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
- + 44 (0) 20 3384 3664