Futurist Speakers

Futurist speakers are scientists and experts who conduct research, gather scientific data, and pull from their own expertise to assist companies to be better equipped for their futures. Hiring a futurist keynote speaker for your next event can not only help educate your audience on how to sustain success and adapt to disruptions in their respective work environments but aid in staying up to date with the rapidly changing technological advances and macroeconomic factors we are experiencing. Top futurist speakers will cover the background of futurology, forecast the direction the markets will head in based on data-driven insights and share frameworks for getting ahead of emerging trends to elevate your company and prepare for the future of work and business ahead.

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World-Renowned Futurist; Founder & CEO of the Future Today Institute and Professor, Strategic Foresight at New York University Stern School of Business

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Amy Webb may not be a superhero – but she does have a powerful ability to anticipate trends and emerging technology that will disrupt tomorrow. And she can envision and help prepare for the impact they’ll have on business and society. Now she’s teaching others, including corporate leaders, innovators and governments, to do the same. Founder of the Future Today Institute, Webb is a renowned futurist and strategist. For her, it’s not simply an interest; it’s a profession and a passion. Nor is “forecasting the future” about creating fantastical scenarios. Webb doesn’t simply make speculations or predictions; her work is evidence based, drawn from mapping and modeling quantitative and qualitative data collected in the present to understand what’s coming (5-20 years from now). Named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of management thinkers most likely to shape the future – and winner of its 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award – Webb is already making an impact on today’s Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups worldwide. Focusing on the intersection of technology, business and society, she takes a purposefully broad lens to her work. When thinking about the future, most only look at their industry and direct competitors. Webb is adamant about looking at multiple, adjacent landscapes. “You have to be able to see the top of the forest in order to see where all the trees are and how they connect,” she says.

Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution; Chief Technology Officer at NextSense; Stanford University Adjunct Professor; Futurist; Neuroscientist; and Technologist

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Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world. Poppy serves as the Chief Technology Officer at NextSense and is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, as well as its Symbolic Systems Program. She is formerly the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories. She is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies.

Columnist, New York Times

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Farhad Manjoo is a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice and an opinion columnist for The New York Times. They formerly wrote the Times’ “State of the Art” column. In that role, Manjoo reviewed the latest devices and innovations in addition to a wide variety of tech-related topics including the emergence of new media, Silicon Valley and start-up culture, and the ways in which politics, society, and business are being shaped by the rapid emergence of new technologies.

Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, and Former SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC Xerox

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Michael (Mike) Steep is the founder and former executive director of Stanford Engineering School's Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities and the former senior vice president of global business operations at innovation mega-hub, PARC Xerox. He draws on first-hand experience and anecdotes from time spent with the biggest names in Silicon Valley to instruct audiences on how to get ahead of disruptive innovation. Viewing new technology as opportunity, Mike highlights the importance of allowing innovation to trump company culture and legacies—and not the other way around.

Technology and Innovation Expert & Best-Selling Author

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When brands like Google, Starbucks, Shopify, and GE want to use technology to better connect with their consumers, they call Mitch Joel. He is the best-selling author of the award-winning business books, Six Pixels of Separation and CTRL ALT Delete, and the founder of Six Pixels Group. He's also the former president of Mirum, a global digital marketing agency operating in 25 countries with close to 3,000 employees. Mitch has been called “one of North America’s leading visionaries” and the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” by Strategy Magazine, he was listed as one of the “Speakers Worth Catching” by Forbes, and he was recognized in the highly prestigious “Top 40 Under 40”… but he's much more than that. He is a charismatic and engaging storyteller, and takes audiences on an exciting ride that helps them understand not only adapt to but succeed in the new digital, hyper-connected business environment. His speaking style is big, engaging, entertaining, educating, and eyebrow raising. Your audience will leave informed and ready to tackle the future... today.

Former CISO at Twitter and Former Head of Security at Mozilla

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Michael Coates has worked in the information security space for the past 20 years, leading security at global organizations, such as Twitter and Mozilla, and protecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Coates is currently the CISO of CoinList and the CEO of the sub-entity CoinList Digital Asset Services, a leading exchange platform that is disrupting the Web 3.0 and cryptocurrency digital asset offerings. He is also a co-founder of Altitude Networks and served as its CEO before a successful exit following the company’s acquisition. Previously, Coates was the Chief Information Security Officer at Twitter. There, his team worked to protect nearly 300 million users, securing both Twitter systems and user data.

Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University

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Neil Jacobstein is the chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, an organization whose founders hail from Google and the X PRIZE Foundation and has a goal “to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” Jacobstein shares one of the most thoughtful and up-to-date looks at the future of technology and how it will impact a variety of industries. He explores innovation, disruption, and artificial intelligence as he offers audience a glimpse into the future and its real-world applications.

VP of Big Data at IBM and Future Trends Expert

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Paul Zikopoulos is changing the way audiences are looking at their businesses in terms of sales, obstacles, and potential for growth - and the key ingredient is data! He’s been named an expert on big data by publications such as Big Data Republic, Technopedia, and Analytics Week. He is also included on multiple "experts to follow" lists around the world - including SAP’s “50 Big Data Twitter Influencers”. Paul has been consulted on this topic by “60 Minutes” and advises various universities as they develop their curriculums to match market needs. Paul has won multiple awards for his speaking in part because he has a unique ability to take the often complex world of analytics, big data, AI, data science, machine learning, etc. and reach audiences of all ages and skills levels with the right message. Paul is a Fortune 35 (IBM) Vice President focused on Analytics, an award winning writer (who has published more than 19 books and over 350 articles on various topics) and sits on the advisory board of Women 2.0 - a for profit company committed to close the gender gaps in founding, investing, and workplace leadership.

