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Firstly, thanks to Isabel and the team at APDC for asking me to give not one but two keynotes at their Annual Digital Summit in Portugal, which because of the pandemic, was yet again run virtually.


Futurist keynote, Oxford: The Future of Disruption, University of Oxford


As the global pandemic continues to rage around the world with more variants of concern emerging almost weekly it was my privilege to present The Great Re-Invention, and then, just as the Portuguese government closed their 5G auction it was my privilege again to present 5G: The Next Generation before attending a fireside chat with Pedro Faustino, CEO of Axians, along with various esteemed members of the audience where we explored the future in even greater detail.


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While the theme of the first keynote was all about life post Covid-19 and the desire for re-invention I firstly felt that it was only right to highlight the weight we’ve all been under during this past year and the importance of taking time out as individuals to process what’s happened and concentrate on re-gaining our own wellbeing.


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After all, as we face the challenge of “Building Back Better,” as well as “The Great Reset,” “The New Normal,” and “The Recovery” – depending which government or organisation you pay attention to – ensuring that we are as well in ourselves as we can be under the circumstances is going to be of paramount importance if we’re going to come back fighting and support one another in the difficult days ahead.


Futurist Keynote, London: Future of Healthcare 2020 to 2070, Willis Towers Watson


Then, addressing a more practical note today disruption is omni-present and during my keynote I highlighted the key threats and opportunities facing individual. Then, as the first  session closed out I looked forwards again to 5G and dived into what this paradigm leap in technological capability will mean for businesses, customers, and society at large. I hope you enjoy the shows!

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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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