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Chris Riddell

Award-winning, industry recognised futurist, media commentator, nowist and renowned strategist and global trendspotter

Chris Riddell Biography

Chris Riddell is a highly acclaimed, award-winning Global Futurist and industry recognized speaker on emerging trends and high-speed change.

Chris Riddell is an award-winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. He is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disrupted digital world. 

He is also a renowned strategist advisor, and global trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s disrupted digital world. Chris is a regular international media commentator with hundreds of appearances, on shows such as Sky News, ABC News, The Today Show and Good Morning Television. Chris has worked with some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in our modern world.

A global trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most defining businesses and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least.

Notably, Chris Riddell was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands including Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers.

Chris Riddell is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. As a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7’s The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio, Chris Riddell’s insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.

Futurist for the leaders of tomorrow, and keynote speaker for businesses of today.

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Testimonials for Chris Riddell

“Chris is an engaging speaker who’s energized and inspiring. Chris used great examples and made things easy to understand; he was both entertaining and insightful. I can’t wait to take his insights back to my organization and inspire them to be their best.”

Institute of Internal Auditors, Australia

“Chris Riddell showed a wonderful articulation for technology and its real life use, with practical examples and none of the propeller spinning complexity and jargon that is often seen. Chris has also recently been a keynote speaker at our Telstra Retail Conference, speaking about the future of digital and how it’s impacting our world. Chris was able to not only entertain and inspire but delivered on the future ways of working and the challenges faced by business leaders today. I’d highly recommend Chris for any key speaker appointments for business that are needing thought provoking discussion on how their businesses will continue in the future with technology.”


“Chris Riddell is someone who engages the audience and brings clarity to the complicated. He speaks at a level that everyone understands, and his style of presenting is exciting to say the least. Digital is something that impacts us all, and is a huge part of our global future. If you want to prepare your audience for the new world ahead, my recommendation is get them to hear what Chris has to say. They’ll walk away prepared and with exciting new perspectives.”


Chris Riddell‘s Topics

High Speed Business

What does a business of the future look like, and what are the skills you need to survive?

Human Impact & Mega Trends

Technology is fundamentally changing us as human beings, and we now live and operate in a world that is beyond being just digital natives.

Future Customer

What does a truly connected experience mean, and what does your future customer demand?

Altered Realities & Trust

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been changing our lives for decades, but never has AI felt more ubiquitous than now.

Growth & Transformation

What are the traditional industries we are seeing rapid future growth in, and what skills do we need?

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