During this keynote and workshop session with the leadership team of Aditya Birla keynote speaker Matthew Griffin shows how every industry is changing, and how to navigate change and turn new technologies and threats into opportunities.


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Firstly, thank you to Vivek and the directors at Aditya Birla, one of India’s largest conglomerates with over 140,000 employees and revenues of over $45 Billion, who produce everything from aluminium, concrete, and precious metals, through to consumer goods, fabrics, fertilisers, financial services, and much more, for asking me to show them the future of a vast array of different topics – all with re-invention and sustainability at their core.


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From discussing new environmentally friendly ways to package and produce cement through to discussions about new Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) waste water technologies not only did we seem to cover everything but in many cases we showed how even the most mundane aspects of a company’s operations are being re-invented right in front of our eyes using both new emerging technologies, but also thanks to good old fashioned human grit and ingenuity.


Aditya Birla Innovation and Re-Invention, by keynote speaker Matthew Griffin


Stepping outside of those areas I also discussed new carbon negative building materials and techniques, new energy, energy storage, and carbon capture solutions. I also showed the leadership teams from 36 different countries new revenue streams outside of their core businesses, and showed them how in many cases those new streams could help them re-enforce their leadership positions in key markets while at the same time lowering operating costs and helping them embrace the circular economy and sustainable business practises.


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As I always say, the only thing that’s changing is everything, in this case whether it’s new technologies to let us produce green aluminium or mine Lithium from sea water while at the same time dropping the cost of desalinated water by over two thirds, store electricity in bricks and compressed gas, or many other things. So stay tuned for more to come, much more because this is just the beginning as Aditya Birla and I embark on our new journey together.

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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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