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James Woudhuysen

James Woudhuysen offers a highly visual, witty, but deadly serious, alternative to myths about the future of work, consumers and e-business. Formerly Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University in Leicester, James is a journalist and occasional broadcaster for Radio 4. His speeches cover technology, economics, politics and sociology of innovation in energy, IT, retailing and cities.

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James Woudhuysen Biography


James Woudhuysen is a futurist and professional speaker of the highest calibre. Also a physicist, broadcaster and author, he is insurmountably knowledgeable on the subjects of physics, e-commerce, social media, technology, and a long list of other topics.

Background and Career

James issues a forthright challenge to today’s fads. Over most industries and economies, he offers a highly visual, witty but deadly serious alternative to myths about the future of work, consumers and e-business. An inspirational opponent of politically correct trends in management and beyond, he spells out what to do and how to do it in controversial but deeply insightful style.

He is one of Europe’s best-known independent speakers and writers on the future. In the 1980s he co-directed Britain’s first major study into the future of e-commerce (‘teleshopping’ in those days). He...


James Woudhuysen is a futurist and professional speaker of the highest calibre. Also a physicist, broadcaster and author, he is insurmountably knowledgeable on the subjects of physics, e-commerce, social media, technology, and a long list of other topics.

Background and Career

James issues a forthright challenge to today’s fads. Over most industries and economies, he offers a highly visual, witty but deadly serious alternative to myths about the future of work, consumers and e-business. An inspirational opponent of politically correct trends in management and beyond, he spells out what to do and how to do it in controversial but deeply insightful style.

He is one of Europe’s best-known independent speakers and writers on the future. In the 1980s he co-directed Britain’s first major study into the future of e-commerce (‘teleshopping’ in those days). He then moved to the Henley Centre, Britain’s best-known think tank on EU markets, where he built up the firm’s forecasting on the broader future of IT and proposed, in 1992, that the Internet be delivered over TV.

Next, James managed world-wide market intelligence for Philips consumer electronics in the Netherlands, where he assisted in the US market launch of Web TV. His staff voted him as ‘Motivator of the Year’.

As a consultant, James works with senior management in sectors that include telecommunications, computers, the Internet and fast moving consumer goods.

A physicist, broadcaster and author of several books, James has columns in Management Today and IT Week, and is visiting Professor of Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has recently and repeatedly been on Radio 4.

James is a master at explaining ‘The Big Picture’ in a way that convincingly suggests What To Do Next. Reinforced by brilliant visuals, he makes complex issues simple, then he makes them sizzle.

Speaking Topics

Over most industries and economies, James offers a highly visual, witty but deadly serious alternative to myths about the future of work, consumers and e-business. 

  • Business Agility
  • Change Management
  • The Workplace and the Corporation
  • Risk
  • Business Continuity
  • Telework and Work-Life Balance
  • Computers
  • Telecommunications
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Brands and their anti-capitalist critics
  • Market Intelligence, Innovation and New Product Development

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