Gerd Leonhard is a widely known and top rated futurist. Gerd focusses on near future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business, media, technology and communications.
Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including digital transformation and the discovery of digitally native business models, the opportunities and challenges of an 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, the IoT, artificial intelligence, big data and automation, next generation advertising, robotics, 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’. He is with over 1500 engagements in the past 15 years and a combined audience of over 1 million people. Gerd'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, Gerd returned to Europe and discovered his new calling as a futurist.