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Jul 11 2016

Freija van Duijne

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Futurist, Trendwatcher and Strategist

Freija van DuijneFreija van Duijne is a foresight practitioner. She has ten years’ experience in strategic foresight at various government organisations, including the OECD. Currently she runs her own business, called Future Motions, which specializes in board room strategy consulting, scenario planning and organisational learning. Freija is fascinated about what the future might bring. She is a futurist, trend-watcher and strategist at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, a think tank in the Netherlands and an expert on future studies in area of food, natural resources, energy, health and governance. Freija is also the President of Dutch Future Society.

“It is not about prediction, but seeing strategic options”


In detail

Freija’s background is in Human factors psychology. She holds a Masters from Leiden University and a PhD in Industrial design engineering from Delft University. She has been involved in foresight studies since 2006 when she worked at the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. She has received the Reward for exceptional performance at Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and has been selected for the leadership course “Master in Policy Processes” in 2010.


What she offers you

Freija’s aim is to encourage people to think about the future and she strongly believes in using foresight for creating a better future. In her presentations, she inspires companies from a wide range of fields and helps them to embrace change. She offers a fresh outlook on trends and future horizons. Thinking about the future makes people see the real questions for todays’ decision makers.


How she presents

Highly energetic and provocative but with a good sense of humour, Freija’s presentations are individually tailored to be as relevant as possible.

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Jul 07 2016

Neil Harbisson

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Cyborg artist

Neil HarbissonNeil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recog-nised as a cyborg by a govern-ment. The antenna allows him to
perceive visible and invisible col-ours such as infrareds and ultravio-lets via sound waves. The an-tenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colours from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mo-bile phones or satellites.

First officially recognized Cyborg by a government


In detail

Neil Harbisson studied art and mu-sic at various schools in Spain. At the age of 11, he began to com-pose his first piano pieces and with 16 years, he studied fine art at the Institut Alexandre Satorras. In 2001, Harbisson moved to Ireland to finish his piano studies at Dub-lin’s Waltons New School of Music. In 2002, he moved to England to study music composition at Dartington College of Arts. The antenna is a result of the co-operation between Adam Montandon, a cybernetics graduates, and Neil Harbisson himself. For this work, they earned the award for Innovation and Submerge in Bristol and the European Award for multimedia interface Design EUROPRIX Top Talent Award in Vienna. Together with Moon Ribas he co­founded the Cyborg Foundation in 2010, an international organisation that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.


What he offers you

Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. In his presentations Neil Harbisson kidnaps his audience in his world and illu-strates in a brilliant way how his an-tenna really works. Furthermore, he underlines how important new tech-nologies really are and tells funny anecdotes he already has expe-rienced because of the antenna.


How he presents

His special and unconventional presentations, as well as his great mixture of a good sense of humour and simple explanations about tech-nology, making him a highly appreci-ated guest for every kind of event.

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Jun 29 2016

Aric Dromi

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Chief Futurologist at Volvo Group & Digital Philosopher

Aric DromiAric Dromi is the Chief Futurologist at Volvo Group, a digital philosopher and professional troublemaker who hasspent the past 20 years helping decision makers gain a better grasp of their objectives and future strategies. Aric has created knowledge in specific topics with regard to strategic surprises and opportunities; he’s educated, inspired and empowered new thinking patterns that essentially helped people discover the “things they don’t know that they don’t know”.

“Turning Science Fiction into Reality”


In detail

Aric Dromi tends to focus on 10-15-year future scenarios yet, an essentialpart of capturing the future is being able to explain it, make ittangible and most important, make it relevant. That’s exactlywhat he does. He tells stories about the future that could happen andhelp develop concepts around what should happen. He doesn’t provide the answers, he frames the questions and helps people identify and abandon old paradigms and rethink their thinking.


What he offers you

AricDromi’ssessions are designed to help organisations and individuals better understand change and his vision of a digitally enabled autonomous future.


How he presents

AricDromi is a passionate speaker who’s inspiring and exciting sessions are invaluable sources of actionable information. He is thought provoking and highly creative.

