Keynote Speaker Category: Big Data, China, Female Speakers, Futurist, The Future of Technology, The Future of Transport, The Future of Work, Trends,


Amy Webb is a World-Renowned Futurist and Leading Authority on Forecasting and Strategic Foresight for Business. She is the Founder of the Future Today Institute and she is the NYU Stern School of Business Professor. Amy has been named among the Top 50 Management Thinkers in the World in 2021, Thinkers50; For more information on Amy see her full Bio Below.


The forces shaping your future

What tech trends should we monitor? When do we act? How can you distinguish between “trend” and “trendy,” and which long-term trends should your business be following? Most importantly, how can you prepare yourself and your business for what’s next in a world of constant disruption? In this custom, provocative presentation, Amy curates the Future Today Institute’s data-driven longitudinal tech trends to reveal the forces shaping your future.

How to Think Like a Futurist: Speech or Interactive Virtual Session. 

The world’s most successful leaders must manage the present and innovate for the future. This requires a new kind of strategic thinking. Drawing from her bestselling, award-winning book, “The Signals Are Talking,” Amy Webb explains how leaders can harness a futurist’s strategic tools for the benefit of their organizations. In this presentation, you will learn how to think like a futurist, how to rethink risk, and how you’ll know when to act.

Scenes from the Year 2030

Soon, technology will begin to intersect with our daily lives in weird and wonderful ways. We don’t often think about that intersection, and yet emerging technology will be used to design the future of humanity. In this mind-bending session, Amy Webb will offer a provocative series of snapshots from our near and far future. How will we communicate? Where will we live? Will sophisticated algorithms and artificially intelligent systems replace the relationships we have with other humans? What will our technology do for us? To us? The possibilities are exciting, inspiring – and a little scary.

The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity The most powerful technology of our lifetimes is now in the hands of just nine big corporations. That technology — artificial intelligence — is reshaping business, privacy, commerce, agriculture, warfare, healthcare, education, and even our relationships to each other, and the companies responsible for our futures are driven by competing forces. The American portion of the Big Nine—Amazon, Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Facebook—have big ideas about how to solve some of humanity’s most wicked problems, but their shareholders prioritize short-term returns over long-term challenges. The speed of technology dramatically outpaces the speed of policy, so lawmakers often find themselves in an antagonistic position as they try to play catchup. Meanwhile, China’s Big Nine members—Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent—are tethered to Beijing and the demands of the Chinese Communist Party. What about businesses, nonprofits, and everyday people caught in the middle, as our data are mined and refined in service of building the future of artificial intelligence?

Books: 3x Bestselling Author,

The Genesis Machine –  Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology Paperback – 26 Oct. 2023

“The Signals Are Talking,”

Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream Hardcover – 6 Dec. 2016

The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity Kindle Edition

“Data, A Love Story”;

Amy’s “clear, insightful, relatable and humorous” style in writing and in speaking makes it easy to understand why audiences are drawn to her and her work. Every one of Amy’s engagements – from keynotes to hands-on workshops – is bespoke and highly customized for each audience. She spends extensive time in advance with every client to learn about their interests and needs and develops keynote speeches and interactive workshops anchored in original research and insights specific to an organization, industry or conference. For her clients, Amy includes a folder of digital assets for organizers and participants, which includes her open-source frameworks and foresight tools as well as curated research on emerging technology.


Amy Webb is one the world’s most sought-after female futurists.. Amy Webb advises CEOs of the world’s most-admired companies, three-star admirals and generals, and the senior leadership of central banks and intergovernmental organizations. Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures, Amy pioneered a data-driven, technology-led foresight methodology that is now used within hundreds of organizations.

Forbes called Amy “One of the five women changing the world” and one of “50 leading female futurists.” She was honored as one of the BBC’s 100 Women of 2020 and was named to the prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award, which celebrates the thinker who has done the most to transform the digital revolution into useful management insights, and was ranked among the top 50 management thinkers in the world.

Amy is a professor of strategic foresight at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she developed and teaches the MBA-level strategic foresight course with live case studies. She is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business, a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight. Amy was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. She was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. Recently, she was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A lifelong science fiction fan, Amy collaborates closely with Hollywood writers and producers on films, TV shows and commercials about science, technology and the future. Recent projects include The First, a sci-fi drama about the first humans to travel to Mars, an AT&T commercial featuring a fully-autonomous car directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, and an upcoming film based on Amy’s hilarious and heart-wrenching memoir about data, algorithms and online dating (“Data, A Love Story”). Her highly-anticipated upcoming book, “Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology” (Public Affairs, February 2022) – co-authored with Humane Genomics founder and biotech futurist Andrew Hessel –  looks at the promises and perils of synthetic biology including related ethical, political, religious and social issues.

Amy is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and has served as a Blue Ribbon Emmy award judge. Amy Webb “showed Comic-Con how it’s done” declared the Los Angeles Times, describing the 2019 main stage Westworld session she moderated with the show’s actors and showrunners.

Amy is the best-selling author of three books, including “The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity“ (PublicAffairs/ Hachette 2019), which was longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award, won the 2020 Gold Axiom Medal and was named Amazon’s best book about technology for 2019. “The Big Nine” is a sobering analysis of the present state of artificial intelligence, the conflict between the US and China, and what will happen to business and society during the next 50 years as AI evolves. A Washington Post bestseller, “The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream“ (PublicAffairs/Hachette 2016) explains Amy’s strategic forecasting methodology and how any organization can identify risk and opportunity before disruption hits. “Signals” won the 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award, the 2017 Gold Axiom Medal, and was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016. Her bestselling memoir “Data, A Love Story” (Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about “Data” has been viewed more than 8 million times and translated into 32 languages. “Data” is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production. To date, her books have been translated into 19 different languages. Currently, Amy is working on a new book about genomes and the next wave of disruptive innovation with leading biotech visionary Andrew Hessel.

Amy writes extensively about corporate foresight strategy, uncertainty and emerging technologies. She regularly contributes to a number of publications, which include the Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, New York Times, Wired, Fortune, Nikkei (Japan), Mother Jones and others.

Ricardo did an amazing job. At the time of his keynote, people were tired after a long day, but he managed to get their attention one more time. We got especially good feedback on his session around midday. I don’t know how comfortable Ricardo is with presenting in German – that (maybe) would have been the only thing I can think of that could have elevated his presentation (but that would have just been the cherry on top of the ice cream).

Julius MeltzerXING

Thanks a lot for the creativity and resilience to manage this Inspiration Tour in such a great manner. Great leaders (and some great example of how we do not want to come across), inspirational stories, challenge our believes (loved obviously Ricardo Semler) and many insights for the future. Thanks a lot!

Head of large pharmaceutical company – Costa Rica

After the workshop I spoke to some of the business relations that we had invited. They were positive without exception. Present were, among others, a partner of a large law firm, a company that offers HR services with the aid of self-developed software and a partner of an international recruitment and selection agency. They all asked questions about specific challenges in their companies and were amazed at Semler's knowledge of their specific business model and challenges. To be repeated!

Han MesterHan Mesters, Sector Banker Business Services ABN AMRO Bank

I am leaving early tomorrow morning for 10 days in Botswana without internet so I am writing to you quickly now. Firstly, thank you for coming to SA and thank you for the time you spent with me and the effort you put into your presentation. You are a rare person and have an enormous amount to offer the world. We did get a lot of feedback and all presentations were rated. You rated highly and there were quite a few comments. When I get back I will collate these and send them to you.
Thanks you, Robert

Robert PhillipsThundermark



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