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Firstly, thank you to the MiSK Foundation and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, for asking me to be this year’s MiSK Talks keynote – albeit virtually because of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.


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Held every year to promote entrepreneurship and futures thinking across the kingdom with a special focus on how new technologies can help the kingdom realise their Vision 2030 strategy, the events drive in format is one of the most unique I’ve experienced – and that’s saying something bearing in mind that in the past I’ve shared stages with everything from military helicopters and Abrhams tanks to big brass bands and self-driving cars.


See the keynote in full (in Arabic)


The English version (Post event edit)


Nestled between two of Riyadh’s busiest highways in the middle of a sand covered parking lot next to the Expo center the audience used their FM car radios to listen in to the speakers as they watched their presentations on the giant screens that straddled the giant stage, and as you can see from the video the effect is very distinctive.


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With over 800 people in the audience, all socially distanced in the comfort of their cars, and more people watching the live streams, I discussed the Future of Education and Entrepreneurship and the impact new technologies and thinking will help reform today’s industrial age education systems so it’s future fit, and how entrepreneurs will be able to develop and grow their businesses at a speed and scale that would have been almost unimaginable even just a decade ago.

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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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