapes of Africa, Per’s narrative spans continents and key sectors of innovation. As an author, business strategist, and adventurer, he specializes in strategy consulting, disruptive thinking, and is a resonant voice in the world of telecoms and ICT in Africa.

Vivienne Ming

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Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker & Neuroscientist

A tour de force in multiple fields, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a world-renowned entrepreneur, academic, futurist keynote speaker, and neuroscientist. With an unwavering commitment to harnessing human potential, she has dedicated her life to fostering the personal transformations that can take place once that potential is unleashed.

Her extensive work in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and entrepreneurship has solidified her status as a Futureworld Keynote Speaker and an authority in areas that are pivotal for the future of business and society. Notable accomplishments include her co-founding of Socos Labs, an institute dedicated to exploring human capacity and cognitive neuroscience, and her recognition as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2017.

Examples of topics our futurist keynote speakers cover

Thriving In The “Perfect Storm”

The global pandemic shattered the trusted and conventional concepts of business – and life – “as usual”.

Are you ready to surf the tsunami of change?

2030 Revisited

The Only Constant Is That The Pace Of Change Is Still Accelerating.

What Are The Signals That Show What Our World Will Look Like 10 Years Into The Future?


Recent shifts in politics, business – and life in general – shatter what we used to think and know.

Are you ready for a “full system reboot” to reimagine your current reality and your exponential future?

AI But Not As You Know It

Large language models will change your industry and your business. But they are unlike any technology we have encountered before. Now is the moment to understand the powers and perils of ChatGPT and the new wave of Large Language Models.

Colliding Worlds

Exponential technologies create new ideas, new business models – and scary new competitors.

Linear vs. exponential, people vs. machines – do you want to know more about the impact of “science friction”?

“X” Marks The Future

We are on the brink of a technological renaissance – and most of us are too wrapped up in what we are doing to notice!

Tsunamis of change will create a world where almost anything is possible – how will you and your team navigate this exponential future?

Shift Happens

The constant need to innovate and create growth in an environment of relentless change and increasing market demands keeps CEOs up at night.

How can a large, complex, multinational organisation achieve sustainable quantum growth through a distinct innovation intervention – and what can we learn from those who got it right?

Naked Leadership

“Leaders cannot afford to walk backwards into the future, with eyes firmly fixed on past achievements – we have to turn around and face the future.” – Charles Handy

Are you ready to splinter and diffuse old paradigms to create a new leadership mindset required by an uber-networked world?

Technology Tsunamis From The Future

Exciting new technologies will advance society and dramatically change how we live and work – but they can also destroy traditional businesses through massive disruption!

How do you create a “future-smart” business that anticipates the change required to flourish in an exponential new world?

Quantum Relationships

Dynamic networks and value-adding relationships are unique business assets that create competitive advantage.

Do you understand the practical principles that underpin exceptional relationships – and can immediately be applied to take your service to a quantum level?

Life 2.0

Life as-we-know-it stands at the foothills of a revolution – nanotechnology and biotechnology create bewildering personal choices for health and wealth.

The future will offer an explosion of business opportunities, but will also require some difficult choices – so, where do you want to go?

Ten Lessons From The Future

In this warp speed world, it is no longer sufficient to learn from experience. Decisions based on hindsight will result in missed opportunities.

What lessons can we learn from the future that we can apply to our business thinking today?

Radical Innovation

Innovation is fast becoming the commercial religion of the 21st century. The tidal wave of disruptive technologies demands radical innovation – incremental change just won’t do anymore.

Do you know how to “spin out” nimble new offerings and companies that will be radically successful?

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