During this leadership session with KPMG’s European risk teams speaker and futurist Matthew Griffin shines a light on the futuristic risks that could disrupt businesses in the near future.


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Firstly, thank you again to Caroline Rivett at KPMG UK, one of the world’s “Big Four,” for asking me to kick off their risk teams annual European Leadership Summit and share my insights into the Future of Risk – especially technology and emerging technology risk.


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While there are absolutely no shortage of risk to talk about the session had a two-fold purpose, on the one hand to help KPMG and its managing partners open new client doors and differentiate their risk related conversations, and on the other expose the audience to a whole world of new risks and new risk categories that they hadn’t seen before. Or in some cases even thought of before. And even though it was a short session we managed to cover a lot of ground before going to Q&A.


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Some of the risks I talked about were naturally cyber related, but I also showed off new sci-fi like Phy-Cyber risks – an entirely new category of risk that’s the convergence of biology and cyber – which have already been used to hack police forensics labs and hospitals.


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And then, of course, we discussed procurement and supply chain risks, the importance for organisations to prioritise resilience while at the same time being agile and flexible, the role that scenario planning can play in uncovering and solving emerging risk, political and environmental risk, and much more.

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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