Gerd Leonhard is a well-known futurist, author of five books, a highly influential keynote speaker, think-tank leader & advisor, and the founder of GreenFuturists.com. Gerd also serves as Visiting Professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral (São Paulo, Brazil).
Gerd Leonard’s background is in music and the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s ‘Quincy Jones Award’ and subsequently spent 10 years working as a professional guitar player, composer and producer.
He then caught the Internet bug and became a digital media entrepreneur and start-up Internet CEO, based in San Francisco, for 7 years. In 2002, Gerd returned to Europe and started his career as a Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Strategic Advisor. He now travels around the globe and speaks at major conferences and events on the Future of Business, Sustainability, Environmental Policy and Climate Change, Media, Content and Entertainment, Technology, Marketing, Advertising & Branding and Telecommunications.
A musician by origin, Gerd connects left and right brains for a 360-degree coverage of the multiple futures that present themselves at any one time. Delivering the ‘Realopia’ that one can work on immediately, Gerd Leonhard coaches consults and influences around the world. Turning futurism into a pragmatic science designed to reinforce strategic thinking, Gerd and his boutique The Futures Agency represent an additional mind for mastering the complex nodal points of change that dictate evolution or extinction in the Digital Age. ‘Technology vs. Humanity’, his newest work, reminds every one of us what is at stake as we enter a Faustian pact with the computing entities now serving us.
He is well-known as the co-author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ and as the author of ‘Technology vs Humanity, ‘The End of Control’, ‘Music 2.0’, ‘Friction is Fiction’, and ‘The Future of Content’.
Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), a member of the World Future Society, and a visiting professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. A native German, he now resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Gerd Leonard’s keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring personal and intense motivational style.
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