Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
Disruption is everywhere, and its rate is accelerating, but where companies see threats, savvy investors see opportunities.
Firstly, thank you to Gerardo and the teams at Legal and General and First Abu Dhabi Bank for asking me to be the keynote at the launch of their new Middle East and European emerging technology thematic investment funds, which also have the prestigious accolade of being the regions first.
During the keynote, entitled Predicting the Disruptive Future, I discussed the importance of having an Exponential Mindset and the importance of being able to see threats not as threats, but as opportunities. And in a world rife with disruption there are opportunities for future focused investors everywhere.
See the virtual keynote in full
At the beginning of the session I delved into the mechanics that are driving exponential disruption at a global scale, and at a rate and scale never seen before in human history, and then I took the audience through a journey and explored a wealth of different topics including the future of climate change and sustainability, cyber security, energy, health and ageing, robotics, and transportation. And given the significant breakthroughs and changes in all these areas, and the disruption they’re all experiencing, we had a lot to talk about in a very short space of time.