Gerd Leonhard – Keynote Speaker

Futurist, Humanist & Author - CEO of The Future Agency

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Specialist Subjects

  • ChatGPT – The End of Routine?
  • The Good Future
  • The Metaverse – or the Metaperverse?
  • Exponential Change: Digitisation, Decarbonisation and Reformation
  • Green is the New Digital, Sustainable Is The New Profitable
  • The 10 Megashifts of Exponential Transformation
  • Awesome Humans + Amazing Tech (Future of Work / Education)
  • How And Why the Future Is Better Than We Think
  • Developing A Future-Ready Mindset (Focus on Leadership)
  • Technology And Humanity: Business Ethics Of 21st Century


  • English
  • German


“People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity.” That is Gerd Leonhard’s motto. And as one of the leading futurists worldwide, having presented at hundreds of leading conferences and events over the past 20 years and worked with the likes of Microsoft, NBC, Visa, Google, the European Commission, L’Oréal, Audi and IBM, just to name a few, Gerd Leonhard has had the opportunity to influence and inspire Millions to “imagine and create a better tomorrow” – which led to him being named to Wired UK’s 100 Most Influential Europeans in 2015.

As a leading voice on the dangers of unregulated ‘big tech’ and the bestselling author of Technology vs Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine, Gerd Leonhard has built a storied reputation as the go-to keynote speaker and thought leader when it comes to digital ethics, human-centric technology, sustainability, and the need for a new form of capitalism.

In addition to being one of the top 10 virtual keynote presenters worldwide, Gerd Leonhard is also a former professional musician, a filmmaker, a former almost dotcom millionaire, a Forbes column contributor, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (London), and a Visiting Professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

As a highly sought after futurist, Gerd Leonhard is no stranger to media, frequently sharing his often controversial but always prescient views with pieces in The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Wired UK, and interviews with the likes of BBC, CNN, Arirang TV, Swiss SRF, ZDF, ARD, ARTE, and inclusion as a special guest in over a dozen documentaries.

He is based in Zurich Switzerland.

Popular Talks by Gerd Leonhard

ChatGPT – The End of Routine?

Investors and the media is buzzing with excitement as businesses and individuals alike are starting to tap into Generative AI models like Dalle2, ChatGPT and many others. ChatGPT churns out unique texts that often have a disturbingly human-like quality.
Already being utilized in customer service, content production, paper-writing, coding and so on, it appears that generative AI is getting ready to transform the internet as we know it – with Google entering into ‘Red Alert’ mode and Microsoft investing 10 Billion US Dollars into OpenAI. But their impacts on society could be just as vast, in many good ways and in many quite worrisome ways. How can these tools – and AI in general – help us to achieve what Gerd calls ‘The Good Future‘?

Here’s what’s so exciting about ChatGPT: It’s a state-of-the-art language model that can generate human-like text. This makes it useful for a number of natural language processing tasks. Because it is based on OpenAI’s GPT architecture, it can also be fine-tuned to specific tasks and domains.

On the other hand, ChatGPT‘s potential to perpetuate bias has sparked concern as it is trained on ‘random’ internet texts that may include biased or deceptive information. This raises worries about its use in education, employment, law enforcement, and healthcare. ChatGPT can also to be used to generate deepfake texts, so it could be used to spread misinformation and disinformation, influencing public opinion and elections.

The Good Future

On top of the many challenges brought on by the pandemic and the Russia/Ukraine war, the urgency to address global warming and the mounting societal challenges of technological hyper-transformation, the world continues to change at a mind-boggling pace. Radical and once unthinkable climate-emergency measures like new carbon taxes (such as for aviation or for eating meat) are becoming increasingly likely as consumers and concerned citizens around the world push for real change. At the same time, Company CEO’s are touting their new commitments to stakeholder values, not just shareholder values. Tensions abound.

What kind of future do we want? Is our current economic logic even suitable for the future? Will ‘free and open markets’ deliver solutions for these complex global issues?

‘Green New Deals‘ are blossoming everywhere. New funding is flowing into climate change adaptation and mitigation, with potentially 10s of Millions of new jobs in sustainability-focused sectors in the near future.

The global shift towards a new kind of capitalism will reboot markets around the world in the next 5-7 years as we transition from the outdated single bottom-line of GDP-Growth and Profit to what I call the quadruple bottom-line: People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity * aka sustainable capitalism, post-capitalism or conscious capitalism. Visit my new Good Future Hub for constant updates.

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