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May 27 2016

Jacob Morgan

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Expert on The Future of Work

Jacob MorganJacob Morgan is a globally recognised speaker, author and futurist. He co-founded the Future Of Work Community, a brand council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations who come together to explore the future of work. Recently he was a judge for Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange and has been named by SAP as “one of the top influencers on Human Potential”. Jacob has been featured in media outlets such as the WSJ, USA Today, Inc Magazine, CNN and Fast Company.

“An excellent speaker who knows how to educate and engage his audience!”


In detail

Jacob also hosts the popular Future of Work Podcast where he interviews business leaders, executives and authors in addition to his bi-weekly YouTube video series. He is also working on a new show about the future of work and has a popular Forbes column on the subject. Jacob is a millennial who works with some of the world’s largest and most recognised companies such as Sodexo, Franklin Templeton Investments, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Lenovo, Safeway, Cisco amongst many others.


What he offers you

His experience and insider knowledge keep Jacob aware of the latest ideas, insights and feedbacks from leading companies who are driving change. As a result, he is able to bring these ideas and strategies into his keynote talks, advising decision makers around the world on how to adapt in order to stay relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing world.


How he presents

Knowledgeable, insightful and spot on, Jacob engages any audience and leaves them ready to lead change.

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Apr 13 2016

Andreas Ekström

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Futurist and Commentator on the Digital Revolution

Andreas EkströmAndreas Ekström is an author, columnist and commentator on the digital revolution. He focuses on the topic, seen from the role of a futurist and looking at all disciplines of society. He writes regularly for the Swedish daily newspaper Sydsvenskan on the online world, media and digital equality. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books and in his acclaimed book ‘The Google Code’ he turned his journalistic curiosity towards the increasing influence of Google in our society.


“One of the most sought-after futurists”


In detail

Andreas looks at a company that has become culturally, technologically and commercially one of the most important ever. He focuses his journalistic instincts on the good and the bad of a company that dominates internet search and considers what organisations can learn and made a study – its beginnings, the organisational culture, its rise to dominance and its constant evolution into new areas. He looks into how the company has changed to meet new user demands, its gathering of data, its design and technology strategies. Andreas was a TEDx speaker in 2013 and 2015.


What he offers you

In his presentations Andreas analyses how the digital revolution affects people, business and public life and helps decision makers to understand the tech world from a human perspective.


How he presents

Andreas’ presentations are always tailor made and thoroughly prepared with each client.

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Mar 09 2016

Nicklas Bergman

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Serial Tech Entrepreneur, Futurist and advisor to the TechCast Technology Think Tank

Nicklas BergmanNicklas Bergman is a serial entrepreneur, technology investor, futurism researcher, speaker and writer. He has spent the last 20+ years working as an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on emerging technologies, currently through 20 direct and indirect technology investments. He searches for new opportunities which arise from the ever changing technological landscape.


“A futurist of highest rank”


In detail

Nicklas is an advisor to the TechCast Technology Think Tank based in Washington where he works in a world-wide network of scientists, policy makers and business executives with the aim of understanding the impact of disruptive technologies. In addition, as part of an emerging research project at Lund University in Sweden, he focuses on humankind’s relationship to technology and technological development and more specific, on the business implications of multidisciplinary and transformative emerging technologies in the coming 5 to 50 years.


What he offers you

Through the combination of his entrepreneurial experience, technology investments and ongoing research projects, Nicklas is uniquely suited to guide decision makers to understand what the future will bring. He also takes a holistic approach communicating what we might expect from a technological perspective and how technological development will affect us as individuals, companies and society as a whole.


How he presents

Nicklas customises his presentations to each audience and presents credible facts in an entertaining, surprising and challenging way.

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Nov 02 2015

James Canton

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President of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends

James CantonDr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation. He is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century, Dutton 2006, and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century, Next Millennium Press, 2004.

“One of the top global futurists and presenters in the 21st century”


In detail

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton is a commentator on CNN. He was named “the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo.


What he offers you

Dr. Canton shows organisations’ how to adapt profit and better compete in the emerging new economy and how to use business strategies to create a high-tech competitive edge.


