CEO of the Futures Agency, Visionary Thinker, Futurist
Gerd Leonhard is a well-known Futurist and Author of books, a highly influential Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader & Advisor, and the Founder of GreenFuturist.com. Gerd's background is in music and the music business; he spent 10 years working as a professional guitar player, composer and producer. He then caught the Internet bug and became a digital media entrepreneur, serving as CEO with several Internet startups, based in San Francisco for 7 years.
In 2002, Gerd returned to Europe and started his career as Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Strategic Advisor. Gerd is considered a leading expert on topics such as digital business models, the networked society, a sustainable business ecology, social media and social communications. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), a member of the World Future Society and with his company The Futures Agency an institutional member of the World Futures Studies Federation.
Gerd - listed by Wired Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe (2015) - offers audiences insights into the future of business, sustainability, environmental policy and some of the most pressing ‘green’ issues such as sustainability and ‘sustainable capitalism’ at conferences around the globe. He speaks at major events, company retreats, seminars and in-house training sessions.
Gerd's keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and intense motivational style.
He presents in English and German.