Futurist and Transformative Tech Pioneer, Founder, & Executive

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Working at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, behavior, technology, and science, Nichol Bradford’s mission is to empower human transformation and wellbeing by creating or curating new visions, opportunities, and tech-enabled tools for all. She catalyzes new ways to use technology to expand beyond our perceived limits and reach our fullest potential through her global non-profit Transformative Tech.org, working with talented researchers, founders, and investors across the globe who build wellbeing tech for human health and happiness. Bradford speaks extensively on human transformation, transformative tech, and the future of health, work, and human excellence. Using real-life examples and use cases from the latest trends in wellness technologies, she demonstrates to groups how these emerging advances can be applied to heal, upskill, and enhance human capability and benefit all of mankind.

Head of Communications, Oversight Board for Meta, Former Head of Communications at SpaceX, Executive Communications Manager at Facebook, and Executive at Google

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Dex Hunter-Torricke has managed communications for leaders and organizations working at the heart of global change. From 2012 to 2016, he led the executive communications team at Facebook and served as speechwriter for Mark Zuckerberg. Prior to Facebook, he was Google's first executive speechwriter, supporting Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and other senior Google leaders. Before coming to Silicon Valley, he was a speechwriter and spokesperson for the United Nations. He also led SpaceX's communications team, reporting directly to Elon Musk. He is currently head of communication for the Oversight Board, the independent body that will be making decisions on Facebook and Instagram's most challenging content issues. Dex is passionate about technology, public policy, and storytelling, and in his talks, he helps leaders and organizations craft their messages.

Social Robotics Expert & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

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A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property, she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Dr. Darling’s work has been featured in international media, and she has authored multiple academic publications and contributed to industry publications from Vogue to Die Zeit to the BBC, and in 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property.

Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine

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Greg Williams is a leading authority on technology trends and how those impact business and society. As Editor at WIRED UK, Greg meets the innovators, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs and creatives who are changing the world and writes on a variety of subjects, including innovation, technology, business, creativity and ideas. As a journalist and author of five novels, Greg possesses a unique combination of storytelling expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the future of technology and entrepreneurship. This enables him to transform complex information into entertaining and accessible insights that prepare audiences for what’s coming next.
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Amy Webb, world-renowned futurist and founder and CEO of the Future Today Institute has been recognized as one of Forbes’ “Five Women Changing the World” and “50 Leading Female Futurists.” She is a leading futurist who shares valuable insights on the impact of synthetic biology, metaverses, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and more on business — now and in the future. An advisor to Fortune 100 and Global 1000 companies, investment firms, and government agencies, Webb adapts her strategic foresight methodology to each audience to share curated tools, frameworks, and action steps for any organization. She has spoken on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the South by Southwest conference and TED.

Former entertainment executive responsible for strategy, operations, and marketing for major brands like Disney, Activision Blizzard, and Vivendi, Nichol Bradford is one of our leading women speakers who draws on her daily work with AI, sensors, and biotech, to share how to leverage emotional intelligence, technology, and science to navigate the future of work. She is the founder and executive director of the global nonprofit Transformative Tech.org — a global ecosystem dedicated to educating, gathering, and activating the wellbeing of tech founders, investors, and innovators. Her mission is to empower the fullest potential of every human by catalyzing new visions and well-being technologies for all. She has spoken at the Games for Change Festival, TEDx, and Singularity University to lay out how we can successfully navigate the future of work and society.

A highly sought-after strategic leader who has advised clients including Airbus, BMW, and Google, Michael Steep delivers a futurist keynote that helps audiences get ahead of disruption with practical tips for fueling innovative ideas powered by new technology. Drawing on 30 years of experience driving innovation and leading operations at companies including Apple and Microsoft, Steep shares strategies on how to leverage emerging technology into bottom-line business opportunities. He has spoken at TEC, The Churchill Club, and various other events to share his expertise on operationalizing innovation in support of high-performing futures.

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Whether you are in the political, economic, or healthcare fields, staying ahead of the rapidly changing technological advances we are experiencing is key to any business's success.  If you are interested in booking one of our leading futurists and inspiring keynotes to educate your audience on the future of work, get in touch with us and find out what your company can expect for its prospective timeline.

As our futurist keynote speakers will tell you, we’re experiencing a historical transformation. Technology advances happening right now—such as the rise of Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI)—are revolutionary. And the pace of change is something we’ve never seen before. That’s why identifying possible, probable, and preferable futures, plus high-impact wildcard events, are more important than ever before.

Spearhead your company’s efforts with the insight of our futurist speakers. These individuals are leaders when it comes to trends in technology and science—from former and current C-suite executives at innovative companies to educators, authors, and editors who study and cover the latest technological advance and their anticipated impact.

With the expertise and charisma of our futurist speakers, you can count on an engaged audience. Our team at Leading Authorities speakers bureau will help you choose the best speaker for your event. Our client-focused approach concentrates on your preferable events’ future: what you want audiences to feel, how you want them to react, and what budget you need to meet.

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