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“Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in past 300 years”
I work as a Keynote Speaker, Presenter, Futurist and Advisor on what I call ‘Human Futures‘, Media, Content, Publishing & Entertainment, Telecommunications & ICT, Marketing, Branding, Advertising & Communications, Culture & the Creative Industries, Energy, Environment and Sustainability. I am also an Author and Writer, the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, the creator and host of The Future Show. I live in Basel, Switzerland – and in airport lounges around the world:)
My latest topics in German: Themen Gerd Leonhard Futurist
Download my latest bio: Gerd Leonhard Biography June 2015
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Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author and CEO of The Futures Agency Listed by Wired Magazin as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe (2015), Gerd Leonhard’s work focusses on the future of humanity and technology, digital transformation, big data, automation, AI and robotics, media, content, marketing and advertising, telecommunications, culture and tourism, banking and financial services, and leadership. In his keynotes, presentations, workshops and advisory sessions Gerd often addresses topics such as digital darwinism and the challenges of digital transformation, the redefinition of human-machine relationships, automisation and the future of work and jobs, privacy versus publicy in the era of big data, the sharing economy, and many more. His presentations are renowned for a hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, humorous and motivating style. Gerd is a much sought-after speaker, having presented at more than 1500 events in 40+ countries since 2005. His list of clients include UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Google, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others. Gerd Leonhard is a member of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, London). He resides in Zürich, Switzerland.
Gerd Leonhard is a well-known Futurist and Author of 5 books, a highly influential Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader & Advisor, the Founder of GreenFuturists and the Creator / Host of The Future Show. Gerd also serves as Visiting Professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral (São Paulo, Brazil). He is well-known as the Co-author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (Berklee Press, 2005), and as the author of ‘The End of Control’ (2007), ‘Music 2.0’ (2008), ‘Friction is Fiction’ (2009, Lulu Publishing), and ‘The Future of Content’ (Kindle-only, 2011). Most of Gerd’s books can be downloaded as free PDFs via GerdCloud.com (shared Dropbox folder). Gerd’s background is in music and the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s ‘Quincy Jones Award’ and subsequently spend 10 years working as a professional guitar player, composer and producer. He then caught the Internet bug and became a digital media entrepreneur and start-up Internet CEO, based in San Francisco, for 7 years. In 2002, Gerd returned to Europe and started his career as a Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Strategic Advisor. He now travels around the globe and speaks at many major conferences and events, company retreats, seminars and in-house trainings on the Future of Business, Sustainability, Environmental Policy and Climate Change, Media, Content and Entertainment, Technology, Marketing, Advertising & Branding, Telecommunications and many more topics. In 2011, Gerd widened the scope of his work to include some of the most pressing ‘green’ issues such as sustainability and sustainable capitalism, renewable energy, climate change and global warming (see Green Futures Mag on Flipboard). In September 2013, Gerd announced a major shift of focus and speaking topics to ‘Human Futures‘. Gerd is considered a leading expert on topics such as the future of humanity, big data and privacy, digitally native business models, the networked society, a sustainable business ecology, social media, social business and So-Lo-Mo communications, TV & Radio futures, mobile strategies, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, consumer trends, UGC and peer production, copyright and IPR issues, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, and more recently the development of ‘green futures‘ scenarios. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. Review his public endorsements here, or via LinkedIn. Gerd’s keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and intense motivational style. With over 1’500 engagements in 53 countries since 2001, Gerd has addressed over 350.000 executives and professionals, and is considered a key influencer. His diverse client list includes Consumers International, Youtube, Nokia, SAP, Motorola, Rhodia, SES Asra, the WWF, The Guardian, Google, Sony Music, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB / TribalDDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, the European Commission, the Government of New Zealand and many others. In April 2014, Gerd launched The Future Show (TFS) . TFS is the first web-TV show that explains the fast-paced world of technology to a general consumer and business audience in an irreverent, critical, engaging and exciting way. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), a member of the World Future Society and a visiting professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. A native German and long-time US-resident (San Francisco and Boston), he now resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Information for Media and for Clients (resources can also be downloaded via the links in the top nav bar)
- Promotional pictures for clients/media (.zip)
- Looking for some nice pictures of Gerd? Check out these Flickr photos that may be available for re-use (just be sure to provide attribution as required)
- Biography (English)
- German biography as PDF: Gerd Leonhard Futurist Biografie
- Download a zip. folder with pictures for media / client / PR purposes
- Tentative travel schedule (via Google Calendar *not always up-to-date)
- Topic list 2015: link PDF: Topics March 2015 Gerd Leonhard Futurist Speaker
- Gerd’s Guide to Disruption: Gerd’s Guide to Disruption 2013-web
- The Futures Agency (where I am the CEO)
- My new German-language site (GerdLeonhard.de)
- Green Futurist Blog
- The Future of Business blog
- Twitter @gleonhard
- Youtube channel
- Slideshows via Slideshare (mostly on media & content)
- LinkedIn details and endorsements: GerdLeonhard Futurist LinkedIn PDF
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Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard at work:), a set on Flickr.