Futurist keynote speaker Matthew Griffin takes a dive into the  supply chain chaos we’re experiencing today and discusses the Future of Supply Chains and Trade and how we can prevent a repeat in the future.


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Firstly, thank you to Vishnu and the team at CWI for asking me to be the keynote at this years annual CWI Procurement and Supply Chain Summit held in Malaysia, where industry professionals from around the world came together to discuss the supply chain issues that have caused much of the world’s recovery post pandemic to stall, and to also look forwards to the future and the role that emerging technologies will play in helping build the supply chains of 2030, 2040, and beyond.


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During my session I looked at two areas – the future of supply chains and the future of trade, energy, and manufacturing, both of which are intertwined especially when it comes to helping the world develop resilient, sustainable supply chains in an increasingly complex and bi-polar world.


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From discussing trends including flattening supply chains and strategic dislocation, which is on the rise as countries such as China and the US continue to square off against one another, to discussing the first examples of quantum supply chains, shifting consumer behaviours, and new trade ratios I discussed it all.


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Then I topped it all off with the ultimate disruptive technology of them all – 3D printing and on demand manufacturing which have the potential to eliminate and collapse almost every kind of supply chain and shift the global balance of power.

About author

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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