Gerd Leonhard


Identified as one of the top 10 futurist keynote speakers in the world, Gerd Leonhard is leading technology and futurist advisor, trainer, presenter, author and keynote speaker. Gerd is the CEO of The Futures Agency, which is a global network of over 30 leading futurists and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in London.

As an avid futurist and passionate humanist, philosopher and musician, Gerd always had a love for technology, however, believes that technology has no ethics and that we should protect what makes us human. This is something that Gerd touches on in his speeches, among other insightful pieces of knowledge and experience from his career.

Gerd was an early internet entrepreneur so has had the opportunity to research, study and watch the internet, web and technology grow into what it is today. As a result of this, he has an remarkable understanding of futurist trends. In 2006 Gerd was named one of the leading Media Futurists in the World, by The Wall Street Journal, and in 2015, Wired Magazine listed Gerd as number 88 in the top 100 influencers in Europe.

Best-selling author to five books, including the acclaimed Technology vs Humanity, which has gone on to be translated into ten different languages, Gerd is also the co-author of the best-selling book The Future of Music. Furthermore, he creates films on the future of technology and humanity, digital transformation and artificial intelligence, and also hosts a web-TV series called The Future Show.

Having performed at over 1500 events worldwide, Gerd has accumulated a global audience of 2.5 million people. His client list includes some of the biggest and most powerful individuals and organisations, as well as most Fortune 500 companies, governments and NGOs.

A must-have speaker for any technology or futurism event, Gerd is a leading global influencer in digital ethics. His presentations can be varied, being able to adapt to his audience and event type, in order to create the most appropriately stimulating talk for all. Thus, Gerd can discuss varied subjects based on the near future and actionable foresights in media, business, humanity, society, commerce, technology and communications.

A highly regarded individual and global influencer, Gerd has advised and consulted a number of leading international organisations such as UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Google, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, ITV, BBC, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, IPG, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others.

To book Gerd Leonhard as the artificial intelligence speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

Take a look at what people had to say about Gerd, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“Gerd made a great contribution and was a pleasure to work with on our FODM event. His session was a fantastic addition to the programme and a great success.” – Kelly Head – Speaker Liaison Executive, Econsultancy (London).

“Gerd was the opening keynote speaker at our social media and content marketing event and made a huge impact to all 400 listeners. People discussed and quoted him throughout the day and in many blog posts afterwards. We organisers were all very happy about this.” – Sanna Salovuori – Co-Founder, PING Helsinki Event.

“Gerd provided amazing collaboration and partnership during our recent futurist-focused client event in Southern California… Our client was thrilled and the attendees took away a great wealth of information that will surely help them increase revenues and surpass their competitors using the technology-focused information provided during his presentation.” – Ron Foxworthy – Director of Corporate Sales Operations, IfOnly.



At corporate events, Gerd is known to cover the following topics:

  • From transformation to humanisation
  • Technology and humanity: the next decade
  • The digital transformation of business and society
  • The 10 Megashifts: transforming your organisation
  • Artificial intelligence – what’s real?
  • Digital ethics / the ethics of technology
  • Practical wisdom: foresight and action
  • The future of work
  • Understanding the future: Game-Changers & Megashifts
  • How to DO the future, today