Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated futurist, with over 1500 engagements in50+ countries since 2004 and a combined audience of over 1 million people. Gerdfocusses on near-future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the sectorsof humanity, society, business and commerce, media, technology and communications.Gerd is also an influential author, a sought-after executive ‘future trainer’ and a trustedstrategic advisor.
He is the co-author of the best-selling book The Future of Music and the author of 5other books including ‘The Humanity Challenge’ (June 2016). Gerd is also the host ofthe web-TV series TheFutureShow and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a globalnetwork of over 30 leading futurists. Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide rangeof topics including digital transformation and the opportunity-challenges of the comingexponential society, a sustainable business and cultural ecology, social media andcommunications, TV / film, radio and broadcasting futures, mobile content andcommerce, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, ‘hard-future’ consumer trends,human-machine futures and AI, cognitive computing, the IoT, big data and automation,next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, as well as sustainability andrelated ‘green future’ topics. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of theleading Media Futurists in the World’. In 2015, Wired Magazine listed Gerd as #88 ofthe top 100 influencers in Europe. He’s #21 on the global list of futurists. Gerd’skeynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for their hard-hitting andprovocative yet inspiring, often humorous and always personal motivational style. Gerdis highly regarded as a global influencer and has advised many business leaders andgovernment officials around the globe. His diverse client list of over 300 companiesincludes UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Google,Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, DeutscheTelekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, IPG, The EUCommission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others.
Gerd’s background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s ‘QuincyJones 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, serving as Founder/CEO of several Internet startups, based in SanFrancisco. In 2002, following the .com meltdown and the 9/11 crisis, Gerd returned toEurope and discovered his new calling as a futurist. He now travels around the globe tospeak at leading conferences and events, company retreats, seminars and in-housetrainings, and offering his unique ‘FutureExperience’ trainings along with his colleaguesat The Futures Agency, an international organization that Gerd founded in 2010 to meetclient demand for tried-and-tested future-trainers, speakers and personalities. Gerd is afellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London) and a member of the World FutureSociety. A native German, Gerd resides in Basel, Switzerland, and maintains an officein San Francisco. He presents both in English as well as in German.