Future Trends Speakers

Charles Brass

As the Chairman of the Futures Foundation, the professional association for Australia's practicing futurists, Charles is ideally placed to identify the forces and trends which are shaping Australia's future. He is also an active member of all major international futures organisations. Humanity is in danger of ignoring four great global trends each of which is individually confronting, but whic ...

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Chris Hughes

Co-founder of Facebook and the mastermind behind My.BarackObama.com, two of the most successful startups in modern history, Chris Hughes has spent his brief career developing technologies to make social communication and political organising easier and more efficient. Chris is now an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs who ar ...

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Corbin Ball

Corbin Ball, CMP, MS is an international speaker, consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he now is a highly acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun. He is the technology columnist for Corporate Meetings and Incentives ...

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Dale Spender

Dale Spender is on the advisory board for the Department of Innovation and Information Economy, and has been on the management committee of the Ideas at the Powerhouse Festival. She is on the board of Enabling Queensland, and is a past member of the committee of management of the Australian Society of Authors, and of AIMIA (Australian Interactive Media and Internet Association). She is the princip ...

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Dan Pink

Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books– including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His latest book, To Sell is Human, is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages. He lives in Washington, DC ...

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Daniel Burrus

A leading technology forecaster and strategist, Daniel Burrus has established an international reputation for accurately predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world. Addressing powerful trends and timely opportunities, he offers practical guidelines for sparking innovation leading to sustained competitive advantage. ...

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David Houle

David Houle is a futurist, strategist and keynote speaker. He has always been slightly ahead the curve. David is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines. He has keynoted numerous conferences both across the country and internationally. He is regularly invited to speak and corporate management retreats. He recently won a Speaker of ...

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David McCaughan

Dave McCaughan is a bibliosexual. It's not just the name of the marketing consultancy he has started it's a belief that we are all defined by sometimes irrational loyalty to ideas, media and brands. So what he does is break down the most 'mundane', 'daily', or to use marketing parlance 'low interest' subjects and explain why we love them, what is important in ... ...

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David Thomas

In a volatile and uncertain world, only two predictions can be made with any confidence. Firstly, China’s economy will double in size in the next 10 years and, secondly, China’s middle class will double from 300m to at least 600m people by 2030. These two facts alone place China firmly in the driving seat of global growth in the next decade, an opportunity for investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders which can’t be ignored.

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Debbie Mayo-Smith

After earning a Double Honours Bachelor of Science Degree (in Economics and Geography) from Southern Connecticut University, Debbie worked as a Market Analyst on Wall Street in Manhattan NYC. Three days after getting married in 1985, her husband whisked her off to Wellington New Zealand.

There she joined Tower Trust Services (the mutual fund arm of Tower Corporation) as their first M ...

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