Born in Bonn / Germany, residing in Zurich as well as still a frequent visitor in Silicon Valley, Gerd is a global citizen of the future who spends his life travelling through worldwide meetings, workshops, and conferences on transformational change. A star speaker on topics of major strategic importance – from digital disruption to business remodelling to specific vertical scenarios across public and private sectors, Gerd is a rare hybrid of artist and researcher/scientist, with a pioneering background in digital music ecosystems and a head start in the disruption game. For the last fifteen years, he has been the first choice in business leaders’ minds for inspirational and paradigm-shifting advice.
Listed by Wired Magazine 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, the mega-shifts, artificial intelligence and robotics, media, content, marketing and advertising, telecommunications, culture and tourism, banking and financial services, government and leadership. In his keynotes, presentations, workshops and advisory sessions Gerd addresses what it means to be human in a world of machines and algorithms, the coming redefinition of human-machine relationships, the future of work and jobs and many more. His presentations are renowned for a hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, humorous and motivating style.
Gerd's keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, often humorous and always personal motivational style. Gerd is highly regarded as a global influencer and has advised many business leaders and government officials around the globe.
His current most popular keynote is Technology VS Humanity...
In this groundbreaking new talk based on his new book, Gerd addresses the “future shocks” that lie in wait for humanity as it tumbles into a world of Big Data / Tech / AI dominance. This impactful presentation at the intersection of technology and ethics will engage your audience way beyond their daily concerns, and challenge the very core of being human – our shared values, believes and desire for happiness. This talk is an always-evolving continuation of Gerd’s best-selling new book, and explores the coming clash of machine and mankind in detail – one that will make all other ‘industrial revolutions’ seem like kindergarten. This is a classic keynote engagement for public events, large audiences spanning all corporate divisions and borders, as well as for executive client conferences.
Technology is evolving exponentially, changing our world at a mind-boggling pace. Data is indeed the new oil, and AI is the new electricity. Science fiction is increasingly becoming science fact as we are entering the age of cognitive computing, thinking machines and AI, augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things, deep learning, bots and intelligent digital assistants. Will this be heaven or will this be hell? One thing is certain: The next 20 years will bring more changes than the previous 300 years.
Here, Gerd summarises the main points from the book and talk...
Other current keynotes...
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY
HUMAN-MACHINE RELATIONSHIPS – ARE YOU ON TEAM HUMAN?
MAN AND MACHINE: IS IT HEAVEN OR IS IT HELL?
THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY
THE MEGASHIFTS – THE NEXT 7 YEARS IN TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS AND SOCIETY
FROM DISRUPTION TO CONSTRUCTION: FUTURIZING YOUR BUSINESS
LEADING INTO THE FUTURE
All these topics are customisable and range from 15-90 minutes can include media or not and can be broadcast worldwide.
These numerous options affect Gerd's fee structure so please ask for further details.
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, IPG, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and VISA
What the Clients Say:
“Gerd was a keynote speaker at our recent Spark2020 Leadership Conference and was central to setting up the discussion about what the future might look like and importantly what that means for our industry, our business and the people in it. Gerd's opening session was a great outside in view of the future and what that means for us. His perspectives were excellent and thought provoking and it set the day up well.”
Rod Snodgrass | CEO Spark Ventures NZ
“Gerd kicked off ShipServ's SmartProcurement conference as keynote, with an inspiring and thought-provoking look at how technology is likely to change our world in the next 15 years. His content and energetic delivery were spot on and set the stage well for the day. I recommend him highly.”
Paul H. Ostergaard | CEO ShipServ, Inc
“I had a chance to listen to Gerd about future trends. I also had a chance to meet him in person. His views and the way he structured his speech was not only eye opening but also helped me understand the essence of some of the concepts I have been hearing. Before Gerd, I did not fully realise how these concepts and trends may affect us, not only as a corporation, but also as a human. Gerd's background and experiences also helps him deliver a very convincing presentation.“
Bülent Tekçe | VP Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi
“Gerd did a fantastic job at a recent global logistics conference, opening up the opportunities of the future, bringing in varied examples from a host of different industries to explore new ways of thinking - big impact with the team.”
John Marsden | VP APAC Unilever
“WWF International staff had the pleasure of listening to Gerd as a keynote speaker during the 2013 Learning 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 | form. WWF
“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, 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 Salzmann | Chairman, Havas Worldwide
See Gerd's key messages from his 2017 speaking assignments...