Gerd Leonhard is a widely known and top-rated futurist, with more than 1,500 engagements in 50-plus countries since 2004 and a combined audience of more than 1 million people.
Gerd focuses on near-future, “nowist” observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business and commerce, media, technology and communications. Gerd is also an influential author, a sought-after executive “future trainer” and a trusted strategic adviser.
He is the co-author of the best-selling book “The Future of Music,” and the author of five other books, including “The Humanity Challenge.” Gerd is the host of the web-TV series “TheFutureShow” and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a global network of more than 30 leading futurists.
Gerd 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 Gerd “one of the leading media futurists in the world.” In 2015, Wired Magazine listed Gerd as No. 88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe. He’s No. 21 on the global list of futurists.
Gerd's keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, often humorous and always personal motivational style. Gerd is highly regarded as a global influencer and has advised many business leaders and government officials around the globe. His diverse client list of more than 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.