Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated futurist, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker and a strategic advisor. He is the co-author of the bestselling book The Future of Music (2005), and the author of The End of Control, Music 2.0, Friction is Fiction, and The Future of Content (2011, Kindle-only). His upcoming Kindle-single series on the most important issues facing humanity in the next 5 years will debut in mid-2014. Gerd is also the host of TheFutureShow and MeetingOfTheMinds.tv, as well as the Founder of GreenFuturists (a high-level group of leading futurists with a focus on developing sustainable business models).
Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including next-generation digital business models, the opportunities and challenges of a networked society, a sustainable business and cultural ecology, social media and communications, TV / film, radio and broadcasting futures, mobile content and commerce, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, consumer trends, human-machine futures and AI, big data and automation, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, and the development of ’green futures’ scenarios. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’.
Gerd’s keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring and personal motivational style. With over 1’500 engagements in 50+ countries since 2001, Gerd has addressed over 300’000 executives and professionals, and is highly regarded as a global influencer. His diverse client list of over 100 companies includes Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, YouTube, Nokia, The Guardian, Google, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, the European Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA and many others.
Gerd’s background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s ‘Quincy Jones Award’ and subsequently spent 10 years working as a professional guitar player, 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 San Francisco. In 2002, following the .com meltdown and the 9/11 crisis, Gerd returned to Europe and found his new calling as author, futurist, keynote speaker and strategic advisor.
He now travels around the globe to speak at major conferences and events, company retreats, seminars and in-house trainings on the Future of Business, Sustainability, Media, Content, Humanity, Technology, Marketing, Advertising & Branding and many related topics. Since late 2011, Gerd has been expanded the scope of his work to include some of the most pressing global issues such as sustainability, energy and the global shift ‘from ego to eco’.
Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), a member of the World Future Society, and with his company The Futures Agency an institutional member of the World Futures Studies Federation. A native German, Gerd resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Dr. Simone Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, an innovation and strategy consultancy with special expertise in frugal innovation and emerging markets. She is the co-author of the international bestseller, Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, called “the most comprehensive book yet on the subject” of frugal innovation by the Economist.
Dr. Simone Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, an innovation and strategy advisory with a focus on innovation and emerging markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with partners around the globe, Blood Orange shares and practices innovation principles learned through extensive work in India, including jugaad – a frugal, flexible and inclusive approach to innovation inspired by emerging markets. She regularly conducts ethnographic, background, and academic research on innovation occurring at the grassroots level in emerging markets with social entrepreneurs, to that of US-based multinationals. Simone is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Jugaad Innovation has been published in the US, Brazil, Holland, France and India, where it is now a #1 business bestseller, and has been called “the most comprehensive book yet on the subject” of frugal innovation by the Economist.
Dr. Ahuja has served as a consultant to the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and as an associate Fellow for the Asia Society in New York City. She provides advisory services, keynotes and interactive frugal innovation and design thinking labs to entrepreneurs, academic institutions, and corporations including PepsiCo, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, Medtronic, the World Economic Forum, MIT, and Harvard University. She is a regular columnist for the Harvard Business Review online.
Anil Sadhoeram grew up in Paramaribo, a small tropical town in South America. He studied physics and philosophy in the Netherlands and graduated from the University of Technology (Twente) in the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society.
He is the Managing Director for Divitel Americas and Chief Philosophy Officer at 100WATT©, an independent Think Tank focused on the impact of emerging technologies on society.
Previously, Anil worked in Amsterdam and Dublin in various business development roles at leading NASDAQ listed corporations such as Accenture, Oracle, Forrester Research and Gartner.
He currently lives with his wife and dog on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.
Anil’s recent Conference presentations have been on “The Next Generation CIO” and “The Startup Culture”.