Andrew Grill

Practical Futurist & Former Global Managing Partner at IBM

In the world of futurism, finance and business, Andrew Grill is a highly respected figure. The former Global Managing Partner from IBM is a popular choice for industry events. Andrew’s belief that “the future is digital” has already positively influenced a number of businesses. Commonly booked as a keynote speaker, his tried and tested strategies have ensured the longevity of some of the biggest names on the market.

Andrew started higher education in 1979 at St Peter’s College Adelaide, Andrew spent four years studying Matriculation, Physics, Chemistry, English, Maths and Geography. In 1991, he completed a bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of South Australia before earning a master’s degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications. Showing no signs of slowing down, Andrew’s dedication to technology led him to complete a second master’s degree in 2000, from the University of Technology. As a testament to his knowledge, this technology speaker’s expertise stems from a combination of academic study and hands-on industry experience.

Andrew’s first major role was as Head of Business Development at Gigafone Technologies, from 2008 to 2009. In this role, he pioneered their mobile advertising and was responsible for business development. For five years, from 2006, Andrew was the South Australian Business Ambassador for the South Australian Government, where he secured the future of the states travel, business and tourism. In 2011, Andrew accepted the role of CEO with Kred, one of the largest influencer platforms in the world. As the public face of Kred, he won such clients as ITV, BBC and eBay.

As a keynote speaker, Andrew has worked independently from 1999 and alongside The Practical Futurist since 2016. Having previously spoken at over 400 events internationally, to audiences of 1,000 people and more, he uses his knowledge and experience to explore digital transformation, digital strategy, artificial intelligence, blockchain, new technologies, social eminence, and brand advocacy. From the perspective of a futurist expert, experienced CEO and digital advocate, Andrew’s knowledge and business application is invaluable.

To book Andrew Grill as the keynote speaker for your corporate eventfunction or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Andrew is known to cover the following topics:

  • Disrupt or be disrupted – Digital disruption and what it means for you and your business.
  • Workplace of the future – How can your employees adapt to changes in the nature of work.
  • Digital Diversity – Why you need digital practitioners on your board.
  • Rising above the noise – How to stand out in the digital world.
  • Brand advocates – how your best advocates are already on the payroll.

Get a taste for what Andrew is like at corporate events, by watching the showreel below:

See what people had to say about Andrew, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“A very inspiring and thought provoking presentation. Further feedback from my peers confirms you have given us a lot to think about so job done on that score!” – DHL Global 

“Many thanks for a great day yesterday, it met and exceeded all our expectations.” – Nestle 

“Never seen a more practical, useful, and actionable session.” – David Meade, BBC Broadcaster

“Andrew was a fantastic keynote speaker to open our Biennial Conference with an international audience of 350 insurance CEO/C-suite delegates.” – Ben Telfer, Vice-President, Business Intelligence – International Mutual and Cooperative Insurance Federation

“What a marvellous speaker! Inspirational and energising, Andrew captured the audience from the minute he stepped on the stage. He really shook up the way we look at new tech disruption and made us think about issues for our business and wider life.” – Maya Tsolova, Event Manager, Compeer

“We’re trying to do something revolutionary, to constantly innovate as a brand so having someone like Andrew to present at our first digital event was an absolute must.” – Clayton Herbert, Event Manager, TechnoGym

“The reason we hired Andrew was because he’s great to work with, he’s very professional, and he adapted his talk to exactly what we wanted. I’d highly recommend him for any keynote speeches you’re thinking about.” – Jim Hodgson, Project Manager, Business West