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Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley

Futurist / Author / Digital Thought Leader

Renowned thought provoking futurist Ben Hammersley specialises in explaining the effects of AI and other exponentially developing technologies on the economy, society, and the geopolitical outlook: specifically, he can explain the threats and opportunities created by these new developments, to enable the audience to approach the future confident they will not lose, blindsided by tech, but rather prosper and win, equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for the 2020s. Artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine-based decision making are taking over the business world. From financial services to retail, board-level directors to shop-floor management, failing to adapt to the new reality will mean the end of firms and the failure of careers.

As an international reporter, author and adventure seeker, Ben explores the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social atmospheres. His latest book, which was published internationally, “64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then” gives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century.  Ben is the writer, host and narrator of Netflix and BBC television series “Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley” that was shot in over six countries across the globe.  As the first specialist correspondent on the internet for The Times [of London] and the Guardian, he became the inventor of the popular term, ‘podcast’.

With his current position as the Editor-at-Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, Ben has been called upon to advise three governments and countless organizations in the area of technology and media including a seat on the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom of the European Union.  His personal experiences from the fields of aviation, emergency medicine, genomic science, disaster response, and war reporting, has enabled Ben Hammersley to deliver insightful, practice-changing messages to corporate and governmental clients on five continents for over two decades.

Ben was the UK Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City in London from 2011-2013. He was also the Robert Schuman fellow on the Global Governance programme at the European University Institute in 2013; a member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom – and a non-resident fellow of the 21st Century for Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C from 2012-2013.

Previously he was Head of Digital at SIX Creative where he was responsible for creating, building and managing an international team dedicated to bringing cutting-edge internet strategy, design, and production to leading fashion and beauty brands worldwide.

As a sought after global speaker, Ben has given talks at events for Deutsche Telekom, Legal & General, Ernst & Young, Thyssen Krupp, Accenture, King, Imago Techmedia, Ericsson, DuPont, Adobe, BT, Hiscox, Mobile World Congress, Sanford Bernstein, Zeiss, AXA, Deloitte, Airbus, Pfizer, Langfang CITIC, Vodafone, AssetMark, KPMG, BlackRock, Kiewit, MTV, Rakuten, Virgin, European Commission, UK Prime Minister’s Office, United States DoD, Microsoft, Google and many more..

Through compelling stories, deep analysis, and bleeding-edge examples of the modern world, Ben Hammersley can help you, your business, organisation, government, or institution navigate and prosper in the future.  He brings a practical, proactive approach to future technologies inspiring audiences to be PRESENT now to be PREPARED for the future.

“I love working with MFL: their skill in matching client to speaker means that everyone has a wonderful experience.” Ben

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Living Better As A Cyborg

How to live a better life with modern technology. As we live with (both surrounded by, and using) modern networked stuff, we find ourselves changing. We have new abilities, superpowers even, given to us by our devices, but we're also assailed by the new information overload, always-on, always-connected workstyle.

Pioneering An Adaptive Digital Strategy

How organisations and individuals can create a digital strategy with longevity: one that adapts to emergent user behaviour, new technologies, and any new developments in the business landscape. You will learn how to future-proof your plans, deal with the unknown, and optimise your marketing for the next 1000 days.

The New Networked Society

The effects of the internet on society at large, specifically about its effects on geopolitics - touching on Occupy, Beppe Grillo in Italy, cyberwarfare, the financial markets, and the rapid dissolution of the state.

Thriving in Accelerated Chaos

Artificial intelligence, Robotics and the Internet of Things are revolutionising the business world at an increasingly faster rate every year. From the boardroom to sales and customer service, the digital revolution has an effect on all levels of your organisation’s strategy and culture. With this snapshot of the ‘new world’ of innovation, Ben Hammersley paints a picture of where the world is heading in the near future. Within his presentation he brings together technological trends in the areas of management, communication and marketing delivering a crash course on how to navigate through the new digital age.


Cybersecurity is no longer reserved for government war rooms, now it is an issue that effects everyone on the planet. Making it one of the most important issues facing organizations today. With all facets of our business reliant upon the internet, executives are making decision daily regarding cybersecurity. While the fact remains that most do not have any formal training on the matter. Ben outlines the cybersecurity trends and challenges and the role leadership plays to navigate potential crisis. Bringing real-world strategies and solutions, Ben helps organizations protect their most valuable resources.

Being Present Now in the Innovated Future

With inspiring journeys across the globe, Ben Hammersley has become recognised as one of the world leaders in identify future technological trends. Ben looks at the future of our man vs. machine world through a multidimensional lens. He connects innovation with performance psychology, life skills and professional development techniques. How can CEO’s, managers, employees prepare themselves for the future of innovation? Ben explains that you need to be PRESENT now to be PREPARED in the future.

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Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for your Keynote at Google@SMG on Tuesday! The feedback has been extremely positive, your session went down a treat and left our guests motivated and inspired. It's been a pleasure working with you.


Ben was a really nice chap. Interacted with the crowd very well. He brought a very new and refreshing perspective to Digital Mischief.

Paddy Power

Most notably though is Ben’s personality. It cannot be mistaken. He brings an energy and wit to the stage, that you feel resonate through a room enabling him connect with each member of the audience. Booking Ben as your Emcee will bring an insightful energy to your stage taking your program to the next level! See what others are saying about Ben… “Ben has prompted discussions with people who didn’t even attend yesterday as the ripple effect takes hold. He pitched the tone and content perfectly – with a great balance of humour, macro trends, impact on our sector, reference to clients and a shift in ways of thinking with some simple but impactful questions.” …

Legal & General, UK

Ben was fantastic and excellent to work with. His subject-matter knowledge was brilliant and the client really took a shine to him.



Ben Hammersley

Now For Then: How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear

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Ben Hammersley

Approaching the Future: 64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then

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Fees & Details

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  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United States


English, German

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