Gerd Leonhard is a globally known futurist who focuses on near future 'nowist' observations covering areas such as society business, media technology and communications. His keynotes are famous for their hard-hitting and provocative style, entwined with a humorous and personable tint.
Gerd's background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s 'Quincy Jones Award' and subsequently spent 12 years working as a professional guitarist, composer and producer.
He then turned his hand to internet based ventures and became a digital music & media entrepreneur, serving as Founder/CEO of several internet startups, based in San Francisco. In 2002, following the .com meltdown and the 9/11 crisis, Gerd returned to Europe and discovered his new calling as a futurist.
As an author, Gerd has co-authored the best-selling book 'The Future of Music' alongside five other books covering areas of futurology and more.
He is the host of the web TV series, TheFutureShow and CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a global network of over 30 leading futurists.
Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics, from digital transformation, traditional and social media, to AI, cognitive computing, IoT, big data, marketing and the 'green future'.
In 2015, Wired Magazine listed Gerd as #88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe. He’s #21 on the global list of futurists.
As a sought-after keynote speaker, Gerd Leonhard makes the ideal addition to any event where the audience want to use his insights to stay ahead of the game.