Andrew Grill is a sought-after Actionable Futurist with over 30 years of experience in companies including IBM, British Aerospace and Telstra.
Unlike traditional futurists, who look at what life will be like in 10, 20, or more years, Andrew uses future trends to deliver practical insights that can be used immediately.
Passionate about the digital, Andrew believes that “to get digital, you need to be digital”, and his top keynotes provide actionable tips on how to harness technology to achieve long-lasting goals.
Now a popular keynote speaker, consultant, event moderator, and advisor, Andrew has spoken to thousands of delegates at over 500 live events in 40 countries.
Andrew Grill’s love for technology started when he was young and continued throughout his education, where he gained several industry qualifications. These include a Bachelor of Engineering and Electronic Engineering, followed by a Master’s from the University of South Australia, a second Master’s in Information Technology and Telecommunications, and an MBC in eBusiness Management and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.
His first-hand experience of the digital world started very early via online bulletin boards and emails in the 1980s; this passion continued throughout his working life. He has over 30 years of experience in the digital, social and technology industries. This includes working for high-profile companies, including British Aerospace, Telstra, Legion Interactive, Visible Technologies, and IBM – where he influenced over $100 million in sales. He has been the CEO of companies Kred and PropertyLook – sold in 2006 for over $A9 million. He has also worked as a Business Ambassador for the South Australian Government and sat on the Board of the Rotary Club of Sydney, where, over time, he was named the Director of the Community Service Community, Vice President, and the Director of Technology.
Since 2019, he has been hosting The Actionable Futurist® Podcast, a show about the near future of digital innovations, providing practical and actionable advice from global experts. Guests have included the Vice President of Airwallex James Butland, the Sustainability Expert for Gemserv Trevor Hutchings, International Human Rights Lawyer Susie Alegre, IBM Engineer Richard Hopkins, and Chief Digital Officer at Genpact Sanjay Srivastava. Across the years, Andrew has discussed everything from the future of finance, the metaverse, AI in education, cybersecurity, human rights, electric vehicles, the future of healthcare, fake news, real-time data, and GDPR.
Andrew’s debut book Digitally Curious (2023) provides actionable advice on the future of technology and how that can impact your business today. The book contains points from his keynote speeches and information discovered across over 80 podcast interviews.
He provides his own blog and has contributed writings for The Financial Times, The Telegraph, and The Guardian.
Topics including the Web3, Metaverse, Cryptocurrency, NFTs and Blockchain are all over the media these days, but what do they mean? Andrew looks at how these digital developments can be implemented into your business.
The nature of work and business is changing thanks to the evolving digital and social world. Andrew looks at how employers and employees can adapt to develop a human-centric workplace that fits this changing landscape in this keynote.
Do you embrace new technologies when they are released? Or do you struggle to keep up? This keynote will help you to understand technology better, equip you with new ways to use it, and help you prepare for a digital-first world.
Once upon a time, artificial intelligence was a topic kept in science-fiction books. But in this rapidly changing world, AI is everywhere, from our phones to supermarkets. Andrew helps you and your business to adapt to these changes.
Andrew explains what digital disruption is, how you and your business can prepare for disruption, how innovation can drive digital transformation within your company, and how to prepare your employees for disruption.
Andrew is one of the most popular TEDx speakers, having presented no less than FIVE:
Ted Talk #1 – in 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society on the theme of “magic” and the evolution of the digital and the social.
Ted Talk #2 – in 2015 at KPMG London’s office on the importance of digital diversity on company boards.
Ted Talk #3 – in 2016, he presented a talk on “formative moments” at the Royal Holloway Campus, using his own experience with public speaking as an example.
Ted Talk #4 – in 2018, he presented at The University of South Wales about “policymaking in the age of digital disruption”, looking at digital innovation’s current and future.
Ted Talk #5 – in 2019, he spoke at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, focussing on “the innovative power of the post-it note”.
As well as speaking, Andrew offers a range of consulting services and workshops for industry leaders, board members, and all other employees.
Adobe, ANZ Bank, Arriva, Bloomberg, British Airways, Bupa, Canon, Capita, Channel 4, Citrix, DeBeers, DHL, The Economist, European Central Bank, The Guardian, GWI, Huawei, IBM, Ingram Micro, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Linedata, LinkedIn, London Business School, L’Oréal, Mars, Mayo Clinic, McAfee, Mercer, Morrison & Foerster, Nestle, NHS, Nike, Royal London, Sanofi, Sky News, Taylor Wessing, Telefonica, Telstra, Tomson Reuters, Trellix, UCB, Unicredit, Vodafone, Wella, Worldpay.
All the feedback after his talk was excellent. Andrew speaks about a broad range of Futurist topics and it was excellent how he was able to link it into recruitment in a very clear and understandable way.
Andrew is a consummate professional and a seasoned expert when it comes to public speaking. Not only is Andrew truly affable, incredibly knowledgeable, and able to command a good stage presence, his focus is on delivering high-level content in a truly engaging way. His talk was fantastic and pivotal to the success of the evening.
Great session and it was quoted as the “best ever”. Your keynote was a real highlight and you did a great job facilitating the Q&A. There was real energy through the day and feedback has been universally positive.
A BIG thank you for coming along and giving your excellent presentation. You sowed seeds for much thought amongst both the Taylor Wessing team and our clients. An umber of our team have been talking about how to be more of a digital hero and your slides have been in demand.
Never seen a more practical, useful, and actionable session. Andrew challenges and inspires audiences to think about the real impact of the future of work on their lives.
We aim to inspire, educate and entertain our guests, and Andrew’s keynote delivered on exactly that. It’s a pleasure to work with Andrew, he is a professional, delivering great content with an easy stage presence.
We began discussions before the pandemic to have Andrew deliver a physical keynote at our Rethink Global event. He was able to pivot to fully virtual with complete flexibility and delivered a thought-provoking presentation providing practical insights to help our audience become more “digitally curious”.
Your session was outstanding and provided our team with new thoughts and new challenges. Your talk was inspiring, provocative and scary in the right way!