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Gerd Leonhard's Future Narrative is grounded in the 4Ps: People, Planet, Purpose, and Prosperity

People, Planet, Purpose, and Prosperity” is Gerd's motto, and helping to design The Good Future is his key objective. Gerd is one of the top-rated contemporary futurists worldwide. He's presented at over 2000 leading conferences and events over the past 20 years, working with Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, NBC, Visa, Google, the European Commission, L’Oréal, Audi, Deloitte, and IBM. Gerd has influenced and inspired millions to “Imagine and create a better tomorrow”. Wired magazine named him one of the most influential Europeans, and he is listed as #7 in the global ranking of futurists.

As a leading voice on the future of humanity and the bestselling author of “Technology vs Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine”, Gerd has built a storied reputation as the go-to keynote speaker and thought leader when it comes to digital ethics, human-beneficial technology, sustainability, and the need for a new, future-fit economic logic.

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With his uniquely cinematic super-keynote format, Gerd is continuously pioneering the art of keynoting. His digital/remote keynote television style of virtual presentations has propelled him to the top of the list of the most talked-about virtual keynote presenters worldwide. Gerd was a professional musician, a successfully failed .com paper millionaire. Today he is a critically acclaimed filmmaker and producer, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (London), and a visiting professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

Gerd is no stranger to the media. He frequently shares his often controversial but always prescient views in publications like The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, and Wired UK. He's contributed interviews to the BBC, CNN, Arirang TV, Swiss SRF, ZDF, ARD, and ARTE, and appeared as a special guest in many documentaries.

He is based in Zurich, Switzerland and often works from Las Brenas, Lanzarote 

“I am afraid that our efforts to become super-human will result in a downgrade, not an upgrade”

“Technology can do great things, but it does not WANT to do great things. The WANT is up to us.”

“As AI meets HI (human intelligence), ‘business as usual' is dead or dying ”

“To better imagine and create your future, assume less and discover more”

“The future is better than we think – we just need to design it with collective human happiness as the core objective”

“A totally automated society will deprive life of purpose and human dignity”

Do you need an inspiring keynote speaker?

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Over the past two decades, Gerd Leonhard has risen to one of the top 10 futurist keynote speakers worldwide. He's performed at over 2000 engagements in 70+ countries and boasts a global audience of over 3.5 million people and over 260K subscribers on his YouTube channel. Gerd’s client list includes most Fortune 500 companies, as well as many governments and NGOs. He is a leading global influencer in the field of digital ethics.

Gerd has written five books, including the bestseller ‘Technology vs Humanity’ (2016) – now available in 12 languages. Gerd’s films on the future of technology and humanity, digital transformation and artificial intelligence have reached millions of viewers. His pioneering keynote presentations use animations, video, and audio in fascinating new ways.


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