Gerd Leonhard, columnist, is a widely respected, top-rated futurist, with over 1500 engagements in the past 15 years and a combined audience of over 1 million people. He focusses on near-future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business, media, technology and communications. Gerd is an influential author, a sought-after executive 'future trainer’ and a trusted strategic advisor. His latest publication is 'Technology vs Humanity' www.techvshuman.com. Gerd is also the co-author of the best-selling book The Future of Music and the author of 4 other books on the future.
Gerd is also a film-maker at TFAStudios, and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a global network of over 40 leading futurists. He is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including digital transformation, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, the opportunities and challenges of being human in an exponential society, a sustainable business and cultural ecology, TV / film, radio and broadcasting futures, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, ‘hard-future’ consumer trends, (wo)man-machine futures, the IoT, big data and automation and many others
In 2006, The WSJ called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’, and in 2015 Wired Magazine appointed Gerd #88 of the top 100 influencers in ICT in Europe. 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 a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London) and a member of the World Future Society. A native German, Gerd resides in Zürich, Switzerland, and also maintains an office in San Francisco. He presents both in English as well as in German.