Gerd Leonhard Speaker

Gerd Leonhard

Futurist & Humanist, Keynote Speaker, Strategic Advisor, Author, CEO The Futures Agency

Gerd Leonhard: Biography highlights

Over the past two decades, Gerd Leonhard has risen to one of the top 10 futurist keynote speakers worldwide.

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Gerd Leonhard’s Background

With over 2,000 engagements in 60+ countries since 2004, and a combined audience of over 2.5 million people, Gerd has been listed by Wired magazine as one of the Top 100 Most-Influential People in Europe, and as ‘one of the leading media futurists in the World’ by The Wall Street Journal.

Gerd focuses on the future of humanity and technology, digital ethics, artificial intelligence, future-leadership and foresights. His keynotes, are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative style – inspiring, humorous, motivational, and always personal. Using cutting-edge creative motion design, Gerd’s performances have become a uniquely immersive experience on the big screen, reinventing the visual side of the conference industry.

Gerd is highly regarded as a global influencer and has advised many business leaders and government officials around the globe. His diverse list of clients include governments, NGOs and Fortune 500 companies such as SAP, Microsoft, Google, Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, Sony, UBS, Tetrapak, Mastercard, BBC, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Sony, The Guardian, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, France Telecom, The Financial Times, Ogilvy, Omnicom, The EU Commission, VISA, Audi, NetAPP and many others.

A true thought leader in the futurist space, Gerd is above all a dedicated humanist who believes that all technological progress should further collective human flourishing. His credo is simple: People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity.

Gerd uses his keynotes, presentations, workshops and advisory sessions to deep-dive on complex topics. Recurring themes include the coming redefinition of human-machine relationships, exploring what it means to be human in a world of machines and algorithms, the future of work and jobs, and the ethics of technology. As Gerd likes to say, humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years – so let’s maintain and protect what makes us human!

Gerd Leonhard has spent his lifetime engaging with change, as a professional artist, internet entrepreneur, and author; now exploring the role of a visionary thinker and speaker. Gerd’s background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College ‘Quincy Jones Award’ and subsequently spent 12 years working as a professional guitarist, composer and producer. He then caught the internet-bug and became a digital music & media entrepreneur.

From 1995 to 2002 he served as Founder/CEO of several internet startups, based in San Francisco. In 2002, following the .com meltdown and the 9/11 crisis, Gerd returned to Europe and discovered his new calling as a futurist and as the CEO of The Futures Agency, a global network of over 40 leading futurists, speakers and personalities. The future is already here, we just haven’t paid enough attention.

As we rush headlong into a machine-led world where the very essence of human being is being increasingly challenged, Gerd is reminding us to consider what moral values are we prepared to stand up for before “being human” alters its meaning forever.

Gerd travels around the globe to speak at leading conferences, events and seminars, helping individuals, enterprises and government organizations to deal with ‘future shock’, and to embrace change. Gerd is also an influential author. He is the co-author of the visionary book ‘The Future of Music’ and the author of five other books including his last best-seller, ‘Technology vs. Humanity’, which is now available in ten languages.

Gerd’s films on the future of technology and humanity, digital transformation and artificial intelligence have reached millions of viewers. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, London) and an advisory board member of the Indian and Canadian Research Institutes. He resides in Zürich, Switzerland and presents both in English and German.

 

