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Futurist, Speaker and CEO at The Futures Agency

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 Gerd Leonhard Biography

Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated futurist, with over 1500 engagements in 50+ countries since 2004 and a combined audience of over 1 million people. Leonhard focusses on near-future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business and commerce, media, technology and communications.

Leonhard is also an influential author, a sought-after executive ‘future trainer’ and a trusted strategic advisor. He is the co-author of the best-selling book The Future of Music and the author of 5 other books including ‘The Humanity Challenge’ (June 2016). Leonhard is also the host of the web-TV series TheFutureShow and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a global network of over 30 leading futurists.

Leonhard is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including digital transformation and the opportunity-challenges of the coming exponential 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, ‘hard-future’ consumer trends, human-machine futures and AI, cognitive computing, the IoT, big data and automation, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, as well as sustainability and related ‘green future’ topics. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called him ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. In 2015, Wired Magazine listed Leonhard as #88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe. He’s #21 on the global list of futurists.

Leonhard's keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, often humorous and always personal motivational style. He is highly regarded as a global influencer and has advised many business leaders and government officials around the globe. His diverse client list of over 300 companies includes UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Google, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, IPG, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others.

Leonhard's background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s 'Quincy Jones Award' and subsequently spent 12 years working as a professional guitarist, 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, he returned to Europe and discovered his new calling as a futurist.

He now travels around the globe to speak at leading conferences and events, company retreats, seminars and in-house trainings, and offering his unique ‘FutureExperience’ trainings along with his colleagues at The Futures Agency, an international organization that Leonhard founded in 2010 to meet client demand for tried-and-tested future-trainers, speakers and personalities.

Leonhard is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London) and a member of the World Future Society. A native German, he resides in Basel, Switzerland, and maintains an office in San Francisco. He presents both in English and German.

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The Future of Content

The Future of Content

Friction is Fiction: The Future of Content, Media & Business (Black & White Edition)

Friction is Fiction: The Future of Content, Media & Business (Black & White Edition)

The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution (Berklee Press)

The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution (Berklee Press)

Music 2.0 -essays by Gerd Leonhard

Music 2.0 -essays by Gerd Leonhard

Speaking Topics
  • Human Futures

    1) Human-machine relationships: what the future may bring Humans and ultra-smart technology i.e. ‘intelligent machines’ are increasingly interconnecting and overlapping. The Internet of Things aka the internet of everything is here, and artificial intelligence and the singularity are becoming global buzzwords. AI is certain to play a role everywhere, and robots are dropping in price dramatically while gaining quickly in functionality and skills. Exponential technological progress is evident everywhere – but how will we – as linear beings – cope with this increasing empowerment of software and machines, the tremendous gain in the flow of real-time information, and the far-reaching implications that these developments will have? What will happen to our ethics in a world of ultra-smart intelligent agents, artificial intelligence and the coming ‘trans-humanism’? 2) Man & machine: HellVen challenges Exponentiell technologies are impacting our lives at an increasingly faster pace. Intelligent digital agents, smart software, big data and artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive computing, robotics and neuromorphic chips are likely to become as normal as smartphones. Where is this going? What will mean to be human in the near future? What will happen to work and jobs, to mysteries and serendipity, to our social contracts and to how we do business? The immediate future is certain to bring a rapid convergence of man and machine, in every aspect of our society. We can expect a lot more HellVen (Hell+Heaven) challenges and opportunities since this could be a kind of nirvana for us, or it could just as easily spell disaster – depending on how we prepare and act, today. Technology does not have ethics and machines are immoral by design – yet humanity without ethics is an oxymoron. On the one hand, we are looking at the distinct possibility of solving global problems such as such as climate change, energy, water and food shortages, or poverty, based on vastly exponential scientific progress; and at the same time we are looking at the potential threat of humans becoming machines as one of many unintended consequences. Who will be in charge of whether this becomes heaven or hell, and what do we need to do today to address this challenge, today? **More topics at http://bit.ly/1yQDlWa**

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Gerd Leonhard

Futurist, Speaker and CEO at The Futures Agency

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Gerd Leonhard Biography

Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated futurist, with over 1500 engagements in 50+ countries since 2004 and a combined audience of over 1 million people. Leonhard focusses on near-future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business and commerce, media, technology and communications.

Leonhard is also an influential author, a sought-after executive ‘future trainer’ and a trusted strategic advisor. He is the co-author of the best-selling book The Future of Music and the author of 5 other books including ‘The Humanity Challenge’ (June 2016). Leonhard is also the host of the web-TV series TheFutureShow and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a global network of over 30 leading futurists.

Leonhard is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including digital transformation and the opportunity-challenges of the coming exponential 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, ‘hard-future’ consumer trends, human-machine futures and AI, cognitive computing, the IoT, big data and automation, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, as well as sustainability and related ‘green future’ topics. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called him ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. In 2015, Wired Magazine listed Leonhard as #88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe. He’s #21 on the global list of futurists.

Leonhard's keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, often humorous and always personal motivational style. He is highly regarded as a global influencer and has advised many business leaders and government officials around the globe. His diverse client list of over 300 companies includes UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Google, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, IPG, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others.

Leonhard's background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s 'Quincy Jones Award' and subsequently spent 12 years working as a professional guitarist, 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, he returned to Europe and discovered his new calling as a futurist.

