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Gerd Leonhard

Futurist and Humanist

Gerd Leonhard is a widely known and top-rated futurist, founder and CEO of the futures Agency, a global network of over 30 leading futurists. He focusses on the intersections of humanity, science / technology, business, and culture. He promotes sustainable, human-centric values, and emphasises the importance of foresight, and resilience in the face of uncertainty.

"Civilizations are driven by their technology but defined by their humanity"

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In detail

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. Over the past two decades, he has risen to one of the top 10 futurist keynote speakers worldwide and has recently become the #1 virtual speaker in the age of Corona. His diverse list of clients includes countless governments, NGOs and Fortune 500 companies such as SAP, Microsoft, Google, VISA, Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, Sony, UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, PwC, Siemens, Ogilvy, The EU Commission, 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.

What he offers you

Gerd uses his presentations to deep dive on complex topics. Recurring themes include business in the post-Covid-19 world, the need for a sustainable, equitable reform to conventional capitalism, addressing existential risks like climate change and uncontrolled technological proliferation, the future of work and of the human-machine relationship, exploring what it means to be human in a world of machines and algorithms, and the ethics of technology and tech regulation in an interconnected world.

How he presents

Gerd's acclaimed keynotes (both live and virtual) are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative style, inspiring, humorous, motivational, and always personal.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Moving Beyond the Corona Crisis: the Next 3-5 Years
  • Green is the New Digital, Sustainable is the New Profitable
  • The Good Future: People, Planet, Purpose, Prosperity
  • Awesome Humans Amazing Tech (Future of Work / Education)
  • Technology and Humanity: Business Ethics of 21st Century
  • The Fork in the Road: Humanity's 4 Existential Risks
  • How and Why the Future is Better than We Think
  • Culture Eats Technology for Breakfast: Rehumanize, Now

Books and publications

  • 2016
    Technology vs. Humanity - The Coming Clash between Man and Machine
  • 2011
    The Future of Content
  • 2010
    Friction is Fiction
  • 2008
    Music 2.0
  • 2007
    The End of Control
  • 2005
    The Future of Music


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