We live in a diverse world full of richness and awe, and in a world where the rate of disruption is accelerating companies need agile, adaptable, and diverse workforces now more than ever.


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Firstly, thank you to Serita and Adrian for asking me to be the keynote at this years ENEI Global Summit where thought leaders from all around the world, and from all sectors, came together to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and the future of work.


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Throughout the day we heard state of the union addresses from companies as diverse as Anglo American and Lockheed Martin to the Atomic Energy Authority and London Fire Brigade who spoke about the progress being made around the world and in their respective territories, as well as the disparities that still exist and the challenges that lie ahead.

Today, D&I is a top of table agenda for many boards with more governments and investors around the world demanding greater hiring and wage transparency than ever before, but despite global pressure there is still a long way to go before today’s disparities and inequalities are eradicated.


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In Europe alone, for example, it is estimated that gender related pay will only reach parity in 2080 which is, ironically, a long time after many of the jobs that are in the spotlight today will have been automated by new AI and robotic technologies.


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During my keynote, and in the face of societal level disruption, I discussed the importance of having an agile and adaptable workforce, and the impact that the emergence of new technologies, such as digital humans that over time will be able to automate more cognitive work, will have on the human workforce and future D&I policies.

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Matthew Griffin

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.

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