Gerd Leonhard technology speaker
Gerd Leonhard technology speaker

Gerd Leonhard

Top-rated futurist

Speaker Themes

  • Digital transformation
  • How technology is disrupting established business models
  • AI and “Humanity vs Technology”
  • IoT
  • Big Data
  • Consumer trends
  • Advertising, marketing and branding
  • “Green futures”

Travels from

Zürich, Switzerland


Gerd Leonhard is a prolific and highly-rated futurist, with over 1500 engagements in the past 15 years and a combined audience of over 1 million people.

Gerd focuses on near-future, observations, and uses them to generate actionable foresights in that are immediately valuable to businesses.

Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including: digital transformation and the discovery of digitally-native business models, the opportunities and challenges of an exponential society, a sustainable business and cultural ecology, social media and communications, TV/film, radio and broadcasting futures, mobile content and commerce, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, ‘hard-future’ consumer trends, human-machine futures and AI, the IoT, big data and automation, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, as well as sustainability and related ‘green future’ topics.

He is also an influential author – his most recent book is Technology vs. Humanity(2016) – a sought-after executive ‘future trainer’ and a trusted strategic advisor. He is also the host of the web-TV series TheFutureShow and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a global network of over 30 leading futurists.

In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’, and in 2015 Wired Magazine listed Gerd as #88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe.


What differentiates Gerd from other future thinkers is his commitment to identifying ‘hard futures’ – scenarios that are almost certainly going to come to pass – and then helping businesses create pragmatic strategies to thrive in these futures.

Combining a vast range of knowledge with charisma and humour, his speeches are as gripping as they are insightful.

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