Gerd offers audiences insights into the future of business, big data, the networked society, social business, mobile strategies, leadership and entrepreneurship, consumer trends, marketing and branding. He speaks at major events, company retreats, seminars and in-house training sessions.
- Discovering the Future
- The Digital Transformation of Business and Society
- The Future of the Internet: Big Data, Big Brother, Big Tech, Big Telco and Big Gov…?
- Disruptive Technological Change and the Future of the Professions
What he offers
How he presents
Gerd’s keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and intense motivational style.
Gerd Leonhard is a well-known Futurist and Author, a highly influential Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader & Advisor, and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency. Gerd’s background is in music and the music business; he spent 12 years working as a professional guitar player, composer and producer. He then caught the Internet bug and became a digital media entrepreneur, serving as CEO with several Internet start-ups, based in San Francisco.
In 2002, Gerd returned to Europe and started his career as Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Strategic Advisor. Gerd is considered a leading expert on topics such as digital business models, the networked society, a sustainable business ecology, social media and social communications. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London) and a member of the World Future Society.
- Technology vs Humanity (2016)
- The Future of Content (2011)
- Friction is Fiction (2010)
- Music 2.0 (2008)
- The End of Control (2007)
- The Future of Music (2005)
- Listed by Wired Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe (2015)
- In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’
- Berklee College’s ‘Quincy Jones Award’ (1985)
“Working with Gerd was an excellent experience, and he definitely pushed our executives’ thinking forward. Not only did he outline major technological and societal trends affecting our business, he did so in a way that was engaging and personal.”
“Gerd was this year’s opening speaker at InnoTown – Next Technologies. From the first contact Gerd was a pleasure to work with, and his talk was an absolute thrill, with his high energy presentation style and great visuals. He received top-notch ratings from the InnoTown-crowd.”
“Gerd provided amazing collaboration and partnership during our recent futurist-focused client event in Southern, California….our client was thrilled and the attendees took away a great wealth of information that will surely help them increase revenues and surpass their competitors using the technology-focused information provided during his presentation.”
“Gerd was an absolute pleasure to work with and managed to captivate our audience with his thoughts on digital transformation. As the opening keynote, this was the perfect way to kick things off and get attendees to really engage with the theme of the conference. He was extremely flexible in his approach and worked with us closely to ensure key topics and messaging were included within the content of his presentation. Our whole team looks forward to having the opportunity to work with Gerd again and hearing more about his thoughts on the future.”
“We’ve hired Gerd a number of times over the years to keynote our events. Gerd is super professional, collaborative, efficient, absolute pleasure to work with. Perhaps more importantly he is also an inspirational speaker who not only gets tech/marketing but also the bigger picture around society, behaviour and business. And he used to be a professional guitarist – what more could you want?”
“CommunicAsia, Asia’s largest ICT trade exhibition and conference is truly honored to have Gerd Leonhard as one of our keynote speakers for this year. Gerd’s addition to the Summit has been breathtaking and inspirational. His visionary address on The Next 5 years in Global Digital Transformation truly captivated the audience. Thank you for being with us!”
“Gerd was the opening keynote speaker at our social media and content marketing event and made a huge impact to all 400 listeners. People discussed and quoted him through-out the day and in many blog posts afterwords. We organizers were all very happy about this.”
“Gerd came in remotely and lit up our Huawei Cloud Conference, everyone was talking about his thought provoking insights throughout the rest of the day!”
“Gerd made a great contribution and was a pleasure to work with on our FODM event. His session was a fantastic addition to the programme and a great success.”
“Gerd Leonhard distinguishes from other futurists trough his emphaisis on the human factor in the story between man and machine. While some focus on predicting what technology will bring soon, he actively searches a positive story for humanity and he clearly sets limits on technology.”
Presentation Languages: English, German
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What he offers
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How he presents
Jim’s high-energy style and power-packed presentations have built his reputation as a speaker who really delivers. He has been known to change presentations on the fly based on audience feedback and to welcome interruptions during his talks.
Jim McKelvey is an entrepreneur, inventor and artist widely known, together with Jack Dorsey as the co-founder of Square, a new mobile payment platform. The revolutionary service enables anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. Square has now more than 600 employees and is now valued at $6 billion.
His latest venture is LaunchCode, which he founded to remedy a problem he saw in a lack of IT talent growth, bringing together employers with potential employees through a radically different business model. He has also founded SixThirty, a financial services tech start up accelerator and Mira, a digital publishing company.
Jim serves as his own patron of the arts, using proceeds from his successful commercial enterprises to fund his passion – glassblowing. For 20 years, he has worked to capture the magic of glass in his art. As Chairman of the world’s largest gathering of glass artists in 2006, he strove to surprise and challenge other artists with his innovative glass faucets.
- The Art of Fire: Beginning Glassblowing (2006)
Presentation Languages: English