Listed by Wired Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe, Gerd Leonhard’s most popular keynote topic is “Technology and Humanity – the next 10 years”, based on his book ‘Technology vs Humanity’, and his fundamental message: “Embrace technology but don't become it”.
Keynote Conference Speaking
In his award-winning keynote presentations, Gerd Leonhard addresses the key components of digital transformation and what it means for society, business and culture. He touches on topics such as artificial intelligence and robotics, IoT, the future of work, jobs and skills, the future of efficiency, digital ethics and the future of humanity.
Technology is evolving exponentially, changing our world at 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.
In his keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and advisory sessions Gerd considers 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.
Each of Gerd Leonhard’s speaking engagements is customised to market, audience and immediate context – no two audiences have ever experienced the same Gerd. He is constantly learning and refining his vision and arguments, enriching his highly persuasive style with story dynamics that involve the audience at a deeper, more experiential level.
Gerd’s vision is twofold: to present the multiple futures facing every industry or organisation at any one time, and – crucially – to help the participants identify and discover the true future which belongs to their unique destiny and back story. In a world of often unimaginative plots, with many enterprises simply impersonating others, Gerd’s guidance is priceless.
Gerd Leonhard is a much sought-after conference speaker, having presented at more than 1700 events in 60+ countries over 15 years, with a combined audience in excess of 1 million people.
His list of clients include Google, Sony, UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others.
Gerd Leonhard is a member of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, London), and an advisory board member of the Indian and Canadian research institutes.