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The Great Transformation: Futurist Gerd Leonhard's short film on how #covid19 will impact our future
The Great Transformation: Futurist Gerd Leonhard's short film on how #covid19 will impact our future
03:22
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How The Future Works: Why your ultimate job is to be HUMAN. A film by Futurist/Author Gerd Leonhard
How The Future Works: Why your ultimate job is to be HUMAN. A film by Futurist/Author Gerd Leonhard
06:03
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We need to talk about AI - a film by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: thoughts on artificial intelligence
We need to talk about AI - a film by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: thoughts on artificial intelligence
04:21
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The best scenes from 2017 talks and presentations: Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard
The best scenes from 2017 talks and presentations: Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard
12:43
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Keynote by Futurist Gerd Leonhard at Mercedes Benz Vans Innovation Campus
Keynote by Futurist Gerd Leonhard at Mercedes Benz Vans Innovation Campus
20:55
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Sargia Leadership Event in Athens: Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard (Part1)
Sargia Leadership Event in Athens: Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard (Part1)
38:02
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The future of content, technology and society: Futurist Speaker Gerd PINGHelsinki Keynote
The future of content, technology and society: Futurist Speaker Gerd PINGHelsinki Keynote
54:36
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Futurist Gerd Leonhard Leadership Seminar: Sargia Athens Part 2: understand The Megashifts
Futurist Gerd Leonhard Leadership Seminar: Sargia Athens Part 2: understand The Megashifts
12:14
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Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard at SAP Executive Summit 2017: Exponential technological (r)evolutions
Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard at SAP Executive Summit 2017: Exponential technological (r)evolutions
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2020 Telecom Trends: Gerd Leonhard intro to ITU Leadership Future Summit 2014 Doha
2020 Telecom Trends: Gerd Leonhard intro to ITU Leadership Future Summit 2014 Doha
30:29
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Future of humanity and artificial intelligence: futurist speaker Gerd Leonhard Capgemini Spark2017
Future of humanity and artificial intelligence: futurist speaker Gerd Leonhard Capgemini Spark2017
51:28
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Conversations with Gerd #1: my book "Technology vs Humanity" Futurist Gerd Leonhard
Conversations with Gerd #1: my book "Technology vs Humanity" Futurist Gerd Leonhard
02:22
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Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard: short take on artificial intelligence, digital ethics Tedx
Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard: short take on artificial intelligence, digital ethics Tedx
01:11
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DOTS 2017 Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard Keynote on Digital Transformation and The Future
DOTS 2017 Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard Keynote on Digital Transformation and The Future
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Xerocon London Keynote by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: Technology and Humanity: the next 10 years
Xerocon London Keynote by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: Technology and Humanity: the next 10 years
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Technology and Humanity: The next 10 years Futurist Gerd Leonhard at iProspect Summit
Technology and Humanity: The next 10 years Futurist Gerd Leonhard at iProspect Summit
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WWF International

I know that everyone in the audience found Gerd to be inspiring, informative and challenging, and wanting more. Delivered in a punchy and dynamic “TED” style”

Richard McLellan
Director
Google

“I have been working closely together with Gerd during an e-commerce conference at Google in Zürich. He was the opening keynote speaker and did an amazing job. Gerd is a truly inspiring and visionary thought leader with exceptional expertise in the global e-commerce industry. His unique rhetoric skills in combination with the amazing presentation were clearly one of the highlights of the conference.”

WWF

“WWF International staff had the pleasure of listening to Gerd as a keynote speaker during the 2013 Learning Week this week – when he addressed the topic of moving “From conversation to conservation action”. I know that everyone in the audience found Gerd to be inspiring, informative and challenging, and wanting more. Delivered in a punchy and dynamic “TED” style, Gerd’s talk catalysed much discussion after the talk, and since, and generated a thirst for further interaction. I, for one, am looking forward to further opportunities to hear his thoughts on moving “from ego to eco”.”

Richard McLellan
Inter Public Group

“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.”

Adam Carroll
HR Expo

“Gerd Leonhard distinguishes from other futurists trough his emphasis 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.”

Kristoff Vandermeersch
MGI Worldwide

“Your presentation was a huge success. You managed to scare delegates to death and give them hope at the same time, quite a feat and exactly what they needed! Thank you also for crafting your ideas so that it tied very directly into our business, rather than being just a rehash of a standard presentation.”

Clive Viegas Bennett
Ecosummit - smart green business network for startups, VCs and corporates

Green Futurist Gerd Leonhard gave a fantastic keynote at Ecosummit Berlin 2012 that we recorded for Ecosummit TV. Gerd talked about sustainable capitalism and why we have to move from ego to eco.

Jan Michael Hess
CEO
Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America

“Gerd is one of the futurists I genuinely respect and enjoy. We have appeared together on panels and at events and each time I come away thinking hard and feeling smarter, which is the ultimate compliment. I am especially intrigued by his take on intellectual property and what’s next, he’s way ahead of the curve.”

Marian Salzman
CEO
O2

“Need a mind-shift in your company? Need to understand how future markets will influence the telco industry? You need to talk to Gerd Leonhard. He held a very inspiring Key Note Speak and the audience got the message. 5 stars for Gerd.”

Tetra Pak

“Gerd really made a big difference to our event because when he speaks about the future changes, technology, behaviours, he worries about connecting all of these changes with the audience reality, showing that it is possible to succeed, as humans, in this new world. He connects to the audience in a way that we feel that there is space for both humans and technology to live together.”

Patricia Bastos
ITAPA, Slovakia

“Eye-opening, thought-provoking, brilliant….. Gerd’s visionary speech challenges the very core of our beliefs, he can link seemingly unrelated trends and deliver a presentation in an engaging and entertaining fashion.”

Dana Kršaková, Michal Ivantyšyn
SPORT.TV

“Gerd allows the audience to travel to and from the future. The result remains long after the conference when you rewind his presentations after a few years and see it happening in front of your eyes. I had the pleasure to hire Gerd when I was at Pestana Hotel Group, and this specific event reached the highest score ever in 4 decades. Gerd is a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend his services.”

Nuno Ferreira Pires

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