He now travels around the globe to speak at leading conferences and events, company retreats, seminars and in-house trainings, and offering his unique ‘FutureExperience’ trainings along with his colleagues at The Futures Agency, an international organization that Leonhard founded in 2010 to meet client demand for tried-and-tested future-trainers, speakers and personalities.

Leonhard is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London) and a member of the World Future Society. A native German, he resides in Basel, Switzerland, and maintains an office in San Francisco. He presents both in English and German.

Gerd Leonhard Videos

  • Digital Ethics & the Future of Humanity: Gerd Leonhard @ TedXBrussels
  • Future of telecommunications, technology and business with Gerd Leonhard
  • Gerd Leonhard at Skanska FutureDay

Gerd Leonhard Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard Speaking Topics

  • Human Futures

    1) Human-machine relationships: what the future may bring Humans and ultra-smart technology i.e. ‘intelligent machines’ are increasingly interconnecting and overlapping. The Internet of Things aka the internet of everything is here, and artificial intelligence and the singularity are becoming global buzzwords. AI is certain to play a role everywhere, and robots are dropping in price dramatically while gaining quickly in functionality and skills. Exponential technological progress is evident everywhere – but how will we – as linear beings – cope with this increasing empowerment of software and machines, the tremendous gain in the flow of real-time information, and the far-reaching implications that these developments will have? What will happen to our ethics in a world of ultra-smart intelligent agents, artificial intelligence and the coming ‘trans-humanism’? 2) Man & machine: HellVen challenges Exponentiell technologies are impacting our lives at an increasingly faster pace. Intelligent digital agents, smart software, big data and artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive computing, robotics and neuromorphic chips are likely to become as normal as smartphones. Where is this going? What will mean to be human in the near future? What will happen to work and jobs, to mysteries and serendipity, to our social contracts and to how we do business? The immediate future is certain to bring a rapid convergence of man and machine, in every aspect of our society. We can expect a lot more HellVen (Hell+Heaven) challenges and opportunities since this could be a kind of nirvana for us, or it could just as easily spell disaster – depending on how we prepare and act, today. Technology does not have ethics and machines are immoral by design – yet humanity without ethics is an oxymoron. On the one hand, we are looking at the distinct possibility of solving global problems such as such as climate change, energy, water and food shortages, or poverty, based on vastly exponential scientific progress; and at the same time we are looking at the potential threat of humans becoming machines as one of many unintended consequences. Who will be in charge of whether this becomes heaven or hell, and what do we need to do today to address this challenge, today? **More topics at http://bit.ly/1yQDlWa**

FAQs on booking Gerd Leonhard

  • How to book Gerd Leonhard?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Gerd Leonhard for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Gerd Leonhard, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Gerd Leonhard or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Gerd Leonhard?

    Booking fees for Gerd Leonhard, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Gerd Leonhard, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Gerd Leonhard?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Gerd Leonhard for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Gerd Leonhard for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Gerd Leonhard or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Gerd Leonhard or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Gerd Leonhard is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Gerd Leonhard for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Gerd Leonhard generally travels from Switzerland and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Walsh, Jim Carroll, Leonard Brody, Dr. Michio Kaku and Jack Shaw. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Gerd Leonhard for an upcoming event.

Gerd Leonhard Speaker Videos

  • Digital Ethics & the Future of Humanity: Gerd Leonhard @ TedXBrussels
    Future of telecommunications, technology and business with Gerd Leonhard
  • Gerd Leonhard at Skanska FutureDay
    Gerd Leonhard Intro at ITU Leadership Future Summit 2014 Doha
  • The future of journalism, and mobile: Interview with Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard Speaking Topics

  • Human Futures

    1) Human-machine relationships: what the future may bring Humans and ultra-smart technology i.e. ‘intelligent machines’ are increasingly interconnecting and overlapping. The Internet of Things aka the internet of everything is here, and artificial intelligence and the singularity are becoming global buzzwords. AI is certain to play a role everywhere, and robots are dropping in price dramatically while gaining quickly in functionality and skills. Exponential technological progress is evident everywhere – but how will we – as linear beings – cope with this increasing empowerment of software and machines, the tremendous gain in the flow of real-time information, and the far-reaching implications that these developments will have? What will happen to our ethics in a world of ultra-smart intelligent agents, artificial intelligence and the coming ‘trans-humanism’? 2) Man & machine: HellVen challenges Exponentiell technologies are impacting our lives at an increasingly faster pace. Intelligent digital agents, smart software, big data and artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive computing, robotics and neuromorphic chips are likely to become as normal as smartphones. Where is this going? What will mean to be human in the near future? What will happen to work and jobs, to mysteries and serendipity, to our social contracts and to how we do business? The immediate future is certain to bring a rapid convergence of man and machine, in every aspect of our society. We can expect a lot more HellVen (Hell+Heaven) challenges and opportunities since this could be a kind of nirvana for us, or it could just as easily spell disaster – depending on how we prepare and act, today. Technology does not have ethics and machines are immoral by design – yet humanity without ethics is an oxymoron. On the one hand, we are looking at the distinct possibility of solving global problems such as such as climate change, energy, water and food shortages, or poverty, based on vastly exponential scientific progress; and at the same time we are looking at the potential threat of humans becoming machines as one of many unintended consequences. Who will be in charge of whether this becomes heaven or hell, and what do we need to do today to address this challenge, today? **More topics at http://bit.ly/1yQDlWa**

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