How he presents

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.

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Apr 27 2015

ChristerHolloman

Technology Expert & Futurist

ChristerHollomanChrister Holloman is an expert commentator and former resident blogger at Sky News Tech Talk; experienced keynote speaker and Chairman of First Tuesday – UK’s largest network for high growth technology SME’s and their investors. Chris launched Expedia founder Rich Barton’s new $90m start-up Glassdoor.com in Europe, and is frequently invited to write for The Guardian, Sky News and GQ about how organisations can make the most of opportunities presented by new technologies.

“One of London’s Most Influential Individual Within New Media”
The Evening Standard


In detail

Christerwas previously Head of Digital Product Development at The Times and The Sunday Times, responsible for award-winning apps and delivering new digital revenue streams.A born entrepreneur, Christer’s childhood games became a blueprint for his future career ut it was in the year 2000, at the height of the IT boom, that Christer established himself as a business force to be reckoned with when he launched a local social networking site, and then sold it to an investor for an undisclosed amount, only 6 months later.


What he offers you

Christer’sexpertise lies in technology and social media, and he’s a fascinating futurist who uses his insight and experience to inspire and inform. He inspires and excites audiences with new ideas they can apply to their own business or department.


How he presents

Apart from his contagious energy, entertaining presentations, and sunny personality, Christer embodies real digital innovation and delivery, and is an exceptional speaker on the subject.

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Nov 12 2014

Claude Nicollier

Swiss Astronaut

Claude NicollierClaude Nicollier is Switzerland’s first astronaut and is currently Head of Test Flight Operations with the Solar Impulse Flight Project, and a key advisor at CERN and NASA. A veteran of four space flights, Claude has logged more than 1000 hours in space. His NASA technical assignments have included flight software verification, development of retrieval techniques for the Tethered Satellite System (TSS), Remote Manipulator Systems (RMS), International Space Station (ISS) robotics support and European Space Agency (ESA) Branch support.

In 1998, Claude was awarded the Einstein Medal by the Einstein Society of Bern


In detail

Claude retired at the end of 2004 as a captain in the Swiss Air Force. During his assignment in Houston, he maintained flight proficiency on Hawker Hunter, Northtrop F-5E, and later on Pilatus PC-9 aircraft. He has logged close to 6000 hours flying time, including more than 4500 in jet aircraft. The Solar Impulse is a revolutionary aeroplane that is scheduled to complete a journey with several stops around the world in 2014, relying exclusively on solar energy.


What he offers you

Drawing on his considerable expertise and experiences Claude is ideally qualified to talk not only about new technologies and the future of space exploration but first hand about the dedication and motivation required to become an astronaut.


How he presents

Claude is an excellent communicator and his highly enjoyable presentations captivate the imagination of audiences around the world.

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Jun 09 2014

Peter Vessenes

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CEO of CoinLab Inc. & Founder and Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation

Peter VessenesPeter Vessenes is the CEO of CoinLab, Inc. and is the Founder and Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, an organisation that seeks to standardise and promote the use of Bitcoin. A serial entrepreneur, Peter has founded multiple startups, created an international development corporation in Africa, worked in top executive positions and as a business analyst, and served as a board member for tech companies.

“CEO of one of the most exciting phenomena of our times”


In detail

A born entrepreneur, Peter started his first technology company at 13. With a unique blend of business and mathematical analysis, curiosity and midwestern work ethic, he has founded multiple tech startups, created widely used products and systems, and served on several boards of directors. Inspired from travel experiences, he recently created an international development corporation in Africa.


What he offers you

A popular speaker on Bitcoin and the world of cryptocurrency, Peter is convinced that Bitcoin can change the world. The volatility and uncertainty of Bitcoin have raised many questions that as yet have been unanswered and Peter is ideally positioned to enlighten worldwide audiences, providing clarity and insights into the Bitcoin phenomenon.


How he presents

Peter provides audiences with fresh insights into the emerging world of Bitcoin and technology. He is in great demand to speak at conferences around the globe.

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